Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £6,000 *
International Fees £12,500 *
Duration 4 years

* The £6,000 UK/EU fee is for the Foundation Year only. All subsequent years will be charged at the full UK/EU undergraduate rate of £9,250 per year.)

Course summary

The medical principles originating in China between the 3rd Century BCE and 2nd Century CE remain integral components of the health care systems of China, Japan, the Koreas and Vietnam, and are practised today on a global scale. These principles and their development over the last 2,000 years, together with a wealth of practice and research that is currently taking place worldwide, provide the basis of this professional entry course in Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture.

Our focus is the education of competent, caring practitioners of Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture, who have the critical thinking skills combined with mindfulness and can participate in the current debates on science and practice. You will develop your clinical skills and competence as a scholar-practitioner through an NHS placement and extensive practice in our busy Polyclinic where, under the guidance of experienced tutors, your learning from the various aspects of the course is integrated.

The course is structured to support your intellectual, professional and practical skills development. Much of this is achieved through the use of themes that run through the modules and across levels. So in addition to the specific knowledge and skills required in Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture the course integrates clinical skills development, health sciences, personal and professional development, and research skills.

Course structure

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Note that the Polyclinic operates between September and late July, so clinical attendance may be required during holiday periods.

Subjects of study include:

  • Academic Skills 
  • Biology and Human Biology
  • Chemistry I: Inorganic and Physical 
  • Chemistry II: Bio-Organic 
  • Perspectives on Health

Credit Level 3

Subjects of study include:

  • Anatomy and Clinical Skills
  • Chinese Medicine: Channels, Points and Palpation
  • Chinese Medicine: Concepts and Context
  • Chinese Medicine: Theory to Practice
  • Clinical Practice 1
  • Human Physiology

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

  • Chinese Medicine: Pain and its Management
  • Chinese Medicine: Principles, Strategies and Treatment
  • Clinical Practice 2
  • Pathology and Clinical Medicine
  • Pathophysiology
  • Research in Clinical Practice

Credit Level 5

Subjects of study include:

  • Acumoxa: Learning through Cases 1
  • Acumoxa: Learning through Cases 2
  • Acumoxa: Learning through Cases 3
  • Clinical Practice 3
  • Dissertation
  • Starting Your Practice

Credit Level 6

Professional accreditation

The course is accredited by the British Acupuncture Accreditation Board (BAAB) and membership of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) can usually be recommended on successful completion of the course.

Complementary Medicine at Westminster has been ranked 5th in The Complete University Guide League Table 2018.

Herbal and East Asian Medicine (HEAM) courses at Westminster have been ranked 10th out of 84 institutions in the Guardian University League Tables 2018.

Entry Requirements

Typical Offer

  • A levels – BBC in non-science subjects
  • International Baccalaureate – 26 points (not to include Higher Level science)
  • Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma/Diploma – DMM/D*D* in non-Science subjects

We welcome applications from mature candidates without formal qualifications. Applicants will be expected to successfully complete a selection workshop.

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process.

Blended-learning science course for graduates

Graduates applying for the BSc Honours Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture do not need to have science A levels. It is assumed that you will have the aptitude and skills to be able to pass the health sciences modules on the course. However, if you do think that some preliminary study would be useful, we recommend the Physiology module from our Life Sciences Foundation Online Course pages.

Applicants with relevant work or learning experience may be eligible for Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) for some modules of the programme.

Typical Offer

  • International Baccalaureate – 26 points (not to include Higher Level science)

We welcome applications from mature candidates without formal qualifications. Applicants will be expected to successfully complete a selection workshop.

More information

Blended-learning science course for graduates

Graduates applying for the BSc Honours Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture do not need to have science A levels. It is assumed that you will have the aptitude and skills to be able to pass the health sciences modules on the course. However, if you do think that some preliminary study would be useful, we recommend the Physiology module from our Life Sciences Foundation Online Course pages.

Applicants with relevant work or learning experience may be eligible for Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) for some modules of the programme.

Pre-sessional English programmes

Need to improve your English before starting your course? We offer summer pre-sessional English programmes to help develop your English language skills.

Find out more about our pre-sessional English programmes.

Careers

Our focus is the education of competent, caring practitioners of Chinese Medicine Acupuncture, who have the critical thinking and practical and mindfulness skills needed for practice. You will develop your clinical skills and competence as a scholar-practitioner through extensive practice in our busy Polyclinic where, under the guidance of experienced tutors, your learning from the various aspects of the course is integrated. You also have the opportunity to work under guidance in an NHS placement.

Our graduates have been successful in becoming self-employed practitioners in private and group practices. Other career opportunities have been found in teaching, healthcare industries, research, management, consultancy, media and community healthcare.

Some graduates have progressed to postgraduate studies in areas such as medicine, physiotherapy and public health or to PhDs or Professional Doctorates.

Data from Key Information Set (KIS) 2015 show that 90% of our graduates are in work or study within six months.

Our Career Development Centre has just been shortlisted for the Best University Careers Service in the National Undergraduate Employability Awards for 2017.

With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we are here to help you succeed.

In 2015–16, we helped over 1,500 students find work placements across a range of sectors, with 250 employers attending 14 on-campus skills and careers fairs.

As a Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

We can help you:

  • find work placements related to your course
  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • find international opportunities to enhance your employability
  • market yourself effectively to employers
  • write better CVs and application forms
  • develop your interview and enterprise skills
  • plan your career with our careers consultants
  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year

Find out more about the Career Development Centre.

What our students say

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Maya

Chinese Medicine Acupuncture

My Tutors told me the course would be a life-changing experience – and they were right! This course was a paradigm-shifting event, which has enriched me as a person and given me all the tools I need to be a successful practitioner.

Everything about the course was well organised and thought through. The tuition was of the highest calibre. The course was hands on, so when I graduated, I promptly felt ready for a full professional life.

The Polyclinic gave me the opportunity to work with a great team and practice in a well-supported environment.

James

Chinese Medicine Acupuncture

The last three years have been filled with thrills and chills, from finishing our final exam to directing our own treatments for the first time. The best times of my study have all been in the Polyclinic, where it felt satisfying to finally put two years of study into practice.

As part of the final year, a module is dedicated in helping to get ready for setting up our own practice after graduation. As part of my plan, I am also improving my practice within a hospice, which has lots of graduates from Westminster.

Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £6,000 (The £6,000 UK/EU fee is for the Foundation Year only. All subsequent years will be charged at the full UK/EU undergraduate rate of £9,250 per year.))

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about undergraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

International tuition fee: £12,500 (The £6,000 UK/EU fee is for the Foundation Year only. All subsequent years will be charged at the full UK/EU undergraduate rate of £9,250 per year.))

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

International student funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

Find out more

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