BSc (Hons) Acupuncture

BSc (Hons) Acupuncture (four years including foundation year)

Acupuncture is a vocation to be passionate about.

Accredited by the Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine, this degree has been designed to respond to the growing demand for a high quality academic qualification in acupuncture in the field of complementary medicine

As a Glyndŵr student on the BSc (Hons) Acupuncture you will experience a friendly and nurturing environment, with a team dedicated to practitioner training. The team is committed to your success and strives to give the best possible teaching, academic support and clinical experience to enable you to succeed!

Our integrated approach encourages students to become competent, skilled and confident acupuncturists and develop their clinical styles from the start of the course by learning a range of therapeutic applications.



This programme introduces the theories of Chinese Medicine including the principles of Yin and Yang, macrocosm and microcosm, Qi, diagnostics and their application to practice. This philosophy is based upon holism, treating the mind and body as a whole, with the prime objective of treatment to enable the client to regain new balance and return to a state of well being.

As well as developing an understanding of Chinese philosophy, you will also acquire knowledge of health sciences, research and therapeutic skills as well as developing your skills in communication, presentation, reflection, information gathering, problem-solving and evaluation.

At the end of the degree you will be able to pursue a challenging and fulfilling career as a professional practitioner in acupuncture and areas allied to Chinese medicine.

Key facts

  • This degree is accredited by the Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • It covers a range of therapeutic skills in Chinese Medicine
  • Combines the aforementioned skills with Western Allopathic skills and philosophy, including a dedicated module to musculoskeletal interventions
  • You will be eligible to join the Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ATCM) a as a student member. Once qualified you must inform the ATCM of your change of status from student to practitioner
  • You will have the opportunity to study Eastern and Western philosophies in depth and work with experienced practitioners
  • Clinical experience is provided at the on campus clinic. The eight bed clinic is available to the general public and provides students with the experienced required to become a competent, confident and professional clinician
  • The course helps each student to develop into a practitioner who is capable of using and contributing to the body of knowledge and research, which supports the practice of Chinese and complementary medicine.
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Course content

Course content

You will learn the diagnostic skills needed to practise acupuncture, as well as learning subjects such as anatomy and applied physiology, nutrition, business practice and patho-physiology so that you are able to diagnose with confidence and know when issues need to be referred to other specialists in the health sector.

The inclusion of anatomy and physiology, alongside pathophysiological studies will provide you with the skills to diagnose with confidence and refer to other specialists in the health sector.

The course teaches you not only how to perform acupuncture but about cupping, moxibustion and Tui Na. In addition you will study professional and personal skill development, research and business studies to assist you to develop your own practice upon graduation.

In your final year you will undertake a dissertation research project on a subject of your choosing, and business studies will assist you with the development of your own practice upon graduation.



Year 1 (Level 4)

Principles and Diagnostic Skills for Chinese Medicine:This module aims to provide the student with an understanding of the foundation topics such as Yin & Yang, Zang Fu organs, meridian theory and the Eight Principles.

Foundations in Research:This module will equip you with underpinning knowledge in research to gain skills that will assist you to understand the fundamentals of research methods, understand why different methods and designs are used in the research processes enabling you to make sense of a research paper

Developing Academic and Personal Skills:This module will equip the student with the skills required to be successful in level 5 and 6 and within clinical practice. Within this module you will be given the opportunity to explore subjects such as communication, academic writing skills, reflective practice and the therapeutic relationship.

Nutrition:This module will develop the student’s knowledge of diet and nutrition to enhance the treatment protocol with the aftercare advice: encompassing the physiological and biochemical importance of the macronutrients and macronutrients.

Anatomy and Applied Physiology
:This module aims to provide an in depth understanding of the human body and the accompanying physiological process that allow for its optimal functioning. Students will learn the fundamental knowledge of human anatomical and physiological structures and processes of the human body. macronutrients and macronutrients.ense of a research paper.

Year 2 (Level 5)

Acupuncture and Syndrome Differentiation:This module will develop the students’ knowledge and understanding of the main patterns of disharmony and disease within the Chinese medicine model and equip them with the theoretical and practical skills to treatment the conditions.

Acupuncture and Point Location:This module will enhance the students’ knowledge of the meridian theory by acquiring practical skills in acupuncture point location, needling and treatment techniques.

