Skip to main content

Contact Us

For general enquiries please call 01427 617471 or email

For all course enquiries please call the Course Enquiry Line on 01427 617471 or email

For International enquiries outside the EU, please call +44 (0)01427 617471 or email

Lincoln College

Monks Road

T 01427 617471
F 01522 876200

View Larger Map View Campus Map

Newark College

Friary Road
Newark, Nottinghamshire
NG24 1PB

T 01427 617471
F 01636 680681

View Larger Map View Campus Map

Gainsborough College

Acland Street
DN21 2LG

T 01427 617471
F 01427 617577

View Larger Map View Campus Map

BSc (Hons) Clinical Herbalism

UCAS Institution Code: L42    UCAS Course Code: B342

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

& Community Practice
History, Philosophy & Evidence

Year 2
Clinical Practice - Intermediate
Pathophysiology for

Medical Herbalists
Herbal Therapeutics
Nutrition as Therapy

Skills for Herbalists

Year 3
Clinical Practice – Advanced
Independent Study

Herbal Therapeutics
Preparation for Practice

Applications for this course are processed through UCAS, please make a note

of the codes below before applying to UCAS.
Institution Code - L42

Code - B342

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.

FULL TIME 3 Years - nine three day weekends in year 1, eight three day weekends in years 2 and 3, plus clinical training

Theory work is comprised of the 9 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.

To view our programme module specification for this course please click here:

Attend one of our Lincoln College Career Degree Open Days to find out more about our Degree, HNC and HND courses. To register please click here

All entrants need sufficient academic grounding to be able to cope with degree-level work. For under 25’s this is evidenced by meeting our UCAS points requirement or completion of an Access Course as detailed below.

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 and those over 25, an Access Course is often a good idea for those who have little academic background as well. However we are willing to take wider life and work experience into account where applicants can demonstrate that they have aquired academic skills by other means.


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

The successful

completion of BSc (Hons) Clinical Herbalism will provide you with the

qualifications to set up in professional practice as a herbal medicine


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

International students - £9500

Additional Course Costs:

DBS check - £47.80; 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

This course 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 of the responsibilities and conditions of study of both Lincoln College and the validating partners please see the T&CS and POLICIES sections which can be found at:

Full details of the Open University regulations can be found at:

Following a rigorous process, Lincoln College has been approved by The Open University (OU) to offer higher education programmes leading to Open University validated awards. Lincoln College has designed this programme and has full 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 an 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:

The Open University

Key Facts

Level:Level 6


Duration:3 Years

Location:Lincoln Campus

Course Code:HEL0064AA1

Applications for this course are processed through UCAS. To apply for this course please make a note of the Institute Code and UCAS Course code from the course description.

Apply Online at UCAS 

Change Password

Please enter requested details to change your password.