Frequently Asked Questions
Can I complete it in less than a year?
No, one unit is released each month for 12 months.
What equipment do I need?
A small hand lens and tea making equipment.
Do I need a garden?
No, herb samples may be purchased online to assist with course content.
Is it all online?
Yes, all lessons are delivered and assignments submitted via our online Learning Management System.
What is assessed / not assessed?
Students looking to proceed to study on the Heartwood Professional Course, and those wanting detailed feedback on their assignments, follow an assessed pathway involving various tasks and quizzes.
Successful assessed completion of the Foundation Course involves A) attending (or viewing a recording of) a minimum of 10 out of the 12 monthly live webinars and B) completing and submitting all Unit assignments for feedback or grading. Some students choose to opt out of all assignments and webinars, and thus their work is not assessed.
Will I be able to sell my own products legally?
The course is not designed to educate students in making herbal products for the retail market. Selling herbal products must comply with relevant legislation.
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Do I have to attend every webinar?
All webinars are recorded and archived and are available to view at any time during the course. When you view a recorded webinar, that fact that you have watched it is logged on the Learning Management System and counts as attendance.
Will I be able to prescribe herbs once I complete the course?
It is Heartwood’s strict policy that only qualified and insured medical herbalists who have completed a full professional training in herbal medicine – and who belong to a recognised professional practitioner organisation – should prescribe herbal medicines.
Once completed, will I definitely be able to join the Professional Course?
Entry criteria for the Professional Course are as follows:
A) Successful completion of all 12 Units of the Heartwood Foundation Course plus a minimum 60% grade for the final herb monograph (or a Heartwood approved alternative course).
B) 4 GCSEs at grades A-C / grade 4 or above (including English, Maths and a Science); or BTEC Level 2/First Diploma (in a relevant subject with merit or distinction); or NVQ Level 2; or equivalent Level 2 qualification.
C) Those without GCSE English at grade C / grade 4 or above need to offer proof of proficiency in English, for example:
- Cambridge Advanced Certificate (CAE) / Cambridge C1 Advanced – 185 overall with a minimum of 176 in each skill
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) / Cambridge C2 Proficiency – 185 overall with a minimum of 176 in each skill
- IELTS (Academic) – 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in each skill
- Pearson Test of English (Academic) – 69 overall with a minimum of 62 in each communicative skill
- TOEFL iBT Institution code: 0394 – 100 overall with a minimum of 25 in writing and 23 in each of the other skills
- Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English (ISE) – Level III (ISEIII) with merit in each skill
Note: Applications from those over 21 with an existing qualification and/or experience in another therapeutic discipline are considered for course entry on a case-by-case basis.