Personal and Personal Skill Development:To explore the appropriate aspects of health and safety regulations and legislation in the clinical environment. To develop the students awareness of professional ethics, their personal strengths, qualities and limitations, and a reflective approach to their practice.

Therapeutic Interventions for Musculo-Skeletal Injuries:This module will provide students with the fundamental knowledge of how musculoskeletal injuries can occur and the assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of the most common musculoskeletal injuries

Research:This module will consolidate students' knowledge and understanding of research methodologies gained at level 4 and equips students with the knowledge and skills to develop their appraisal of research findings.

Pathophysiology:This module will facilitate the student’s application of patho-physiological principles to major disturbances in normal function in specific body systems and understand principles of orthodox medical treatments.

Year 3 (Level 6)

Acupuncture and Clinical Practice:This module will further develop the students’ knowledge and understanding of the diverse clinical applications of Chinese Medicine. The module will also enable students to gain the skills and individual qualities in preparation to register as independent, autonomous, and competent practitioners.  

Dissertation:The aim of this module is to stimulate the critical evaluation and judgment formation skills of the student through consolidation of the research knowledge and skills acquired at Levels 4 and 5.

Applied Business Practice:To introduce the student to the different internal and external elements of a business, by exploring common aims and characteristics of a business. Enable students to understand the context in which a business operates and provide the student with an understanding of issues that relate to finance and resource management.

Health Psychology for Therapists:This module aims to develop students’ knowledge and critical understanding of the application of psychological theory to health and illness. This will encompass subjects such as health promotion, communication between practitioners and their patients and stress management.

Meet the team

Caroline Lomas
Senior Lecturer in Acupuncture
More about Caroline Lomas

Paul Battersby
Senior Lecturer Complementary Medicine
More about Paul Battersby

Sharon Fairhurst
Senior Lecturer
More about Sharon Fairhurst

Mandy Robbins
Senior Lecturer in Psychology
More about Mandy Robbins

Sally Baker
Senior Lecturer in Acupuncture
More about Sally Baker

Meet the student

Meet the student



Take a closer look at what you can expect from studying Acupuncture at Glyndŵr University by viewing final year student Melody Peters student profile



Other students who studied this course:-

Hannah Irvine student profile

Teaching clinic

The Glyndŵr teaching clinic is friendly and professional and open to the public. Patients can be assured that they will be treated by a team of students under the supervision of one of our clinical supervisors. Together they ensure you receive the highest standards of diagnosis, treatment, and patient care.

Find out more here


Q. How will I study?

A. An onsite clinic offering treatments to the general public, staff and students presents an ideal opportunity to gain experience in a rich learning environment, under the supervision of tutors. Dialogue is on-going to establish work placements with outside agencies that offer specific areas of health care such as palliative care.

Clinical hours are accrued throughout the programme of study and meet the requirements of the professional bodies: Association of Chinese Medicine for Acupuncture and Federation of Holistic Therapists for Complementary Therapists. The blend of theoretical and clinical practice aspects of the programme assists individuals to gain skills, knowledge and a professional attitude to progress in their chosen speciality following graduation.

The Chinese Medicine Programme is accredited by the Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ATCM) and the Complementary Therapies for Healthcare Programme by the (FHT). Successful completion entitles graduates to join the professional body relevant to their profession.

A variety of teaching methods are used to assist learning. These include lectures, seminars, action learning sets, directed and self-directed study. Individual experience brought to the learning and teaching environment is also welcomed.

 Q. How will I be assessed?

A. Students are assessed throughout the programme using a variety of methods. Written assignments form the majority of assessed work within each subject area including the writing of case studies to demonstrate professional, reflective and clinical skills. Depending on the programme of study students will also prepare oral and poster presentations. Tutors also observe clinical practice and there are written and practical exams in some subject areas.

Q. How old do I need to be to study on this programme?

A. If you are 18 or over you can apply for this programme. Our current students are between the ages of 18 and 60.

Q. I had been unsuccessful in gaining a place on a nursing programme. What can this course offer me compared to other health related course opportunities?

A. You will study health related subjects such as anatomy and physiology, nutrition, be able to recognise and treat musculo-skeletal injuries and will study and be able to provide safely other therapy interventions to maintain and promote good health. At the end of this programme there is opportunity to be self-employed or seek employment in hospices, gyms and other health related organisations.
We have had qualified nurses study on our programmes who say it gives them a completely new perspective on health and after successfully completing the degree others have gone on to successfully train in nursing and combine knowledge gained from both perspectives.

