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3 Year Licentiate in Acupuncture


Our in-depth three year course will teach you everything you need to know to become a confident and successful practitioner. The total numbers of hours studied are 3,600, making this degree-level training. You may find that for personal reasons you need to take a study break; this is completely acceptable as long as you complete all of your modules within five years. Unlike training at a university, all of your lectures will be delivered by successful practitioners who are eager to pass their knowledge and experience on to you. Our academic team have trained literally hundreds of acupuncturists and they work hard to make sure that what you learn is up-to-date and relevant to the work of an acupuncturist. Although the BAAB is the accrediting body, your Licentiate Diploma in Acupuncture will be awarded by The City College of Acupuncture. The final level of the award is known academically as Level 6, the same Level as a BSc (Hons).

Name: 3 year Licentiate in Acupuncture (Lic. Ac)                                                                 Course Time: 9.30am - 5.00pm

Prerequisite(s): Appropriate life experience or 120 points at ‘A’ level                                Course ID: LA-03

Course Days:  September 2024 start: Monday & Tuesday class days Intake 
(also Thursday & Friday class days Intake, subject to demand)                                         Location: Map

The theories and practice of Chinese Medicine has been continuously evolving for over 2000 years, and modern research worldwide is validating its effectiveness and mode of action. Understanding the validity of such wealth of practice, from the more ancient theories to modern incarnations, allows the practitioner to adapt to any situation the patient may present with. Our programme, designed by lecturers, academics and full-time practitioners, reflects this variety of practice, and aims to instil an understanding of all the various strands of Chinese Medicine in a teaching environment centred around clinical practice.

A Chinese medicine practitioner not only asks a patient questions but also uses all of their senses – especially observation – to arrive at a diagnosis. Our programme establishes a strong base of non-verbal skills before introducing verbal skills, allowing the practitioner to develop a good grasp of all the diagnostic tools that are a part of the accomplished practitioner’s toolbox.

The CCA programme was developed in alignment with the core values set out by acupuncture’s educational and professional bodies. In particular, it fosters critical thinking by encouraging students to question their own beliefs, as well as the received wisdom of those around them. We provide a climate where competent, safe and ethical, open-minded practitioners develop, who will be ready to engage with the continuous professional development required of professionals healthcare providers, as well as participate in the further evolution of Chinese Medicine and wider public debate surrounding complementary healthcare.

The programme is designed to:

  • Provide a challenging and stimulating study environment

  • Provide a diversity of approaches to learning and teaching of students including practical, experiential and clinical means where appropriate

  • Provide an effective education of professional health care practitioners together with an awareness of the need for an holistic
    approach to treatment in the context of the individual needs of the patient

  • Provide practitioner education to the professional entry standards and values of the British Acupuncture Council and to meet the  requirements for accreditation by the British Acupuncture Accreditation Board

  • Provide students with the opportunity to develop a breadth of knowledge and understanding of anatomy, physiology and disease in Oriental and Western medicine

  • Provide students with an understanding of the use of acupuncture in the treatment of disease

  • Provide students with the necessary knowledge and practical skills to execute acupuncture treatments effectively

  • Provide students with the necessary understanding of the nature of the therapeutic relationship, the capacity to manage patients and the ability to deepen their understanding of it through experience in the clinical setting

  • Provide students with the ability to develop research and reflective skills appropriate for continuing development as a practitioner

  • To equip students with the necessary business skills to establish themselves as professional practitioners

  • Provide students with the opportunity to develop key skills including critical, analytical, practical, numerate, research and communication skills

  • Equip graduates with the necessary transferable skills for lifelong learning and flexibility in the development of their chosen career

  • How reputable is The City College?
    Located in the Old Street area of London, The City College is an independent institution for U.K-based local students. Literally thousands of students have passed through its doors since it was founded in 1979. The City College is one of only a handful of private colleges to be allowed to use the suffix to its web address ( This is normally reserved for universities only.
  • Are The City College and The City College of Acupuncture the same place?
    The City College of Acupuncture is a specialist training institution offering qualifications in Acupuncture and Tui Na massage. It is part of the original The City College.
  • What is the surrounding area like?
    Easy to get to by public transport, The City College is located on the edge of the trendy Hoxton and Shoreditch areas of London which have vibrant arts and entertainment districts with plentiful restaurants, art galleries and bars. The Old Street area itself has recently been nicknamed “Silicon Roundabout’ and is a rapidly expanding centre for new companies specializing in computing, gaming, mobile apps and design

If you are ready to engage with this life-changing experience, get in touch with us today!

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