The Board’s Accredited Courses

BAAB accredited courses guarantee excellence in training, safe practice and professional conduct

BAAB accredited course providers offer a final award threshold at Level 6 which represents 360 credits. Typically, this equates to a Bachelor’s degree with honours . Individual course providers may call their award a licentiate, diploma or degree in acupuncture according to their circumstances.

Accredited courses embody the critical awareness, academic rigour and clinical practice standards commensurate with equivalent professional healthcare programmes at this level. Each teaching institution designs and develops its own curriculum, based on a total of 3,600 hours, of which a minimum of 400 hours must be spent in a clinical setting. A BAAB accredited course offers a thorough grounding in Chinese medicine theory and clinical practice, together with western medical sciences, research and practice management, to provide an integrated understanding of both traditional eastern and modern western approaches to healthcare. Graduates of BAAB accredited courses are eligible to join the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC), the UK's lead governing body for acupuncture.

Fully Accredited Courses

These are courses that currently substantially meet the requirements of the British Acupuncture Accreditation Board (BAAB). Scrutiny of these developed programmes has been through documentation, discussion with the course team, students and graduates of the programme, evidence of external examiner reports and students' assessed work and observation of teaching in the classroom, the clinic and online.

The institutions are listed in alphabetical order. For more details about each college or university course please click on the links.


The Acupuncture Academy

Leamington Spa, Warwickshire

Professional Licentiate in Acupuncture (Lic.Ac.)

“Our course covers all aspects of Traditional Chinese acupuncture theory, as set out in the BAcC education guideline, with a focus on the five elements. It is specifically designed and structured with busy people in mind, using fully integrated and supported e-learning so that class weekends (focusing on practical skills development) are fewer than at comparable institutions. Because of this, you can really balance studying and work/family commitments.  Oh, and we have a 96% student satisfaction rating! We recruit two intakes a year, to start in Spring and Autumn


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The City College of Acupuncture


Professional Licentiate in Acupuncture (Lic.Ac.)

"Our highly experienced teaching team have known and worked with each other for many years and their passion for teaching has given them a strong desire to create student-centred, practical, hands-on courses, both steeped In the classics and relevant to the modern clinical environment. We are committed to providing high quality degree-level training delivered in small groups, allowing in depth understanding of all the various theories underpinning Chinese Medicine."

College of Integrated Chinese Medicine


Acupuncture BSc (Hons)

Our innovative BSc Acupuncture degree combines the two main Chinese medicine modalities of Five Element Constitutional Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine in one integrated style. You can study either at weekends or weekdays and our vibrant student clinic enables graduates to treat a wide range of conditions affecting body, mind and spirit. Our students gave us a 100% overall satisfaction rating in the 2018 National Student Survey carried out to find out student’s opinions of their Higher Education courses

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International College of Oriental Medicine UK

East Grinstead

Professional Licentiate in Acupuncture (Lic.Ac.)

ICOM is the UK’s oldest acupuncture College. Founded by Dr Van Buren in 1972, it is a vibrant student-centred learning institution led by a group of dedicated and passionate teacher-acupuncturists. Our degree level Licentiate in Acupuncture immerses students in the Chinese Medical and Philosophical classics. A broad and deep curriculum cultivates an adeptness and confidence in students to practise all the main styles of acupuncture. ICOM is a small college and in it lies our strength. Small class sizes maximize student-teacher contact and our busy on-site clinic ensures the best possible transition from theoretical studies to a fulfilling professional life.


Northern College of Acupuncture


Acupuncture BSc (Hons)
Acupuncture MSc

The NCA (est.1988) is the only BAAB registered College in the North, and deeply rooted in the practices of traditional Chinese medicine. We offer a BSc in Acupuncture Three Year (full-time) course or a Four Year (part-time) course with weekday or weekend options, starting in September. Students get “hands-on” in our busy teaching clinics right from the first term, and our courses are taught via a blend of in-College practical classes and online theory classes, e-learning and clinical practice in our teaching clinics.  Students can access government student loans, with funding available to existing degree holders on our part time course. Our students awarded us 100% for overall satisfaction in the 2022 NSS survey.


Lincoln College


BSc (Hons) Acupuncture

This exciting and innovative degree teaches acupuncture in a contemporary framework and fully encompasses the concept of ‘holism’. The course provides a comprehensive education and training in the principals and practice of acupuncture, the traditional way of understanding of the nature of illness, alongside health science disciplines. It is integrative in approach, linking traditional Chinese medicine with modern science and holism

University of Westminster


Chinese medicine Acupuncture BSc (Hons)

 *This university is not enrolling new students

Courses Approved for Development to Full BAAB Accreditation

These courses demonstrate that they are likely to meet BAAB's requirements and are committed to ongoing development of the course towards Full Accreditation by BAAB. Scrutiny of the planned course has been through documentation and discussion with the course team. Graduates of these programmes are eligible to apply for BAcC membership through the individual application route.

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Institutions with New Programme Proposal

The following institutions have had their New Programme Proposal accepted by the BAAB. These are institutions that have stated their commitment to developing a course for accreditation by the BAAB and are planning to submit for 'Approved for Development to Full BAAB Accreditation' within two years. However, they have not yet submitted documentation for, or been subjected to scrutiny by BAAB for their suitability to be awarded the next stage.

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