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 or download a paper form and return to us at: 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)
  • 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).

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).


European Students – please contact us to obtain up-to-date information about studying in the UK or visit the UK Government’s website.

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 – We regret that we are currently unable to accept International Students onto our Acupuncture Course. Licentiate Acupuncturists however are very welcome to visit us and attend one of our quality CPD events


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.

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 Course Introduction sessions – please contact our Student Administrator on 01342 313106 to book your slot.