Q. Can I still work and study?

A. Yes it is possible; although you should not underestimate attendance requirements and study time many of our students work while they are studying.

Q. Can I study part-time?

A. Yes you can although the blend of online as well as taught modules provides greater opportunity to balance life with full time study. Of course this also means that you have opportunity to successfully gain your degree within three years and earn money as a direct result much sooner than if you study part-time.

Q. I don’t live in Wrexham or surrounding areas, is it possible for me commute?

A. Our students join us from different parts of the UK. Some commute while others rent accommodation on campus or the local community. We have a railway station right next to the Crispin Lane Campus and there are direct and easy routes if driving from North Wales, Manchester, the Wirral and Liverpool.

Career opportunities

  • Self-employment in the private sector
  • Work within a therapy centre or sports rehabilitation centre
  • Teaching
  • Studying a PhD or Masters degree
  • Many of our graduates start their own businesses

Find out how Glyndŵr graduate Ffion Medi Kinnia Kelly set up her own business after graduating from the Bsc (Hons) Acupuncture course.

Employability & Assessment


Glyndŵr University is committed to ensuring all of our graduates are well-equipped for the world of work. Throughout your time with us you will have the opportunity to learn and develop your employability.


There are a range of assessment methods used including written assignments, professional portfolios, written and practical examinations. A dissertation forms the final part of the assessment.

Entry Requirements & Applying

BSc (Hons) Acupuncture

The academic requirements for this course are 240 UCAS tariff points at GCE A Level or Equivalent. Appropriate AS-Level and Level 3 Key Skills qualifications will also be taken into account. Applications are welcome from anyone who exhibits the ability and experience to manage the demands of the course.

 UCAS code: B341

BSc (Hons) Acupuncture (four years including foundation year)

Entry requirements for our kick-start year is between 80-120 UCAS points. We also take into account any work experience you have that is relevant to a particular course

 UCAS code:32K2

Before you are offered an unconditional place on this degree you will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance (previously known as CRB) and pay the appropriate fee, so that a check can be made on your suitability for working with children and vulnerable adults. 

If you are an international student please visit the countries page and select your country to see the relevant academic and English language entry requirements.

Part-time applicants should apply direct.

Course duration & Fees


Three  & Four years


Five years


Full information can be found on our fees & finance pages.


Accredited by the Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Kick-start (four-years including foundation year)

If you do not meet the entry requirements for the three-year honours degree you should consider this option.The creative industries’ departments and the University have created a kick-start year for students to study for one year before joining the honours degree.

Students have the opportunity to study these courses as a four-year degree including a foundation year.If you do not meet the entry requirements for the three-year bachelors degree you should consider this degree.By incorporating a foundation year, we can bring you up to speed for the demands of a full three-year degree.

If you successfully complete the foundation year, you will be guaranteed a place on the full degree and will join as a first-year student.As the foundation year is not a stand-alone qualification, but part of a programme of study for an honours degree, UK students are eligible to apply for a student loan.The government fee grant for Welsh-domiciled students will also apply.

Key facts

  • UK students are eligible to apply for a student loan to cover this extra year
  • The Welsh Government fee grant for Welsh domiciled students will also be available
  • Fees for the “kick-start year” (four years including foundation year) cost the same price per year as the degree course they lead on to

What you will study

As part of the kick-start year example study modules may include:

  • Introduction to Health & Wellbeing – an introduction to issues impacting upon the health and well-being of children, young people, and vulnerable adults.
  • Fundamentals of human anatomy and physiology – an introduction to the body systems including the structure and function of; gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, skin, cardiovascular, endocrine nervous, respiratory, reproductive, lymphatic and urinary systems.
  • Introduction to values in caring – an overview of important values that underpin safe and effective care for individuals and to enable them to apply these values into given care scenarios.


Senior lecturer Paul Battersby gives us an overview of the Acupuncture course available here at Glyndŵr. Paul discusses assessments, procedures and how students get a hands-on experience.

You can also take a look at students in action in our on-campus Complementary Therapies Clinic and hear what they have to say about the course.

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