University of Westminster

Course Introduction

The University of Westminster leads the way in complementary medicine training and education. Our courses will equip you with the skills, knowledge, attitudes and practical expertise essential for a career in professional healthcare; this course is designed to provide practitioner education to the professional entry standards and values of the British Acupuncture Council, and to meet the requirements for accreditation of the British Acupuncture Accreditation Board. Our focus is the education of competent, caring practitioners of Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture, who have the skills of critical thinking combined with mindfulness, and can participate in current debates on science and practice. As a Westminster student you will have unrivalled opportunities to gain practical experience of clinical working though the Polyclinic, our on'site teaching environment which offers low'cost access to the general public for a wide range of complementary medicine treatments and therapies.

Course Modules

Year 1 (Credit Level 4) modules include: anatomy and physiology; Chinese medicine channels, points and techniques; Chinese medicine clinical practice 1; Chinese medicine concepts and context; the therapeutic relationship; Year 2 (Credit Level 5) modules include: Chinese medicine clinical practice 2; Chinese medicine points and clinical skills; Chinese medicine principles, strategies and treatment; developing the therapeutic relationship; pathophysiology; research methods in complementary medicine; Year 3 (Credit Level 6) modules include: Chinese Medicine Clinical Practice 3; Chinese medicine patients, illness and disease; differential diagnosis; dissertation; refining the therapeutic relationship; starting your practice; Year 4 (Credit Level 7) MSci subject to choice of award and progression requirements: Acupuncture: a living tradition; clinical reasoning; contemporary issues in; complementary medicine; researching.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
4 years
Full Time Including Foundation Year
BSc (Hons) £12,500  Academic year. First year overseas fees
4 years
Full Time Including Foundation Year
BSc (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees
5 years
Full Time Including Foundation Year
MSci £12,500  Academic year. First year overseas fees
5 years
Full Time Including Foundation Year
MSci £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • Course specific
  • GCE AS-level
  • BTEC National Certificate (12 units) MD
  • BTEC National Diploma PMM
  • BTEC National Award
  • International Baccalaureate 26
  • GCE A-level CCD
  • SQA Higher CCCC
  • SQA Advanced Higher
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

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73% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 57%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 78%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 88%

£22,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

85% Go on to work and/or study

In work 65
Studying 5
Studying and working 15
Unemployed 5
Unknown 10

30% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 22%

Total Coursework: 65%

Total Practical: 13%

£4,700 - £6,700
Typical cost of university accommodation

£5,400 - £9,000
Typical cost of private accommodation