The Board’s Accredited Courses

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

Accredited courses are taught at honours degree level, and embody the critical awareness and academic rigour 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 together with physiology, anatomy and other western medical sciences, in order to provide an inte-grated 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.

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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 large College teaches an integrated style of Five Element and Traditional Chinese Medicine. With a vibrant student clinic and comprehensive studies in biomedicine, we enable our graduates to treat a wide range of illnesses affecting the body, mind and spirit. Student satisfaction rate is high and graduates enjoy a fulfilling career. The 3-year BSc (Hons) degree is validated by Kingston University and can be studied either at weekends or weekdays.


International College of Oriental Medicine UK

East Grinstead

Acupuncture BSc (Hons)

 "ICOM teaches all the main styles of acupuncture with a focus on classical Chinese medicine training, delivered in small groups, with personal attention and individual support; lifelong acupuncture careers are nurtured in this tranquil oldest established UK college."

London Southbank University


Chinese medicine: Acupuncture BSc (Hons)

Integrated Masters in Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture (M.CM Acupuncture)

*This university is not enrolling new students

Middlesex University


Acupuncture BSc (Hons)
Traditional Chinese Medicine BSc (Hons)

Professional practice in Acupuncture MSc/PGDip

 *This university is not enrolling new students


Northern College of Acupuncture


Acupuncture BSc (Hons)
Acupuncture MSc

“The Northern College of Acupuncture was established in 1988 and is the only acupuncture training establishment in the North. We teach acupuncture rooted in the diverse traditions of Chinese medicine. We mix classroom, clinic and e-learning throughout so you can fit study around life and work, to enable you to become an effective and confident acupuncturist. We have a strong commitment to research and, as well as our BSc in Acupuncture, also offer one of the few MSc in Acupuncture practitioner programmes in the UK.”


Lincoln College


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)

“Our learning is supported by the facilities of a large university in Central London with extensive library, IT, research and student services and close access to a range of top libraries - Wellcome, SOAS, British Library. The focus of the course is a very busy onsite teaching clinic with an ethnically diverse patient population, GP referrals and highly experienced supervisors to prepare you as professional and successful acupuncturists.”

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.

There are no Teaching Institutions currently in this category 



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.

There are no teaching institutions currently in this category

Courses withdrawn from Accreditation by the Board


College of Naturopathic Medicine

London and Bristol

Acupuncture Diploma course

The College of Naturopathic Medicine's Diploma of Acupuncture programme was fully accredited by the Board from September 2012 until November 2018. Following a Major Review visit, the programme was suspended by the Board in November 2018. The course provider subsequently decided to withdraw the programme from accreditation with the BAAB.                                     

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