The minimum age of entry is 18 years and candidates should normally possess passes in five GCSE subjects including English and a maths subject. They should also hold three ‘A’ level passes each at Grade C or above, two of which should normally be in science subjects, particularly biological science, or a relevant higher qualification. Candidates may be accepted under special provision if they fail to meet the specified entry requirements provided that they have suitable alternative science based qualifications. Other qualifications will also be taken into consideration under the APEL (Accreditation of Prior Experience and Learning) system. In addition to having some knowledge of basic science, candidates should have experienced a chiropractic treatment. The College reserves the right to request candidates to sit an entrance examination.
Students who do not meet the academic requirement through formal education are urged to submit an application for consideration; advice will always be given to enable students to gain the necessary qualification they may lack. A Pathway programme is available that may be appropriate for some candidates.
The five-year programme is aimed at students who already have some work and life experience. Students therefore tend to be older than the average Higher Education entrant and are frequently undergoing a career or life change. A wide range of backgrounds and academic experience is represented in any student group; for example in a recent intake, one third of the students held first degrees or their equivalent and two thirds had some previous training in complementary therapy or medical professions. A commitment to the profession is seen as of equal value as the ability to work at an academic level, though all students will be required to submit work at degree level.
All Applications for the Integrated Masters programmes should be made online through UCAS (please refer to the “Apply Now & Prospectus” section of the website for further information). Applications may be submitted at any time, and interviews are normally held between June and December. Candidates called for interview are assessed by a panel for their sense of vocation, motivation and qualities of determination and aspiration. Once accepted, they will be given a recommended reading list and in some cases a suggested programme of study prior to taking up their place.
All students are expected to have the facility and the ability to study at home and will be required to purchase certain equipment and textbooks throughout the duration of the programme. Access to a PC and the Internet is compulsory, as it becomes progressively an essential tool to facilitate learning.