Overview of Course

Three-Year Diploma in Chinese Medicine (Acupuncture)

The three-year-long Diploma offered by XCCM is a complete, professional course that will qualify you to work as a practitioner of Chinese medicine in the UK. Upon qualification, you will become a member of the CMA (Chinese Medicine Association) and be eligible for full insurance to practise acupuncture and associated modalities at a professional level.

The course will take place on a part-time basis, with students attending several long weekends each academic year. On these courses, you will receive theoretical and practical teaching from the two main teachers of the college, Damo Mitchell and Rob Aspell. These teachings will ensure that students complete each of the seven modules that are required in order to qualify at the end of the course. Various assessments are carried for each module and they must all be passed to a satisfactory standard in order to progress with the training. Students are required to attend each training session as the information on these courses is essential to become a competent practitioner of Chinese medicine.

Anatomy and Physiology

All subjects will be taught on these courses but students will also have to complete a suitable qualification in A&P (Anatomy and Physiology), either before or alongside the Diploma course in order to satisfy the governing body’s requirements. We can direct students towards these courses when they apply to train with us.

Observational Placements

Students on the course are required to complete 90 hours of practical self-directed work, which is a combination of observational placements and therapeutic treatments over the course of the Diploma (30 hours per year). These hours will go towards final assessment of the students’ competence at the end of the training.

Course Duration

The course includes twenty-two days of training per year, which are spread over several extended courses. These training days are taught alongside the thirty hours of observational placements that must be completed each year.

  • Year 1 – 22 days of training + 30 hours of observational placements or case studies
  • Year 2 – 22 days of training + 30 hours of observational placements or case studies
  • Year 3 – 22 days of training + 30 hours of observational placements or case studies

This makes for a total of sixty-six days of training and ninety hours of observational placements and case studies

Assessments on the Course

Students will be asked to complete an assessed task for each of the seven modules on the course. To be awarded the Diploma, students must have completed each assessed task during the three-year period.

Student Requirements

Students must support their class learning by undertaking extensive guided-reading at home. This reading will be to assist students with moving deeper into the subjects covered in classes.