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Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture BSc (Hons)


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The BSc (Hons) Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture programme is run in conjunction with the award winning Confucius institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine (CITCM). The course covers the science and art of acupuncture. Alongside learning about historical tradition of Chinese medicine, you will also study acupuncture from a scientific perspective.

Please note that this course is only open to applications for September 2018 entry.

6 reasons to study here

Professional accreditation: Accredited by the British Acupuncture Accreditation Board.
Happy students: No.1 London modern university in the UK for Satisfied overall with course in Health Professions (Guardian League Table 2018).
Professional links: The course is run in partnership with the Confucius Institute at LSBU, Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine and Harbin Normal University.
Industry relevant: We provide a strong foundation in the theory and application of acupuncture, as well as extensive clinical experience and a grounding in Chinese language and culture.
Dedicated facilities: The Confucius Institute is fully equipped with acupuncture needles for acupuncture, moxa for moxibustion and cups for cupping.
Study abroad: Students are eligible to apply for scholarships through the Confucius Institute to undertake studies in Chinese medicine and language in China.

This degree course covers...

Acupuncture is now well known as a system of medicine that involves the insertion of needles to specific points on the body. However, traditional practice also utilises other techniques such as moxibustion and cupping. This course covers:

  • theory and application of acupuncture
  • clinical experience
  • Chinese language and culture
  • Western biomedical sciences
  • research methodology


Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
3 years
Start Date
Southwark Campus
5 years
Start Date
Southwark Campus

Case studies


Year 1

  • Chinese medicine 1: basic principles
    This module introduces the fundamental concepts of Chinese Medicine. You will develop an understanding of the body/mind system of Chinese Medicine in health (physiology) as well as basic pattern differentiation and aetiological factors (pathology). 
  • Concepts of inter-professional and collaborative practice
    Through consideration of the roles and relationships of professionals with patients or clients in health and social care services. This module will begin to develop the skills and capabilities necessary for you to perform effectively in the academic and inter-professional clinical / service environment.
  • Tuina and Jingluo 1
    This module introduces the physical and practical skills of tuina and encourages a sensitive and confident approach to massage and palpation. You will learn a professional and respectful approach to handling patients. Yo will also learn the pathways of the meridians and the location of key acupuncture points. 
  • Clinic 1: observation 1
    This is the first clinic-based module and provides you with the opportunity to observe acupuncture being practiced. Classroom based teaching will introduce the professional codes of practice and help develop awareness of ethical issues and reflective practice. 
  • Chinese language 1
    This module introduces the Chinese language with emphasis on developing pronunciation and listening skills. Basic grammar structures are taught. The target lexis covers 'everyday' Chinese as well as terms related to Chinese Medicine. You are given an introduction to written Chinese and the formation of Chinese characters. 
  • Biomedicine 1: anatomy and physiology
    This module provides a foundation in biosciences.  The module introduces anatomy, physiology, chemistry and cell biology of named body system. 
  • History of Chinese medicine
    This module provides an introduction to the history of Chinese Medicine. It sets the development of Chinese medicine within the context of wider social changes of Chinese history. It also introduces Chinese philosophy: Confucianism, Daoism and Buddhism. 

