Study on our high-quality acupuncture courses at the Northern College of Acupuncture


BSc (Hons) and MSc in Acupuncture courses (weekend and weekday) – our next courses begin in October 2017. Eligible students can apply now for a student loan for our BSc in Acupuncture.

How we help you to become an acupuncturist

Applying to study on an acupuncture course

The comments on this page are taken from our end of year student feedback in answer to the question: “What would you say to friends or colleagues about the College and the course?”


We are easy to get to


“I would definitely suggest travelling to York. A beautiful place and open environment that supports student development.”


Our College is situated in a beautiful Georgian building in the centre of historic York. York has excellent transport links and is one of the main stops on the London to Edinburgh East Coast Line. Only 1 hour 45 minutes from London, 2 hours 15 minutes from Edinburgh and only a 10 minute walk from the station. Road links are also excellent with a dual carriageway link to the A1/M1 North and South and M62 East and West. York is a vibrant city with plenty of accommodation and restaurants.



“Although I was not sure at first I am now very glad that we made a business plan – I now feel a lot more confident about starting out as a practitioner.”

We teach you the business skills you will need to help you to set up in practice


Following the introduction of our business skills stream a few years ago we have noticed a real difference in our students’ starting out success. We teach you skills such as marketing, finance and social media, and you create your own individual business plan to give you a clear direction to set up your practice.


We are committed to research


“I enjoyed research – it was during these lessons and assignments that I experienced a personal realisation that I learned a lot from. I really enjoy Lara’s passion and motivation which is infectious.”


There is a growing body of good quality research showing a strong clinical benefit from acupuncture for a range of conditions, and showing that acupuncture is more than a placebo. We are strongly committed to supporting the continuing development of this evidence base. Our MSc in Acupuncture students in particular are crucial to the future evolution of research in our field, and we are also now offering two new fully online MSc courses for practitioners.


We have a great reputation


“I would recommend the course as it is very supportive and the College is a great place to learn.”


Established in 1988 we are the North’s only independent acupuncture College. We take enormous pride in our College, our dedicated hard working students and our committed teaching staff, who are leading practitioners in their fields. We have a national reputation for excellence. Our acupuncture courses were the first in the country to be accredited and validated and we continually strive to ensure our courses are leading edge. We are partnered with Middlesex University and our accreditation with the British Acupuncture Accreditation Board (BAAB) ensures you will be eligible to apply for membership of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) when you have qualified.


We are committed to you


“Come to NCA - hard to imagine any teaching establishment that cares about the success of its students more."


Our students’ success is our mission. Chinese medicine opens up a whole new perspective on life and you will connect with your studies on many different levels. We only choose the right students and once you are with us we support you every step of the way, from walking through our door on your first day to your graduation and beyond.


We offer flexible courses


“A big thank you to everyone at the NCA for all the help and support I have received and I am looking forward to another great year!”


You have busy lives, often fitting study around work, family and other commitments. You can choose to study on our acupuncture degree courses at weekends or on weekdays.


We are a friendly and supportive College


“The NCA is an excellent College with very caring and supportive staff, it feels like a very big family.”


We are a small and friendly College and you are not just a number at the NCA. We recognise you as an individual and support and encourage each step of your personal journey to becoming an acupuncturist.


We have dedicated staff


“A very good and comprehensive course taught by high quality teachers with expert knowledge and experience.”


One of our strengths is our teaching team giving you the best possible teaching, support and clinical experience. Our staff are already experienced practitioners as well as being able educators and they are all working towards a common goal - the day you walk out of our door knowing that you have become a fully qualified acupuncturist.


We give you lots of practical skills


“Having bodywork knowledge expanded massively (after 10 years of doing massage) which was brilliant.”


Our classroom teaching includes plenty of hands-on training and you will be equipped with excellent practical and clinical skills from day one.