Support during your training
We are committed to supporting you to successfully complete the course. You will write and maintain a personal development plan which helps you to identify any support you may need during your time with us and we will then set up additional one-to-one input should you need it. This might include time with one of our learning support tutors. There is also taught input on the skills you need to enjoy your studies and to succeed in your assessments and, of course, you will find your fellow students an important source of mutual support. Studying Chinese herbal medicine can be demanding but we will provide you with high levels of support and encouragement.
Lin Guo (Herbs graduate)
“I am an acupuncturist and I originally trained at the NCA for my MSc in Acupuncture. Student Lin Guo I originally trained at the NCA for my MSc in Acupuncture and I decided to add the herbs as it is a mainstream medical treatment in China. In my personal opinion the NCA is the best College in the UK to learn Chinese medicine and I jumped at the chance of studying herbs here as I knew that it would be a quality course. During my training I really enjoyed learning from Cheng Hao Zhou who is an experienced herbs practitioner who graduated from Shanghai TCM Medical School. Tutors Eileen Gibbon and Sarah Price are also fantastic. I am currently working for a big chain Chinese company and practise acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.”
Assistance and support for students with dyslexia
If you need to have a dyslexia assessment we will pay up to £200, which is most of the cost of the assessment if arranged via College with a local assessment company. You will not receive this as a separate payment, but it will be deducted from your course fees if you have paid for the assessment directly, or your contribution will be added to your fees if the College has paid for the assessment in its entirety. Once you have had your assessment you may receive financial help from the government that enables you to purchase learning aids such as laptops and software. Some people also receive funding for extra study help from a specialised dyslexia support tutor. We will support you during your studies, particularly with access to one to one sessions with our learning support tutors. You may also have extra time in examinations, and markers will make allowance for your dyslexia when marking your written assignments. We will support you during your studies, particularly with access to one to one sessions with our learning support tutors. You may also have extra time in examinations, and markers will make allowance for your dyslexia when marking your written assignments. You can find out more about dyslexia assessments from the Dyslexia Action website at www.dyslexiaaction.org.uk and the British Dyslexia Association website at www.bdadyslexia.org.uk.
Assistance and support for students with disability
We work hard to support and accommodate students with disabilities. For example we recently purchased “perching stools” to help our students with mobility difficulties in clinic. In recent years students have trained with us who have had problems with fatigue, visual impairment and chronic back problems.
Support during your MSc dissertation
Throughout each of the stages of writing your dissertation, from your initial idea to the finish, you will be given guidance and help from your own personal MSc supervisor(s) and the team as a whole. Although your dissertation will be mostly home study, there are also online and in-College support sessions, run by our MSc Research Director Peggy Welch, to further help and encourage you.
Support when you have qualified
Once you have successfully completed the first two years you will eligible to apply for membership of the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine (RCHM), which has a structured continuous professional development process including a mentoring process for the first two years in practice. Also, we offer our herbs graduates the opportunity of returning to spend some extra supervised days in our herbs clinic, which many find helpful when first setting up in practice.