Our Work with Secondary Schools

Details of activities we offer can be found below. For further information please contact our Access and Participation Manager Lisa Bates on lbates@aecc.ac.uk to discuss further.

Our offer to secondary schools aims to support with raising aspirations and attainment in Science and Health based subjects including Science, Health and Social Care, Psychology, P.E, PSHE and Careers Education. We can offer guest lectures at school or on campus, university taster days and subject-specific support.

Campus visits


Our campus visit includes a campus tour, 'What Is University?' talk and student life presentations, giving pupils a chance to hear from one of our students about their experiences of studying at university.

'What Is University?' Exploration Days

Aimed at pupils in Year 7 and Year 8, these interactive days explore what a university is, the wide range of students who study at our universities and what student life is like.

Careers Talks and Assemblies

We can offer careers talks on many different careers in Health Sciences including Chiropractic, Physiotherapy, Medical Imaging and Radiography, Sports Rehabilitation, Psychology and Sports Psychology. Our health sciences specialist team can also offer guest lectures on a number of PSHE topics including staying healthy, healthy eating, the importance of being active and more…

Inset Days and CPD for Teachers

We can provide update sessions on admissions processes and institute-specific courses and policies. We can also offer subject-specific CPD on a number of science, sport and health based topics. Please contact us to discuss.

Research Experiential Workshops – ‘Research project in a day’

This interactive workshop will guide your students through conducting a research project from start to finish.
Starting with a talk on research from our Research Methods lecturer, students will go on to plan their project and the methods they will use, collect data from their classmates, analyse their findings and produce a poster of their results. Students can be guided towards a subject to research by AECC staff, or if studying a science-based subject, can bring a topic relevant to the curriculum with them to investigate.

Biology Curriculum Enrichment Talks and Guest Lectures

Our anatomy and physiology lecturers can support learning in a number of areas of the biology curriculum, either at school or on campus in our specialist dry models lab, using models to assist understanding.

British Science Week workshops – ‘Science and Technology in Sport’

We offer a workshop during British Science Week in March each year for students in school years 9-11 and studying PE based subjects on ‘Science and Technology in Sport’. In the past topics covered have included ‘Building an Olympic Athlete’, ‘The Psychology of Winning’, 'Gender Differences' and ‘Preparing for Performance’. Please contact us to check availability for your class.

Sports Performance Testing

School groups studying GCSE or BTEC P.E. regularly come onsite for bespoke performance testing workshops to help them turn theory into practice, in our specialist Sports Performance Laboratory. Please contact us to discuss topics, tests and availability.

Sports and Exercise Science Taster Day

We offer Sports and Exercise Science Taster Days for students in years 9-11 and studying a P.E based GCSE or BTEC qualification. These days will typically include a campus tour, lecture or talk, practical workshop and testing session in the Sports Performance Centre. Please contact us to discuss content and availability.

Fit Friends


Aimed at Year 7 as a way of building teamwork, Fit Friends is a four-week after-school athletics programme. Run in collaboration with coaches from Bournemouth Athletics Club, children will learn skills in throwing, jumping and running and will finish with a teamwork based challenge.

Psychology Taster Day


We offer Psychology Taster Days for students in years 9-11 and studying Psychology GCSE. These days will typically include a campus tour, lecture or talk, practical workshop and testing session. Please contact us to discuss content and availability.

GCSE Psychology Guest Lectures


We can work with you to develop a lecture or series of guest lectures to support your GCSE Psychology students. Topics we offer lectures and/or workshops include:

- Approaches in Psychology

- Research Methods

- Social Psychology (e.g. types of conformity, obedience, resistance to social influence, prejudice, individual differences)

- Bio/ Biological Psychology (e.g. nervous system, structure of the brain, neurons, localisation of function, brain plasticity, ways of studying the brain)

- Cognitive Psychology (e.g. memory, individual differences, measuring differences, attention, personality)

- Addiction (e.g. describing, risk factors, gambling addiction and technology addiction, behaviour change)

- Health Psychology (e.g. addiction, behaviour change, psychological dependency)

- Sport and Exercise Psychology (e.g. arousal and anxiety, exercise and mental health, motivation, personality, audience effects)

Psychology Testing Day


Students gain experience running and participating in a range of psychology-focused data collection tests including: visual perception, attention, visual search, and virtual reality. As well as observing other testing such as Near-Infrared Spectroscopy which measures active areas of the brain.

Health Careers Experiential Event


This interactive day will enable your students to encounter a number of health professionals including Chiropractors, Physiotherapists, Radiographers, Sonographers, Sports Physiologists and Psychologists as they work through a case study and consult as to how they would assess, diagnose and treat the patient.

Medical Physics and Imaging Workshop


Students will learn about the physics of x-rays and ultrasound. This workshop can be delivered as a guest talk at school or on campus, with a demonstration of the imaging equipment available at AECC University College.


The Physiology of Medical Tests Workshop

In this workshop, students will learn about the physiology of standard clinical examination procedures including heart sounds, lung sounds, blood pressure and heart rate. Exact content can be agreed with school to fit with curriculum requirements.

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