Fitting the acupuncture course in with your life
You can choose between studying at weekends or weekdays
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.
Attendance on our weekday course
The weekday acupuncture course is taught during the week - two half days each week during term times (25 weeks in all) plus five 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 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.
For the course starting in 2019 weekday teaching will be on Tuesdays and Wednesdays with five extra mornings on Mondays spread through the year.
Classroom sessions will run from 10am to 1:30pm
Attendance on our weekend course
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
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
and 2 days of practitioner observation
|17 days in clinic
and 3 days of practitioner observation
|20 days in clinic|
Carole Cook - graduate
“I fitted in the BSc in Acupuncture with my part time work and bringing up a young family. I had a lot of juggling but it was manageable as long as I organised my time well. However, it was hugely rewarding, I really enjoyed the course and feel excited about my new career.”
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.