Lincoln College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Open University Validating Partnership

Clinical Herbalism

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Course summary

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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.

Course details


Typical Modules: Level 1 • Clinical Practice - Introductory • Anatomy & Physiology for Herbal Medicine • Introduction to Herbal Medicine • Pharmacy & Community Practice • History, Philosophy & Evidence Level 2 • Clinical Practice - Intermediate • Pathophysiology • Herbal Therapeutics • Nutrition as Therapy • Research Skills for Herbalists Level 3 • Clinical Practice – Advanced • Independent Study • Advanced Herbal Therapeutics • Preparation for Practice

Assessment method

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

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

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Course codeB342
Institution code L42
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 72 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/National 4/National 5 GCSE Maths and English at Grade C or above

Additional entry requirements


Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6Equivalent English language qualifications are acceptable for applicants not requiring a Tier 4 student visa

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £7999 Year 1
Scotland £7999 Year 1
Wales £7999 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7999 Year 1
EU £7999 Year 1
International £9500 Year 1

Additional fee information

Tuition fees will remain unchanged for the duration of a student?s continuous enrolment. 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.
Clinical Herbalism at Lincoln College - UCAS