Accreditation and Validation
Our courses are fully accredited and validated, ensuring your qualification is of the highest standard.
What makes us different from a University?
We are an independent College with a special atmosphere and ethos, dedicated entirely to acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and nutrition. We give you a lot of support and nurture your development towards becoming an acupuncturist. An important part of this is that you will join a dedicated and committed group of students, who give one another mutual support and encouragement. We are smaller than a University department and you will find that we quickly get to know you as an individual.
The College has a new partnership with London South Bank University (LSBU), which validates the BSc in Acupuncture. Students starting in 2019 will receive their degree from LSBU on successful completion of their course.
Professional Membership with the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC)
Once you have qualified you will be eligible to apply for membership of the British Acupuncture Council (MBAcC) and your patients can be assured that you are fully qualified to treat them. The BAcC is recognised by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care, which is accountable to parliament. This means that the public can be further assured that the BAcC meets high standards in governance, standard-setting, education and training, management, complaints and information. The BAcC provides its members with support at both a national and local level and many of our students join as student members at the start of their course. We would encourage you to find out more about the British Acupuncture Council and how they can help you as a student, and support you when you become a practitioner.
Professional accreditation with the British Acupuncture Accreditation Board (BAAB)
Our acupuncture course is fully accredited by the British Acupuncture Accreditation Board (BAAB). This is the accreditation body for the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) which is the most widely recognised professional body for acupuncture.
Review by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA)
The Northern College of Acupuncture has undergone a Higher Education Review by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and has received its final report. We submitted an annual return to the QAA in December 2016 that demonstrates that we are continuing to maintain academic standards and enhance the quality of student learning opportunities and information about learning opportunities.
Office for Students
We’re now registered with the Office for Students. This is the body set up by act of parliament to act as the independent regulator for all Universities and HE providers in England and Wales. We meet the Office for Students requirements for course quality, academic standards, student support, student protection and more.