Diploma in Contemporary Herbal Medicine
 Accredited by CMA (Complementary Medical Association)



Foundations of Herbalism

A one-year long program on a part time basis which focuses on the foundations of Herbal medicines.  The course is taught 3 times a week throughout the year and lessons are taught live and also pre-recorded. Online support is provided throughout the course and students are encouraged to ask questions. The course is broken down into 3 parts. Each part has 12 sessions. Additionally, there are an extra 12 classes, but these will be confirmed by your tutor during the start of the course.

Education and Goals
Course Structure

Length: 1 year

Module 1: 12 lessons

Module 2: 12 lessons

Module 3: 12 lessons

Assessment: assessment will be varied from project based to written work. Your lecturer will inform you nearer to the time.

An extra 12 lessons may be provided, and these are at the discretion of the teacher and will be arranged during the course.

By the end of the course, students will have learnt the following:

  • History of Herbal Medicine

  • Safety of Herbal medicinal medicines

  • Herbal Terms and their meaning

  • Herbal Preparations (oils, decoctions, syrups amongst others)

  • Herbalism for the heart, body and development.

Learning Outcomes
  • Upon completion of your studies and successfully passing all modules and meeting the practical and written examination requirements, you will gain a certificate in the Foundations of Herbalism. The qualification will allow you to gain insurance to practice.

  • During your studies you will meet the following requirements and learning outcomes in order to pass, become a competent practitioner and setup in practice to treat people responsibly whilst also promoting Herbalism and its benefits to your wider community.

  • Take a patient's case history which should contain a list of all current medication, past and current health issues and diagnoses from their western medical doctor as well as a family history of diseases.

  • Use the diagnostic tools learnt during class effectively to translate symptoms and design treatment plans which are safe and appropriate for the client.

  • Record all client information on the case history form

  • Adhere to the Data Protection Act as well as other requirements legal and best practice, by storing and keeping cleint information safe.

  • Communicate with patients in a professional manner

  • Show patients respect, care and compassion

  • Maintain your integrity

  • Discuss the treatment plan with the cleint so that they are aware of what you intend to do and only proceed if the client agrees to the treatment and is happy to proceed. Always get a signature from the client to confirm that they understand the treatment protocol and are happy to proceed

  • Effectively work whilst paying close attention to the patient-cleint relationship

  • Safely and quickly deal with any issues which and unexpected incidents which may arise.

  • Always make sure your First Aid training is up to date and you are confident with your First Aid skills.

  • Carry out additional training and continuous professional development

  • Use appropriate sterilisation for the work environment

  • Maintain a clean and sterile environment where clients are to be treated and around your clinic/treatment area

  • Dispose of used equipment responsibly and in an environmentally friendly manner.

Required Materials
  • Student insurance

  • Access to the internet and a computer/laptop or compatible device

  • Commitment to undertake online, in-person and independent learning as instructed by tutor

  • *Level 3 certificate in Anatomy and Physiology or an equivalent qualification


*this qualification can be attained whilst studying the course. Evidence must be provided to your tutor before the end of the course in Foundations of Herbalism so that you meet all requirements and a certificate can be issued.

Course Breakdown
Module 1 -  History, safety and herbal terminology
(The Roots- Let’s set the foundations)
  • Lesson 1 -  Introduction

  • Lesson 2. - Herbal Safety

  • Lesson 3  - Herbal History 1

  • Lesson 4 -  Herbal History 2

  • Lesson 5 -  Ethical Wildcrafting 1

  • Lesson 6 -  Ethical Wildcrafting 2

  • Lesson 7 -  Storing Herbs

  • Lesson 8  - Herbal Terms Part 1

  • Lesson 9  - Herbal Terms Part 2

  • Lesson 10 - Materia Medica

  • Lesson 11 - Recap 1

  • Lesson 12  - Reflection 1

Module 2 -  Herbal Preparations
(The growth of what was planted)
  • Lesson 1.-  Herbal preparation infused oil

  • Lesson 2 -  Herbal preparation how to make salves

  • Lesson 3 -  Herbal preparation how to make infusions/decoctions/tea

  • Lesson 4 -  Herbal preparations how to make syrup

  • Lesson 5 -  Herbal preparations how to make tincture

  • Lesson 6 -  Herbal preparations- various herbal preparations (bath bombs, liniments, poultices)

