Academic Quality and Standards
In May 2016 we were granted our own Taught Degree-Awarding Powers and from September 2017 all new students entering this institution will enrol on programmes leading to our awards rather than awards of Bournemouth University. This means that the qualification students receive at the end of their studies will be made in the name of this institution. We will be fully responsible for the setting and maintaining of our own academic standards and for the quality of our programmes and the student experience we provide.
We are awaiting the outcome of an application to HEFCE for University College title (UCT) and the approval of our new title, under which our future awards will be made. When a decision is announced this will be publicised via our website.
Programme specifications are the defining documentation for academic programmes and awards, and include information on:
- aims of the programme
- intended learning outcomes
- curriculum content
- programme structure
- assessment methods
- learning and teaching methods
- progression opportunities
- admission regulations
- assessment regulations
We are currently in the process of approving all our existing programmes as awards of this institution.
Follow the links below to see the framework/programme specification for each programme currently being delivered, and leading to an award of Bournemouth University.
- MChiro (Hons) Master of Chiropractic programme specification*
- BSc/MSc Chiropractic programme specification*
- MSc Advanced Professional Practice framework specification – new version from October 2016, published 11 April 2016
- MSc Ultrasound framework specification
- Postgraduate Certificate Professional Development (Chiropractic) programme specification
- For BSc Clinical Exercise Sciences please refer to the relevant Bournemouth University course information page
* In these programme specifications the Assessment Regulations have been amended and apply to all new and continuation students in 2016-17. The changes align the programme regulations with updates to Bournemouth University's standard assessment regulations from 2016-17. These programme specifications were also updated on 30.09.16 to correct a typing error in the assessment regulations BSc/MSc paras 11.8.1/2 and MChiro paras 13.8.1/2.
The format of these programme specifications will change when the programmes are approved as awards of this institution, but the aims, learning outcomes and programme content will not. As and when our own programmes are approved the programme specifications will be made available from this webpage.
Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information at the time of publication. However, as the content of our programmes is constantly being developed, the information contained within the specifications is liable to change. Also, the programme structures shown here may not necessarily be relevant to students that have already started a programme of study. Significant changes will be highlighted here and on the relevant programme pages. Potential applicants should seek further information from firstname.lastname@example.org.
We now have our own policy for programme approval and periodic review aligned to the UK Quality Code Chapters B1 and B8. This is available from the Policies for students webpage.
Academic Regulations Policies and Procedures
Under our existing validation agreement with the University, we chair our own Assessment Boards, and have our own academic regulations, policies and procedures for the undergraduate chiropractic education programmes. Programmes within the Advanced Professional Practice and Ultrasound frameworks, and the Postgraduate Certificate Professional Development (Chiropractic) follow the academic regulations policies and procedures of Bournemouth University.The detailed procedural documents, and the outcomes of recent reviews, are available on request. From 2017 all new students on all programmes will enrol on programmes leading to awards of this institution and will follow academic regulations, policies and procedures specific to this institution and approved by our Academic Board. The key regulations, policies and procedures for 2017-2018 which affect students are available from the Policies for Students webpage, and new policies and procedures will be added as they are approved. Further information is available on request by e-mail to the AECC Quality and Enhancement Manager.
- whether the academic standards for our programmes are appropriately set and maintained in accordance with the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications, and relevant professional standards.
- how standards and student performance at the AECC compare with that on similar programmes at other higher education institutions.
- whether our assessment process is fair and rigorous, and is conducted in accordance with our approved policies and procedures.
- our Student Charter, which outlines the expectations and responsibilities for all our students and provides the framework for the learning experience.
- our Student Engagement Policy which outlines the opportunities available to students to engage with and take part in quality assurance and enhancement activities including:
- student representation system
- feedback through surveys
- Student Staff Liaison Sub-committee
- programme monitoring, approval and review activities
- activities specific to particular programmes
The College undertakes a student satisfaction survey annually and takes part in the National Student Survey (NSS). The results of the surveys are discussed at Student:Staff Liaison Sub-committee, Programme Steering Group and Academic Development and Quality Committee, and action plans are developed in response where required.