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The Thrive Diploma in Social and Therapeutic Horticulture is the largest curriculum of education in the field of STH available in the UK. Accredited by the open college network, it offers an opportunity to develop knowledge and skills for practice excellence in a STH setting.

Our Diploma in Social and Therapeutic Horticulture (DipSTH, non-OFQUAL regulated) is a Level 5 120 credit certificate and is open for applications throughout the year (please note the admissions process for this September's intake runs from January - June and any applications received outside of this period will be kept on file for next year's intake).

The John Weightman memorial bursary provides three students with full course fees bursaries. Applications are welcome from anyone earning less than £23,000 per year and an application form can be found on our website here. The closing date for applications is 31st March 2023. The Training and Education team then shortlists 10 applicants to be interviewed by a panel made-up of the following:

  • Thrive trustee
  • Thrive volunteer
  • Thrive STH practitioner

We anticipate concluding the bursary application process by the end of April, at which time we will inform all applicants whether they have been successful in their application or not.

Non-bursary applications are also welcome during this time. We hope to conclude the admissions process by June before the course starts in September so that students are able to prepare. We have limited places available and please note that our first two admissions for the Diploma were oversubscribed.

Both the bursary and the non-bursary application forms provide you with an opportunity to describe your education and experience relevant to STH alongside any current practice you are involved in and, as importantly, your aspirations for your STH future.

We invite you to look at all of the information on our website and if you have any questions you’d like to discuss, please email training.org.uk. Good luck!

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