  • Lesson 7 -  Herbal preparations for summer, winter, fall, and spring

  • Lesson 8 -  Herbal remedies for various systems

  • Lesson 9 -  Family Herbalism- Children, Adults and basic herbal remedies

  • Lesson 10 -Beneficial herbs for women (lecture recorded audio from the Healthy Muslimah Summit)

  • Lesson 11 - Recap 2

  • Lesson 12 - Reflections 2

Module 2 -  Herbal Preparations
(The growth of what was planted)
  • Lesson 1 -  Herbalism for self-care &  first aid

  • Lesson 2. - Herbalism for culinary usage

  • Lesson 3  - Basic Botany Terms, books, resources

  • Lesson 4  - Herbalist Roles

  • Lesson 5  - Herbalism for the heart

  • Lesson 6  - Herbalism combing different health practices

  • Lesson 7 -  Herbalism- wisdom of the Cherokee

  • Lesson 8 -  Herbalism – gardening, flower essence and hydrosols

  • Lesson 9 -  Herbalism- favourite herbal remedies

  • Lesson 10- Herbalism- Protocol for Building Your Own Herbal Practice

  • Lesson 11 - Recap 3

  • Lesson 12 - Reflection 3 - Spread Your Wings

Course Leader is Herbalist Ameera Rahim.

To find out more about the Herbalists visit "About us"

Course Texts and Teachers
Studying Online

Ibn Sina Herbal Course has invested into very sophisticated, high quality and reliable online software and equipment. The online resources provided are:


  • High quality video/sound - via Conference System

  • High quality playback of all lessons

  • Ability to ask questions live (audio or by typing)

  • Receive replies to questions instantly live as you learn.

  • Communicate with other students online to share knowledge and discuss lesson content.


Missed your lesson? Or you just want to watch the lesson again?...You don't need to worry! All lessons are recorded live and then put online for you to watch in your own time almost instantly after the lesson. Students also have the option of watching their lessons for the whole year, which is extremely beneficial for revision and exam periods.

After the 1 years of study, if you are successful and pass all your examinations then you will receive certification from Ibn Sina Herbal. (Please note all final examinations will take place at Ibn Sina Herbal) This will be a certificate declaring that you have qualified as a herbalist on the program of study. The isnaad will be certified and issued by the Head Herbalist (Sh. Hakeem Atabek) and Herbalist Amirah Rahim

Certification (Isnaad)
Course Timetable

Due to the course being held and based in the USA. All timings and schedules will be issued according to USA time and date. If you are located in a different time zone, then you must calculate your own time differences according to your own respective countries.

The course term times and holidays will be in conjunction with regular USA state schools and universities (ie: Christmas and New year holidays, similar to USA schools). For the full yearly course calendar and timetable please download prospectus.


Entry Requirements

1st Year: (All Courses) - The course is designed to provide foundations and an introduction to the different aspects of Herbal Medicine. You do not need any prior requirements or foundation studies to start this program. If students under the age of 16 please contact us.

Method of Study

The main method of study for the herbal lessons is online (live). Advance notice will be given to notify you of these lessons. Recordings of each lesson will be available to all students with a unique username and password for each lesson.

Returning Students

If any students could not continue and complete the previous year(s) there will be an option for students to continue lessons. There will be a reduced / zero fee for these students. Please contact us for more info.


Admissions is  straightforward and easy. To enrol click on 'Enrol Now' here or next to this textthis will take you to our LMS (Learning Management System partner. You will first be required to register then you can view the course and enrol. The course fees and payment options are shown on the system and detailed further below. Once enrolled you will be able to view the course information. Can you also please leave send your mobile number to info@ibnsina.co.uk or message to +447837834675 to allow us to add you to the communication groups. For a demonstration to the system please click here.

The Learning Management System (LMS) will have all the information required to allow you to complete the course this includes course documents, information on live classes, recorded videos, payment information, information on assignments and examinations and more.


For the first class this will also be shown on the learning management system and all students are required to attend the first class.  One week before the start date is the enrolment deadline.  If you miss the deadline date for enrolment then you are advised to contact the admin team at the earliest possible date to see if any places are available.

Course, Payment and Discounts

To be confirmed

Terms and Conditions

Please note the above is subject to our terms and conditions, please click here for a copy.