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
Level 4 (First Two Years)
Chinese Medicine Theory
Meridian and Acupuncture Point
Anatomy and Physiology for Health
Chinese Medicine Diagnostics
Level 5 (Years three and four)
Syndrome and Pattern Treatment
Pathophysiology for Acupuncture
Acupuncture Skills and Clinical Observation
Differential Diagnosis for Acupuncture
Level 6 (Year five)*
Acupuncture Management of Common Diseases
Acupuncture Management of Chronic Diseases
Clinical Practice 1
Management of Professional Practice
Clinical Practice 2
*5 year period assumes that you will study full time in your final year. Please discuss this with your tutor.
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.
PART TIME 5 Years - 1 - 1.5 days per week
Course contact hours are typically comprised of:
4 hrs Theory sessions per week
3 hrs Practical / Seminar sessions per week (increased to 9 hours in year 5)
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.
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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 and equivalent or above
GCSE Maths - Grade C/4 and equivalent 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
If you are a Tier 4 visa applicant, you can only apply for a full time course
There are typically 2-3 assessment tasks per module delivered. The assessment methods used throughout the programme include:
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 - £4350.00
International Students - £4750.00
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.
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