Quality Assurance

Academic Quality and Standards

We are committed to the assurance and enhancement of the quality of our academic provision and the student experience, and to safeguarding academic standards. The programmes we offer are validated by Bournemouth University.  This means that ultimate responsibility for the academic standards and quality of our programmes currently rests with Bournemouth University, and our quality assurance systems are aligned with those of the University.

 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

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.  

* 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 admissions@aecc.ac.uk.

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.

External Examiners
External examiners play a leading role in assuring the academic standards and quality of the programmes we offer. External examiners offer advice and comment on:
  • 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.
We currently work within the External Examining Policy and Procedures set by Bournemouth University, which are aligned to the QAA UK Quality Code Chapter B7. External examiners are nominated by the College and formally approved by the University. Responsibility for their induction is shared between the University and the College. Each external examiner submits an annual report to the University which we consider in detail; and we prepare a full response to address any issues and recommendations raised.  We make external examiners’ reports available in full to staff and students within the College.
From September 2017 the College will appoint its own external examiners for its own awards, on the basis of its own policy which aligns to the same chapter of the UK Quality Code. Programmes leading to Bournemouth University awards will continue to be overseen by external examiners appointed by the university.
Further information on external examining practice at the AECC is available on request by e-mail to the AECC Quality and Enhancement Manager.

Student Agreement

The AECC Student Agreement contains the rules and regulations policies and procedures that will apply to students enrolled on higher education awards of this institution from September 2017. It forms the basis of a contractual relationship between our students and us. The Student Agreement also includes important information students should take into account when considering whether to study on one of our programmes, including any additional costs which may apply. Additional costs are mandatory or optional costs which students will need to meet in order to fully participate in and complete their programme.
The Student Agreement for 2017-2018  applies to all Higher Education students enrolling on programmes leading to awards of this institution from September 2017, and is available from the Policies for Students webpage. Please contact registry@aecc.ac.uk  if you are unable to access any of the links to documents or if there is anything in them that you are unsure about and want to discuss.
The Student Agreement 2016-2017 which applies to students currently enrolled on chiropractic programmes only, and relates to the requirements for students enrolled on programmes leading to awards of BU, is available on request from the AECC Quality and Enhancement Manager.

Student engagement

The AECC is a unique, close knit community where staff and students work together to maintain a collegiate, open and safe environment for all aspects of learning and development.  Finding out about, and understanding, the student perspective is essential for us to maintain and improve the relevance, structure and delivery of our programmes. We therefore actively encourage student participation and engagement across all aspects of College life, through both formal and informal means. Our commitment is set out in: 
  • 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. 

Student complaints and academic appeals

Copies of our Student Complaints and Academic Appeals procedures which will apply to students enrolled on programmes leading to awards of this institution from September 2017 are available from the Policies for Students webpage. Further information is available on request by e-mail to the AECC Quality and Enhancement Manager. The policies and procedures applying to current and continuing students enrolled on programmes at this institution which lead to awards of Bournemouth University are available on request.

Further information

Further information about these issues or any other queries about academic quality and standards at the AECC may be addressed by e-mail to the AECC Quality and Enhancement Manager.

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