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Course overview

Chiropractic is a healthcare profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and general health. This course will develop your knowledge, skills and behaviours which will enable you to deliver high levels of patient care in a safe and competent manor.

Successful completion of this foundation year (year 0) will allow you to move forward into Year One of the MSci (Hons) Chiropractic Course.

Placements

As well as university based teaching and learning, placements will be used to further expand your knowledge base allowing you to see how the theory is applied directly in practice. This will also serve to strengthen your skills base over the duration of the course.

Professional Accreditation

This course has General Chiropractic Council approval. Once you have graduated you will be eligible for registration with the GCC.

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Course details

Course structure

Year 0 (foundation year) core modules

Academic Study Skills (Health and Social Care)

This module is delivered over two semesters, as part of the School of Health & Social Care's Foundation Year. You have the opportunity to develop the study and language skills essential for studying at undergraduate level. 

We use a number of learning and teaching methods to help your learning including lectures, seminars, guided reading, writing and speaking tasks, tutor-led explication and discussion, and individual tutorials. Our learning and teaching strategy uses a combination of face-to-face teaching and online delivery. Your language development is supported by using the Learning Hub and English language café. We also use tutorials to direct your independent study to further develop your language skills.

An Introduction to Anatomy and Pathophysiology

This core module gives you the opportunity to develop a basic knowledge of human anatomy and physiology as part of your foundation year. It focuses on the concept of homeostasis – how all systems work in harmony. The content is delivered using a systems approach across a range of body systems.

Getting Started with Maths

This module concentrates on the basic skills necessary to demonstrate a competence in basic numeracy or mathematics to enter, or progress in, your chosen profession. It covers basic arithmetic (fractions, decimals, percentages, ratio and proportion) both with and without the use of a calculator. Charts are introduced to display statistical data and assist with basic statistical calculations. The module also introduces the notation and techniques of elementary algebra.

Introduction to Contemporary Issues in Health and Social Care

This module introduces you to contemporary health and social care issues, and you consider how developments in technology impact on the service user. It helps you develop a detailed knowledge and understanding of the relevant issues that impact on health and healthcare delivery. You examine the economic, political and cultural themes that affect the provision of health and social care, which have led to specific models of health and social care delivery.

Introduction to Professional Practice

This module enables you to develop your knowledge of professional, legal, ethical and political issues that influence or impact on health professionals. It creates a foundation for you to continue your exploration of these areas. You critically reflect on both current and contemporary issues, and explore the implications for personal and professional practice.

Personal Development Planning

This module is to help you get the prerequisite entry requirements and personal skills to be eligible to apply for a pre-registration health-related course.

Within the scope of the module, you explore the concept of personal effectiveness and self-management, using established tools and strategies to develop self-awareness, identify areas for personal development and ultimately, set realistic goals and action plans using the SMART action planning method. We use a predetermined range of self-assessment tools and frameworks to guide you through the process

 

Year 1 core modules

Clinical Anatomy for Chiropractic Practice

You gain a foundation of functional anatomical knowledge and biomechanical principles, which underpin normal movement and the neuromusculoskeletal components of clinical chiropractic practice.

Structural anatomy of the musculoskeletal system will be introduced and related to common movement tasks and movement patterns. Clinical biomechanical principles including tissue biomechanics of ligaments tendon and fascia; arthrokinematics (joint motion) and muscle function will be presented and their impact on normal movement and function explored.

Interactive practical workshops rooted in problem-solving will introduce key themes and develop relevant practical skills. Specific theoretical underpinning will be developed through small group work; peer formative assessment tasks and self-directed study. Theoretical content will be complemented by guided by self-study resource material and use of e-learning resources e.g. Anatomy TV.

Peer and tutor feedback will be given on practical skills application during the taught sessions. Self-directed quizzes, tutor-marked short answer questions and practical skills station tasks will be utilised to help you consolidate your theoretical knowledge.

Clinical Imaging for Chiropractic Practice

You are introduced to the scientific theory underpinning the practice of radiography, including radiation physics, radiation protection and the theoretical aspects of producing and reviewing radiographic images of normal anatomy and the joints and spine. You explore the theoretical aspects of imaging strategies with consideration of ionising and non-ionising radiation modalities, equipment and the physical and radiation safety of all individuals in the environment, introducing the risk-benefit philosophy and principles involved in the practice of radiography.

