Rail travel times
The college is located in Reading, Berkshire, with good rail links from across the country
|Birmingham||1 hr 38 mins|
|Brighton||2 hrs 7 mins|
|Bristol||1 hr 15 mins|
|Cardiff||1 hr 36 mins|
|Exeter||1 hr 42 mins|
|Gatwick||1 hr 16 mins|
College of Integrated Chinese Medicine
19 Castle street
Monday to Friday: 9.00 - 5.30
|Phone||0118 950 8889|
Reading is situated in the Thames valley, thirty miles west of London. It has excellent connections to much of Britain by rail, road and air.
It is a dynamic town with excellent shopping and services. The college is in Castle street, which is a stone's throw from town centre shops and restaurants, including the oracle shopping centre.
By rail Reading is only twenty-five minutes on the train from London Paddington and has excellent rail connections to many parts of Britain. There are direct trains to Waterloo, via Richmond and Clapham Junction; Gatwick, Guildford and Southampton. The college is a ten-minute walk from the railway station.
By road Reading is west of London on the M4 motorway, close to the M25, M3, M40 and connections to the M1 allowing for easy access to other parts of the country. There are high speed coach services to London and elsewhere.
By air Reading is within easy reach of both London Heathrow and Gatwick airports. There is a regular Railair coach service between Reading railway station and Heathrow (typically 45 mins, depending on the time of day), and a direct train link to Gatwick (1 hr 16 mins).
For the college there is staff and patient parking only at the college. Other parking is available at Oracle Riverside in Mill Lane and Holy Brook in Bridge Street.
Planning your journey
For more details of accommodation in the area go to http://livingreading.co.uk/visit/where-to-stay
"I love the teaching at CICM, it is varied, interesting and extremely inspiring and the teachers all have a wealth of experience to draw on.”
“CICM was suggested by an acupuncturist I know and recommended for its high-quality tuition and professional approach. I knew I wanted to explore a degree course and after my open day experience I knew it had to be CICM.”
"I recently joined CICM and there are so many things I love about the place. The teachers are genuinely helpful and want us to do well. The place has a calm, harmonic feel and studying has already had a tangible benefit to my lifestyle and health."
"I was an electrician before I started studying acupuncture. It might not seem like it but there are overlaps between them, you look at a circuit and work out where the problem is coming from and then rectify it. The difference is with acupuncture I’ll help people to get better!"
"Since embarking on this course, I have been astounded every day by the passion that this subject has sparked in me. I realised very quickly that I was in the right place, doing the right thing. I can only describe it as finally finding my place in the universe and becoming part of something much bigger than myself."
"I wanted to become an acupuncturist as I prefer to use natural remedies which are in line with my faith and cultural background. I have witnessed the profound effects treatment can have on patients. CICM has an excellent reputation and I love the whole package here, especially the staff and supportive teachers."
"I appreciated the integrated style of TCM and the five elements as being the most profound way to reach and help people. This was the best possible start to a long acupuncture career that I could possibly wish for."
"My years at CICM will always hold a special place in my mind. It was like entering Hogwarts. The subjects are mind-expanding, the teachers and tutors really passionate and always keen to answer questions and give guidance. It has transformed me as a person and changed the way I see people, emotions, relationships, disease and health."
The teachers are really supportive and make every effort to tailor how they teach to suit the different styles of students. I like to question things and look at things from different angles - and the teachers have always supported me by being there to answer things by email after class, recommend further reading, or even being there to support me when I set up a Chinese medicine society for the college.
The course covers a huge range of topics, angles and perspectives, and whilst so much of it is new, unfamiliar and challenging at times- especially the 'hands on practical aspects- I can’t think of anything else I’d rather be doing, or anywhere else I’d rather be doing it. CICM is a hub of connection, commitment and energy, and something I am honoured to be part of.
All of my teachers are practicing therapists with a library of information and experience to reinforce their words and the lectures. I have gained a lot of insight into myself and I often find myself reflecting on what we learned in class and applying it to life. I am recommending the course to everyone I know!
As I was in my late forties I was concerned that I was too old, however the Open Day dispelled any doubts that I had as the age range of students and staff spanned from 18 to 80. The beautiful building was a joy to explore and I felt immersed in the world of Chinese Medicine. It was a cocoon of learning in the heart of Reading and only ten minutes’ walk from the train station.