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 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
Nutrition as Therapy
Research Skills for Herbalists
Clinical Practice – Advanced
Advanced Herbal Therapeutics
Preparation for Practice
Applications for this course need to be made via the website.
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
Coursework 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 http://www.lincolncollege.ac.uk/higher-educations/terms
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:
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Regulations for Validated
Complaints & Grievance Procedure
Assessment Appeals Policy
Misconduct and Maladministration
Circumstances Guidelines 18-19