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OPEN EVENING: Friday 2nd November 2018, 7pm

LOCATION: Positive Acupuncture, Highgrove House, Truro Business Park, Threemilestone, Cornwall. TR4 9NH

Find out more about the International College of Acupuncture and our Five Element Acupuncture Diploma. Our next intake will be March 2019, so it's a great opportunity to ask questions, learn about the course and what's on offer. Please let us know you can join us via our Facebook Event or by emailing us direct. We look forward to seeing you there.



On behalf of myself, Michael Baker (Principal), Paul Adkins (Vice Principal) and Stacey George (Registrar) I would like to welcome you to the newly formed International College of Acupuncture; this is an exciting venture that is long-overdue.

I would like to invite you to take the unique opportunity to study the dynamic Five Element system of Acupuncture. This course offers you the chance to take a new direction in life which will not only be highly rewarding but will provide you with the entry into a holistic profession.

This college will be offering a blended learning classical Five Element Acupuncture Diploma. Your two year learning programme will consist of monthly weekend classes in Cornwall, UK. In-between your college visits, you will also need to undertake online course modules, in order to supplement and support your learning.





A gateway to a new career in a health profession.

One of the most comprehensive acupuncture courses available.

Network membership on completion of training.

Training in Cornwall.

Combined tutor acupuncture experience of over 45 years, both have a wide knowledge base, are published authors, have studied at the College of Traditional Acupuncture (CTA), which is recognized as being founded by Prof J. R. Worsley and his inspirational team.

An emphasis on professional practice; both tutors continue to run successful acupuncture practices, which have been established for many years.

Further training and mentorship available after graduation.

Business franchise opportunities.

Maximum 20 students per intake.



The course is structured in a way that will enable those who wish to embark on a course of study while remaining in their current employment, and as such is organised over Two Phases making a total of two years of weekend attendances. Following the application an interview is conducted, at which time both the prospective student and the college will have the opportunity to establish suitability for the course. Only a small number of students will be offered a place to ensure a good student to tutor ratio.

Phase One: Within this phase students will attend one weekend a month, during which time they will cover a thorough grounding in the theory of Five Element Acupuncture. This aspect of the curriculum will be supported by drawing upon the rich diversity of the philosophical and historical classics of Chinese medicine. Between weekend visits the student will enhanced their learning by logging onto the college website, where modules are available to read in preparation for the next college visit. This approach to learning will build the students' confidence, enhanced by the tutors sharing their wealth of knowledge, wisdom and experience in the practice of Five Element Acupuncture. This approach to learning follows the traditional apprenticeship style of study.

Phase Two: Within this phase students will attend one weekend a month, during which time the theories and principles of Five Element Acupuncture taught in Phase One will be put into clinical practice. This aspect of the curriculum will consist of topics such as; how to carry out a Traditional Diagnosis, short/intermediate/long term treatment planning, additional meridian channels. Thereby building the students competence and those skills required for practice.

Throughout Phase One and Two, alongside the online study, there will also be the opportunity to attend regular webinars to enable students from both college locations to get together virtually, look at different aspects of the course and enhance their knowledge.

Whether you are in the U.K. or Europe, there are lots of travel options available: There is an airport in Cornwall, with regular flights from London and most U.K. airports. And Cornwall also has the benefit of the 'Cornish Riviera Express': an overnight sleeper train from London Paddington.

Assessments: Continued assessment will be achieved by the completion of written assignments sprinkled throughout the course, which will be marked by your course tutors. Practical clinical skills assessments will be conducted at the end of Phase One and Phase Two.

Upon completion of the two year course, and successful completion of the practical skills assesments, graduates will be awarded a Diploma in Five Element Acupuncture - with permission to practice. Graduates will also receive a year's free membership of the 5 Element Acupuncture Network.



The course is open to anyone looking to become an acupuncturist. Maybe you're:

Bored in your existing employment and are looking for a change of career;

Someone who is looking for a part time business that's fits in with their lifestyle;

Perhaps you are retired and looking for a new challenge and extra income;

You are already a health professional wanting to expand your knowledge;

A therapist who wants to add an exciting  form of Chinese medicine to your practice;

An acupuncturist from another background perhaps western acupuncture trained looking to learn the Chinese  Five Element style of treatment;

The only prerequisites are that you have a desire to help people, and are able to commit yourself to the study of this fascinating form of medicine.



MICHAEL BAKER Post Grad Dip (HPE), BAc. MBAcC, Dip in Life Coaching.

Michael has made two study tours in Mainland China in 1978 and 1980, and on his return was fortunate enough to study with Professor J. R. Worsley and his inspiring team at the College of Traditional Acupuncture (CTA) in Leamington Spa. Gaining his Lic Ac in 1985 and his BAc in 1989, he became a member of CTA faculty in 2001, where he worked as head of First year studies and as a senior clinical supervisor. In 2012 he joined the faculty of The Acupuncture Academy (TAA) currently working on 1st and 2nd year teaching teams. In 2013 Michael was invited to speak at the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) conference on the topic of “The Journey from Demons to the Causative Factor”. He has written for the BAcC magazine "Acu" in July 2016, and in November 2017 published "A Chronological Journey through Chinese Medical History on the Causes of Disease”. He now shares his time teaching and working in a multidiscipline practice in Oxfordshire.


"I have known Michael Baker since 2007 when I attended The College of Traditional Acupuncture, where Michael was a tutor.

"I found Michael’s knowledge of Acupuncture and particularly the Five Elements extensive and his teaching style and friendly approach made the lectures easy to follow.

