"The syllabus is really cleverly thought out. It builds on knowledge, term by term and year by year.
Things that seemed complicated at the beginning of the first year, make complete sense as the course progresses. I really feel like I have a very solid foundation to keep learning and learning.
The teachers are really supportive and make every effort to tailor how they teach to suit the different styles of people in the class. I'm the sort of student who likes 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.
I've made some really lovely friends and we've all got great ideas about how we will support each other once we are qualified and running our own businesses.
Working as an acupuncturist feels like a perfect mix of really helping people as well as being able to create your own business and make that grow in the direction you want it to take."
Many students come to us having not studied for a long time, some may have very few formal qualifications. Some students also have particular learning needs, for example, dyslexia or are fitting study around family or career commitments. We all need support and appreciate that for some the thought of returning to study may be daunting.
Support and personal tutors
We aim to support you as much as possible and this will begin before you have even started the course. If you have any specific learning needs you will be contacted by Jo Rochford our learning support co-ordinator to find out how we can best help you. Everyone that comes on to the course will be assigned a personal tutor who will stay with you for the first 2 years of the course. They will be in regular contact with you throughout this time, but you can contact them if you have anything in particular you need support with.
In the third year you will work closely with your clinical supervisor who will see you through your clinical phase of the course. Both your personal tutor and clinical supervisor are there to help you make the most of the course by providing you with support and guidance. Ultimately they are there to help you be the best acupuncturist you can be.
We all have different learning styles and we will help you to explore yours in the first week. All our teachers will use a variety of teaching strategies to help you make the most of your own style. We believe in giving full, explicit and timely feedback on all assignments so that you will know how best to improve. In addition, you can contact all your tutors to get clarification on all matters of your study. In your practical lessons we employ practical skills tutors to support the main teacher in helping give you more individual attention.
Study skills sessions
In addition we also offer study skills sessions for those who may not have done a degree course before or who have been out of education for a long time.
The first study skills session covers areas such as time management, different learning styles, creating personalised study aids (for example how to use mind maps if you’re a visual learner, ideas for creating audio tracks if you’re an auditory learner or ways to use touch and movement if you’re a kinaesthetic learner). It’s a great opportunity for students to think about how they are going to study effectively and develop their skills.
The second session covers essay writing and looks at researching, planning, writing an academic essay as well as how to reference your work.
Regional support groups
As students come to study here from all over the UK we provide regional support groups. These are groups typically attended by 6-8 CICM students and run by a regional support tutor who will be able to answer questions you might have and to provide feedback on practical aspects of the course. These groups are also an excellent opportunity to talk with students from other years.
You will also have access to the CICM student facebook group to share ideas and discuss all aspects of student life with other students.
You will have access to University College of Osteopathy's virtual learning environment, where we have a number of online resources that will help you learn at your own pace.