Diploma in Herbal Medicine


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Diploma in Herbal Medicine

CMA RegisteredQuality Assured by OLQA

(Starting 30 Sep 2011)

Course aims:

The aim of this course is to provide students with the opportunity to study Herbal Medicine, its principles and practices at level 3. It is suitable for those with a general interest in the topic or for students who wish to progress into herbal medicine practise, as this course will provide the opportunity to gain theoretical knowledge and understanding as well as insight into practical applications.
The course is delivered online and in ten units, each with an assessment which can be submitted to the tutorial department for feedback, and prepares students for the end of course online examination.
Each unit bases knowledge and understanding on learning outcomes and incorporates guided activities, knowledge checklists and concept boxes to facilitate learning.
Unit content

Unit 1: The Principle and Practice of Herbal Medicine

This unit presents an overview of herbal medicine’s principles and practices, and includes exploration of origins and philosophical contexts in which herbal medicine sits today. This unit also covers herbs and holism, how plants are classified for use and the scientific perspective.
Students will also have an opportunity to explore basic phytochemistry which includes plant metabolism and terminology.

Unit 2: Molecules, metabolites and substances

This unit introduces students to the structure and function of carbohydrates, lipids, terpenes and polyphenols.
This unit is important because plant chemistry forms the basis of therapeutic herbal usage and therefore offers students an overview of this subject. 

Unit 3: Pharmacology, toxicity and contra-indications

This unit explores the principles of pharmacology related to herbal medicine and uses examples to demonstrate pharmacological actions and contra-indications for use. This involves discussion about the safety and storage of herbal medicine, toxicity of certain substances and drug-herb interactions. 

Unit 4: Formulation and preparation

This unit looks at routes of administration, dosage, extraction methods and draws comparisons between different methods as well as exploring incompatibilities.
Students will learn about maceration, percolation, infusion, water-based preparations, decocting, alcohol use, concentrations of herbs, fluid extracts. Syrups and elixirs, emulsions, dry preparations (amongst others).

Unit 5: Treatment approaches and herbal actions

This unit provides students with an opportunity to learn about the protocols in herbal medicine practice, how to select the correct therapeutic remedy through investigation of criteria, assessment of the impact of the herbs on individual clients, and what kinds of influencing factors that need to be considered.
The unit will also explore specific actions of herbs and how to apply models to therapeutic contexts.
Dosage and formulation are an important component of this unit, so students will learn about units of measurement, dose adjustments and prescribing.
This unit will also present information about the herbal actions related to alterative, anticatarrhal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antirheumatic, antispasmodic, astringent, bitter and other relevant remedies.

Unit 6, 7 8: Body systems part 1, 2 and 3

Each of the following three units will deal with specific body systems and explore health and wellbeing, as well as discussing a range of conditions specific to those systems, treatment programmes, formulae and other related issues.
The systems will be covered as follows:
Unit 6: Cardiovascular, respiratory and musculoskeletal
Unit 7: Digestive, immune, endocrine
Unit 8: Central nervous, urinary, reproductive, skin

Unit 9: Special groups

For any application there are special groups in society for whom the ‘norm’ does not apply. These are generally the elderly and the young.
This unit explores specific conditions such as childhood illnesses, diseases of the elderly and relates these considerations to herbal medicine practice.

Unit 10: Materia Medica

The final unit presents a basic Materia Medica which will form the fundamental resource for herbal medicine practitioners.
The Materia Medica covers the most commonly used plants, where they are found, a brief description of them and, their actions and preparation and dosages.
Practitioners will normally add to a Materia Medica as they become more experienced practitioners and it comprises a dynamic and ongoing knowledge base and record of remedies used and their origins and actions.


Entry Requirements

All students must be 16 years of age and above.

Level 3 Diploma courses require a minimum prior learning to GCSE standard in order that students can manage their studies and the assumed knowledge within course content.

Study Hours

Approximately 20 hours per unit

Assessment Method

Final online multiple choice examination.

Please note that you can enrol on this course at anytime.


Diploma in Herbal Medicine

This course is Quality Assured by OLQA
Quality Assured by OLQA

How can I progress

For more information on how to progress after completing this course, please click here

Additional Information

You will receive a certificate from the College. A digital version is included in the price and will be emailed to you within 5 days of taking your online exam.

Should you require an embossed hard copy of your certificate to be sent to you by Special Delivery post, you can order this separately after taking your exam.

The course can be enrolled upon by students Internationally. There are no deadlines for enrolments.

To view the differences between our qualifications, please click HERE

What's Included

Online study materials to enable the student to successfully complete the Diploma. Support is provided by the tutor department for the duration of the course (1 year). Certification upon completion. All examination fees.

Course Fee


Payment by Instalments

Students are able to pay course fees in monthly instalments. Click here to download our instalment plan.

Further Information

The Quality Assured Diploma is a Level 3 equivalent on the National Qualifications Framework. The Diploma is a 1 year course which is self study and is examined by online examination. The Diploma is awarded by Oxford College. Upon completion of the course you will receive certification awarded by Oxford College.

The Level 3 Diplomas require a minimum prior learning to GCSE standard in order to for students to manage study and the assumed knowledge within course content.

They provide an ability to gain and apply a range of knowledge, skills and understanding in a specific subject at a detailed level. Level 3 qualifications such as A levels, NVQ3, BTEC Diplomas etc. are appropriate if you plan to progress to university study.

Level 3 Diploma courses can assist you in career development, continued professional development, personal development, and provision of a basis for further study.

Progression from Level 3 is to specialist learning and detailed analysis of a higher level of information (for example university level study, Diploma Level 5 study).

Your course is delivered online via the Oxford Learning On Campus website.

This is a flexible learning course, so the more time you have to commit to your studies, the sooner you are able to complete.

In the student 'On Campus' you are also able to take part in the student chat room and forums as part of our online student community.

After enrolling online you will receive your username and password to access the On Campus area within 3 working days.

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