Foundation Course

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About the Foundation Course

These introductory courses last four days, either as two weekends about a month apart, or as four consecutive days, making up 24 training hours. We now also offer an online foundation course with live practicals at a choice of locations.  The online course is modular and can be studied at your own pace.   

The online foundation course is a mixture of online lectures and theory modules with video tutorials and practical group sessions.  The group practical sessions that complete this course will be held when government guidelines allow.  The modules can be completed in your own time and at your own pace and are supported by live online (Zoom) group tutorial sessions each week for those who would like to ask the course lecturer questions and/or interact with other course delegates, but these will not be compulsory.  Practical group sizes are kept to a maximum of 10.

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.  

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 as far as possible, but it also involves some traditional Chinese concepts. In order to maximise the training and educational value of the course we recommend that you use these pre-course revision notes to guide you in doing a little preparation.

The course fee includes tuition, a set of detailed course notes, 100 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.  

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 the student to be equipped to start to practice 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 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

   Live Course Day 1: 9am - 5.30pm

  • Overview & brief history

  • Safety brief

  • Lecture & practicals on neck, shoulder & arm

  • Trigger points

  • Safety questionnaire

   Live Course Day 2: 9am - 5pm

  • Lecture & practicals on lower back & leg

  • Neurophysiology

  • Clinical aspects

  • Clinical cases for discussion

  • Safety & side effects


   Live Course Day 3: 9am - 5pm

  • Face & abdomen - lecture & practical

  • Segmental Acupuncture

  • Gynaecology & gastrointestinal disorders

  • ENT & respiratory

  • Dermatology

   Live Course Day 4: 9am - 5pm

  • Electroacupuncture - lecture & practical

  • Neurology & psychology

  • Ear acupuncture & addictions

  • Running a clinic

  • Quiz

  • Case presentations


Foundation Course Fees

Live Course, NORTHWICH - £620
Live Course, LONDON - £650
Online Course - £650 
EARLY BIRD discounted rates available for live courses 


Foundation Course Dates and Venues 2020

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 LONDON
Available from 17 July 2020

Online Foundation Course with practicals in NORTHWICH (near Manchester)
Available from 17 July 2020

Online Foundation Course with practicals in DUBLIN
Available from 17 July 2020

Online Foundation Course with practicals in GLASGOW
Available from 17 July 2020

Foundation Course for Nurses
Live Foundation Course: BMAS House, NORTHWICH CW8 1AQ
Long weekend: POSTPONED

Live Foundation Course: BMAS House, NORTHWICH CW8 1AQ
10/11 October & 07/08 November 2020

Live Foundation Course: LONDON N1
31 October/1 November & 5/6 December 2020

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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.