Course fees

We are a not for profit organisation and our priority is to ensure you receive first class training.

Our current courses are recognised by student finance direct, so if you do not already have a university degree, you are likely to be eligible for a student loan of £6,165 per year to help you pay for your course. 

To help them identify our course our HEP code is ADOI and please select full time course and College of Integrated Chinese Medicine from the drop down menu subject category

(HECoS) is 100233 Acupuncture CAH02- subjects allied to medicine.

Student loans are repaid at a very low rate of interest and do not have to be paid back until your income has reached £25,000 a year at which point you pay back 9% of your income over £25,000. 

If you would like clarification about eligibility please contact student finance direct

Whilst fees are fixed for years 1 and 2, the college reserves the right to raise year 3 fees in line with the retail price index.  

Payments can be made in two ways:

  • Payment in full, before the first day of the course, in which case a discount of 2.5% can be deducted
  • By monthly direct debit over 9 months

Session times

Next intake is a weekend course and will run on Saturdays and Sundays, please contact Jo Brown for full list of dates.

Course dates for our next intake for year 1

First year sessions October 2024

1st term: 14 October - 17 Dec   2nd term:  6 Jan 25 - 15 April   3rd term:  28 April - 1 July

All these dates and times will be confirmed at the start of the course


Fees for  

October 2024

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

(including clinical training)

Total fees





First year sessions April 2025

1st Term:  26 April - 13 July  2nd term:  9 August - 14 December   3 term:  17 January - 29 March 

All these dates and times will be confirmed at the start of the course


Fees for  

April 2024

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

(including clinical training)

Total fees




Additional Costs

In addition to the fees, there are extra costs you need to take into account.  You will need to purchase a white coat for clinical observations and treating patients and supply your own needles when practising your needling and when treating in the third year.  Please also consider the cost of travel, accommodation and food depending on how close you live to the college.  You will also need a gown for point location classes which can be purchased from the college for £6.50.  The cost of books will depend on how many you choose to purchase, there are a list of compulsory textbooks and optional.  Click here for the reading list.

  • "I wanted to become an acupuncturist because I had experienced its amazing benefits…studying acupuncture at CICM was one of the best decisions in my life.”

    Ehsan Salout

  • "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.”

    Keeley Farrington

  • “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.”

    Michelle Patrick

  • "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."

    Erica Chen

  • "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!"

    Jack Keeping

  • "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."

    Sally Connelly

  • "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."

    Bev Holder

  • "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."

    Bethan Morgan

  • "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."

    Efthymios Fotenios

  • 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.

    Helen Reid

  • 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.

    Ellie Farnfield

  • 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!

    Jacob Marley

  • 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.

    Samanthan Roderick