Access and Participation

We are committed to encouraging and improving the equality of opportunity in higher education.

Raising Attainment

Through our Access and Participation activities we actively encourage a broad spectrum of students into higher education and support all students to achieve their potential.

Our access and participation projects span academic and professional services staff, as well as external target school networks, contributing to outreach activities that widen access and raise attainment.

We work with students at both primary and secondary school level, and aim to support students at different stages of their academic journey.


Clinic Visits & Taster Days

Not sure what a typical day as a chiropractor looks like?

For those interested in finding out more about a career in chiropractic, visiting our modern clinic and shadowing our clinical students can be arranged. However, as we are a professional training clinic visitors shadowing students should follow these helpful steps, before a visit can be agreed with the clinic:

• Be 16 and over and in education.  We will also ask you also for a short reference, which can be provided by a teacher in your school or college, or a healthcare professional.

• If you are over 18 and not in full-time education we will ask you for a reference which can be provided by a professional, although if your not sure, we can help with advice on this.

• Applicants under 16 years of age and in years 10 or 11 are welcomed to apply and will be assessed on an individual basis. We will also ask you also for a short reference, which can be provided by a teacher in your school or college or a healthcare professional.

Applications to visit the clinic to find out what our chiropractic students do in the clinic can be made by emailing  Once all the above has been arranged we will be in touch with an agreed date.

Please note that you will be required to bring along on the day photographic ID.  Further information will be sent to you ahead of the visit and we will ask you to sign a confidentiality agreement.

If you have any further questions or wish to talk through this opportunity, please contact Lisa Bates on the above email or call 01202 436200. 


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Our Access and Participation team sets out to offer outreach activities to reach students from all backgrounds and demonstrate the opportunities higher education (HE) can offer.

We offer a sustained programme from Year 5 through to Year 13 with our particular focus demonstrating the opportunities of science-based subjects, specifically biology and other health sciences subjects to raise aspirations.


On Campus Lectures and Expert Talks

Following on from the initial success of 'Expert Talks' series around Sporting Performance launched in Autumn 2018, we have more exciting specialist talks planned for 2019 & 2020. 

These talks are free to attend, and open to all our communities to join in, with a focus on various aspects of our health science specialisms. 

For further information about upcoming talks taking place, please check the details published on our social media platforms and news feeds.

Visiting Schools and Colleges 

We regularly attend schools and sixth form college careers and higher education events, exhibitions and conventions, talking to aspiring students.

If your school or college is organising its own higher education/school careers fair, let us know and we may be able to attend offering subject specific talks or exhibit with an information stand displaying the subject area and courses we offer.

If you'd like to enquire about us coming along to an event you are planning, or if you would like us to deliver a subject specific talk, please contact 


UCAS Exhibitions

AECC University exhibits at a number of UCAS events between March and September 2020.  Either a member of staff or one of our current student ambassador will be available there for you to speak with, and help answer any questions you may have.

You can find more information about UCAS exhibitions locations and date on the UCAS website.


Community Engagement Programme

Our Senior Chiropractic Interns, studying in their final year, take part in at least two community engagement events as part of their course.

Engagement activities provide a great opportunity not only for students to gain experience outside of a clinical environment, but also enables us to connect with our communities and give back to the public.

Some of the events we support each year include: Bournemouth Lions Club Healthy Happy Living event; Bournemouth Marathon; MacMillan Dorset Bike Ride; Rotary Dorset Bike Ride; Larmer Tree Marathon; Dorset Plane Pull; Bournemouth Bay Run; and Boscombe 10k.


Access and Participation Plans

Here you will find our Access and Participation Plan and Fair Access Agreements, which set out our targets and milestones for widening participation in higher education by students from disadvantaged groups, and improving the aspirations, success and progression for students in these groups. This includes information about financial support packages, and details of our outreach activities, and targets and milestones for widening participation.

These access agreements have been formally approved by the Office for Students (or the Office for Fair Access (OFFA) prior to September 2019).

The Access and Participation Plan 2019-20 is for students who commence at the University College in September 2019. The Fair Access Agreement for 2018-19 applies for students who entered our courses in 2018. The document for 2017-18 applies to students admitted in 2017.




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