Information for Chiropractic Schools

This page provides information for current and future education providers.

Degree Recognition Criteria

The GCC’s Degree Recognition Criteria are designed to make sure that graduates meet the requirements of the GCC’s Code.  Our regular, five-yearly review of the Code is followed by a review of our Degree Recognition Criteria.

The GCC’s current version was published in May 2010.  The Council agreed to amend the guidance to the criteria in 2012 and the revised guidance was published in March 2012.  The purpose of this was to help make as clear as possible what as expected for the different criteria and to include additional areas such as working with individuals with mental health issues.

The Degree Recognition Criteria contain requirements about:

  • the level and nature of the degree programme
  • the outcomes that students need to achieve
  • the nature of the clinical experience and practice that students need to have before they can qualify with a chiropractic degree

Education Standards

The new GCC Educational Standards will come into effect from 1 September 2017 and will replace the 2010 Degree Recognition Criteria.   The changes include:

  • each standard is now clearly linked to a principle of the Code
  • the new Education Standards document is split into two sections - requirements for the programme content (learning outcomes) and criteria for the programme structure

For further details see


Supplementary guidance

Student Fitness to Practise guidance: guidance on what standards students are expected to meet.

Principles of students acting as models for other students of the same and different sexes – principles for education providers, students, registrants and members of the public on students acting as proxy-patients for students of the other sex.

Forms for education providers

As part of our new approval and quality assurance system for chiropractic degrees, providers need to keep the GCC informed of any substantive changes to programmes as and when they occur.  Providers will still need to comply with our annual monitoring and self assessment arrangements.

In this section you will find: submission of a new programme checklist; notification of a substantive change proforma and annual monitoring and self assessment form.  Completed forms will need to be returned to the GCC.