PgCert Professional Development Chiropractic for all newly qualified chiropractors

What will I learn on this course? 

This course aims to help you, as a newly qualified chiropractor, to become proficient in a professional role, and will help you to adopt the attitude and skills to continue with professional development throughout your working career.

This course is open to all newly qualified chiropractors in practice for less than 3 years.

Course content includes:

  • PG Cert course at the AECCPrinciples of work-based learning and reflective practice
  • Managing professional practice and change

Is this course right for me?

This course will benefit students that:

  • Plan to complete a Graduate Education Programme (GEP) or the Royal College of Chiropractors'  PRT scheme
  • Are returning to a country with no formal GEP programme
  • Have been in practice for less than 3 years
  • Want to use credits to enrol on an MSc/MA degree

 Additional benefits:

  • Full access to online journals and articles
  • Access other AECC CPD seminars at student rates
  • No attendance necessary
  • Tutorial support available via phone and email


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Bournemouth University is the awarding body for this degree at present.
Please note: Programmes starting in September 2017 will be validated by AECC and not BU. This means that the qualification you receive at the end of your studies will be made in the name of this institution. Currently we are applying for University College title and we hope our new name will be in place by September 2017. In this case, our current name of AECC will be replaced by our new name, which will incorporate the University College title.

Please take a look at the programme specification which is the official document setting out the aims and learning outcomes of the programme. The programme specification you will see from this link is the one which currently applies to students enrolled on a programme leading to an award of Bournemouth University. We are in the process of approving all our existing programmes as awards of this institution. The format of the programme specification will change when the programme is approved as an award of this institution, but the aims, learning outcomes and programme content will not. As soon as the new programme specification is approved it will be made available from this webpage


Course Content

The course consists of 3 core units:

1. Supported Practice-based Learning

  • Practice log detailing 30 hours of learning in the workplace setting through meetings and discussions with senior colleagues, mentors and trainers
  • 2000 word critical reflective account detailing learning experiences involving senior practitioners, mentors and trainers with focus on critical evaluation of feedback from these colleagues

2. Learning with Others

  • Experiential log book detailing learning experiences, outcomes and relevance to practice, from events such as health practitioner observations, meetings with colleagues and peers, and formal CPD events+
  • 2000 word reflective text describing the learning event critically evaluating the learning experience and learned outcomes, application in tackling and solving problems, and critically evaluating resultant change(s) in practice

+Formal CPD event fees are not included in the PgCert  tuition fee however students attending AECC CPD  seminars will pay the reduced student rate if available.

3. Autonomous Reflective Practice

  • Reflective diary providing evidence of a minimum of 12 critical incidents requiring action in the form of identifying further learning
  • Learning cycle log detailing a learning cycle in terms of the learning need, learning strategy, learned out-comes and evaluation of resultant change in prac-tice
  • Clinical audit plan in which a topic area is identified through reflection on practice, and a plan of how an audit would be conducted to address improvement in practice and how recommendations would be disseminated

Course fees for 2017/18

As there is already a financial commitment for undertaking a PRT/GEP programme, we aim to keep the fees low.

The fee for the academic year 2017-2018 is £35 per month for 12 months (£420 per annum). Payments start October 2017.


Apply Today

The deadline for applications to be submitted is 31st August 2017. If you have any questions about applying for the programme, please email us or call us on 01202 436 200.

Further useful information

Enrolment for the PgCert Professional Development Chiropractic takes place once a year in October.


Download the latest course brochure for full details on the PgCert Professional Development Chiropractic at the AECC.



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