Master of Chiropractic with Gateway Year - MChiro (Hons)
Designed to provide students with the support and skills required to progress into the first year of a chiropractic degree.
Take the first step to joining a rewarding healthcare profession
Want to become a chiropractor and to join a rewarding and established healthcare profession? This Gateway to Chiropractic year is for those looking to develop the skills required to progress into the first year of a five year chiropractic degree.
Our Master of Chiropractic with Gateway Year - MChiro (Hons) has been designed to equip you with all the relevant theory, practical skills, and clinical experience that you will need in order to become a competent chiropractor. That means from the moment you start your course; you will be building up clinical experience with real patient observations and case studies. In your final year of study, you will be treating real patients in our on-site clinic, which sees thousands of patients a year.
As the oldest and largest chiropractic college in Europe, our expertise is recognised around the world and that’s why students come to study with us from many different countries. We are proud to be one of the founding institutions of the International Chiropractic Educational Collaboration (ICEC) statements, which describes our commitment to a core scientific and evidence-based approach to your chiropractic education. On successful completion of the 5 year course, you will be eligible to apply to register with the General Chiropractic Council, the chiropractic profession’s statutory regulatory body in the UK.
The course details here explain, the purpose of the Gateway course, the foundation skills you will learn on your Gateway year, it also answers common questions on course content. If you do have any further questions, then please do contact our admissions team on the form below.
For details on the further four years required for the Master of Chiropractic (with Gateway Year) - MChiro (Hons) course, please head over to our Masters in Chiropractic - MChiro (Hons) course page.
- Course title:
- Master of Chiropractic with Gateway Year
- UCAS Code:
- MChiro (Hons)
- 5 years
- Study mode:
Dr. Micah Atkinson
M.Tech (Chiro), PgCert, DC - Lecturer (Clinical Sciences)
Micah is Course Leader for Master of Chiropractic - MChiro (Hons) at the AECC University College and Unit Lead for Clinical Chiropractic 5001.
Introducing the Master of Chiropractic with Gateway Year
The MChiro (Hons) course at AECC University College has two entry points. A 5 year course, starting with this Gateway entry option, and a 4 year course starting at Year 1. These two entry points allow for entrants having different backgrounds and levels of qualification when they start the course.
Academic staff and students at AECC University College have been working hard to re-write the Gateway entry point to ensure the course delivers the needs of our entrants more closely. We are really pleased to announce that the new Gateway to Chiropractic course has now been created and validated, and will run from September 2020.
Your Journey to Masters in Chiropractic - MChiro (Hons) Qualification
This Gateway entry option is the first stage in your journey within the Masters in Chiropractic - MChiro (Hons) course, also known as MChiro. It is the same level as the previous Year 0, but the name has been changed to mean more to where it sits within the institution and is related to the course you will study. Students told us the name Year 0 didn’t mean much to them, together we decided to use the term ‘Gateway’ to align ourselves with other courses including Medicine, and to give more of an identity to the year.
Whether this is your first time in Higher Education, or you have previously studied in another subject area, the foundation skills you will learn in Gateway are key to you onward learning at University. While re-writing the course, we were keen to focus your learning in the areas most necessary to shaping you into a contemporary healthcare practitioner. While on the Gateway course you will study the units listed in the unit breakdown below.
How you're assessed
In the Gateway year, you will be assessed in many ways, including; written assessment, practical assessment, coursework and group presentation and poster productions. We try to examine you in as many ways as possible to prepare you for onward study and help you find your strengths, and develop any areas you find harder.
Questions on this Gateway entry option
We answer the most common questions on course content below, if you need more details or would like to register your interest, please complete the form at the base of this page.
This unit will introduce the physiology of cells and tissues. You will gain insight and understanding of key biological processes including cell respiration, cell division and connective tissues.
Assessment will be by examination (100%).
This unit will introduce the structure of the human body and its normal biology and physiology, and to biological and physiological practical techniques relevant to measuring human health and disease.
Assessment will be by examination (100%) and coursework (Pass/fail).
This unit will give insight into patient-practitioner communication, professionalism and student fitness to practice, through undertaking and reflecting on, clinical scenarios. Through clinical observations you will develop basic knowledge of patient management and professional behaviours in different contexts. You will also be introduced to key theories of professionalism and communication.
Assessment will be by coursework (completed learning cycles of reflection (50%) and completed observations log book (50%)).
In this unit you will consider questions such as “what is health?” “How can we measure impact of health interventions” and “How can we work within a multi-disciplinary healthcare environment?” with the view to understanding your role in the health and wellbeing of a patient. You will consider issues such as patient education, health promotion and health communications to introduce you to ways in which health practitioners can engage with patients about their health.
Assessment will be by examination (50%) and coursework (50%)
This unit will introduce you to what research is, how it shapes what we study and how health professionals use research. You will learn to discuss the purpose of research in healthcare and identify the key types of evidence. You will develop your understanding of how health statistics are used to inform healthcare providers of presenting conditions and likely outcomes in clinical settings.
Assessment will be by examination (50%) and coursework (50%).
In this unit you will develop the skills required to succeed in higher education healthcare courses, such as academic writing and techniques for study and examination success, use of computer systems and databases. You will be supported to identify your learning type to assist you in gaining self-awareness and an understanding of what you can do to help you succeed.
Assessment will be by Portfolio (100%).
In this unit you will explore the chiropractic profession in a contemporary context, considering how the profession fits within the healthcare system. You will be introduced to chiropractic professionalism, and explore basic communication skills and the development of behavioural and psychomotor skills relevant to the chiropractic profession. You will develop an understanding of human structure and apply this to palpation of bony landmark surface anatomy, developing develop basic cognitive and psychomotor skills used in observation of the patient.
Assessment will be by Practical skills vivas (pass/fail) and examination (100%).
Applicants would normally be expected to have a minimum 88-104 UCAS tariff points; equivalent to A Level CCC in any subject area, BTEC MMM, Access Merit profile.
Applicants with non-traditional backgrounds and relevant work experience are encouraged to apply.
Applicants are required to have evidence of level 2 (GCSE or equivalent) Maths and English.
UK applicants are required to complete a satisfactory Disclosure and Baring Service (DBS) check where directed by the school of gateway.
T-Level - Merit in a T-Level subject
Popular questions on Master of Chiropractic with Gateway year entry option
Well yes and no, we have taken what was already a very strong course and made it that bit better. By moving some of the content around, we have made the units more balanced in terms of workload. We have also ensured you are taught things in the right order. By doing this you have a year where some units are in Semester one only, some in Semester two only and some across the whole year. This change makes the assessment load more manageable for students too.
No, this year we have only recruited for the Gateway to MChiro (formerly MChiro year 0 on applications), so you will only have other Chiropractic students on your course. In the future, it may be the case that AECC University College looks to incorporate other courses into the same Gateway model. At this point, as with other courses, some of the teachings may become shared.
No, as there is no qualification given for achieving in the Gateway or Year 0. As with all Level 3 courses in Higher Education, you would get credits for all units completed. By successfully completing the Gateway, you automatically continue onto Level 4 (year 1) of the MChiro.
The Gateway to MChiro is the first year of your Masters in Chiropractic - MChiro (Hons) study. If you wished to change from this internally, it would be down to the institution course transfer policies. To move courses, externally would depend on the policies set by the institution you wanted to move to. The Gateway to MChiro is designed to be just that, a gateway entry that takes you on to graduation as MChiro in 5 years.