"I feel that my journey into understanding the Five Elements has been greatly enriched by the foundations set by Michael during my time at college."

David Start Lic.Ac MBAcC

David Start Acupuncture
Thornmoor Farm
Lifton, Devon


"Michael has been and continues to be an inspirational figure and tutor in my acupuncture learning. He has an engaging teaching style and the publications he has produced, promotes great insight and provides much knowledge on the subject of Five Element Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. I enjoy his writing style, his wit and most of all his wisdom. Thank You Michael."

Ged Lodge MBAcC. LicAc. B.Phil (Ed). BA Hons.

Acupuncture at Parkwood Extra Care
Park Lane, Shropshire,
Telford. TF7 5GA


PAUL ADKINS Lic.Ac., BA(Hons), 1st Dan, MBAcC, MCAUK

Qualified with an honours degree from the CTA Leamington College of Five Element Acupuncture and a Member of the British Acupuncture Council, Paul is a Traditional Acupuncturist practising in Truro, Cornwall, UK.

He is the Founder of Facial Enhancement Acupuncture; the anti ageing, non-surgical face lift and skin revitalising treatment and, since 2004, has trained acupuncturists in over 30 countries to successfully practice this treatment in their own clinics via his masterclasses, one-to-one training and online courses. As a result, there are now practitioners in the UK, Europe and as far afield as Canada, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, US, South Africa, Israel and the Caribbean.

In December 2012, Paul was a guest speaker at the 15th National Acupuncture Association of India Conference in New Delhi and at the International Cosmetic Acupuncture Summit in Tokyo in December 2016. He is the author of two books: Pocket Guide to Facial Enhancement Acupuncture and Facial Enhancement Acupuncture: Clinical Use and Application. He has written for the BAcC magazine "Acu" in 2012 and Embody magazine in 2014 and 2016.

As well as lecturing on facial acupuncture both in the UK and worldwide, Paul became a Zita West Affiliated Fertility Acupuncturist in 2008 and specialises in Zita’s comprehensive, holistic approach to achieving optimum reproductive health.


"I have known Paul for over 17 years. I studied Five Element Acupuncture with him at The College of Traditional Acupuncture in Leamington Spa between 2001 and 2004. As a fellow student he was kind and compassionate, knowledgeable, hugely enthusiastic, reassuring and funny – he has a great sense of humour!

"Since graduating Paul has continued to study and develop new techniques to enhance his practice and has been extremely generous with this continued development by teaching others. I have attended some of his training courses and find them thoroughly informative, extremely professional and I have always gone on to use the techniques in my own practice with great results.

"There are becoming fewer Five Element Practitioners since The College of Traditional Acupuncture closed – this style of acupuncture is amazing, fascinating and, more importantly, it works and I am delighted that Paul is now able to carry the tradition forward, I wish him every success."

Maddy Sharp Lic.Ac. BA(Hons), MBAcC
Acupuncture in Solihull
60 Links Drive
Solihull B91 2DL




Stacey has been the administrator and web manager for Positive Acupuncture and FACIALENHANCE® since 2009.

Gaining an honours degree in Illustration in 2001, she has many years’ experience in design. She has worked with acupuncturists to build and develop their websites, and is also the instructional designer of the long-established FACIALENHANCE® range of online courses. Stacey is using her skills to develop the blended learning aspect of the college.

As a Ba Zi (Chinese astrology) practitioner, Stacey has studied with leading authorities on the Five Elements, including Richard Ashworth, Joey Yap and David Twicken. Her knowledge of Chinese metaphysics, alongside her experience of working within the acupuncture industry, means she's perfectly placed to provide assistance to our students throughout their diploma training.



Our first term will begin in March 2019 and will comprise of one cohort based in Cornwall.

Students will be expected to attend monthly weekends held on Saturday and Sunday - Dates for 2019 are as follows:

Saturday 16th March & Sunday 17th March 2019

Saturday 27th April & Sunday 28th April 2019

Saturday 18th May & Sunday 19th May 2019

Saturday 22nd June & Sunday 23rd June 2019

Saturday 20th July & Sunday 21st July 2019

Saturday 18th August & Sunday 19th August 2019

Saturday 21st September & Sunday 22nd September 2019

Saturday 19th October & Sunday 20th October 2019

Saturday 16th November & Sunday 17th November 2019

Saturday 14th December & Sunday 15th December 2019

This is a blended learning course, so each student will be expected to complete 12-15 hours of online study per week.



24 Months' Study


Option One: £15,000 GBP

£500 deposit to secure your place on the course (non refundable), which will be payable after successful interview.

£14,500 payable in advance.


Option Two: £16,100 GBP

£500 deposit to secure your place on the course (non refundable), which will be payable after successful interview.

£650 per month, payable in 8 quarterly payments of £1950 from March 2019.


Needles and supplies are provided throughout the course. Extra costs students need to be aware off:

  • Travel
  • Accommodation
  • Food for weekends
  • Books and study material
  • Insurance and registration fees
  • Phase Two - Blood Pressure Monitor

We will provide a detailed list of books and materials upon enrolment.



On successful completion of the course, graduates will be eligible to join The 5 Element Acupuncture Network to receive ongoing support and marketing opportunities.

Graduates will have sufficient experience and training to establish their own acupuncture practice.

ICA is not affiliated with any other organisation or professional bodies and completion of our Diploma does not guarantee membership of any other professional organisations.



Intake numbers are limited. To register your interest, please complete the form below. We will be in touch to arrange an interview in person or via Skype/Zoom, depending on your location, to ascertain suitability for the course.

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