Foundation Course

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Potential benefits of Foundation Course acupuncture training with the BMAS

  • learn a technique that will change your practice
  • gain novel insights into MSK assessment
  • ability to provide symptom control in many chronic conditions
  • have a non-pharmacological option in chronic pain and symptom management in palliative care
  • provide performance enhancement to athletes
  • learn a proven tool in PONV (Cochrane)
  • learn the best treatment for prophylaxis of chronic headaches (Cochrane)
  • learn how to tap into endogenous anti-inflammatory reflexes

About the Foundation Course

These introductory acupuncture courses are 24–36 training hours depending on the proportion of face to face and online learning options.  

The on line module course is made up of 24 modules available on line via the website, these can be completed in your own time and at your own pace and are available for immediate start.  Each module has one or two video lectures followed by multiple choice questions covering the theory of the Foundation course. 

The course is then completed by attending 2 days of face to face needling sessions (currently in small "bubble" groups of 3 with PPE and social distancing) where attendees will be observed by an experienced demonstrator to ensure a safe needling technique.  Needling sessions can be attended after completion of 12 modules.  Needles and sharps boxes are provided for self needling whilst completing the modules.  Course notes are available free to download, if a paper version is preferred there is an additional cost of £20 to cover p & p; this can be ordered at the time of booking.  Lunches is provided during these sessions.

The live foundation course is a mixture of lectures and practical group sessions. Group sizes are kept to a maximum of 10. In the initial stages of training the emphasis is on safety and all attendees will be observed by an experienced demonstrator to ensure a safe needling technique.  The course fee includes tuition, a set of detailed course notes, needles, and lunches and daytime refreshments during the live course. Courses are non-residential but a list of local hotels and guest houses can be supplied on request.  The live course is suspended at present.

Lecturing teams are made up of experienced medical acupuncturists. The performance of lecturers and group leaders is critically assessed to maintain a high standard. Teaching on the Foundation Course is based on scientific explanations of acupuncture.

Both the live and online versions of this course have a practical element and attendance is subject to proof of Hepatitis B immunisation showing antibody level or results of a recent blood screen for Hep B surface antigens. Please read this policy before proceeding: HEPATITIS B POLICY.

Ladies: There is no evidence that acupuncture is harmful in pregnancy. If you are or suspect you may be pregnant; however, you should bring this to the attention of the teaching staff as it may affect how much needling you receive in the practical sessions.

UK & Ireland medical students (4th and 5th year) and final-year UK & Ireland students of professions eligible for membership (undergraduates undertaking their first degree) can attend our Foundation Course. There is a generous student discount.

Partcipants who complete the BMAS Foundation Course are entitled to reduced rate membership of the Society for their first two years.

On completion of the course we would expect you to be equipped to start practising Western medical acupuncture, and to be committed to completing the BMAS Certificate in Medical Acupuncture within 12 months of the course. On achieving this award BMAS would consider the student to have reached a satisfactory standard for the use of Western medical acupuncture within their existing scope of professional practice.

Click here for more details of who we accept on our Foundation Courses.

The Foundation Course Programme

  PART 1

  • Overview & brief history

  • Safety brief

  • Neck, shoulder & arm

  • Trigger points

  • Safety questionnaire

   PART 2

  • Lower back & leg

  • Neurophysiology

  • Clinical aspects

  • Clinical cases for discussion

  • Safety & side effects



  • Face & abdomen 

  • Segmental Acupuncture

  • Gynaecology & gastrointestinal disorders

  • ENT & respiratory

  • Dermatology

   PART 4

  • Electroacupuncture 

  • Neurology & psychology

  • Ear acupuncture & addictions

  • Running a clinic

  • Quiz

  • Case presentations


Foundation Course Fees

Live Course, NORTHWICH - £620 (currently unavailable)
Online Course, practicals IN LONDON - £650 
Online Course, practicals OUTSIDE LONDON - £620 

Foundation Course 2022

PLEASE NOTE:  During the COVID-19 pandemic it may be necessary to cancel/postpone these courses due to government guidelines.  We will endeavour to keep you up dated at all times.

Online Foundation Course with practicals in central LONDON 

Online Foundation Course with practicals in NORTHWICH (near Manchester) -  BMAS House, Winnington Street, Northwich CW8 1AQ

Online Foundation Course with practicals in DUBLIN 

Online Foundation Course with practicals in GLASGOW


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The Questionnaire

Six months after finishing your Foundation course please complete this questionnaire to help the BMAS assess the effectiveness of our Foundation Course in promoting the use of acupuncture.