The library and buying books
Our library is one of the most popular rooms in the building. It is a substantial specialist library which holds a wide range of key texts, journals, as well as NCA's MSc dissertations. There is plenty of support and assistance available from our librarian Cath. Essential text books for our MSc in Chinese Herbal Medicine cost about £300 in the first year, however these are books that you will use and refer to constantly as a student and practitioner. Recommended texts for the Chinese herbal medicine course are generally available in the library, but you may also wish to buy some of these. We send you a list of essential and recommended text books for the first year, when you have accepted a place on the course.
Online learning resources
You will have access to a range of online resources including our online e-learning environment which gives you access to all course materials, discussion forums and some online journals via Alt Healthwatch, Science Direct and AMED, as well as accesss to the Journal of Chinese Medicine Article Archive.
IT and computer access and e-learning
We have wireless internet access throughout the building and a number of PCs for student use. You are required to have access to a computer and this will need to be compatible with our e-learning facility. You will need to have word processing, e-mail and broadband and we expect all written work to be submitted in word-processed form. Part of your course is delivered as a series of e-learning sessions. You will receive all the support and help you need to use our online resources confidently. NCA e-learning sessions are optimised for PC, Mac and iPad. It is your responsibility to ensure you have a suitably-specified device and internet access capable of receiving and running the e-learning sessions. If you’re considering applying, check the IT minimum specification document below. NCA e-learning sessions are configured to work best using the minimum specifications for hardware and software laid out by the College, and you are strongly recommended to adhere to these for the duration of your course.
There is access to the whole College for students with disabilities. We will discuss your needs with you individually to assess how best we can support you.
There is a wide range of accommodation to choose from in York. We are centrally located with a lot of choice close to the College including guest houses, back-packers, budget and mid-range hotels. Many of our students stay with local families who offer reasonably priced bed and breakfast accommodation in their homes. Expect to pay £25 - £60 a night for bed and breakfast.
Our College car park is for staff and clinic patients’ use only. There are several long stay car parks close by with the nearest being Nunnery Lane and free roadside parking within a ten minute walk.
Coming by train
We are a five minute walk from the station. You will be entitled to a railcard to help toward the cost of rail travel during the taught part of your programme.