The Foundation Course
The Foundation Course
- A one year course that starts every March, June, September and December
- 12 online units comprising 120 study hours, offer a broad introduction to the field of Herbal Medicine, with emphasis on the practical use of herbs to treat common ailments
- Our expert herbal practitioners/tutors will guide you in your learning
- Monthly live webinars provide a dynamic environment for pursuing your learning
- Online lessons are made up of a mixture of videos and supporting documents
- Interactive forum – our expert tutors will answer your questions and support you in your growing knowledge
- Stepping stone to the Professional Course – Foundation Course graduates may apply for entry to the Professional Course
The Foundation Course Tutors
The Foundation Course Tutors are all experienced herbalists, bringing a wealth of experience and perspectives to your studies.
You will have the pleasure of learning directly from Anita Ralph and Mary Tassell, co-creators of the content, who are often in conversation with each other in the lesson videos, drawing out important points and adding engaging perspectives. Anita has a very busy practice and a particular interest in female health and works with a consultant gynaecologist and obstetrician. She has taught widely at all levels, including on the Professional Course and at Master’s level. Mary has also taught widely, including Anatomy and Physiology in the Professional Course, and has an uncanny ability to be able to explain complex matters without over-simplifying. They also both have a sense of humour that comes through and aids their teaching.
Each student cohort is also guided by a pair of Foundation Course tutors in forum discussions and webinars. These tutors have developed particular interests for the benefit of their patients, with these flavours adding richness to the student experience. For example, Delphine Sayre (the Foundation Course Leader) also has a qualification in psychotherapy; Sue Bottomley has a background as a pharmacist and has taught pharmacology; Abi Akinola has a background in mental health and running community workshops; Rasheeqa Ahmad is a community herbalist aiming to created landscapes of healing everywhere; Sophie Outen has a particular interest in immune system conditions and works with a forest school; and Amanda Rew is a gardener who offers horticulture training to young people with learning disabilities.