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BSc (Hons) Acupuncture (Part-Time)

The BSc (Hons) Acupuncture degree programme is an exciting and innovative programme that teaches acupuncture in a contemporary framework and fully encompasses the concept of 'holism'.

The course is designed to provide a comprehensive education and training in the principles 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 students 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.

The course is accredited by British Acupuncture Accreditation Board (BAAB) on behalf of British Acupuncture Council (BAcC), and graduates are eligible to join BAcC without entrance assessment within two years of graduation.

Typical Course Structure

  • Chinese Medicine Theory
  • Meridian and Acupuncture Point
  • Anatomy and Physiology for Health
  • Professional Practice
  • Chinese Medicine Diagnostics
  • Acupressure Massage
  • Syndrome and Pattern Treatment
  • Pathophysiology for Acupuncture
  • Research Methods
  • Acupuncture Skills and Clinical Observation
  • Differential Diagnosis for Acupuncture
  • Acupuncture Management of Common Diseases
  • Acupuncture Management of Chronic Diseases
  • Clinical Practice 1
  • Management of Professional Practice
  • Independent Study
  • Clinical Practice 2

*assumes that students will study full-time in their final year. This can be discussed with the tutor.

Study Details

Students 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, five years. One - one and a half days per week.

Course contact hours are typically comprised of: four hours theory sessions per week. Three hours practical/seminar sessions per week (increased to nine hours in year five).

It is expected that students complete between four and ten hours 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.

View the course programme module specification or our Higher Education Student Handbook.

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How to Apply

Lincoln College is approved by The Open University as an appropriate organisation to offer higher education programmes leading to Open University (OU) validated awards. BSc (Hons) Acupuncture is validated by The Open University. The validating institution is responsible for awarding the qualification at the end of the programme. Students on validated courses are OfS registered, funded and taught at Lincoln College and it is the responsibility of the College to manage all aspects of this provision. The validating institution maintains an oversight of the programme throughout the academic year and must be satisfied that students are being taught in line with the required academic standards of the awarding institution. For full details and information on the responsibilities and conditions of study of both Lincoln College and the validating partners please see the Policies section. Lincoln College has designed this programme and has full responsibility for its delivery and assessment. Students who complete the programme successfully will receive an OU validated award certificate. The Open University assures itself of the standard and quality of its validated programmes through: the validation and re-validation process, the scrutiny of Lincoln College's own quality assurance procedures and the appointment of External Examiners to every OU validated programme. Although students are studying for an OU-validated award, a student's primary relationship is with Lincoln College and they 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 students and will provide students with an induction at the commencement of their programme, which will include advice and guidance on all matters relating to their 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. View the Lincoln College Higher Education Student Handbook.

A minimum of 72 UCAS Tariff points from:

  • GCE A and AS Levels with at least one subject at A Level 
  • BTEC National (Diploma or Extended Diploma) in a relevant subject
  • Access to HE Diploma
  • T Levels
  • Scottish Higher/Advanced Higher with at least one subject at Advanced Higher


  • GCSE English – Grade C/4 or above
  • GCSE Maths – Grade C/4 or above

*For mature applicants, some experience may be taken in lieu of A Levels/BTECs

EU and International Applicants

  • ENIC confirmed equivalent of 72 UCAS 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

Other Entry Requirements

Applicants will need to undertake a DBS criminal record check to study on this programme. This can be paid for using the Career Degree Bursary. Learn more about the DBS Check.

The assessment methods typically used throughout the programme include:

  • Essay/report
  • Written examinations
  • Presentations

The programme specification details the assessment strategy for each module, including the relevant task weightings.



The successful completion of BSc (Hons) Acupuncture can provide graduates 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. Graduates may also continue their studies at postgraduate level.

Per Academic Year

  • Home Students - £5,500
  • International Students - £5,500

Tuition fees will remain unchanged for the duration of a student’s continuous enrolment.

Additional Course Costs

  • DBS check: £47.80
  • Uniform: approximately £35 each
  • Basic first aid course: approximately £60
  • Towel: approximately £5

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

Additional compulsory course costs can be paid for using the Career Degree Bursary. The scheme allows students to access the bursary (up to a maximum value of £500 for full-time or £250 part-time students) 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.

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Our upcoming Higher Education (HE) Open Days are listed on the Open Days webpage. Please register your place via the Eventbrite links listed. 

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Key Facts



Duration:5 Years

Start Date:September 2023

Location:Lincoln Campus