*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
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.
5 Years - 4 to 8 weekends a year, of up to three days each, plus clinical training
Whilst the sessions delivered at College will fall on the study weekends, it is expected that students make themselves available to complete voluntary or work experience hours outside of these times. Many of the opportunities offered through the college will require commitment during evenings and weekends.
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
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) 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 £4350.00
International Students £6000.00
Tuition fees will remain unchanged for the duration of a student’s continuous enrolment.
Additional Course Costs
DBS check - £44 (compulsory); Tunics for clinic x 2 - approx. £20 each (compulsory); Diagnostic equipment such as stethoscope and sphygmomanometer - approx. £80 (compulsory); Materials for making a pharmacy preparation - £10 - £30 (compulsory
Additional compulsory course costs will 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) 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 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,
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