Information for Chiropractic Schools

This page provides information for current and future education providers.

Education Standards and Quality Assurance Handbook

The GCC's Education Standards came into effect on 1st September 2017 replacing the 2010 Degree Recognition Criteria.  These standards are designed to make sure that graduates meet the requirements of the GCC’s Code. 


The Education standards 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.


We have also developed a guide for education providers in the form of a Quality Assurance Handbook.  This 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 standard


For further details see



Supplementary guidance

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.



GCC Approved Programme Logo

The GCC has developed a logo designed for education providers to use on websites,  promotional materials and any other documents that relate to the specific programme(s) that is approved by the GCC.

The GCC approves individual chiropractic degree programmes as opposed to the institutions that provide them; therefore, all use of this logo must be in relation to the specified approved programme. If your institution delivers a GCC approved programme, it can make use of this logo for the following purposes:

  • The Institution’s website(s), against text relating to the specified approved degree programme(s)
  • Certificates relating to the specified approved degree programme(s)
  • Promotional material (e.g. catalogues and sales brochures) relating to the specified approved programme(s)

Guidance for the use of this logo can be found here.



GCC Registered Teaching Staff

When chiropractic teaching staff have direct contact with patients, sign off patient care plans or participate in case presentations to formulate care plans, they must hold practising status on the GCC register.   


Academic teaching staff do not need to be registered as practising so long as they are not directly signing off patient care plans, supervising student clinicians or providing care to the public. Demonstrating techniques purely for teaching purposes is not considered to be the same as practising chiropractic on the public.


It is the responsibility of each institution to ensure that its staff is competent and holds the correct level of knowledge for what they are teaching. it is recommended that all educational institutions have policies in place to ensure that if the non-practising status is being used by academic staff, it is done so appropriately.