Clinical Neuroanatomy for Chiropractic Practice

You gain a foundation of clinical neuroanatomy knowledge which underpins normal movement and the neuromusculoskeletal components of clinical chiropractic practice. Structural anatomy of the central peripheral and autonomic nervous systems will be introduced and related to normal neuromusculoskeletal function. Interactive practical workshops will be used to introduce key themes and to develop relevant practical skills. Specific theoretical underpinning will be developed through clinical problem-solving, small group work, peer formative processes and self-directed study. Theoretical content will be complemented by guided self-study resource material and use of e-learning resources.

Clinical Physiology for Chiropractic Practice

The basic processes, principles and concepts of human physiology and pathophysiology, organisation of the body and body systems relevant to clinical practice introduced and the principles underpinning maintenance of homeostasis explored. Infection, inflammation and repair processes will also be introduced with reference to clinical therapy practice. Learning activities and small group working will be utilised to encourage, promote and develop independent study skills and collaborative, active learning.

Foundations Skills for Chiropractic Practice 1

You are introduced to core clinical and professional skills which include; effective communication, working with and understanding the role of the chiropractor and other healthcare professionals. You explore professionalism, statutory requirements for practice and transition to higher education. Key information, theoretical concepts and practical skills will be introduced and developed through pre-recorded lecture materials supported by interactive practical workshops. Small group work and directed supplementary reading will be utilised and formative feedback on practical skills will be given. You undertake five practice placement days to enable you observe interaction with patients and healthcare professionals. To prepare to go out in placement you complete mandatory sessions (such as health and safety issues, risk assessment, safeguarding, conflict resolution and information governance).

Foundations Skills for Chiropractic Practice 2

This module builds upon knowledge and skills identified within the Foundation Skills for Chiropractic Practice 1 module and enables you to develop an understanding of your profession-specific role within health care. You further develop knowledge and skills and to the core clinical skills for clinical assessment and principles of basic chiropractic therapeutic interventions.

Clinical case scenarios will be used to contextualise your practical learning and facilitate the integration of theory with practice. Small group work will be utilised and formative feedback on practical skills will be given throughout the module by tutors and peer feedback will be encouraged. You consolidate and reflect upon your learning through a reflective journal. Five practice placement days enable you to gain further observational experience of the assessment and treatment that is offered to patients in healthcare practice.




 

Year 2 core modules

Chiropractic Management of the Lower Quadrant across the Lifespan

You develop knowledge understanding and skills in chiropractic manipulative and manual therapy approaches to the assessment and treatment of neuromusculoskeletal dysfunctions and disorders of the lower quadrant; including the lumbar spine, hip, sacro-iliac joint, foot and ankle.

You work systematically through common pathologies and management of the lumbar spine and the peripheral joints of the lower limbs. Emphasis will be placed on developing practical manual therapy assessment and treatment handling skills alongside and promoting clinical reasoning skills to enhance problem-solving skills and appraisal of evidence underpinning practice. The concepts of altered neurodynamics and muscle imbalance impacting on lower quadrant on will also be explored.

Five practice placement days enable you to gain further observational and some hands on experience of the assessment and treatment that is offered to patients in chiropractic practice.

Chiropractic Management of the Upper Quadrant across the Lifespan

You develop knowledge understanding and skills in chiropractic manipulative and manual therapy approaches to the assessment and treatment of neuromusculoskeletal dysfunctions and disorders of the upper quadrant; including the cervical and thoracic spine, shoulder complex, elbow, wrist and hand.

The module is structured to work systematically through common pathologies and management of the cervical and thoracic spine and the peripheral joints of the upper limbs. Emphasis will be placed on developing practical manual therapy assessment and treatment handling skills alongside and promoting clinical reasoning skills to enhance problem-solving skills and appraisal of evidence underpinning practice. The concepts of altered neurodynamics and muscle imbalance impacting on upper quadrant on will also be explored.

Five practice placement days enable you to gain further observational and some hands on experience of the assessment and treatment that is offered to patients in chiropractic practice.

