Assignments and required evidence.  

 A personal log/diary is a mandatory requirement for the course. Please ensure that you make regular entries for each Unit. You are required to make approx 40 entries over the course. These will need to show your journey through the course and will focus on both the theory and the practical work.


 An assignment list can be found as an attachment at the bottom of the page.

If you have completed a course before, you may be exempt from a number of these assignments so if you are unsure which you have to do, please check with your tutor first.

Unit 1.1 - 1.4 In our experience, candidates find it easier to use their existing Shibashi assignments and adapt them, removing any specific reference to Shibashi, as any mention of Qigong should relate to the 8 Strands.

Unit 4.1 - Some candidates may have covered this in either their Tai Chi Bang or Fragrant Qigong. For your ease, we suggest that you use that assignment as a starting point for this new course. 

Essays and written work - Please ensure that you reference your work. An attachment can be found at the bottom of the page that will show you what is expected. 


IF you are sending previously marked assignments from the Shibashi Instructor course for unit 1 of this course please check that you have actually covered the criteria for this course and that all mention of Shibashi is removed, along with the tutor feedback. 


Written Accounts - The guideline for written accounts is 500 words for Level 3 but if you need more then the maximum is 600 words, but no less than 400 words. Bullet points can be used in conjunction with written accounts to enable a concise assignment. Assignments that do not meet this criteria will be returned. 

 Essays - Level 3 - 1000 word essays - Please ensure that your essays are NO more than 1,100 words and no less than 900 words. Essays that do not meet this criteria will be returned.


Please contact you tutor if you need help or support with this.


 1.1 Explore and evaluate the concept of the four principles of Yin & Yang.
This will be assessed by the Yin Yang assignment. The assignment can be downloaded from the bottom of the page.

1.2 Analyse and define the meridian system.
This will be assessed by a piece of written work. It is important to include the numbers of channels and mention of Qi flow. Inclusion of blocked Qi is recommended : what effect blocked Qi can have on the body and an example of something that can block Qi.

1.3 Summarise & contrast the concepts of qi.

This will be assessed by a written account. Please discuss the meaning of Qi, 3 of the functions of Qi and at least 3 examples of human Qi. Also remember to relate to Qigong.

1.4 Discuss the three treasures – Jing, Chi, Shen.

This will be assessed by the creation of an A4 handout that is suitable to explain these concepts to your learners. Please include the three treasures and their relevance to Qigong practise, also make relevant mention of Yi (intent).

1.5 Discuss and critically contrast the differences between TCM and the allopathic view of the organs.

This will be assessed by a piece of written work. Here you need to mention both the Zang Fu system and the allopathic view of organs, using at least one organ that you compare. Don't forget to bring emotions into your written work!

1.6 Explain and summarise the 5 Elements.

This will be assessed by a piece of written work and the Shen (generating) cycle assignment. The Shen cycle assignment can be downloaded at the bottom of the page. For the written work you need to relate to Qigong at some point, and include examples of at least 2 elements, giving at least 2 factors that relate to them.The 5 Element catagorisation table in the study guide for this unit will help you with this. The key words for this assignment are why and how!


Unit 2.1 Perform the 8 movements.
This will be evidenced at the final practical assessment.

Unit 2.2 Describe in detail, the 8 movements, showing knowledge of suitable modifications.

This will be evidenced at the final practical assessment.

Unit 2.3 Explore the health benefits associated with each of the 8 movements.
This assignment requires a 1000 word essay.

For this assignment you must include the physical benefits as well as the the traditional Chinese medicine benefits ( which merdians are worked on, will this affect the corresponding TCM organs? ). You may want to write a general overview about the health benefits of Qigong - if you do this please keep it brief as the question asks for the benefits associated with EACH of the movements, so please look at each movement in some detail.  

There is no need to spend time explaining exactly where the meridians are - just brief mention (maybe start and end point) would be enough - as the emphasis of this assignment is on the health benefits.

The aim is to explore so please look at providing the reasons for at least a few of the cited physical benefits. Perhaps a movement mentions that it works on the hamstrings - why is this or how does it do this?

Please also include mention of research that has been carried out into some of the health benefits of this style of Qigong.

  • You are not expected to provide a full account of the research.
  • You could make a general statement about all the research (keeping in mind that these are weight bearing exercises). 
  • You may want to look at what was measured or what changes they were looking for, to help you gain a general  understanding. (Reading the conclusion of the research will help with this.)
  • Do the different pieces of research have anything in common as far as physical benefits? 

These are just a few ideas of how to explore the research. Click here for more help with writing the essay


 Unit 3.1 Summarise the historical development of Dao yin and Qigong exercises.
This assignment requires a 1000 word essay
. For this essay you should include: the meanings of both Daoyin and Qigong, The importance of breathing, the dynasty that is associated with Baduanjin, the purpose of the 2001 & 2003 regulations, the different types of Qigong (martial, medical etc) and where the 8 Strands fit into this/these categories, the key players that are associated with creation of this style of Qigong (you need to include the Eight Immortals and Marshal Yueh Fei plus any possible link to martial qigong.)


Unit 4.1 Summarise the health and safety issues associated with teaching and performing the movements.
This will be evidenced at your final practical session and through a piece of written work. You will need to include new learner's needs in this written work, as it could be seen as a health & safety issue. Please ensure that you include details of all the 4 main areas - Environment - layout, space, ventilation, lighting, flooring, temperature, Resources and Equipment, Advice with suitable progression & Performance issues (remember to include contra indications with movement numbers please). You can use bullet points or a table for this assignment as it does not request an essay.

Please remember to look at the Risk assessment attachment as this will help you.

Unit 4.2 Explain the issues associated with the assessment of a new learner's needs.
This will be evidenced at your final practical session


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