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We are so very excited to be able to once again support people within our sector to be able to access a certificate at higher education which enables them to have the same professional outlook as other healthcare professionals.

After many months of hard work, we are able to re-launch a Diploma in Social and Therapeutic Horticulture (DipSTH, non-OFQUAL regulated). This will be the largest curriculum of education in the field of Social and Therapeutic Horticulture available in the UK. Importantly, it will support practitioners towards excellence and the sector towards fuller appreciation as a mainstream therapeutic intervention.

The aim of the DipSTH is to provide learners with the opportunity to develop all the knowledge and skills needed to provide Social and Therapeutic Horticulture (STH) in any practice setting. On completion you will be amongst the most educated proponents in nature-based interventions in the UK with the expertise to practice excellence.

By providing learning across the key considerations of STH to maximise the inherent benefits of the medium, this course will support practitioners to develop and deliver programmes of STH effectively. You will be able to rationalise how to use STH effectively in any practice situation to provide those who access a person-centred experience relevant to their health, social care, or educational needs.

STH is a multi-model medium which has core values for human health and wellbeing and the potential to be utilised in directed and holistic approaches across the spectrum of intervention models.

With a range of additional values coming from its fusion with other agendas, each STH programme has to be created in line with the delivery context. The units that make up the DipSTH provide an opportunity to engage and critically evaluate how to apply a reasoning process to develop and deliver STH as a successful and sustainable intervention that will achieve the identified outcomes for those who access.

The DipSTH comprises the following modules:

  1. The fundamentals of STH
  2. Activity centred on horticulture (double module)
  3. Occupation and activity as therapy
  4. Practitioner relationships
  5. The social environment
  6. Rationale for practice
  7. Practice development

The course is in line with a level 5, 120 credit point, learning programme, like a standard higher education diploma.

The DipSTH will be scheduled over 2 years with 60 credits (600 hours of learning) each year. With modules 1-3 in year 1 and modules 4-7 in year 2. Maximum of 20 days attendance each year. Please click here to see the schedule of dates and attendance for this year.

The course fees for the full 2 years of learning are £3800, which can be paid in full, yearly or in 4 instalments of £950 in September and January of each year.

There are 3 full bursaries available to those who have less than £23,000 personal income per year, demonstrating high levels of commitment to learning and practice.

We try hard to ensure that those who genuinely need support in financing their studies can be accommodated onto our courses and so please do consider if the bursary is right for you and do please get in touch to discuss finances further if needed.

Please click here to read the full description of the course. Click here to view frequently asked questions or email training@thrive.org.uk if you have any additional questions .

Applications for September 2022 course will reopen in January 2022.

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