Undergraduate Courses


For 20+ years, Thrive have been involved in academic research and undergraduate teaching. We currently offer two undergraduate programmes in collaboration with our Higher Education partners at Coventry University and Pershore college.

Our Award in Social and Therapeutic Horticulture is delivered entirely by the Training, Education and Consultancy team at Thrive with the endorsement of the College of Occupational Therapists. The Award is accredited by Coventry University

Thrive also contribute significantly to Coventry University's Professional Development Diploma in Social and Therapeutic Horticulture. The Diploma runs over the course of an academic year with contact time split between Coventry University, Pershore College and Thrive's National Office near Reading.

  • 'Completing the Award has boosted my confidence and I am encouraging my colleagues that it is a beneficial experience'
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Further information about these courses can be found through the links below. To make the most of these opportunities and ensure you get the best possible value from our undergraduate programme please call 0118 988 5688 or email training@thrive.org.uk and speak to a member of our academic team today

For a full list of our courses, please download a copy of our Training and Education Prospectus


AWARD in Social and Therapeutic Horticulture

The Award in Social and Therapeutic Horticulture involves an eight week period of blended guided and self-directed study with tutorial and resource support from Thrive's Training and Education team. Students will reflect deeply about the use of Social and Therapeutic Horticulture for a particular group with specific support needs and will develop a year-round therapy programme for their chosen group

Participants can gain access to the Award by attending any of the client-specific courses on our specialist knowledge programme. For participants who prefer to reflect on the use of horticulture with a range of clients with diverse support needs, we also offer a dedicated Award access course (see below).

Participants can begin the award immediately after attending the appropriate two-day course or any time until July of the following academic year. For example, if you were to attend a course in November of the 2015/16 programme, you would have until July 2017 to embark upon the Award.

Cost: £295* from 1st April 2017

*note that this fee is in addition to the cost of attending our two-day courses.  

For further information, please download a copy of our Award Briefing Sheet:

To apply, please download a copy of our Award Application form and return it to award@thrive.org.uk or by post to Thrive Award Team, Geoffrey Udall Centre, Beech Hill, Berkshire, RG7 2AT.


Award Access Course for Occupational Therapists

For Occupational Therapists or Health and Social Care Professionals that are likely to have experience of supporting diverse client groups, Thrive also offer a dedicated two-day course that provides direct access to the Award. Unlike the client-specific courses on our specialist knowledge programme, this course explores the use of Social and Therapeutic Horticulture with a wide range of support needs in settings that will be familiar to Occupational Therapists. This route to the Award is suitable for professionals who use, or would like to use, gardening as part of a formal therapeutic programme or as an element of existing practice. Participants should already have the knowledge and experience of disabilities to be able to describe the support needs of their clients and links to their own practice.

Cost: £535*

*note that this fee includes the cost of attendance on both the two-day access course and registration for the Award.

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Professional Development DIPLOMA in Social and Therapeutic Horticulture

The Social and Therapeutic Horticulture Diploma is ideal for people who are already working in therapeutic horticulture, or for health, social care or educational professionals who understand and appreciate the importance of nature-based programmes in helping individuals who are vulnerable, isolated or living with disabilities.

The Professional Development Diploma in Social and Therapeutic Horticulture has been designed and delivered by Coventry University in partnership with Thrive and Pershore College. The course is offered over one year, commencing in September and finishing the following July. Teaching on the Diploma is a combination of face to face contact, guided online learning, self-directed study and tutorial time.

For anyone who would like to find out more and meet the academic team, free Diploma Taster Days are held throughout the year, two at Coventry University and one at Thrive.

Next taster morning at Coventry University:

  •   Saturday 16th June 2018 - 10am -12.30 pm

For more information, please contact us.

For further information, please download a copy of our Diploma briefing sheet:

Alternatively, please feel free to email a member of our Training and Education team at diploma@thrive.org.uk or call us on 0118 988 5688.

For specific information about tuition fees, term dates and entry requirements, please visit Coventry University's website.