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


BSc in Acupuncture (weekend and weekday options) – our next courses start end of September/early October 2019. Find out more by joining us for our online presentation and Q&A evening or on our next full days acupuncture introductory event on Saturday 16th February  - click here to book your place  

Entry requirements

Our courses 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.

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.

Katie Lee – Year 1 Nothern College of Acupuncture student

Katie Lee – Year 1 student

Coming (almost) straight from school I was worried about being the youngest student, however there are quite a few younger students in my cohort, and I have fitted in really well. Everyone at the College is so warm and welcoming and treats me as an equal. I moved into private student accommodation in York and my worries about not meeting other my age were completely unnecessary. I met people in student accommodation straight away and I have a great social life here. Studying at the NCA is undeniably different to a standard university experience but I feel it is every bit as enjoyable and supportive.

Coming straight from secondary education

If you are coming to us straight from A-levels, our entry requirements are: 96 UCAS points, plus at least a GCSE Grade C or above (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics. 96 UCAS points corresponds, for example, to:

  • three GCE A Level passes of 32 points each (Grade C)
  • two GCE A level passes of 48 points each (Grade A)
  • three Scottish Highers at Grade A
  • two Advanced Scottish Highers, one at grade A, one at grade B
  • a pass in Edexcel BTEC National Certificate/Diploma or HNC/HND (merit and distinction passes)
  • a pass in an Access to HE Diploma course recognised by the College
  • an International Baccalaureate Diploma



Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) - entry to BSc in Acupuncture for students who have already undertaken 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 course. 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.



Alba Riba - Year 3 student

Alba Riba - Year 3 student

I moved to the UK from Spain and what initially attracted me to the NCA was the College’s commitment to research and the opportunity to study to Masters level. I was also attracted to York because I wanted to study in a city with a good quality of life. The NCA has really delivered for me. The clinical experience is invaluable – especially the opportunity to learn with different year groups. I also like that there are lots of different tutors who all bring different qualities and experience to their teaching sessions.

EU/EAA students

We welcome applicants from the EU/EAA. You will need to have successfully completed an academic English language test, such as IELTS, to prove that you have written and spoken English that is to a level acceptable to take an academic/practitioner degree course.

Overseas students

Due to visa restrictions we are unable to accept applications from non-EU/EAA students at present.

Academic 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 academic English language assessment before you start the course with one of the many providers such as Academic IELTS and Cambridge English Advanced. Read the following information about the various providers and the levels / minimum scores required.



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.



Equal Opportunities Policy

The College aims to select applicants on an equal opportunities basis and is keen that the intake reflects the cultural diversity of Britain.



Access and Participation

Our student cohorts are diverse, covering a wide range of ages, class and cultural backgrounds, and ethnicities. We have a strategic mission to continue to improve access to our courses to all.