Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

We have a core ethos of stimulating and nurturing critical inquiry and creating the right conditions for reflection. This ethos permeates the entire curriculum, with the overall aim of cultivating lifelong reflective practice. This is likely to involve students undergoing fundamental shifts and changes in their own perspectives. Specific intended learning outcomes for the course as a whole are:

Knowledge and understanding

On successful completion of the programme, a student should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

KU1 Acupuncture theory, debates and concepts appropriate to a first degree level
KU2 Biomedicine theory including all major physiological systems, anatomy and red flags, to allow for safe and appropriate clinical decision making and/or referral
KU3 A broad range of appropriate research (methods) – use, interpretation, and ethical considerations
KU4 The BAcC codes of safe practice and professional conduct including ethical considerations in practice
KU5 Reflective practice theory and application

Practical and clinical skills

On successful completion of the programme, a student should be able to demonstrate competence and confidence in:

PC1 A range of acupuncture diagnostic and treatment skills to a safe and professional standard
PC2 The identification and palpation of anatomy concordant with safe and effective clinical practice
PC3 Providing relevant and appropriate health and lifestyle advice alongside acupuncture treatment
PC4 The establishment of an appropriate clinical and therapeutic environment
PC5 Carrying out independent research/evaluation, and reporting it in a format consistent with professional journal standards
PC6 An introductory level of bodywork: Tui Na to aid palpatory diagnosis and treatment and Qi Gong for the cultivation of personal well-being

Professional skills

On successful completion of the programme, a student should demonstrate professionalism by:

P1 Being intrinsically motivated to provide effective treatment to enhance quality of life
P2 Combining the empathy of a supportive therapeutic relationship with sound clinical judgement, on an ongoing basis
P3 Being able to make ongoing autonomous decisions in complex, unpredictable and ambiguous contexts
P4 Having a commitment to ongoing personal and professional development
P5 Working effectively with acupuncture colleagues and the wider healthcare community, understanding limits to knowledge & skills, and being able to ask for advice, knowing when to refer

Transferable skills

On successful completion of the programme, a student should be able to:

  • Work independently and with others to achieve tasks effectively
  • Communicate effectively, appropriately and sensitively, including using a range of media
  • Use appropriate self-management strategies to organize time and workload
  • Identify, analyse, synthesise and summarise a variety of information from a range of sources including electronic databases
  • Identify business opportunities appropriate to skills
  • Write a business plan and marketing strategy
  • Utilise IT effectively
  • Approach problem solving in a systematic, reflexive and reflective manner
  • Maintain appropriate professional boundaries