Fitting the acupuncture courses in with your life
Attendance on our weekday course (BSc and MSc)
The weekday acupuncture course is taught during the week - two half days each week during term times (25 weeks in all) plus six extra half days over the year. There is also half a day of e-learning each week that you undertake at home in your own time, and which is also counted towards your attendance. The weekday course starts in late early October and finishes in June. You have a long break from classroom learning over the summer, a short break over Christmas and Easter, and a half-term break each term. Typically your study week will consist of time in class at the College, time in our teaching clinic (open Monday to Saturday), e-learning at home and home-study. A guide for home study is 2 hours of home study for each hour in class or clinic.
For the course starting in 2017 teaching days will be on Tuesdays and Wednesdays with five extra mornings on Mondays spread throughout the year.
Classroom sessions run from 10am to 1:30pm.
Attendance on our weekend course (BSc and MSc)
The weekend acupuncture course is taught at weekends - approximately every other weekend during term time (14 weekends in all). There is also e-learning that you undertake at home in your own time, and which is also counted towards your attendance.The weekend course starts in early October and finishes in June with a long break from classroom learning over the summer and a short break over Christmas and Easter.
Classroom sessions run from 10.00am - 6.00pm on Saturday and 9.30am - 5.30pm on Sunday.
Student finance for our BSc in Acupuncture weekend and weekday
Students who are eligible will be able to access a student tuition fee loan for both our weekday and weekend BSc in acupuncture courses.
Studying part time
Parts of the courses which would normally take one year can be spread over two years if other considerations in your life make this necessary. If you would like to find out more about an option to study part time please give us call. If you are studying part time you may be eligible for a part time student loan.
MSc courses extra tutorials
MSc students have six extra tutorials each year lasting two hours. Some are taught in class and some online. The weekend course classroom tutorials are taught on Saturday evenings and the weekday course tutorials in the afternoons after morning classes.
In addition to the classroom teaching, you will gain clinical experience both in our teaching clinic here at the College and visiting other practitioners near to you.
The NCA teaching clinic is open Monday to Saturday. Clinic days are scheduled well in advance and arranged in two “blocks” with our courses administrator Linda Johnson. Ideally each block is the same day each week for a series of consecutive weeks. Student preferences are taken into account.
Year 1: 8 days in the NCA clinic (please note that 3 of these days are between October and January) and 2 practitioner observation days with practitioners of your choice.
Year 2: 17 days in the NCA clinic and 3 practitioner observation days with practitioners of your choice.
Year 3: 20 days in the NCA clinic.
Courses attendance summary
|First Year||Second Year||Third Year|
|14 weekends, or weekdays over 25 weeks in term time||14 weekends, or weekdays over 25 weeks in term time||14 weekends, or weekdays over 25 weeks in term time|
8 days in clinic
|17 days in clinic
and 3 days of practitioner observation
|20 days in clinic|
|MSc students also have six 2 hour tutorials - some in class and some online||MSc students also have six 2 hour tutorials - some in class and some online||MSc students also have six 2 hour tutorials - some in class and some online|
Year 4: (MSc only) MSc dissertation mostly home study with support of your supervisor(s).