Admissions Policy

The College believes that opportunities to participate in higher education should be provided to all those with demonstrable ability to benefit. The College also recognises the benefits, to the College and to the wider community, of recruiting a diverse population of students and aims, in so doing, to widen and deepen access to Higher Education.


Codes of admission practice will ensure that selection procedures are structured to operate efficiently and promptly having regard for the situation of each candidate. Following an initial screening of the application form, interviews will be offered to all pre-selected candidates, excepting, at the College’s discretion, where alumni of the College are applying for a different course. Interviews will normally involve two senior members of staff and they may be conducted in person or by video conference. All applicants for courses leading to a professional qualification will have an opportunity to visit the College on Introductory Days and informal visits which will be available throughout the year.


Decisions on admissions of candidates with non-standard qualifications will be based on accreditation and recognition of prior learning, evidence of motivation, and capability for Higher Education as measured by tests including those for numeracy and literacy if deemed appropriate. Such applicants who do not reach the required standard will be advised of ways to reach the standard and invited to reapply at a later date.


The College will comply with QAA and UK Visas and Immigration regulations regarding the admission of non-EEA candidates. Candidates for whom English is not their first language must comply with the validating University’s regulations for proof of acceptable standards in English.


The College will review regularly the appeal of its portfolio of taught programmes and the nature of its admissions publicity, and make changes where required.  The College will monitor take-up rates and the subsequent progression of students and use this information to influence policy and procedures and to inform curriculum change and development.


Candidates must be over 18 for admission to any course at the Northern College of Acupuncture and must meet or exceed the minimum entry requirements as set for each course.


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This policy statement and implementation strategy was agreed by Academic Board at its meeting on 7th November 2013.  It is due for further review by Spring 2019.