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The Thrive Award in Social and Therapeutic Horticulture (STH) offers you the opportunity to continue your STH journey by gaining the knowledge and tools to develop and deliver effective outcomes-based STH programmes.

This course is suitable for:

People looking to gain an accredited certificate in STH (especially those wanting to develop their own STH programmes or start their own STH organisation) OR students wanting to progress towards the Thrive Diploma and returning to study after a long break or studying at Level 5 for the first time.

What you will learn:

  • How to critically assess a STH practice context (client group and additional aims such as environmental or food production)
  • The evidence base that supports the use of STH in a practice context and how this enables the creation of evidence-based aims and outcomes for a STH programme
  • How to create a programme of horticultural activities and wider provision with a context specific approach to practice
  • How to use assessment to support safe and effective STH practice
  • How to measure change using outcome measurement approaches


150 hours of learning

Included in your fee

Registration and accreditation
Additional online learning
Three tutorials

The Thrive Award in Social and Therapeutic Horticulture is accredited with Open College Network London and offers the opportunity to develop a full STH programme specific to a practice context.

The non-OFCAL regulated Award in Social and Therapeutic Horticulture (ASTH) is a Level 5 certificate of 15 credits (which equates to 150 hours of learning). On completion of the Award, practitioners will have gained and be able to demonstrate the skills needed to put an STH intervention in place in their chosen practice setting.

The ASTH course also counts as one of the 7 units required for the Thrive Diploma, namely Unit 6 – Rationale for Practice. This means students who successfully complete the Award can use this to count towards studying for the Diploma, reducing the learning hours and costs required for it.

The Award comprises 3 learning stages:

Course fee: £530*

*Please note this fee is in addition to the cost of attending one of the required taught courses as outlined above in Stage 1

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

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

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