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CertHE Complementary Studies (Herbalism) (Full-Time)

CertHE Complementary Studies (Herbalism) provides a comprehensive foundation 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 and Physiology.

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 enable graduates to progress to the full degree to become a competent and confident practitioner of clinical herbalism. It does not equip students fully for independent clinical practice.

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 plus attendance at the Complementary Medicine Clinic for clinical training.

The course requires 90 hours of clinical training, (achieved during term time, either one day per fortnight or in blocks).

The course is accredited by the EHTPA (the European Herbal and Traditional Practitioners Association).

Typical Course Structure

  • Clinical Practice - Introductory 
  • Anatomy & Physiology for Herbalists
  • Introduction to Herbal Medicine
  • Pharmacy and Community Practice
  • History, Philosophy & Evidence

Study Details

Students 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 the clinical practice hours at external training clinics located elsewhere in the UK and Ireland.

Full-time, one year. Nine, three-day weekends plus clinical training.

Theory work is comprised of the nine three-day weekends, in addition to online study in preparation for the weekends.

It is expected that students complete between 20 and 30 hours of additional independent study per week in order to be successful on this programme.

View the course programme specification or our Higher Education Student Handbook.

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How to Apply

Lincoln College is approved by The Open University as an appropriate organisation to offer higher education programmes leading to Open University (OU) validated awards. CertHE Complementary Studies (Herbalism) is validated by The Open University. The validating institution is responsible for awarding the qualification at the end of the programme. Students on validated courses are OfS 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 and information on the responsibilities and conditions of study of both Lincoln College and the validating partners please see the Policies section. Lincoln College has designed this programme and has full responsibility for its delivery and assessment. Students who complete the programme successfully will receive an OU validated award certificate. The Open University assures itself of the standard and quality of its validated programmes through: the validation and re-validation process, the scrutiny of Lincoln College's own quality assurance procedures and the appointment of External Examiners to every OU validated programme. Although students are studying for an OU-validated award, a student's primary relationship is with Lincoln College and they 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 students and will provide students with an induction at the commencement of their programme, which will include advice and guidance on all matters relating to their 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. View the Lincoln College Higher Education Student Handbook. View the OU Regulations.

A minimum of 72 UCAS Tariff points from:

  • GCE A and AS Levels with at least one subject at A Level 
  • BTEC National (Diploma or Extended Diploma) in a relevant subject
  • Access to HE Diploma
  • T Levels
  • Scottish Higher/Advanced Higher with at least one subject at Advanced Higher


  • GCSE English – Grade C/4 or above
  • GCSE Maths – Grade C/4 or above 
  • GCSE Science – Grade C/4 or above

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

EU and International Applicants

  • ENIC confirmed equivalent of 72 UCAS points

  • IELTS with an overall score of 6.0 and a minimum of 5.5 in each component. Equivalent English language qualifications are acceptable for applicants not requiring a Tier 4 student visa

Other Entry Requirements

Applicants will need to undertake a DBS criminal record check to study on this programme. This can be paid for using the Career Degree Bursary. Learn more about the DBS Check.

The assessment methods typically 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 Certificate in Higher Education in Complementary Studies (Herbalism) provides a natural progression to the BSc (Hons) Clinical Herbalism degree.

Per Academic Year

  • Home Students - £9,250
  • International Students - £9,500

Tuition fees will remain unchanged for the duration of a student’s continuous enrolment.

Additional Course Costs

  • DBS check: £48.20
  • Tunics for clinic x2: approximately £20 each
  • Diagnostic equipment such as stethoscope and sphygmomanometer: approximately £80
  • Materials for making a pharmacy preparation: £10-£30

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

Additional compulsory course costs can be paid for using the Career Degree Bursary (not including materials for the pharmacy preparation). The scheme allows students to access the bursary (up to a maximum value of £500 for full-time or £250 part-time students) 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.

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Our upcoming Higher Education (HE) Open Days are listed on the Open Days webpage. Please register your place via the Eventbrite links listed. 

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Additional Support

If you have Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities and feel that you may need support, for example with your application or visiting us at an Open Day, please contact or call 01522 876225 to discuss your needs. This service is confidential.

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You can also learn more about our School of Complementary Medicine's foundation and degree courses, including staff profiles, latest news, gallery, alumni, accommodation, open days and more on our dedicated School of Complementary Medicine website.

Key Facts



Duration:1 Year

Start Date:September 2024

Location:Lincoln Campus

UCAS Course Code:B390

UCAS Institution Code:L42