Year 2

  • Tuina and Jingluo 2
    This module develops practical skills of tuina and meridian/ point location developed in Tuina and Jingluo 1. Emphasis is placed on developing a sensitive and confident approach to massage and palpation. You will learn a professional and respectful approach to handling patients as well as the pathways of the meridians and the location of acupuncture points. 
  • Clinic 2: observation 2
    This is the intermediate clinic-based module that will enable you to further develop and broaden the skills introduced in Clinic 1 so that you are ready to take on the student-practitioner / patient management role in Clinic 3: Patient Management. Classroom based teaching will support the development of skills, awareness of ethical issues and reflective practice. As the module progresses you will be expected to take on more responsibilities in the clinic and participate to a greater degree in discussions regarding differentiation and treatment planning.
  • Biomedicine 2: pathophysiology and pharmacology
    This module builds upon the knowledge and understanding gained in Biomedicine 1.  You will develop understanding of the named body systems and will study common pathologies.  You will be introduced to key concepts in pharmacology, the benefits of drugs and side effects in modern practice.  You will also learn to recognise red flag presentations.
  • Sociology of health
    This module introduces key philosophical paradigms that underpin research methodologies. You will discuss how health and well-being are defined and measured. The module covers the main sociological theories regarding health and well-being. It gives you the opportunity to explore and discuss your own attitudes towards health and well-being. 
  • Chinese language 2
    This module builds on the basic language skills developed in Chinese Language 1 or equivalent prior knowledge. You will develop your language skills and knowledge of Chinese Medicine lexis.
  • Chinese medicine 2: pattern differentiation
    This module builds on the knowledge and understanding gained in Chinese Medicine 1. You will develop an in depth understanding and working knowledge of various methods of pattern differentiation. You will also broaden their knowledge of aetiological factors.
  • Running a practice
    This module is designed to enable you to understand the business and management side of running and acupuncture practice in the UK. 

Year 3

  • Evidence and research: Informing clinical practice
    Expertise, evidence and research all contribute to the development of clinical practice. This module examines the role of evidence-based practice and how expertise, evidence and research can be sourced and utilised to improve clinical practice. 
  • Clinic 3: patient management 1
    This is a clinic-based module. You will take on the role of student-practitioner to gain experience of 'patient management'. You will be supported to do this under close supervision by tutors in the clinic. Clinical learning will be enhanced by seminars that will provide the opportunity for students to reflect on various aspect of being a practitioner: theory, skills, ethics, reflective practice and the therapeutic relationship. 
  • Chinese medicine 3: integration
    You will analyse and discuss the treatment of specific conditions using Chinese medicine, biomedicine as well as research data. You will also debate ethical issues and will be required to identify red flags and the need for referral when appropriate. There is a strong emphasis on group work and independent study.
  • Biomedicine 3: diagnosis and treatment
    This module builds on previous knowledge and understanding developed in Biomedicine 1 and 2. The module broadens students understanding and knowledge of pathology. The module includes an overview of key diagnostic tests, medical imaging and examinations in relation to disease diagnosis and symptom interpretation.  It also covers embryology and neurology and introduces you to biomedical explanations for the mechanisms of acupuncture.
  • Clinic 4: patient management 2
    This is a clinic-based module. You gain further experience as student-practitioners with 'patient management' responsibility. You will be supported to do this under supervision by tutors in the clinic. Clinical learning will be enhanced by seminars that will provide the opportunity for students to reflect on various aspect of being a practitioner: theory, skills, ethics, reflective practice and the therapeutic relationship.


Acupuncture as a career

With acupuncture becoming increasingly popular in the UK and western countries, there's a growing amount of opportunities available on graduation – whether you want to be an acupuncturist, or go into teaching, research or another side of healthcare. Our emphasis on a vocational approach to teaching and extensive clinical practice means that when you successfully graduate in Acupuncture you will be able to work as a professional acupuncturist and many recent graduates from this course have gone onto be professional clinical practitioners in acupuncture.

Role and responsibilities

Acupuncturists spend much of their time working with clients: speaking to them, diagnosing and treating them. Usually working from a clinic, or at a client's home – sometimes on evenings and weekends, acupuncturists tend to be self-employed. This means a good understanding of business and marketing are key skills you would need to develop. Professionalism and empathy are also important qualities.


Incomes vary considerably, however working full-time, acupuncturists may earn between £18,000 and £35,000 a year. (National Careers Service)

Career progression

As a graduate from this course, you will be able to apply for further study at postgraduate level.

LSBU Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search.

As an LSBU student you have access to the Employability Service and its resources during your time here and for two years after you graduate.

Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or a placement/internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the career you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

  • Direct engagement from employers who come in to network with students
  • Job Shop – daily drop in service to help with, tailoring CVs, cover letters and applications, sourcing online resource, mock interviews and general job searching. One to one appointments for further support also available
  • Mentoring and work shadowing schemes
  • Higher education achievement report - The HEAR is designed to encourage a more sophisticated approach to recording student achievement, which acknowledges fully the range of opportunities that LSBU offers to our students.
    It pulls into one certificate: Module grades, Course descriptions, Placements, LSBU verified extra-curricular activities
  • Employability workshops - delivered free to students all year round on a variety of related topics
  • Careers fairs throughout the year to really focus your thoughts on a career after university

Find out about any of these services by visiting our student employability page



Ian Appleyard

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Allied Health Sciences
Job title: Senior Lecturer - Acupuncture

Ian Appleyard is the Course Director of the BSc and Integrated Masters Chinese Medicine courses.

Anna Forte

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Allied Health Sciences
Job title: Senior Lecturer - Occupational Therapy

Anna Forte has a clinical background in Mental health Occupational Therapy, with experience of working in both community and in-patient settings.

Dr Weidong Huang

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Allied Health Sciences
Job title: Senior Lecturer - Acupuncture

Dr Huang is professionally trained in both Chinese and Western medicine, specialising in acupuncture and Chinese medicine.


Chinese Clinic

The Chinese Clinic is part of the world's first Confucius Institute for Traditional Chinese Medicine (CITCM). It is used for clinical training in acupuncture programmes and is fully equipped with acupuncture needles for acupuncture, moxa for moxibustion and cups for cupping. 

You can take a virtual tour of the facilities within the CITCM here.

The clinic enables students to integrate theory and practice in the whole process of consultation and treatment. First and second year students observe and third year students practice in the clinic under the lecturer's supervision. Typical activities carried out by our acupuncture students include: traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) diagnosis methods, taking the pulse, looking at the tongue, taking a case history and palpation of areas of pain. During treatment they also undertake cupping, applying moxa, needling, electro-acupuncture, case discussion with supervisors and other students.

Find out more about the CITCM. The clinic is open to members of the public - to book a consultation visit the CITCM website.

  • The Traditional Chinese Medicine Clinic

    The Traditional Chinese Medicine Clinic

    The Chinese Clinic is a teaching facility at LSBU and part of the world’s first Confucius Institute for Traditional Chinese Medicine (CITCM). It is used for clinical training on LSBU’s BSc (Hons) Acupuncture, although it is a real clinic serving the general public.

Teaching and learning

Percentage of time spent in different learning activities
Lectures and seminars Self-directed study Work-based placements
Year 1 25% 60% 15%
Year 2 25% 60% 15%
Year 3 15% 60% 25%

Entry requirements

2018 Entry

    • CDD from a minimum of two A Levels preferably including A Level Science (A Level General Studies will not be accepted); or
    • A Health and Social Care or Science AVCE or BTEC National Diploma (MMP) or above in a related area; or
    • Access to HE Diploma in Health Studies or similar with 30 Merits and 15 Passes; or
    • Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 80 UCAS points; plus
    • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above)
    • Chinese students should have a pass in the State Entrance Exam with a score of at least 550 to 600 points or
    • Those whom English is not their first language must achieve a minimum score of 6.5 overall or equivalent with not less than 6.5 in the listening and reading sections and not less than 6.5 in the writing and speaking sections for the International English Language Test Score (IELTS) at the time of application.

    Attributes and values:
    Personal qualities and values in line with those expected by the NHS constitution.

How to apply

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
3 years
Start date
Application code
Application method
5 years
Start date
Application code
Application method

All full-time undergraduate students apply to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply webpage for undergraduate students.


Applications for the part-time route should be made directly to the programme team using the application form, equal opportunities form and the fees form. You can return these forms by post or complete them and email to


If you have been successful in your application you will be asked to attend an interview with an academic in the acupuncture team to discuss your reasons and ambitions to study Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture.


Students should apply for accommodation at London South Bank University (LSBU) as soon as possible, once we have made an offer of a place on one of our academic courses. Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.


