Our courses in acupuncture are accessible for all and we encourage a diversity of ages and backgrounds.
You will need to be over 18 and have gained either the standard entry requirements (if you are coming to us straight from A levels) or be able to give us satisfactory evidence of your life and work experience (if you are coming in as a mature student). Our students come to study acupuncture at the NCA from a variety of backgrounds and a variety of qualifications. Some of our students already have a degree and some a practitioner training in another field. Students applying for our MSc in Acupuncture will either have an initial undergraduate degree or relevant and responsible work experience equivalent to undergraduate degree level learning.
BSc (Hons) in Acupuncture
Applying as a mature student without formal qualifications
We welcome applications from mature students and those who do not have a conventional educational background. We provide ample support for those returning to, or new to, academic study and we do everything we can to help you succeed. Every application is assessed on its individual merits. If you do not have the formal qualifications which make you eligible for the BSc in Acupuncture, we encourage you to make a case based on your learning from work and life experience. We will help you to do this during your interview, when we discuss with you your life and work experience to identify areas of responsibility, communication skills, and times in your life when you have worked with information, or been involved in decision-making and problem-solving. It’s not unusual for our students to start without formal qualifications and to become excellent practitioners.
Coming straight from secondary education
If you are coming to us straight from A-levels, our entry requirements are: 260 points at A2 level or equivalent. For example grade A = 120 points, grade B = 100 points, grade C = 80 points.
Student story - Eilidh Snape (right)
Q What made you decide upon acupuncture as a career straight from secondary education?
A I knew I always wanted to work in health care but was unsure what path to take. At first I thought about becoming a doctor but after completing three weeks of work experience something didn’t feel right. After having acupuncture after breaking my ribs I became extremely interested in it and thought it would be an excellent career in a growing market.
Q What made you choose the NCA?
A After visiting I fell in love with York and felt very comfortable in the College and it just felt right.
Q How was it fitting in with a cohort mostly older than you?
A Fitting in has been no problem at all. I have made very good friends with some of the younger students but I feel equally as comfortable with the older ones. It’s nice being the baby of the course as they tend to look after me and share their life experience through troubling times. It’s almost like having 20 aunts and uncles all looking out for me.
Q Have you any advice to give to other people who may be thinking about studying with us straight from secondary education?
A I would say you have to be fairly independent as it’s not like a usual University. I shared a house with some students from other colleges in my first year so I could have more of a social life and meet some younger people - which has worked out brilliantly. I’ve always been an independent learner as I was home schooled for some of my education - so this course works well for me.
MSc in Acupuncture
Applicants should have either an undergraduate degree, an equivalent professional qualification, or relevant and responsible work experience equivalent to degree-level learning.
RPL - entry to BSc or MSc for students who have already completed some acupuncture training and are looking to complete at the NCA
If you would like to transfer to the NCA from another College or University, or if you have previously completed part of your training and had to stop, we will work with you to assess what level of study you have attained and how this fits with our acupuncture courses. This is called Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).Typically we will ask you to provide transcripts and syllabus of your previous study programme and we may ask you to complete an assessment or sit an exam. Our Registrar Alison will guide and support you though this process. For more information read our RPL policy.
EEA (European Economic Area) and overseas students
We welcome applicants from the EEA. Please note that if you are an EEA student and hope to access Student Finance to help fund the course, you will need to have lived in the UK for three years or more to be eligible for government funding. Due to visa restrictions we are unable to accept applications from non-EEA students at present.
English language requirement
Communication is such an important part both of the course, and in interactions with patients, that our students need to be proficient in the use of spoken and written English. If English is not your first language we will expect you to take an English language assessment with one of the many providers such IELTS and Cambridge English Advanced.
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
As we take the safety of our patients seriously you are required to undergo a check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). This is something that we help you to organise in your first term before you start in clinic. Some of you will already have your DBS check in place and will be able to bring your certificate in to the College.