Accreditation, validation and QAA review
What makes us different from a University?
We are an independent College with a special atmosphere and ethos, dedicated entirely to nutrition science and practice, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. We give you a lot of support and nurture your development towards becoming a nutrition practitioner. An important part of this is that you will join a dedicated and committed group of students, who give one another mutual support and encouragement. We are smaller than a University department and you will find that we quickly get to know you as an individual.
London Southbank University Partnership
The College has formed a new partnership with London South Bank University and the University has validated our degree programmes for intakes from September 2018. Validation means that students will receive their degree from London South Bank University on successful completion of their course.
Professional accreditation with the Nutritional Therapy Education Commission (NTEC)
We were honoured to be the first nutritional therapy MSc course in the UK to gain accreditation by the Nutritional Therapy Education Commission (NTEC), the professional standards council for nutritional therapy. NTEC accredits courses against the National Occupational Standards (NOS) in Nutritional Therapy. These standards are developed and updated by Skills for Health, which is the Sector Skills Council for the health care sector, licensed by the Secretary of State for Education and Skills.
NTEC accreditation lasts for 3 years and re- accreditation is taking place in January 2019
Specific course designation by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA)
The Northern College of Acupuncture underwent a Higher Education Review by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and received its final report.
Office for Students
We're now registered with the Office for Students. This is the body set up by act of parliament to act as the independent regulator for all Universities and HE providers in England and Wales. We meet the Office for Students requirements for course quality, academic standards, student support, student protection and more.