BSc (Hons) Clinical Herbalism (Part-Time) Level 6

By Lincoln College
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The BSc (Hons) Clinical Herbalism 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 our graduates become competent and confident practitioners of clinical herbalism.

The course is delivered by block learning, which means that the attendance requirements for the academic modules are met through a number of weekends per year, plus attendance at the Complementary Medicine Clinic for clinical training.

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), CPP (College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy) or URHP (Unified Register of Herbal Practitioners).

Part-time students should apply directly to the College.

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Typical course structure

  • Year 1

    *Optional modules will run where there are sufficient student numbers, otherwise an alternative option module may be offered

    • Anatomy & Physiology for Herbal Medicine

    • Herbal Therapeutics 1 

  • Year 2
    • Clinical Practice 1

    • Pharmacy & Community Practice

    • History, Philosophy & Evidence

  • Year 3
    • Clinical Practice 2

    • Pathophysiology for Medical Herbalists

    • Nutrition as Therapy

  • Year 4
    • Clinical Practice - Intermediate

    • Herbal Therapeutics 2

    • Research Skills for Herbalists

  • Year 5*
    • Clinical Practice 3

    • Research Project

    • Herbal Therapeutics 3

    • Clinical Skills for Herbalists

    • Business Skills for Herbalists

    *5 year period assumes that students will study full-time in their final year. This can be discussed with the tutor.

Validated by The Open University

Additional information

  • Entry Requirements

    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.

    Plus: GCSE English - Grade C/4 or above GCSE Maths - Grade C/4 or above and GCSE Science – 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 may be acceptable for applicants requiring a visa.

    *If you are an applicant requiring a visa, you can only apply for a full-time course.

    For mature applicants and those aged over 25 who may not meet the entry requirements, an Access to HE course can be a good idea to prepare for study at degree level. We also consider life and work experience where applicants can demonstrate that they have acquired academic skills by other means.

    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

    • Successful interview

  • 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.

    Part-Time Five Years:

    Part-time attendance depends on level of study, which can vary from year to year, depending on how the timetable is set. In the academic year (2021-22) the attendance is as follows for part time students: 

    • Level 4 - Year 1 - Attendance at four out of the eight teaching weekends (Friday-Sunday), PLUS induction weekend, which is the weekend before the first teaching weekend (two consecutive weekends at the end of September).

    • Level 4 - Year 2 - Attendance at four out of the eight teaching weekends (Friday-Sunday), plus 10 days in the on-site clinic from October-May (clinic runs Monday to Friday only). 

    • Level 5 - Year 1 - Attendance at four to five teaching weekends, plus approximately 15 days in the clinic on-site, September to July (clinic runs Monday to Friday only). 

      Level 5 - Year 2 - Attendance at four to five teaching weekends, plus approximately 15 days in clinic on site, September to July (clinic runs Monday to Friday only). 

    • Level 6 - Most students complete this full-time. All eight teaching weekends, plus 30 days on site clinic. 

    It is expected that students complete between 10 and 15 hrs of additional independent study per week in order to be successful on this programme.

    To view our programme specification for this course please click here.

    To view our student handbook please click here.

  • Assessment & Progression


    There are typically one to two assessment tasks per module delivered. 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

    The programme specification details the assessment strategy for each module, including the relevant task weightings.


    The successful completion of BSc (Hons) Clinical Herbalism provides graduates with the qualifications that may enable them to set up in professional practice as an herbal medicine practitioner.

    There may also be broader employment opportunities in the health and manufacturing industries and opportunities to progress to postgraduate study.

  • Course Fees

    Course Fees:

    Part-Time Per Academic Year Home Students - £5,500.00

    Part-Time Per Academic Year International Students - £5,500.00

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

    Additional Course Costs:

    • DBS check: £47.80

    • Tunics for clinic x2: approximately £20 each

    • Diagnostic equipment such as stethoscope and sphygmomanometer: approximately £80

    • Materials for making a pharmacy preparation: £10-£30

    Additional compulsory course costs can be paid for using the Career Degree Bursary (not including materials for the pharmacy preparation).

  • Career Degree Bursary

    The Career Degree bursary was established in order to enhance our Higher Education students’ academic programme and support their studies - helping to make our students more employable, industry prepared and equipped for life as a graduate.

    The Career Degree bursary is made up of two components:

    1. A bursary of up to £500 for full-time students and up to £250 for part-time students over the course of their higher education programme to support any aspect of independent study, such as equipment, books etc.

    2. In addition, course coordinators will be allocated an additional payment to spend each academic year on enhancements that will support the development of employability skills and progression to graduate level employment. Students are encouraged to discuss ideas on how this can be spent with their tutors.

  • What Our Students Say

    “I would encourage anyone interested in natural medicine to join the course. You get a wealth of experience with patients, and it’s a rewarding experience.” 

    Giuseppe Di Carlo, graduated in 2022

  • Terms & Conditions

    Lincoln College is approved by The Open University as an appropriate organisation to offer higher education programmes leading to Open University (OU) validated awards. BSc (Hons) Acupuncture 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.

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