If you want to be a chiropractor, this chiropractic course, based at the University's Welsh Institute of Chiropractic, provides the appropriate clinical education and training to meet registration requirements in the UK. This is a fully integrated undergraduate Masters Chiropractic programme that is accredited by both the General Chiropractic Council (GCC) and the European Council on Chiropractic Education (ECCE).
As part of your chiropractic training, you will study the human body in health and disease, be able to identify abnormalities of human structure and function, and manage patients through manual methods. These include manipulation, soft tissue techniques and active rehabilitation. Clinical experience is a major part of the chiropractic programme. Elements of clinical work are introduced from the start and are carefully integrated to reinforce your academic study. Your final year is a clinical placement, during which you will treat and manage patients with musculoskeletal disorders to develop your clinical skills, confidence and employability.
On our Chiropractic degree you will study and understand the human body in health and disease, be able to identify abnormalities of human structure and function, and manage them through appropriate therapy.
Chiropractors focus on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of problems – and the effects of these disorders on the functioning of the musculo-skeletal and nervous systems and general health.
Typically, students on our chiropractic degree 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 short-answer in-class tests, practical tests, multiple-choice tests, group presentations and long-answer written tests.
Our Chiropractic programme is accredited by both the General Chiropractic Council (GCC) and the European Council on Chiropractic Education (ECCE). This means graduates are qualified to apply to register with the GCC, have the ability to work in European states, and are eligible to sit entry examinations in most accredited areas worldwide.
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 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 also have the opportunity to work with University sports teams as well provide care at 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.
* An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is also required (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.
ABB to include Biology and one other Science subject which must be either Chemistry, Psychology, Physical Education, Mathematics or Physics and to exclude General Studies.
Grade B and AB at A Level to include Biology and one other Science subject which must be either Chemistry, Psychology, Physical Education, Mathematics or Physics, and to exclude General Studies.
BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Distinction Merit to include Biology and Chemistry modules
32 in Diploma (17 at Higher level to included must include Higher Level Biology and one other Science or Maths)
Science or Maths Diploma with 60 credits overall to include 45 level 3 credits with 18 Distinctions from Science units, a further 24 Merits and 3 Passes
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
Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.
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.
|Kit (Uniform and Equipment)||£20||
Clinical Jackets x2 in Year 4
This fee includes £44 for the enhanced DBS certificate, the Post Office Administration fee and the online administration fee.
|DBS Updating Service||£13||
Whilst optional it is strongly recommended signing up for this service especially if you are likely to have placements each year and wish to persue a career post University where a DBS check is a requirement. Please note the service has to be joined within 19 days of receipt of your enhanced DBS certificate.
Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one 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.
Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU.
Graduates of this 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.
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.