"My father was an acupuncturist, so I was brought up with it around me and I had treatment early on.
For me, acupuncture answers a lot about peoples’ health problems and I know I’ll be able to use it to treat many conditions I meet on a daily basis. Doing the course has already had a big impact on my life and I'm sure it's only the beginning. The course is very well organised and relevant and the college has a great atmosphere.
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, cicm student
During the clinical programme the class is usually split in half to allow a smaller seminar and workshop based approach.
Both formats are popular with students who require student loans and parents who want to leave the school holidays relatively free.
The weekday course classes are held on Mondays and Tuesdays and point location classes can also be attended on Friday afternoons. This format is popular with people who would rather study during the week than at weekends.
The weekend course is popular with people who work during the week, find childcare or travelling long distances easier at weekends and it also has a Friday session that can be attended.
The TCM aspect of the course is extremely thorough and we believe that is at least the equal of any TCM course in the UK. The two styles are taught alongside each other and the college’s clinical students and graduates practise them together in a way that gives a breadth and depth of approach that is not possible if only one style is learnt.
It is important to remember that although these are distinct styles of treatment there are many aspects of acupuncture that overlap and do not have to be learned twice. For examples, point location, pulse diagnosis, needle technique, conventional medical sciences etc.
If you have not studied for a long time or feel that you would like help with developing appropriate study skills for higher education, we strongly recommend the website learn higher http://www.learnhigher.ac.uk/. It offers advice on issues such as academic writing, time management, taking notes, etc.