Chiropractors manipulate joints and soft tissue to improve the general health of their clients.
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What does a chiropractor do?

Chiropractors manipulate joints, soft tissue and bones to improve the general health and comfort of their clients. You may be working with clients to:

  • improve posture
  • relieve back, neck and shoulder pain
  • rehabilitate after a sports injury
  • relieve symptoms of sciatica or joint pain

You’ll be working with a variety of clients so good communication skills are essential. 

To do a degree, you will usually need five GCSEs (A-C) including maths, English and science, plus three A levels or an equivalent level 3 qualification. Check with universities for exact entry requirements – vocational courses are acceptable for some degree courses but not all.  

Three A levels, including two sciences such as biology, human biology, physics or chemistry are required.

Alternatively, a level 3 vocational course (e.g. BTEC National Diploma) in a relevant discipline may be accepted. Check with universities before starting the course.  

What do I need to do to become a chiropractor?

You need to be registered with the General Chiropractic Council (GCC) before you can work as a chiropractor. To join the GCC, you will need to have completed a GCC accredited degree.

Related skills

  • Physical fitness
  • Patience
  • Communication
  • Business management
  • Interpersonal skills

Academic route

  • A levels including two sciences, e.g. biology, human biology, physics, chemistry

Vocational route

  • Level 3 vocational course in relevant discipline, e.g. BTEC National Diploma

Related subjects

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physical education

Essential qualifications

  • GCC accredited degree
  • Membership of the GCC

Where to find out more

Where could I be working?

You may be working at a clinic or you could be self-employed. 

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