South Downs School of Homoeopathy
South Downs School of Homoeopathy
Venue at Bishop Otter College,
Phone-Number: 01270 812 394
Principal: Saira Keevill-Thomas and Christian Taylor
Member of the HCPF
Type of Course:
Part time over 4 years.
£2,100 per year (including all supervision and college clinic fees).
What other expenses are to be expected?
Books, remedies and sitting in charges under £500 per year.
No formal requirements. Passion for the subject, time to study and a holistic approach to life are the most important.
Time commitment for each of the following: (contact time, study time and clinical training)
10 weekends a month Sept to June classroom attendance.
12-15 hours a week for home assignments and study.
15 days a year in 3rd and 4th years for clinical work including 5 days supervision during college weekends.
What facilities does your college offer:
Library, bookshop, in house pharmacy, beautiful grounds, and fully equipped modern classrooms. Easy parking.
What are your term dates/college weekends:
October 2018 – June 2019 – Contact us directly for more details
What do you consider to be the main strengths of your course?
Our experience (we have been going 18 years and most of our teachers have been with us for nearly as long. ) Over the years we have graduated nearly 200 students. The diversity of our teaching ( we have 11 regular teachers and a number of guest lecturers. ) Our belief in the original Hahnemanian teachings which were based on natural principals particularly the Law of Like curing Like. Our Holistic principals including the importance of diet and the use of herbs, a counselling day and keeping up to date with any new developments in Homoeopathic thinking. We are a common sense school low on dogma and high in common sense.
What different learning styles are offered and how are they supported?
We encourage student to learn to be themselves and find a way of healing that suits them. One size does not fit all. With 11 teachers with different approaches and specialities, some using technology like powerpoint, others making use of comprehensive hand outs, and a lot of classroom debate we would say that diversity is one of our hallmarks and much appreciated by our students.
How is clinical training delivered and when do students start to see patients?
Sitting in with outside Homoeopaths begins in the 2nd year and continues throughout the course. We have an in-house supervision scheme in the 3rd and 4th years when students start taking their cases. In the 3rd and 4th years students will attend our own clinic in Chichester.
How are students supported during their training and beyond?
During the first two years we have an informal in house Tutorial system where students can voice any concerns to an experienced tutor. In the 3rd and 4th years the supervisor carries out the same roll. There are regular students meetings and interviews with the Principal. One of the teachers offers pastoral support if needed. No one is allowed to suffer in silence.
How do students develop the skills to balance and maintain their own health and wellbeing, whilst functioning as an effective practitioner?
We encourage students to have their own homoeopath and the school is small enough for us to keep an eye on everyone as far as possible. We hope all the teachers are approachable if needed.
How is progress assessed?
Through marked and graded assignments, materia medica tests, and through tutor, supervisor and clinicians reports.
How are your teachers supported and enabled to teach well?
Through regular teachers’ meetings where all can share their knowledge and concerns.