North West College of Homoeopathy
North West College of Homoeopathy
131 Barlow Moor Road,
5 Bridge End,
Phone-Number: Freephone: 0800 978 8626
Mobile: 07873 794 836
Principal: Zoe Holden
Type of Course:
Professional Training in Homoeopathy – 4 year part-time course
Leading directly to qualified homoeopath status.
Foundation Course in Homoeopathy – 1 year part-time course
Certificated introduction and home prescribing course.
Introduction to Homoeopathy – 1 day course.
Continuing Professional Development – choose from 1 to 8 days a year.
Open Lectures – from 1 hour.
International Diploma in Homoeopathy.
Online course currently in development.
Professional Training – £2.450 per annum
Foundation Course – £2,450
Introduction course – £50
CPD – £50 per day
Open Lectures – £10 per hour; £50 per day
International Diploma in Homoeopathy – currently in development
What other expenses are to be expected?:
Professional and Foundation courses only:
Ask for our “Budgeting for the course” and “How do we compare” sheets.
All academic training is inclusive, including medical science.
Some additional clinical costs occur, and we judge some textbooks essential. We recommend you budget £3,000 per annum; it is possible to spend less.
Professional and Foundation courses only:
This is a College for adults who will learn from us and each other. So:
we interview all eligible applicants, wherever feasible in person;
we are interested in the skills, experience and knowledge you bring, however achieved; &
we look for motivation, enquiry, reflection and potential relevant to your intended study.
You are an eligible applicant if you are: over 21; already have the right to live and study in the UK or EU; and, have no convictions for sexual offences or abuse of children or vulnerable adults.
Time commitment for each of the following: (contact time, study time and clinical training)
Professional and Foundation courses only:
All lecturing and clinical teachers are freely accessible to students and generous with their time.
11 Teaching Weekends are held between late September and early July. Each teaching day runs from 9.30am to 5.15pm, and includes a minimum of six hours’ lecturing time (a total of 132 hours per annum).
You will receive homework assignments, reading and self-study suggestions at each weekend.
In your first/Foundation year, you will receive 15-25 hours of clinic experience, and additionally treat some family and friends under supervision for everyday illnesses.
(See below for Years 2-4.)
The course is designed to fit around work and childcare, so study time is very flexible. We recommend an average 15-16 hours a week spent at College weekends/clinics or in independent study and activity. We know from experience some of your learning time can be spent usefully applying homoeopathic insight in everyday settings – like observing how people walk and talk in supermarkets and considering how that expresses their dis-ease and pathology.
Professional course only:
Your clinical training requires a minimum of 150 hours’ clinic attendance by the end of the four years. In your busiest clinical year, you may attend a clinic a month. Clinics are run at weekends as well as weekdays.
You will also take a minimum of 10 of your own chronic cases under supervision. This is a critical element of your training, and requires a considerable investment of your time to ensure patients experience quality, timely and relevant treatment.
What facilities does your college offer:
A diverse group of quality lecturers in all subjects delivering our syllabus in different styles of participative learning, embracing high and low tech.
Regular guest lecturers bringing new developments, experimental approaches and/or their special expertise.
A variety of College clinics run in Manchester and West Yorkshire, to meet different needs. One runs the day before the College weekend; another on a Saturday; some are midweek. There is a low-cost clinic in a dynamic multiracial area; diverse chronic clinics; and, an evening drop-in for everyday illnesses.
Arrangements to provide clinical experience closer to your home, if you need it.
Friendly and supportive College teaching weekends, with: a strong sense of community; an endless supply of hot drinks; kitchen facilities or local take away and eat in food.
A College library and bookshop.
Twice yearly social events with food, second hand books and entertainment.
The opportunity to take a year out or extend your final examination board by a year, to allow for life changes.
How can prospective students find out more about your course before committing to study with you?
We encourage all potential students to attend an Open Day at the College, where you receive a presentation abut the course, a chance to meet and talk to students, and attend a Year 1 lecture and final Q&A session. This gives you a real feel for the place.
Our Gentle Health talks and Introduction to Homoeopathy days can also feed into your familiarisation, if you choose to attend one.
Once you express an interest, you will receive a copy of our Vital Enquirer e-newsletter, which will keep you up to date with ways to meet us and guide you to website pages of particular interest.
There’s a lot of information on www.nwch.co.uk. If you follow the “enrol now” button you will not be committing yourself to anything, but will find yourself at a page with lots of useful links. You will also find student testimonials and professional evaluation of
the College on the website.
You can follow us on twitter, facebook and LinkedIn. Type in “north west college of homoeopathy” to find our social media feeds.
We are always happy to receive any query at firstname.lastname@example.org or by text to 07873 794836, or you can freephone 0800 978 8626.
What are your term dates/college weekends:
October 2018 – July 2019 – Contact us directly for more details
What do you consider to be the main strengths of your course?
Quality and efficient training
The course is independently accredited for academic and clinical quality by the principal UK homoeopathy professional body and equally acceptable to the others. That means you graduate from our course and are automatically accepted as ready to practise as a trained professional homoeopath; you only need your insurance to start.
Firm foundations and flexible professional development
Our job is to produce confident, competent homoeopaths, capable of self-evaluation and critical understanding of their profession. With this in mind, the College offers both real clarity on the underpinning foundations of homoeopathy and a genuine diversity of applied analysis tools, approaches and perspectives – so you can become the homoeopath you were meant to be!
