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BSc (Hons) Clinical Herbalism

Level 6

Key Facts

Level:Level 6

Full-time/part-time:Part time

Duration:5 Years

Location:Lincoln Campus

Course Code:HEL0065AA1

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The course provides a comprehensive education and training in the principles
and practice of clinical herbalism. This incorporates the ‘energetic’
understanding of the cause of illness and the therapeutic actions of medicinal
plants as well as the orthodox disciplines of Anatomy, Physiology,
Pathophysiology and Nutrition. It is integrative in approach, linking
traditional herbal medicine with modern science and holism.

Our teaching methods include a rich mixture of theoretical study, reflection,
the use of intuition and practical experience including professional practice in
our on-site Complementary Medicine Clinic. Our aim is to ensure that you become
a competent and confident practitioner of clinical herbalism.

The course is delivered by block learning, which means that the attendance
requirements for the academic modules are met through eight full three day
weekends per year, plus attendance at the Complementary Medicine Clinic for
clinical training.

Year One of the course requires 90 hours of clinical training, (achieved
during term time, either 1 day per fortnight or in blocks)
Year Two requires
190 hours and Year Three requires 210 hours (roughly 1 day per week or the
equivalent). There are a variety of ways in which this attendance can be

The course is accredited by the EHTPA (the European Herbal and Traditional
Practitioners Association) and graduates are eligible to become members of NIMH
(the National Institute of Medical Herbalists) or other professional bodies of
medical herbalists.

Typical Course Structure

Year 1
Clinical Practice - Introductory
Anatomy & Physiology for
Herbal Medicine
Introduction to Herbal Medicine
Pharmacy & Community
History, Philosophy & Evidence

Year 2
Clinical Practice - Intermediate

Herbal Therapeutics
Nutrition as Therapy
Research Skills for

Year 3
Clinical Practice – Advanced
Independent Study
Herbal Therapeutics
Preparation for Practice

Applications for this course need to be made via the

Study Details

You will study on the Lincoln College Campus for the full duration of the course, completing professional practice in our on-site Complementary Medicine Clinic. There may be options to complete some, but not all, of your clinical practice hours at external training clinics located elsewhere in the UK and Ireland.

PART TIME 4 Years - 4-8 three day weekends per year, plus clinical training

Theory work is comprised of the 4-8 three-day weekends for part-time students per academic year in addition to online study in preparation for the weekends. It is expected that students complete between 20 and 30 hrs of additional independent study per week in order to be successful on this programme.
For school-leavers we require a minimum of 72 UCAS Tariff points from the following:
GCE A levels and AS Levels
BTEC National (Diploma or Extended Diploma) in a relevant subject
Access to HE
Scottish Higher/Advanced Higher with at least one subject at Advanced Higher.

For mature applicants some experience may be taken in lieu of A Levels / BTECs.

GCSE English - Grade C/4 or above
GCSE Maths - Grade C/4 or above

EU and International applicants
NARIC confirmed equivalent of 72 UCAS points
IELTS with an overall score of 6.0 and a minimum of 5.5 in each component (if applicable)
Equivalent English language qualifications are acceptable for applicants not requiring a Tier 4 student visa

There are typically 1-2 assessment tasks per
module delivered. The assessment methods used throughout the programme include:

Practical assessments e.g. dispensing
Written examinations
portfolios e.g. portfolio of clinic reports and reflective journals
The programme specification details the assessment strategy for
each module, including the relevant task weightings.

The successful completion of BSc
(Hons) Clinical Herbalism will provide you with the qualifications to set up in
professional practice as a herbal medicine practitioner. 

There are also broader employment opportunities in the health and
manufacturing industries and opportunities to progress to postgraduate study.

Per Academic Year
Home and EU students - £4350

Additional Course Costs
DBS check - £44; Tunics for
clinic x 2 - approx. £20 each; Diagnostic equipment such as stethoscope and
sphygmomanometer - approx. £80; Materials for making a pharmacy preparation -
£10 - £30 

Compulsory costs other than the materials for the pharmacy preparation can be
paid for using the Career Degree Bursary.The scheme allows students to access
the remainder of the bursary (up to a maximum value of £500 / £250 per year) for
additional optional courses, workshops, professional memberships and resources.
There is no cash alternative. Students who wish to access opportunities in
excess of the Career Degree Bursary may do so at full cost to themselves.

Please see the full ‘HE Terms and Conditions’ for details of additional
library and printing costs associated with this programme  href=""> 

This course is validated by the Open University. Lincoln College has designed this programme and will have responsibility for its delivery and assessment. If you complete the programme successfully you will receive a BSc (Hons) from the Open University.  The OU assures itself of the standard and quality of its validated programmes through; the validation and re-validation process, the scrutiny of Lincoln Colleges own quality assurance procedures and the appointment of External Examiners to every OU validated programme.  Although you are studying for am OU award, your primary relationship is with Lincoln College and you must follow Lincoln College guidelines and procedures at all times.  Any queries, requests or complaints should be made to Lincoln College.  Lincoln College are responsible for registering you as a student and will provide you with an induction at the commencement of your programme, which will include advice and guidance on all matters relating to your student life including: academic, financial and personal.  For full details of the responsibilities of both Lincoln College and the OU please see The Student's Guide to Studying on a Programme Validated by The Open University at the following link:


For more information please see the following policies:

Regulations for Validated Awards

Customer Complaints & Grievance Procedure

Learner Assessment Appeals Policy

Admissions Policy

Academic Misconduct and Maladministration

HE Moderation Policy

Mitigating Circumstances Guidelines 18-19

Board of Examiners

HE Registration Policy

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