We do not charge an application fee and applications are accepted all year round. There is no application deadline, but a discount may be available for early applications.

Complete the online application form

Entry Requirements

  • A Levels: 3 A Levels (grade C or above)
  • GCSEs: (minimum grade C)  5 GCSEs including Maths and English
  • Access: Approved Access Course
  • BTEC/HND: BTEC/HND Merit or Distinction

All applicants are treated equally in terms of academic suitability for a course.

If you are a non-native English speaker you will need to submit an English test result equivalent to IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in each component).

No formal qualifications? You’ll still be considered for a place on our Acupuncture training course. We treat all applicants equally in terms of academic suitability. We also value your life experience, commitment, enthusiasm, determination and motivation.

Please complete the Application Form as fully as possible, giving particular attention to your statement explaining why you want to train as an Acupuncturist at ICOM.

Ensure your Referee is a professional or academic source (i.e. not a colleague, friend or a practitioner who treats you).


Find out about our fees and ways to pay.


If your first language is not English, it is important that your standard of English (reading, writing, speaking and listening) is high enough for successful completion of the course as you will need to have both the language and academic skills to be able to cope with degree level study.

Mature students are very welcome. We are also very keen to hear from people who lack formal qualifications, but can demonstrate enthusiasm, determination, and experience which suggest that they have an equal opportunity to succeed on the programme.

International Students, now including EU citizens – We regret that we are currently unable to accept International Students onto our Acupuncture Course unless you are already eligible to live in the UK. Licentiate Acupuncturists however are very welcome to visit us and attend one of our quality CPD events 

For more information about studying in the UK please visit the UK Government’s website.



When we accept your application we will invite you for interview with the Principal. Interviews are currently taking place online. The interview lasts around 30 minutes. Following evaluation by the student recruitment panel you will be notified of the outcome shortly after your interview date.

If you have not heard from us within 2 days after submitting an online application, or 3 days for paper applications, depending on postage, then please do call us on 01342 313106.

Interviews are held both in person and online. You’ll be asked to provide Original certificates for your qualifications (GCSEs, A-Levels, NVQ, Degree or further education qualifications)

Not quite ready to apply?

If you’re not ready to make a formal application at this stage, you are welcome to have an informal chat on a one-to-one basis with a member of our teaching team.  You can ask questions about the acupuncture training course, talk about your own position and your thoughts.

We offer timed slots for personal informal discussions straight after the main Open Days – please contact our Student Administrator on 01342 313106 or email us to book your slot.