It's a good idea to think about how you'll pay university tuition and maintenance costs while you're still applying for a place to study. Remember – you don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as an undergraduate student.

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursary Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £13125
AOS/LSBU code: 4171Session code: 1FS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £27750
International £39375
The fee shown is for 2017/18 and is given as a guide. The fee for 2018/19 will be published shortly. Please visit again soon for the updated fee.
UK/EU fee: £5550International fee: £7500
AOS/LSBU code: 4172Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £27750
International £37500

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for undergraduate students.

Possible fee changes

Current regulatory proposals suggest that institutions will be permitted to increase fee levels in line with inflation up to a specified fee cap. Specifically, LSBU may be permitted to increase its fees for new and existing Home and EU undergraduate students from 2017/18 onwards. The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any governmental guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually, and additionally the University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in line with inflation up to 4 per cent.


We offer students considerable financial help through scholarships, bursaries, charitable funds, loans and other financial support. Many of our scholarships are given as direct tuition fee discounts and we encourage all eligible students to apply for our Access Bursary. New home full-time undergraduate students meeting eligibility criteria could receive a £1,000 cash bursary by joining us in the 2017/18 academic year. Find out more about all our scholarships and fee discounts for undergraduate students.

International students

As well as being potentially eligible for our undergraduate scholarships, International students can also benefit from a range of specialist scholarships. Find out more about International scholarships.

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a home, EU or international student for fee-paying purposes by reading the UKCISA regulations.

Case studies

Select a case study and read about practical project work, students' placement experiences, research projects, alumni career achievements and what it’s really like to study here from the student perspective.

Prepare to start

We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read the How to apply tab for this course.

Disclosure Barring Service (DBS)

You are required to complete a declaration at your interview and declare any previous convictions, cautions, warnings or reprimands. After the interview you will also be asked to complete a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) (formerly known as the Criminal Records Bureau or CRB). Have a look at our DBS process for applicants and Declaration of Character and Conduct information (PDF File 207 KB) to find out more.

For more information please read our DBS FAQs

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Occupational health

You need to complete an occupational health assessment once you have been given an offer on a health and social care course.

Download and print the following documents on vaccination guidelines and carefully read the guidance on the occupational health process:

You must take the GP vaccination and screening history form to your GP for them to complete, sign and stamp. This must be done prior to enrolment. This form also needs to be taken to the meeting with the occupational health nurse following enrolment in which the nurse can check immunisation status and confirm this for your placement. You should be aware that if you do not complete the occupational health process you will not be permitted on placement and this may jeopardise your continuation on your course.

Applicants who have met the conditions of an offer need to complete an online medical questionnaire. This will go to our current occupational health provider. Any delays in completing the medical questionnaire will delay enrolment.For further information please read ourOccupational Health FAQs

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Applicant Open Days

To help you and your family feel confident about your university choice we run Applicant Open Days. These are held at subject level so students start getting to know each other and the academic staff who will be teaching them. These events are for applicants only and as an applicant you would receive an email invitation to attend the relevant event for your subject.

Enrolment and Induction

Enrolment takes place before you start your course. On completing the process, new students formally join the University. Enrolment consists of two stages: online, and your face-to-face enrolment meeting. The online process is an online data gathering exercise that you will complete yourself, then you will be invited to your face-to-face enrolment meeting.

In September, applicants who have accepted an unconditional offer to study at LSBU will be sent details of induction, which is when they are welcomed to the University and their School. Induction helps you get the best out of your university experience, and makes sure you have all the tools to succeed in your studies.

Read more about Enrolment and Induction.


If you are required to wear a uniform on placement and during some practical sessions in the skills laboratories you will be provided with two pairs of trousers, four tunics and a formal name badge. ODP students will receive one set of scrubs. No further items will be issued, and you'll have to pay for any additional uniform. Tape measures can be collected from the HSC helpdesks at both campus sites – Southwark and Havering.

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