A long lasting living tradition

ICOM is the oldest acupuncture college in UK. The only one where you can learn how to integrate classical Chinese Medicine and contemporary acupuncture, Five Elements, TCM and Stems and Branches.

Treating people since 1972

Our busy Clinic has been serving our community for over 40 years. Call us on 01342 313106.

The best way to find out about ICOM and what it’s like to study acupuncture here is to attend one of our Open Days. 

22 November 2019

  • Meet our students;
  • Observe a Classical Chinese acupuncture treatment;
  • Visit the premises.

Click here to book a place.

My experience at ICOM

Welcome to the oldest acupuncture College and Clinic in the UK, originally founded by Dr. van Buren in 1972 and still a vibrant learning centre thanks to the dedication and passion of our teachers, students, graduates and very supportive staff.

If you are considering a career in acupuncture you’ll find extensive information on this website about our part-time and full time degree level Licentiate in Acupuncture programme accredited by the British Acupuncture Accreditation Board.

However, to get a real feel of the special atmosphere around this unique college, and to better explore the opportunities available to you, you may want to visit ICOM in person, come along to one of our Open Days or arrange an informal visit when at a time more convenient to you.

Information about becoming an ICOM student and news about the local area are also available in our ‘Prospective Students’ page (in the ‘Students and Alumni’ section).

ICOM students can find news about events coming up, what happens at graduation, our seminars, trips and other student activities in our Current Students’ page.

The journey of the acupuncturist is one of constant self-development, reflection and lifelong learning. As the experience deepens, so does the need to enhance one’s skills and knowledge; at ICOM we also offer a high quality CPD programme covering a wide variety of topics, delivered by experienced tutors and practitioners.

Please look through the courses available, check the entry requirements and book your place online in our Post Graduate section.


Download our prospectus

If you would like to download our prospectus, please follow this link


Information on the application process

Weekday Course

Runs on Mondays / Tuesdays / some Wednesdays

Weekend Course

Runs Saturdays / Sundays / some long weekends

All the tutors have shown extraordinary support and guidance throughout my three years here. Their level of expertise and knowledge, particularly in the Classics of Chinese Medicine has provided me with the most solid foundations with which to begin this fascinating new career.  Students from other colleges frequently comment on how they wish they could have covered everything that we cover at ICOM.  I simply feel a sense of privilege and pride to have studied at ICOM.

Alison Dalziel

2019 Graduate

ICOM mission is

to be a centre of excellence

for acupuncture teaching,

healthcare and research

by the contemporary application

of classical acupuncture.

Over our three years here, ICOM has provided us with a wealth of information and an education of the highest level within our chosen field of acupuncture – always challenging but always with the goal of facilitating the development of the greatest of practitioners.  The seed has very much been planted.  I am very grateful to all at ICOM for their support at the beginning of this wonderful journey.  I truly wish I could do it all over again.

Ben Carrigan

2019 Graduate

Course information

Our main aim is to inspire and train excellent acupuncturists integrating Classical Chinese Medicine within the contemporary clinical setting.

Call us on 01342 313106 or email us at [email protected].

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Our on site Clinic

Our training teaching clinic has been serving the community for over 40 years.

Call us on 01342 313106 or email us at [email protected].

Enter the Clinic

Easy to reach from all the South England and Europe

Conveniently located near Gatwick Airport, just outside London, there are excellent train links with London Victoria & London Bridge. We also offer FREE onsite parking for those who find it more convenient to drive. Travel Directions