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The General Chiropractic Council protects the public by ensuring high standards in the practice of chiropractic.

We do this by setting and regulating professional standards not only for qualified chiropractors but also for undergraduate chiropractic education and training.

This section focuses on our education standards, but more information on our quality assurance.  Other related activities can be found within our Education and registration section.


Everyone calling themselves a chiropractor in the UK must be registered with us. To successfully register, an individual must satisfy the educational requirements for registration and be fit to practise. This means having the skills, knowledge, good health and character to practise safely and effectively.

Our Education Standards (2017) set out what people have to achieve at the point of graduation from recognised chiropractic programmes. 

The education standards define, through learning outcomes, the broad content required of chiropractic degree programmes and the areas against which individuals will be assessed in order to graduate from the degree. The standards also set out criteria for the institution offering the degree programme.

The General Chiropractic Council’s Code sits at the heart of the education standards, ensuring that students are well-placed to meet the vital requirements upon graduation.

Quality assurance handbook for education providers

We have also developed a guide for education providers in the form of a Quality Assurance Handbook. The handbook provides a step by step guide to our degree approval process and will allow existing and potential providers of chiropractic degrees to ensure that they are able to develop and administer programmes that meet our standards.

Supplementary Guidance

This section includes some additional guidance for education providers. Educational institutions looking for forms or information on using the General Chiropractic approved programme logo can find it here.

Student fitness to practise

Professionalism in action: a guide for providers on student fitness to practise, sets out broad principles in relation to student fitness to practise. 

The expectation is that education providers will:

  • actively develop student fitness to practise during the course of the programme
  • have measures in place to react quickly and fairly to any concerns about a student’s fitness to practise.

Accompanying guidance for students can be found here.

Students acting as proxy patients

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

Student clinical placements

Supplementary advice to the Education Standards: Student Clinical Placements sets out the general principles that education providers should consider as they set up and design clinical placements. This includes quality assurance considerations, ensuring parity of placement experience and insurance arrangements for the duration of a placement.

The GCC is reviewing its Education Standards and Quality Assurance processes. Information and updates on the review will be placed here.


Frequently Asked Questions May 2022


Communication and Engagement Plan May 2022


Education Standards Domains Framework March 2022

Studying to become a chiropractor

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Guidance for students

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Programme quality assurance

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Information for Education Providers

This page provides information for current and future education providers.

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