Rooted in clinical learning
See different professional homoeopaths in action, and develop your case taking, analysis, prescribing and management skills with their guidance. Our clinics give you access to six different clinicians and pathology as diverse as eczema, anorexia and cancer. As your roles in clinic grow, you also take your own supervised cases within a framework rigorously supportive of both your learning and your patient’s health.Practical, reflective practice
Our intent is to heal, and our first instrument is unprejudiced observation. We build and sustain our intention and skills through practical reflection. What did we do well? Recognising that will reinforce confidence and skill. What distracted us, what weaknesses did we demonstrate? Planning a realistic action in response will help us change. The culture of the reflective practitioner is something we take for granted at the College and practice from the start.The centre of a community
Test out for yourself our claim to be the friendliest College and most supportive community when you come to an Open Day. We take our role as the only College rooted in the North with 30 years experience and independent accreditation very seriously, aiming to sustain our network of graduates through annual events and continuing professional development. We also attract students from the West Midlands, North Wales, Scotland and, just once, Spain.
What different learning styles are offered and how are they supported?
Like our health, how we learn is unique, and the learning style analysis we do in the first year is only a partial analysis of a rounded human being.
Aural, logical, physical, verbal & visual, and also social and solitary learning stimuli are spread through the range of lecture styles and content. Student input and sharing encourages the communication of distinctive learning approaches. Small year groups allow a great deal of flexibility and personalisation of approach.
Self study and our learning development sessions play a strong supporting role, offering exercises and a wide range of options relevant to those learning styles which are less well represented in the year group.
All homework submissions can be presented in a variety of media or formats: visual, written, audio or a mixture.
How is clinical training delivered and when do students start to see patients?
You see your first patient in Year 1 when you sit in on a timetabled College Live Case (these continue throughout the four years). After a thorough theoretical grounding supported by case examples, you will be asked later that year to take a handful of patients’ cases of everyday illness under supervision. A similar and more exhaustive process trains you up to take the 10 own cases of long term illness which will form the heart of your clinical portfolio for graduation, starting towards the end of your second year. College supervisors across the country provide the bedrock of support and rigour to maximise your learning and your patient’s health benefits, underpinned by our quality processes.
College clinics can meet all your clinical hour requirements, although arrangements for gaining the necessary experience closer to home is always possible. A variety of College clinics run in Manchester and West Yorkshire, to meet different student and patient needs. One runs the day before the College weekend; another on a Saturday; some are midweek. There is a low-cost clinic in a dynamic multiracial area; diverse chronic clinics; and, an evening drop-in for everyday illnesses.
How are students supported during their training and beyond?
Ready response: the office is always keen to respond personally and swiftly. Tony, our administrator and technician is present throughout College weekends, so you can easily transact all your business face to face at the most convenient time.
Learning and personal development: your development as a learner, as a person, as a practitioner and as a professional is considered in everything we do, and explicitly addressed through interactive sessions within the timetable. Within Learning Development, we review clinical and academic progress and explore any barriers to progress you are experiencing and how we can help.Pastoral support: we have a Pastoral Director, available for at least part of every College weekend, and (this is also true for most of us) readily available between weekends to support, encourage and advise as necessary.
Continuing professional development: we hold an annual free graduate event, addressing relevant practice issues like research and making money! Our guest lecturer and open lecture programmes provides both opportunity and full control to graduates to continue their learning journey and to update skills.
Networks: the College provides a network hub for graduate activity and interaction through their specific e-newsletter. We encourage geographical groups of professional peers. Your year group is likely to contain friends and mutual support for life.
How do students develop the skills to balance and maintain their own health and wellbeing, whilst functioning as an effective practitioner?
Our Personal, Practitioner and Professional Development programme threads through the whole syllabus, and appears on your timetable in PPD sessions which specifically address issues like ‘The Healthy Practitioner’ and ‘Safe & Effective Therapeutic Relationships.’ The dynamic of patient relationships and our own response to them is honed through practical reflective practice in clinic and through supervised case-taking.
How is progress assessed?
The College operates a continuous assessment programme.Clinical progress is evaluated mutually between clinician and student after each clinic attendance and “own case” consultation. Our joint aim is for you to demonstrate the ability to manage complex health issues confidently and flexibly in response to different patient need, by the end of the course.
All other assessments are set as homework, and marked throughout the year. Some are short and intended to reinforce learning; others are projects, designed to stretch your ability to research independently, evaluate information and take personal responsibility for your conclusions.
How are your teachers supported and enabled to teach well?
We aim for a learning framework which supports equally: inspiration & imagination; and, reliable learning outcomes.
A clear professional framework syllabus, learning objectives and lesson planning supports lecturers and clinicians, providing the bedrock for individual expression. A monthly evaluation by teaching staff captures variations and shares new insights.
Teaching staff meet twice yearly (with the exception of supervisors, who gather annually) to plan, recommend changes and share experience.
Teachers have ready access to College CPD.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Our course demonstrates our intent: a community – rooted, professional, diverse – committed to developing confident, competent practitioners capable of critical evaluation.
Some other courses may appear cheaper (check what’s included) or shorter (check how many of their intake actually both graduate and are automatically admitted to professional bodies) or maybe easier (if you don’t expect patient care to be difficult sometimes, maybe this profession is not for you). We believe in our decisions, but we’re always open to challenge and learning – don’t be afraid to ask.