Our main acupuncture course is a three year Honours degree level Professional Licentiate in Acupuncture which is fully accredited by the British Acupuncture Accreditation Board. Specific detail on the course and it’s structure are included in this section, and you will find general course details, including dates and fees, under the heading ‘The Prospectus’. We have hopefully included all of the information that you might require in order to make an informed choice, but are always happy to talk or email about areas where you would like some clarification, or for support through the application process.
The first ever class visit is held over four days (from Thursday to Sunday), and is followed by nine more weekend sessions spread fairly equally across the year. One of these sessions also includes a Friday visit, so those of you that are employed full-time would need to factor in that additional day off also. Class days run from 9.30 to 5.30, with additional evening sessions on Saturdays when students can spend extra time practicing their point location, pulse taking, and other practical skills, with tutor support.
The ‘study period’ in between class visits include 15 hours of interactive lessons online which can largely be done to fit around students’ own commitments. There will be opportunities for interaction with classmates and tutors via forum discussions, all designed to support learning, and live webinars from international guest lecturers during which students can take part and ask questions. In addition to completing the e-lessons, students will also carry out treatment observations, attend additional point location practice and undertake their own self directed study. This and the e-lessons adds up to around 18 hours per week of additional study outside of class time in total.
In the 3rd (clinical) year, the format changes as students become student-practitioners and spend one day per week treating patients under supervision. For most students, this will take place in a clinic setting in their local area, under the supervision of an Academy tutor; in the rare event that there is no suitable local supervisor, clinical work will be undertaken at The Academy’s in-house teaching clinic. As well as one-to-one local supervision, all students also work with a team of supervisors in TAA’s teaching clinic on class weekends. This means that they experience both the longer term treatment and care of their own patients, as well as a breadth of other patients and conditions.
Once the required number of treatment have been supervised and all assessments passed (around six months into the third year dependent on progress) students achieve pre-qualifying practice status, which means they may start to treat independently, under ‘indirect supervision’. Further learning will also take place during this time as there are seven class weekends at The Academy (19 days total) where adjunctive skills and specialised areas of practice will be covered.