Professional Course

International Route

The Professional Course (International Route) 

For international students (i.e. for those outside the U.K.) who are unable to travel to our clinical trainers for the face-to-face component of their clinical training, we are offering an International Route option.  

The academic course content of this option is exactly the same as for the standard Professional Course, and you will be studying this material in cohorts with students from the standard Professional Course. Your clinical training, however, will be limited to 300 online hours. Upon completion of your studies, you will be awarded a Diploma in Herbal Medicine (International Route).  

Please note that this means that you will not be eligible to apply to join the National Institute of Medical Herbalists after completion of your studies with us, so please check in your locality whether this gives you the qualification you need in order to be able to practice.  

Course Prospectus

Length of Study: 4-6 years (depending on chosen pathway)

Schedule: September – July. Resits may run into August

Award: Diploma in Herbal Medicine (International Route)

Clinical Hours: 300 hours (more detail is provide in the Course Outlines)

Accreditation: not accredited

Total Study Hours: 3600 hours plus 300 clinical hours (excluding writing-up time)


The delivery of this course takes place through a VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) called Moodle.

A range of learning and teaching activities take place via this online delivery platform including:


Entry Criteria

International Baccalaureate including Maths, and a Science (biology or chemistry) at grade 3 or higher, plus Successful completion of the Heartwood Foundation Course  (or equivalent) with a monograph score of 60% or above. IELTS with an overall score of 6.0 in each component. An overall score of 7 is desired. Equivalent English language qualifications are acceptable.

Applications from those over 21 with an existing qualification and/or experience in another therapeutic discipline will be considered for course entry on a case-by-case basis.