*this course is subject to validation
The course provides a comprehensive education and training in the principles and practice of herbal medicine. 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 herbal medicine.
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 achieved.
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
• Clinical Practice - Introductory
• Anatomy & Physiology for Herbal Medicine
• Introduction to Herbal Medicine
• Pharmacy & Community Practice
• History, Philosophy & Evidence
• Clinical Practice - Intermediate
• Herbal Therapeutics
• Nutrition as Therapy
• Research Skills for Herbalists
• Clinical Practice – Advanced
• Independent Study
• Advanced Herbal Therapeutics
• Preparation for Practice
Applications for this course need to be made via UCAS.
UCAS Code: B342
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.
FULL TIME 3 Years - 8 three day weekends per year, plus clinical training
PART TIME 5 or 6 Years - 4-8 weekends per year of up to three days each, plus clinical training
Theory work is comprised of the 8 three-day weekends for full-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 or above
• GCSE Maths - Grade C 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
• Coursework portfolios e.g. portfolio of clinic reports and reflective journals
• Written assessments
The programme specification details the assessment strategy for each module, including the relevant task weightings.
The successful completion of BSc (Hons) Herbal Medicine 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: £7999
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 http://www.lincolncollege.ac.uk/higher-educations/terms
Applications for this course are processed through UCAS, please see the course description and make a note of the Institute Code and UCAS Course Code.
Apply Online at UCAS
This course is subject to validation by the Open University. The validating institution is responsible for awarding the qualification at the end of the programme. Students on validated courses are HEFCE registered, funded and taught at Lincoln College and it is the responsibility of the College to manage all aspects of this provision. The validating institution maintains an oversight of the programme throughout the academic year and must be satisfied that students are being taught in line with the required academic standards of the awarding institution. For full details of the responsibilities of both Lincoln College and the validating partners please see the HE Terms and Conditions page, section 11.
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