Admissions, Fees and Funding

Applications are accepted year round with no application fee charged




Applications are accepted all year round. There is no application deadline however there may be a discount available for early applications – more detail available below in the Fees section of this page. Please Note that

We do NOT charge an application fee.

Complete online (apply online) or paper application form (download here) and return to us at the College:


Student Admissions

International College of Oriental Medicine – ICOM

van Buren House, Green Hedges Avenue,

East Grinstead, West Sussex RH19 1DZ

Entry Requirements

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

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).


Also valuable to us is 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.


When we accept your application we will invite you for interview. These are with the Principals and last 30 minutes. Following evaluation by the student recruitment panel you will be notified of the outcome shortly after your interview date.

Successful Applicants

Congratulations! We’ve offered you a place ion our course. What next?

Offer Letter

Formal Acceptance – Secure place by deposit £500

Year 1 Core Reading List

Starter Pack Released

Timetable issued

We keep in touch with you to make sure you’re aware of everything you need before you start and to answer any questions that come up.

First Day of Term!

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 get in touch – 01342 31 31 06

On your interview day don’t forget to bring:

  1. 2 x recent passport sized photos
  2. Passport
  3. Original certificates for your qualifications (GCSEs, A-Levels, NVQ, Degree or further education qualifications)

Not quite ready for an interview?

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 Day sessions – please contact our Student Administrators on 01342 313106/7 to book your slot.

Please be aware that we have to limit the time to around 10 minutes due to popularity.