Course Admissions

Course Admissions

Our policy on course admissions

Diversity

We are committed to widening participation in acupuncture training, and will consider implementing additional support for individual applicants with specific needs, where necessary (see ‘fitness to practice’). For those applicants with dyslexia/study skills difficulties, we provide a free detailed assessment of your needs and a one-to-one support session with a qualified tutor.

Additionally, we will also welcome applications from mature students and from those without the necessary entry requirements, if they can demonstrate through life experience that they may be a suitable candidate. Prior to interview we will help such applicants to identify evidence of relevant experience, and subsequently they may be asked to complete a piece of written work, or compile a portfolio of experience, to check that they have sufficient literary and reasoning skills for admission onto an undergraduate level programme. Clear support and guidance will be given in all such cases. Please get in touch with us to discuss your individual circumstances.

We welcome diversity in our student population – valuing differences in race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion or belief, class and age. We actively oppose discrimination, and aim to remove all conditions that put people at a disadvantage by striving to improve access and providing outstanding support throughout. We particularly welcome applications from sections of the population who are under-represented in higher education and in the profession of acupuncture.

Fitness to practice

Fitness to practice

A certain amount of physical dexterity is essential when undertaking the course and then moving into practice, and while we can make reasonable adjustments to the programme for students with disabilities in line with our strategic aim of widening participation in healthcare education and practice, we also need to ensure future patient safety through accurate assessment. Part of our application process will therefore be designed to ascertain need, and possible responses.

With regard to fitness to practice, will require a reference from a professional who has known you for a minimum of two years either in a workplace, study or personal capacity (not family members), describing their opinion on fitness to work directly with the public in a professional healthcare capacity.

Subject to regulatory requirements, you may be required to present a current CRB disclosure, however in the absence of this regulatory requirement at present, a self-declaration must be signed as part of the student/institution contract.

Admission process

Admissions process

If you are successful with your initial application, you will be invited to attend for an interview which may be carried out via Skype in exceptional circumstances, although we prefer to do this in person wherever possible. If this interview is not conclusive, and/or an applicant did not clearly meet the entry requirements, they may be required to attend for a second interview which will likely include the presentation of a piece of work or portfolio as suggested by The Academy staff.  We very much consider the interview to be a two-way process, with questions asked of applicants, as well as providing an opportunity for them to explore whether the Academy is the right place for their training.  This is why our policy is not to charge a fee for application, because prospective students may well feel that this is not the method of study for them.

In addition, as part of the interview process we will discuss the learning of point location and anatomy in mixed group settings with tutors of either gender, all undertaken with an explicit policy of modesty and respect.  Further written consent for this aspect of study will be sought as part of your student contract should you be accepted.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

The Academy’s generic requirements for entry to the LicAc programme are:

  • A genuine motivation to study and practice acupuncture; a sincere and caring attitude, and a willingness to develop and grow (evidenced by the application form, interview responses and previous experience)
  • A standard of personal health sufficient to enable the individual to undertake and complete the programme (evidenced by the most recent employment sickness record if necessary)
  • Sufficient command of written and spoken English: at least up to IELTS Band 7 standard
  • An understanding of the commitment demanded by the programme, and the effects that it may have on lifestyle, work, relationships etc. (information provided at preview days, through this site, and reiterated at interview for verbal confirmation of understanding)
  • An enhanced CRB disclosure OR self-declaration on application.

The Academy’s specific academic entry requirements are either:

  • Five GCSEs/GCEs at grade A-C or equivalent, including maths or a science, and English, AND at least 240 A-level/AVCE points from two or more A2 levels

Or one of:

  • BBB profile from 3 subjects at Advanced Highers level, to include a biological science (Scottish qualifications)
  • Two grade A and four grade Bs in papers at Higher level to include a biological science (Irish leaving certificate)
  • BTEC National Diploma (overall profile of DDM); a pass in all 18 units of a health related science course
  • BTEC HNC; all 10 units achieved with a merit or distinction, a minimum of 80% of units at distinction level
  • NVQ; concurrent passes in Level III Diagnostic and Therapeutic Support plus grade B in GCE A level (Human) Biology
  • Open University; 30-60 points gained in a relevant level 2 course, attaining a minimum overall grade of 70%
  • 2:1 Honours degree in a relevant subject

IF educational requirements are not fully met, then as stated earlier in this section we may require successful completion of a set essay or portfolio of work, and in this case, relevant work experience is highly desirable.

Students from outside the UK

Students from outside the UK

Applications from the EU are welcome. However, you should make yourself aware of the requirements for practising acupuncture in your home country, or the country in which you are hoping to set up practice. In this instance it is probably best to call and discuss this further, or contact us through our Contact page.  

APL

 APL

It is not normally possible for us to accredit prior (certified) learning, due to the structure of the course, for example anatomy throughout our course is taught alongside points, and biomedicine compares and contrasts with Chinese medicine throughout. If applicants are transferring from another college, transparent decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis by the admissions team and the academic board, with advice from our external examiners and others where necessary. Course transcripts and copies of assignments will be required. Applicants may be required to sit assessments, even where relevant modules have been passed elsewhere, due to the differences between courses.