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Chiropractor: Entry requirements

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The title of chiropractor is protected under law and to enter the career in the UK you must be registered with the General Chiropractic Council (GCC).

This is the statutory body that is responsible for regulating the practice of chiropractic in the UK.

To be accepted onto the GCC register, you must have successfully completed a GCC recognised degree. These are available at:

The courses offer practical training in adjustment and supervised clinical training and cover subjects such as:

  • anatomy;
  • biomechanics;
  • pathology;
  • physiology;
  • orthopaedics;
  • diagnosis.

All programmes have a final clinic year.

Entry requirements are usually three A-levels, and typically two of these should be in sciences, particularly biology or biological sciences, or a relevant higher qualification.

You maybe expected to have some experience of a chiropractic treatment - either having one yourself, or observing a chiropractor in a consultation. Entry requirements vary between institutions so check individual courses for full details.

Some colleges provide one-year foundation programmes for applicants without the usual entry qualifications. Successful completion of the foundation year provides a route for entry to the degree qualification.

Candidates need to show evidence of:

  • a real interest in chiropractic;
  • the ability to cope with the intellectual and physical demands of the training and the profession;
  • strong communication and interpersonal skills;
  • good listening skills;
  • an enquiring and critical mind;
  • a logical approach to problem-solving;
  • sensitivity, empathy and discretion.

A driving licence is also useful for travel between practices. If you are self-employed you will need commercial and marketing skills in order to build your business.

To register with the GCC, as well as showing you have successfully completed a recognised degree, amongst other things you must:

  • declare any criminal convictions or cautions;
  • provide a report from your doctor confirming you are in good health, mentally and physically;
  • provide proof of professional indemnity insurance;
  • provide a character reference.

You can find out more about becoming registered at the General Chiropractic Council (GCC)

For more information, see work experience and internships and search postgraduate courses.

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Written by AGCAS editors
February 2015

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