Thrive have secured new accreditation for The Award (non-OFCAL regulated) in Social and Therapeutic Horticulture (ASTH). This new accreditation with Open College Network London provides a quality standards framework and adds value to the certification. The ASTH will be a level 5 certificate of 15 credits (150 hours of learning).
The re-accreditation process provided an opportunity to review the ASTH and the learning for the ASTH has now also changed, with new additional learning to enhance the course and provide learning outcomes that demonstrate the skills needed to put an STH intervention in place across a variety of different practice contexts.
The ASTH course is also embedded into the new Diploma (non-OFQUAL registered) as one of 7 units and students who complete the new ASTH will be able to complete the diploma without completing that unit.
The Award comprises of 3 different learning stages:
• Firstly, attendance on either a two day client specific course or the blended online Social and Therapeutic Horticulture Practice course.
• After this you will access further taught content via our online learning platform and be provided with further essential reading.
• Finally, you write a report on the development of an STH programme within a specific practice context.
Access to the new ASTH will be through our blended online Social and Therapeutic Horticulture Practice course or through 2-day client specific courses held in venues across the UK. This initial guided learning will make up 14 of the suggested 150 hours of learning. In addition to this there will be other learning to access online and some guided learning activities that can be completed at your own speed.
Once you have completed your course and the additional online learning you will have the opportunity to access the assignment component of the course where you will have 16 weeks to complete a report on the use of Social and Therapeutic Horticulture within a practice context of your choosing. This means students will be able to make their own choices in relation to reading and learning and enable the completion of a report with potential real-world value beyond the certificate. During this at distance study period students can access support from Thrive tutors at any time and make use of 3 scheduled tutorials.
*note - this fee is in addition to the cost of attending the required taught courses.
For further information, please download a copy of our Award Briefing Sheet.