Our course is split into 2 parts and to complete both will take approximately one year. The first part of the course (undergraduate) 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 certificate of acupuncture and start to practice. There is no need or obligation to continue to the postgraduate course although most students choose to do so.
The second part of the course is the postgraduate and this lasts between 3 & 4 months with attendence at 2 weekly intervals. The postgraduate 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. Upon completion of this course students will be awarded with a level 4 diploma.
Study Schedule & Qualification
- On our Online+ undergraduate course students attend 16 days of practical instruction in acupuncture skills like needling & point location
- Each monthly module includes set reading, video observation, self directed skills development
- 3 short written assignments including a case history
- Clinical practice on at least 2 patients + observation
- Practical and written exams
- Graduate with a certificate of acupuncture, Graduates title CertAc
- Students can start their practice, join the acupunctureassociation and work safely and legally in the UK
- 240 – 350 hours
- On our Online+ postgraduate course students attend 8 days of combined teaching, clinic and practical instruction
- Each module includes set reading and video learning , plus self directed student skills practice (students often meet with colleagues outside college for this)
- Feedback and discussion of the students own home practice and patients
- Opportunity to bring patients to the student clinic
- Mini tests at the end of each module
- One day of clinical practice each weekend
- Specialist skills & direction
- Assignment – Case study
- Graduate with diploma, Graduates title DipAc
- 140 – 200 hours
The course qualifies for a minimum of 37 credits for QCF level 4 diploma.
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.
- Basic Massage techniques to compliment acupuncture.
- Treatment of real patients in a clinical setting.
Once you have completed our acupuncture course and passed all the relevant assessments, you will graduate with a Certification of Competence to Practice, be included in our register 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.
Postgraduate Study (Theory & Practical)
Once you have graduated and obtained your certificate you will have completed the course enabling you to insure yourself and practice acupuncture. But many of our students wish to contine with us and do their postgraduate studies as well. You will need to complete the full undergraduate and postgraduate courses in order to be awarded with a diploma.
Gynaecology, Fertility, Pregnancy
Extended Clinical Practice
Building your practice
Additional Points & Techniques
See the Postgraduate Course page for more detail
Some of the Postgraduate days are also open to participants from other colleges. Please enquire if you have graduated elsewhere and this interests you.