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The Course

About the course

The three main areas of study are the materia medica (homeopathic remedies), the Principles and Philosophy of Homeopathy and Clinical Skills. A thorough grounding will be given in the medical sciences of anatomy, physiology and pathology and their relationship to homeopathic practice in order to understand health and the processes of disease. The college is broadly classical in its approach and, as such, we emphasise the role of core principles at work throughout our studies

Tutors are always on hand to offer encouragement, guidance and support throughout the course – no-one will be left to work in isolation. We have a robust student feedback system as we hugely value the opinion of the people who are actually experiencing the course. Above all, we feel that everyone should gain the maximum enjoyment possible from their studies in an informal atmosphere of warmth and fellowship

We abide by an educational model in line with the requirements of the IHA and the Society of Homeopathy

On successful completion of your 4-year course, you will be awarded the qualification of Licentiate of South Downs School of Homeopathy and allow you to immediately practice homeopathy as a professional. This will enable you to set up in practice immediately, although licentiates will be encouraged to become members of one of the three major professional bodies


From this year onwards you can now attend the course online. You will virtually attend the college weekends live and will be encouraged to join in with group discussion. You will also be assigned an online mentor to help you with you and we will set you up with your year group WhatsApp, as well as the college one to help integrate you with your peers

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Foundation Yr 1

This a complete introduction to the basics of homeopathy and will allow people to develop the skills to be home prescribers but in greater depth than the usual introductory courses. The emphasis this year is on acute remedies, acute prescribing and philosophy. You will also be introduced to some of the larger well-known remedies (polychrests) that are commonly used in prescribing for childhood problems. You will be provided a certificate on completion. This can be used to transfer to the second year of other homeopathic courses if desired or, hopefully you will choose to complete the remainder of our course become a professional homeopath

  • Philosophy

  • Materia medica (remedy study)

  • Case-taking - acute

  • Prescribing for acute and chronic conditions

  • Medical Science

  • Monthly home study

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Years 2

For those of you who want to make a career out of homeopathy, your development of knowledge and skills continues. In Year 2, the emphasis shifts to more chronic health issues, looking at patterns of symptoms in both illness in our remedy pictures and to deepening your understanding of the homeopathic model of health particularly in relation to the conventional medical model

  • Philosophy

  • Materia medica

  • Case-taking

  • Prescribing for acute and chronic conditions

  • Medical Science

  • Monthly home studies

From this year onwards you will be encouraged to make contact with local homeopaths to sit-in and observe case-taking. This is an invaluable and traditional part of the learning process that complements the academic work already accomplished. The college has two student clinics (Brighton and Chichester). Here you can take your own cases under supervision and observe via Zoom to gain valuable clinical experience

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Years 3 & 4

In Years 3 and 4 the emphasis is on clinical experience as you start to take on your own patients outside of college under our in-house supervision scheme. In this, you will discuss all aspects of your ongoing cases with your supervisor and peers. There will still be some homework


Live cases will be taken at college and there will be talks from selected external guest lecturers.


In the fourth year, the focus is on clinical practice although lectures on materia medica and philosopshy continue. Most of your time will be taken up with your cases so there is little homework to be done. However, there are two small project pieces to be completed over the year - a essay style piece on homeopathic theory plus an in-depth study of a remedy of your choice. The latter will be published on our website as a contribution to our new college materia medica - a resource for all students,

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