Clinical Neurology for Chiropractic Practice

You build on the knowledge developed in the Neuroanatomy for Chiropractic Practice module, and examine neurological impairment and dysfunction. You will contribute to subjective and objective chiropractic neurological assessment and subsequent management.

Weekly interactive seminars will develop critical knowledge of clinical skills in relation to the therapeutic management of neurological conditions. Formative feedback from peers and tutors will run throughout the module providing an opportunity for you to reflect and receive constructive feedback.

Evidence-based Concepts for Contemporary Chiropractic Practice

This module will introduce the differing research approaches and methodologies underpinning the evidence supporting practice and practice development. You gain an overview of qualitative and quantitative research methods and facilitate the development of skills in interpretation of data and basic critical analysis of individual research studies. You explore how evaluation and integration of relevant scientific and clinical evidence enhances application of evidence-based practice to treatment and management rationales in chiropractic practice.

Health Wellbeing and Lifestyle Issues in Chiropractic Practice

You develop knowledge and understanding of health, wellbeing, and lifestyle issues for patient-centred chiropractic practice. You also develop knowledge and understanding of biopsychosocial and behavioural science theories which underpin and contribute to the health and wellbeing of the individual. You explore shared decision-making, client education and lifestyle changes to health and health initiatives across the lifespan continuum.

The module considers the role of chiropractic practice within multidisciplinary approaches to health and wellbeing initiatives and lifestyle choices. You develop an understanding of the individual person and their lived experience to enable their unique needs, preferences and values to be respected and autonomy and independence to be facilitated. Service users, carers and practitioners will contribute where appropriate to add the lived experience to the theoretical underpinning.

You will be challenged to look beyond a medicalised approach to health and to explore the multifactorial issues impacting on health including psychosocial, sociocultural and environmental factors.

Pathology for Chiropractic Practice

You develop knowledge of pathology and explore clinical reasoning required for diagnostics and therapeutics. The module explores pathology principles to support clinical assessment and differential diagnostic analysis and will focus on disease processes at cellular, tissue, organ and multi-system levels, this will enhance chiropractors understanding of disease processes. It also explores pathology and key mechanisms of disease offering the scientific knowledge a chiropractor needs to refine diagnosis and to make treatment decisions.

 

Year 3 core modules

Chiropractic Case Management in Special Populations

You enhance clinical skills and expand on clinical reasoning skills and abilities in specialist populations with specific focus on paediatric management and chiropractic in sport injury management. You build on the assessment, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitation skills developed through the earlier modules to develop and justify your management approaches. Specific clinical conditions will be discussed and patient management strategies considered. Current evidence underpinning the principles of condition-specific therapeutic treatment approaches and protocols will be explored. You evaluate the challenges of implementing an evidence-based approach to chiropractic practice.

Complex Case Management in Chiropractic Practice

You enhance clinical skills and expand on clinical reasoning skills and abilities, and build on the assessment, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitation skills developed through the earlier modules to develop management approaches to clients with problems of increasing complexity. Complex clinical conditions will be discussed and patient management strategies considered. Current evidence underpinning the principles of condition specific therapeutic treatment approaches and protocols will be explored. You evaluate the challenges of implementing an evidence-based approach to chiropractic practice. The module will draw on your ability to retrieve and synthesise material previously learned in the course and integrate it with new information, knowledge and skills.

Current Approaches to Pain Management

The contemporary understanding of pain science and current approaches to pain assessment and management are introduced in this module. You cover principles of pain assessment and management in chiropractic practice from a holistic perspective by exploring the meaning and consequences of pain to the individual (the psychological, social, physical and spiritual dimensions of pain) and its impact on patients and their families.

Designing Research Projects in Chiropractic Practice

You gain the necessary knowledge and skills to design and manage a primary or secondary research that is relevant to chiropractic practice. You develop skills in project design and management; primary and secondary research methods. You also cover research governance and ethics to prepare you for applying for ethical approval/release.

Functional Movement and Exercise in Chiropractic Practice

You build on the clinical management approaches available to chiropractors in the holistic management of movement and movement dysfunction. You explore the current approaches in the design and prescription of functional movement activities and exercise for the maintenance and improvement of function and health. The physiological effects of exercise on the main body will be considered in relation to exercise prescription in the management of musculoskeletal dysfunction as a result of disease, trauma and overuse disuse.

