Our course is split into 2 parts and to complete both will take approximately one year. The first part of the course (core course) lasts between 8 & 9 months and comprises of online learning + 16 days (8 weekends) attending the course in Bath. The days at college are 95% practical and include treating patients under supervision.

At the end of this course students will qualify with a diploma in acupuncture and start to practice. This is a level 4 qualification and graduates can join the Acupuncture Association.

Many students choose to continue and do our advanced course as well.

The second part of the course is the advanced Diploma and this lasts between 3 & 4 months with attendence at 2 weekly intervals. The course involves more advanced theories and techniques and more classroom teaching. It also includes 4 full days of clinical practice and a detailed case history assignment.

Study Schedule & Qualification

Level 4 Diploma – 377+ hours / 39 educational credits

  • Anatomy and Physiology (15 hours) – 1.5 credits
  • Attendance of 16 days of practical instruction in acupuncture skills like needling & point location (130 hours) – 16 credits
  • Each monthly module includes set reading (8 hours), video observation (6 hours), self-directed skills development & practice/revision (10 hours)  (Total 24 hours x 8 = 192) 19 credits
  • 2 short written assignments including and a full diagnosis & case history to include research, treatment planning & points selection (30 hours) 3 credits
  • Clinical practice on at least 2 patients + observation of others, taking & reviewing notes. (4 hours) 0.5 credit
  • Exam revision with colleagues & feedback/practical (6 hours attending) 0.5 credit
  • Practical and written exams
  • Students can start their practice, join the acupuncture association and work safely and legally in the UK
  • Graduate with diploma, Graduates title DipAc.
  • Set Course Books
  • The Handbook of Five Element Practice – Franglen (First edition is better)
  • A Manual of Acupuncture – Deadman, Al-Khafaji, Baker – Book or the phone app

Advanced diploma Total 180+ hours / 20 educational credits

  • Attendance of 8 days of combined teaching, clinic and practical instruction (64 hours) 8 credits which includes –
  1. 4 full clinic days to include feedback and discussion of the students own home practice and patients
  2. Opportunity to bring patients to the student clinic
  3. Specialist skills & direction in the clinic
  4. One day of clinical practice each weekend
  5. Each module includes set reading and video learning, plus self-directed student skills practice, students often meet with colleagues outside college for this. (24 hours x 4 = 96) 9.5 credits
  • Assignment – A written case study progressing over at least 3 treatments & follow up, development of the case etc (20 hours) 2.5 credits
  • Graduate with Advanced diploma, Graduates title Adv. DipAc.
  • Set Books for the Advanced Course
  • Auriculotherapy Manual – Oleson
  • Treatment of Infertility with Chinese Medicine – Lyttelton
  • The Practice of Chinese Medicine – Maciocia
  • Facial Enhancement Acupuncture – Adkins or Constitutional Facial Acupuncture – Wakefield

        Recommended Further Reading For All Courses

  • The Clinical Practice of Chinese Medicine – Jarrett
  • Pictorial Atlas of Acupuncture
  • Tongue Diagnosis in Chinese Medicine – Maciocia
  • Insights of a Senior Acupuncturist – Miriam Lee
  • The Web that has no Weaver – Kapchuk
  • Traditional Acupuncture Vol2 – Worsley
  • Anatomy book
  • Acupuncture Point Combinations – Ross
  • Constitutional Facial Acupuncture – Wakefield
  • Acupuncture in Pregnancy & Childbirth – West
  • 5 Element Constitutional Acupuncture – Hicks


Core Course

Teaching Programme - Outline


  • The History of Acupuncture: Theoretical & Philosophical Perspectives
  • Healing with Acupuncture, using various styles and developments.
  • 5 Element Acupuncture: Developing elemental awareness, the skills and ability to use this in acupuncture practice. The officials and the energetic nature of elements. Learning traditional 5E protocols.
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM): Learning key concepts and theory of TCM for the purposes of acupuncture practice. Including Zang Fu, 3 Treasures, 6 Divisions, Qi, Organs, Channels etc.
  • Acupuncture Points Theory: Types of Point, the nature and energy of points, functions and creative uses of key acupuncture points.
  • Health & Safety: Referrals, Notes, Drugs, Legal Obligations, Insurance, Premises, Ethical Issues etc.
  • Diagnosis: and Treatment Planning using information obtained through a variety of skills and using that effectively in a clinic setting.


  • Pulse Taking: Identify types of Pule, Diagnosis with Pulse.
  • Tongue Diagnosis: Identifying key features and meanings.
  • Acupuncture Point Location: Practical application of locating, sensing and using acupuncture points.
  • Needling: Needle safety, Needle techniques and development of practical and energetic awareness and needling skills.
  • Clinic Skills: Cupping skills and use of heat and moxibustion, B.P testing etc.
  • Palpating Skills: and healing skills for treatment and diagnosis.
  • Treatment of real patients in a clinical setting.


Students are understandably always concerned about exams and we aim to schedule these into the course in a way that gives enough time for preparation.

Please see the Exams page for details.


Once you have completed our acupuncture course and passed all the relevant assessments, you will graduate with a diploma, and join the AA. This will enable you to obtain insurance and work legally as an acupuncture therapist in the UK. This may or may not be acceptable in other countries, and potential students are advised to research this in advance.

Note that enrolment on our acupuncture course will not normally qualify you for a student visa in the UK as this is a part-time course.

Outcomes and CPD

Graduates will be able to work as professional acupuncturists having developed and gained knowledge, practical skills and practitioner awareness. This will enable them to take a case, make a diagnosis and then plan and carry out effective acupuncture treatments whilst observing all relevant legal and safety issues.

Although we are proud of our course as a good way to get started with acupuncture this is obviously just the beginning. Being in practice for a period of time will enhance your skills as you research cases and learn. Most people also feel the need for extra study and there are all kinds of CPD opportunities available including study in China. We actively encourage all students to continue to develop themselves and they create their own individual brand of acupuncture practice. There are no two acupuncturists in the world who are exactly the same and we embrace this as it is our belief that acupuncture is ultimately a healing art reflecting the spiritual dynamics of our lives on Earth.

We never criticise other colleges, practitioners or styles so long as they are clear about the extent of their training and employ sound health and safety techniques. However, from time to time practitioners who have attended 3-year degree courses are critical of our course claiming that our trainees cannot be safe. Whenever we have challenged this it has become obvious that there is no evidence to support such claims. Our students are trained to a high standard in health and safety and tested by an independent examiner.


Advanced Course (Theory & Practical)

Once you have graduated and obtained your certificate you will have completed the level 4 course enabling you to insure yourself and practice acupuncture. 

But many of our students wish to continue with us and do their advanced studies as well.

Ear Acupuncture,

Cosmetic Acupuncture,

Gynaecology, Fertility, Pregnancy

Extended Clinical Practice

Treating Cancer

Building your practice

Additional Points & Techniques

See the Advanced Course page for more detail

Some of the advanced days are also open to participants from other colleges. Please enquire if you have graduated elsewhere and this interests you.

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