Chiropractic Foundation Year

Do you want to gain real, hands-on experience of what it takes to work in chiropractic? Through access to our modern clinical equipment and instrumentation, you’ll build up a broad range of practical experience and gain the necessary skills and knowledge to move on, with confidence, to the first year of the Chiropractic degree. We have an excellent working relationship with the chiropractic profession and enjoy close links with the British Chiropractic Association and the College of Chiropractors, as well as adhering to the clinical and professional chiropractic educational guidelines agreed by the European-South African Education Collaboration. For you, this means your learning is underpinned by best practice care and delivery in the chiropractic profession.

We are also the only university in the UK to offer a fully integrated undergraduate Masters chiropractic degree that is accredited by the General Chiropractic Council (GCC) and the European Council on Chiropractic Education (ECCE). Our degree also meets demanding international chiropractic educational standards and funding arrangements for chiropractic students in the EU.

UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
B326 Full-time 1 Years September Glyntaff A
UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
B326 Full-time 1 Years September Glyntaff A

Chiropractors focus on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of problems to the musculoskeletal system (that’s bones, muscles and joints) and the effects of these disorders on the functioning of the nervous system and general health.

All students on the Chiropractic Foundation studies programme study the following core modules in one year:

  • Therapeutic Massage
  • Foundation Human Anatomy for Chiropractors
  • Foundation Human Physiology for Chiropractors
  • Numerical Methods and Biophysics
  • Foundation of Professional Development in Chiropractic
  • Foundation Chemistry

In addition to your technical courses you will develop a familiarity with the data access and computing systems used at the university.


Typically, students on our foundation chiropractic year will spend around 20 hours each week in lectures, practicals, tutorials, laboratory or clinical work, depending on the topic.


A variety of assessment methods are used throughout each term, including (but not exclusively) short-answer in-class tests, practical tests, multiple-choice tests, group presentations and long-answer written tests.


Final year chiropractic students spend 13 months working under professional supervision in the outpatient clinic at the Welsh Institute of Chiropractic, managing the care of a wide range of patients. The student clinicians have access to state-of-the-art diagnostic modalities including DXA scans, musculoskeletal ultrasound, X-ray services and MRI.

Students also spend one week on a hospital placement at Prince Charles Hospital under the supervision of Professor Karras, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon. The hospital placement provides students with the opportunity to engage with other health professionals in a number of departments including surgery and fracture clinics.

Students are also placed with University sports teams, under supervision, during competitions and this includes external events ranging from triathlons, cycle events, tennis tournaments and professional rugby. All placement opportunities provide an enhanced student experience to prepare the student clinicians for graduate positions.


Our Welsh Institute of Chiropractic (WIoC) centre has 20 treatment rooms, as well as a digital X-ray suite, MRI facilities and a functional rehabilitation suite. We have first-class learning facilities on campus, including a clinical simulation suite, DEXA-scan and a diagnostic ultrasound suite.



Entry criteria detail typical offers but USW considers all applications on an individual basis which means that we could make offers based on qualifications, personal profile and experience. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.

Additional requirements

* An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (or national equivalent, additional cost applies).

* Evidence of observation of a minimum 3 hours of a chiropractor in clinical practice and a statement of health is required.

* An IELTS (or equivalent) minimum average score of 6.0 is required for non-UK applicants.

We look for a high level of motivation and evidence of a significant level of proficiency in both numeracy and literacy. Those students without any formal qualifications should contact the University of South Wales directly. All applications are considered on an individual basis.

Typical A-Level Offer


Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Grade C and BC at A Level

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit

Typical IB Offer

29 in Diploma (15 at Higher Level)

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass Diploma with 60 credits overall to include 45 level 3 credits with 12 Distinctions, a further 18 Merits and 15 Passes

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances

All fees are per year. Once you have started your course, your fee will remain the same for each year of study.

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU:  £9000 
  • Full-time International:  £11900 

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year 1 of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU

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Admissions statement

The Foundation Course in Chiropractic will allow you to gain the necessary skills and knowledge to move on, with confidence, to the first year of Master of Chiropractic course.

Graduates of the Master of Chiropractic degree will be eligible to apply for registration with the General Chiropractic Council (GCC) to practise as a chiropractor in the independent sector in the UK. There is also opportunity to apply for registration and employment in other countries worldwide.

Our chiropractic course boasts a very high employment uptake in the profession.

Chiropractic is a growing profession in the UK and Europe that offers substantial opportunities. There are also career opportunities in education, or you could specialise in sports medicine, rehabilitation, neurology or research.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.