Acupuncture, BSc Hons

Acupuncture, BSc Hons

Practiced in the East for thousands of years, Acupuncture is one of the oldest systems of medicine. Today, it is used to treat a wide range of chronic and acute conditions and its use is recognised by the NHS and the World Health Organisation. Acupuncture is both an art and a science. This programme will appeal to you if you are interested in the health professions, natural medicines or in oriental philosophies and practices. The programme is delivered at the International College of Oriental Medicine (ICOM) in West Sussex. You will receive comprehensive training in the principles of Chinese medicine and philosophy alongside Western medicine. Theoretical and practical modules are carefully integrated to prepare you for treating your own patients in the dedicated on-site clinic from Year 2 onwards. You will learn a variety of acupuncture approaches so that you have a broad portfolio of skills to draw upon. These include Five Elements, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and classical Stems and Branches acupuncture. Our programme is fully accredited by the British Acupuncture Accreditation Board of the British Acupuncture Council. ICOM is a full cost UK university Link College. Please visit www.orientalmed.ac.uk for further details.

The aims of the programme are:

  • To educate and inspire professional acupuncturists, who will practice with a clear working understanding of Chinese philosophy, as well as the theory and practice of Chinese medicine
  • To provide you with the necessary skills to practice acupuncture safely and completely on graduation.

UCAS code

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Department

Adult Nursing & Paramedic Science

Location

International College of Oriental Medicine (ICOM), West Sussex

Attendance

3 years full-time (weekdays or weekends)
4-5 years part-time (weekdays only)

Entry requirements

Applicants should have:

260 UCAS points

FROM A-levels (typically, grades BCC), including biology (preferably human) and another science subject (preferably chemistry)

OR a BTEC/EDExcel National Diploma

PLUS five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and mathematics.

* ICOM is flexible in its consideration of entry qualifications, and potential applicants should contact them for further information, particularly if their qualifications are non-standard.

* Applicants who pass the initial assessment procedures are invited to interview.

Assessment

Students are assessed through tests, projects, written and oral examinations, presentations, and completion of clinic hours.

Professional recognition

Eligibility for membership of the British Acupuncture Council.

Career options

On graduation, you will become a professional acupuncture practitioner. Varied work options are available. The majority of practising acupuncturists are self-employed. Many work out of other practices, for example in GP Practices, or in complementary health centres, alongside osteopaths, chiropractors or physiotherapists.

Full time

Year 1

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Year 2

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Year 3

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Part time

Year 1

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Year 2

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Year 3

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Year 4

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Year 5

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Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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