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BSc (Hons) Acupuncture

UCAS Institution Code: L42   UCAS Course Code: B340

This exciting and innovative degree programme teaches acupuncture in a contemporary framework and fully encompasses the concept of ‘holism’. The course provides a comprehensive education and training in the principals and practice of acupuncture, the traditional way of understanding of the nature of illness, and the disciplines of anatomy, physiology, pathology, diagnosis and psychology. It is integrative in approach, linking traditional Chinese medicine with modern science and holism.

Our teaching methods cover a mixture of theoretical study, reflection, and practical experience. The course is delivered by standard term time teaching in both the classroom and clinical setting, in combination with online seminars and occasional weekend study days. Our aim is to ensure that you become a competent and confident healthcare practitioner in acupuncture. Therapies such as Cupping, Moxibustion, Chinese massage, electric and ear acupuncture are all integrated parts of the course, and graduates are eligible to practice them.

The course is accredited by the BAAB and BAcC and graduates are eligible to become members of BAcC or ATCM, the two largest professional bodies in UK governing the practice of acupuncture, directly after graduation.

Typical Course Structure

Year 1

Chinese Medicine Theory

Meridian and Acupuncture Point

Anatomy and Physiology for Health

Professional Practice

Chinese Medicine Diagnostics

Acupressure Massage

Year 2

Syndrome and Pattern Treatment

Pathophysiology for Acupuncture

Research Methods

Acupuncture Skills and Clinical Observation

Differential Diagnosis for Acupuncture

Year 3

Acupuncture Management of Common Diseases

Acupuncture Management of Chronic Diseases

Clinical Practice 1

Management of Professional Practice

Independent Study

Clinical Practice 2

Applications for this course need to be made through UCAS.

UCAS Institution Code: L42

UCAS Course Code: B340

Study Details

You will study on the Lincoln College Campus for the full duration of the course, completing professional practice in our on-site Complementary Medicine Clinic.

FULL TIME 3 Years - 2 - 2.5 days per week

Course contact hours are typically comprised of:

8 hrs Theory sessions per week (reduced to 4 hours in year 3)

3 hrs Practical / Seminar sessions per week (increased to 9 hours in year 3)

It is expected that students complete between 4 and 10 hrs of additional independent study per week in order to be successful on this programme.

Whilst the sessions delivered at College will typically fall between Monday and Friday from 9am - 5pm, it is expected that students will complete the online study, in addition to the independent study, outside of these times. Students should also make themselves available to complete work experience hours outside of these times. Many of the opportunities offered through the college will require commitment during evenings and weekends.

To view our programme module specification for this course please click here:

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A minimum of 72 UCAS Tariff points from the following:

GCE A levels and AS Levels

BTEC National (Diploma or Extended Diploma) in a relevant subject

Access to HE

Scottish Higher/Advanced Higher with at least one subject at Advanced Higher.

For mature applicants some experience may be taken in lieu of A Levels / BTECs.


GCSE English - Grade C/4 or above

GCSE Maths - Grade C/4 or above

EU and International applicants

NARIC confirmed equivalent of 72 UCAS Tariff points

IELTS with an overall score of 6.0 and a minimum of 5.5 in each component

Equivalent English language qualifications are acceptable for applicants not requiring a Tier 4 student visa


There are typically 2-3 assessment tasks per module delivered. The assessment methods used throughout the programme include:


Written examinations


The programme specification details the assessment strategy for each module, including the relevant task weightings.


The successful completion of BSc (Hons) Acupuncture will provide you with the qualifications to set up in professional practice as a professional acupuncture practitioner.

There are also broader employment opportunities in the health and fitness industry and opportunities to progress to postgraduate study.

Per Academic Year    

Home and EU Students - £7999.99

International Students - £9500.00                  

Tuition fees will remain unchanged for the duration of a student’s continuous enrolment.

Additional Course Costs

Uniform - approx. £35 (compulsory); DBS check - £47.80 (compulsory); Basic first aid course - approx. £60 (compulsory); Towel approx. £5 (compulsory)

Additional compulsory course costs will be paid for using the Career Degree Bursary. The scheme allows students to access the remainder of the bursary (up to a maximum value of £500 / £250) for additional optional courses, workshops, professional memberships and resources. There is no cash alternative. Students who wish to access opportunities in excess of the Career Degree Bursary may do so at full cost to themselves.

Please see the full HE Terms and Conditions for details of additional library and printing costs associated with this programme

This course is validated by the Open University. The validating institution is responsible for awarding the qualification at the end of the programme. Students on validated courses are OfS registered, funded and taught at Lincoln College and it is the responsibility of the College to manage all aspects of this provision. The validating institution maintains an oversight of the programme throughout the academic year and must be satisfied that students are being taught in line with the required academic standards of the awarding institution.

For full details and information of the responsibilities and conditions of study of both Lincoln College and the validating partners please see the T&CS and POLICIES sections which can be found at:

Full details of the Open University regulations can be found at:

Following a rigorous process, Lincoln College has been approved by The Open University (OU) to offer higher education programmes leading to Open University validated awards. Lincoln College has designed this programme and has full responsibility for its delivery and assessment. If you complete the programme successfully you will receive a BSc (Hons) from the Open University. The OU assures itself of the standard and quality of its validated programmes through; the validation and re-validation process, the scrutiny of Lincoln Colleges own quality assurance procedures and the appointment of External Examiners to every OU validated programme. Although you are studying for an OU award, your primary relationship is with Lincoln College and you must follow Lincoln College guidelines and procedures at all times. Any queries, requests or complaints should be made to Lincoln College. Lincoln College are responsible for registering you as a student and will provide you with an induction at the commencement of your programme, which will include advice and guidance on all matters relating to your student life including: academic, financial and personal. For full details of the responsibilities of both Lincoln College and the OU please see The Student's Guide to Studying on a Programme Validated by The Open University at the following link:

The Open University

Key Facts

Level:Level 6


Duration:3 Years

Location:Lincoln Campus

Course Code:HEL0063AA1

Applications for this course are processed through UCAS. To apply for this course please make a note of the Institute Code and UCAS Course code from the course description.

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