For the past 20 years, the College of Ayurveda has been offering the most comprehensive curriculum in the field of Ayurvedic Medicine in the UK.
The College of Ayurveda is the premier educator for individuals seeking to make a difference in the world through a career restoring the natural balance of body, mind and spirit with the wisdom of Ayurveda. This mission has been the central driving force of the College since its inception. The College of Ayurveda is the only institution in the UK that offers a complete Ayurvedic programme comparable in content to the B. A. M. S. (Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicine & Surgery) degree course taught in India.
The College aims to provide the most up-to-date and comprehensive Ayurvedic medical education. It promote the values of a tolerant and democratic society and the ideals of scholarship and the benefits of life-long education and training. It works to develop and support educational programmes and select a student body of such a size that every student has a quality and relevant educational experience, and provide students with clearly defined academic programmes, competent teaching, a caring and supportive academic structure and an attractive and facilitating environment.
Accredited by the British Complementary Medicines Association (BCMA), the College provides Ayurvedic practitioner-level programmes in Milton Keynes in addition to pioneering Ayurvedic education in France, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, Croatia, and Japan.
The College of Ayurveda was first established as an independent non-profit organisation in 1997 under the aegis of the Ayurvedic Medical Association (UK) and the leadership of Dr. Mauroof M. Athique. In 2000, the College was registered as an educational institute by the Companies House, UK.
In 2005, the College developed a collaborative partnership with Middlesex University, London. This was the first time for a public institution in the West (outside of India and Sri Lanka) to recognise Ayurvedic Medicine as a university degree course. The College also played a major role in the regulation process of herbal medicine (Ayurveda) initiated by the UK government.
In 2011, the UK government announced an increase of tuition fees for undergraduate university students, which resulted in Middlesex University increasing its fees for new starters from 2012/2013. This mainly affected mature students, who were unable to secure student loans because they were not first time undergraduate students. With most of the students on the Ayurveda programme being mature students, the fee increase had a significant impact on the course. Of the 15 successful applicants to the programme, only 3 students were able to procure a student loan, and as a result, the University had no alternative but to withdraw the programme.
In 2014, the College of Ayurveda was invited by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills to participate in a study of Alternative Providers of Higher Education in the UK, proving another milestone for the College.
Currently, the College of Ayurveda offers a programme that is similar in structure and credit to the BSc and MSc programmes in Ayurvedic Medicine that had been offered in collaboration with the University: an undergraduate Diploma (3 years) and postgraduate/advanced Diploma (1 year). The curriculum is based on the WHO's Benchmarks for Training in Ayurveda for Category I, Type I training for Ayurveda practitioners (2010), supported by the Ministry of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy), India. It also endorses the recommendations of the EHTPA Curriculum for Herbal and Traditional Medicine (2014). The Diploma is unique in that it awards students with a certificate at the end of each year, enabling students to start practising professionally after the first year. It is designed as a flexible, blended-learning course that combines online lectures and classroom weekends to accommodate students with work commitments or those that live abroad and therefore would not be able to regularly attend face-to-face classes.
What We've Achieved
- Accredited by the British Complementary Medicines Association (BCMA)
- Member of the Ayurvedic Professionals Association (APA)
- Launched Ayurvedic Medicine as a university degree course with Middlesex University in 2005
- Pioneering Ayurvedic education in France, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, Croatia, and Japan
- Played a major role in the regulation process of herbal medicine (Ayurveda) initiated by the UK government.
- Developed a flexible but highly structured Diploma curriculum that combines online and offline classes for greater accessibility
- Curriculum based on the WHO benchmark and supported by the Ministry of AYUSH, India
- Invited by UK governmental body, the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, to participate in a study in 2014