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BSc (Hons) Acupuncture

Level 6

Key Facts

Level:Level 6

Full-time/part-time:Part time

Duration:5 Years

Location:Lincoln Campus

Course Code:HEL0062AA1

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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

Year 1
Chinese Medicine Theory
Meridian and Acupuncture
Anatomy and Physiology for Health
Professional Practice
Medicine Diagnostics
Acupressure Massage

Year 2
Syndrome and Pattern Treatment
Pathophysiology for
Research Methods
Acupuncture Skills and Clinical Observation

Differential Diagnosis for Acupuncture

Year 3
Acupuncture Management of Common Diseases
Management of Chronic Diseases
Clinical Practice 1
Management of
Professional Practice
Independent Study
Clinical Practice 2

Applications for this course need to be made through the website.

Study Details

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:
8 hrs Theory sessions per week (reduced to 4 hours in year 3)
3 hrs Practical / Seminar sessions per week (increased to 9 hours in year 3)

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.
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 or above
GCSE Maths - Grade C/4 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

There are typically 2-3 assessment tasks per
module delivered. The assessment methods used throughout the programme include:

Written examinations

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 -

Tuition fees will remain unchanged for the duration of a student's continuous

Additional Course Costs
Uniform - approx. £35
(compulsory); DBS check - £44 (compulsory); Basic first aid course - approx.
(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.

Please see the full HE Terms and Conditions for details of additional library
and printing costs associated with this programme


This course is validated by the Open University. Lincoln College has designed this programme and will have responsibility for its delivery and assessment. If you complete the programme successfully you will receive a BSc (Hons) from the Open University.  The OU assures itself of the standard and quality of its validated programmes through; the validation and re-validation process, the scrutiny of Lincoln Colleges own quality assurance procedures and the appointment of External Examiners to every OU validated programme.  Although you are studying for am OU award, your primary relationship is with Lincoln College and you must follow Lincoln College guidelines and procedures at all times.  Any queries, requests or complaints should be made to Lincoln College.  Lincoln College are responsible for registering you as a student and will provide you with an induction at the commencement of your programme, which will include advice and guidance on all matters relating to your student life including: academic, financial and personal.  For full details of the responsibilities of both Lincoln College and the OU please see The Student's Guide to Studying on a Programme Validated by The Open University at the following link:


For more information please see the following policies:

Regulations for Validated Awards

Customer Complaints & Grievance Procedure

Learner Assessment Appeals Policy

Admissions Policy

Academic Misconduct and Maladministration

HE Moderation Policy

Mitigating Circumstances Guidelines 18-19

Board of Examiners

HE Registration Policy

Open University

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