 

Final-year core modules

Leading and Managing in Chiropractic Practice

This module will assist you to lead and manage within post-qualifying contemporary health care practice. You consider the current challenges and drivers within contemporary chiropractic practice, issues associated with leadership, business and practice management and explore the behaviours and skills that enable effective service delivery and inter-professional working.

The module will use a masterclass approach related to business and practice management skills. Through online and directed learning you explore the contemporary drivers and challenges facing the chiropractic profession. You analyse leadership and quality improvement skills and behaviours that enable high quality, continually improving practice, thus enhancing the reputation of the profession.



Major Project for Chiropractic Studies

This module runs over two semesters and is your opportunity to carry out a piece of research and complete a research paper. You are also required to defend your area of research through an oral defence of a poster. You demonstrate advanced capabilities in retrieving, critically appraising and developing knowledge and understanding in a topic related to your area of practice. You develop skills in the consideration of ethical issues pertaining to your research and facilitate demonstration of advanced skills in presentation of research.

Professional Chiropractic Practice

You consolidate and develop your clinical reasoning and practical skills in the skills laboratory and in a practice environment. The module offers and new educational challenges as you encounter patients across the lifespan, with a range of health care problems within the University's in-house Chiropractic Clinic. Masterclasses led by external experts in the field will be used to add richness to the your final year experience. You will be partners in the design of the module content and will be asked to decide on the topic areas covered in the masterclasses.

 

Modules offered may vary.

 

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Any Level 3 subject is acceptable for entry to this course.
Normally entry qualifications can be accumulated from:
• any combination of Level 3 qualifications (A/AS levels, BTEC Certificates/Diplomas, Access for Higher Education courses
• High School Certificate or Diploma with good grades completed after at least 12 years of primary and secondary education
• demonstrable evidence of appropriate knowledge and skills acquired from at least three years of relevant post-school work experience
Successful candidates will have qualifications in English language GCSE English language and mathematics at grade 4, or a pass in Level 2 Functional Skills.

International Applicants
A range of international qualifications are also accepted. See The University’s country pages
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English language requirements for international students are also provided on the University web pages


All students will have an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check, as the students will be working with vulnerable groups as part of the course. They will also be required to have an occupational health screening prior to commencement on the course. International students would need to provide evidence of an equivalent DBS check in their own country.

Shortlisting criteria

Your application will be measured against the following criteria:
• Your ability to complete all sections of the application form fully and correctly.
• The level of all qualifications and grades that are specified.
• Appropriate academic entry requirements achieved or predicted.
• A personal statement that is supportive of your chosen programme and demonstrates an understanding of the uniqueness of the profession and the role of the professional.
• A satisfactory reference.

If you are invited to an interview and the date is not suitable it is important that you contact the Admissions Office immediately and we will endeavour to support you.

If you are unable to attend an interview (either face to face or online) we will be unable to progress your application.

Interview Criteria

At interview you will be measured against the following criteria:
• Knowledge of chosen profession/career.
• An appreciation of the demands of the programme and chosen profession.
• Enthusiasm for the chosen programme/profession.
• An ability to communicate effectively verbally and non-verbally.
• An attitude towards equity of care.

If you are successful in both shortlisting and interview you will receive a conditional offer which is subject to the following:
1. Evidence of achievement of the required academic qualifications.
2. A satisfactory DBS disclosure - please note that any warnings, cautions, allegations or convictions received in the last five years may have implications for your continued offer on the course. If you have any concerns please discuss this with the university admissions team.
3. Satisfactory references.

Please note until 1 to 3 have been successfully completed the offer of a place on the course remains conditional.

For additional information please see our entry requirements

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You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Employability

Work placement

Placements are an integral part of the course. You will take part in a variety of placements from Year 1. This requires travel to and from different locations within the North East.

Career opportunities

This course is designed to prepare you to become a registered chiropractor with the General Chiropractic Council.

 

Information for international applicants

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Full-time

Entry to 2020/21 academic year

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£9,250 a year

The final year is discounted to £5,900

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Fee for international applicants
£13,000 a year

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What is included in your tuition fee?

  • Length: 5 years (with a foundation year)
  • UCAS code: B324 MSci/CFY
  • Enrolment date: September
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