Academic Quality and Standards
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 have now approved our existing programmes as awards of this institution. Follow the links below to see the framework/programme specification for each programme to be delivered as an award of this institution to new entrants, from September 2017.
- MChiro (Hons) Master of Chiropractic programme specification
- MSc Advanced Professional Practice (Clinical Sciences) programme specification
- MSc Advanced Professional Practice (Functional Musculoskeletal Health) programme specification
- MSc Advanced Professional Practice (Paediatric Musculoskeletal Health) programme specification
- MSc Medical Ultrasound programme specification
- Postgraduate Certificate Professional Development (Chiropractic) programme specification
- For BSc Clinical Exercise Sciences please refer to the relevant Bournemouth University course information page
In approving these as our own awards we have changed the format of the documentation, but the aims, learning outcomes, teaching, learning and assessment strategies and methods remain the same. If you would like information about the documentation currently in place and which will continue to apply to students remaining on programmes validated by Bournemouth University please contact the AECC Quality and Enhancement Manager.
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
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.
Previously under our validation agreement with the University, we chaired our own Assessment Boards, and had 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) followed the academic regulations policies and procedures of Bournemouth University. Students remaining on Bournemouth University awards will continue to follow these regulations, policies and procedures. The detailed procedural documents, and the outcomes of recent reviews, are available on request.. 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.