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Foraging Diploma Course

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Foraging Diploma Course

What Will You Learn?

Foraging for food is a skill that many have lost, but until relatively recently, this was how we survived. Perhaps this is why so many people fall deeply in love with foraging because it reawakens an innate skill. It’s not our fault that we don’t know how to do it. Most of us weren’t taught. But it’s a valuable skill and a skill that people are drawn to for many reasons. What’s drawing you to foraging? With a diverse range of plants and suggested uses, there’ll be plenty in the Foraging Diploma Course to inspire you, including home remedy suggestions and foraging tips to enhance your skillset.

You’ll start the Foraging Diploma Course with an introduction to the subject. We’ll ask you to consider why people forage and then furnish you with some basic botany information. You’ll look at safety and legal considerations regarding picking food from the wild and finally, you’...

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Course Syllabus

What will I learn on the course?

Module 1: An Introduction to Foraging
  • Introduction
  • Part 1: First-Time Foraging
  • Part 2: The Forager’s Year
  • Part 3: The Importance of Botany
  • Part 4: Forage Safely, Legally and With Conservation in Mind
  • Part 5: Preserve Your Harvests
  • Module 1 Assessment
Module 2: Eat Your Weeds
  • Part 1: The Ultimate Free Food
  • Part 2: Dandelion – A Plant of Many Parts
  • Part 3: The Plantains
  • Part 4: Chickweed
  • Part 5: More Bountiful Weeds
  • Part 6: Foraging Skills – Make Your Own Basket
  • Module 2 Assessment
Module 3: Foraging for Mushrooms
  • Part 1: The Mushroom
  • Part 2: Into the Woods…
  • Part 3: Mushrooms in Fields and Meadows
  • Part 4: Psychotropic Mushrooms
  • Part 5: Other Mushrooms
  • Module 3 Assessment
Module 4: Foraging in Spring
  • Part 1: Spring Salads
  • Part 2: Edible Flowers – Eating with Your Eyes
  • Part 3: Punchy Flavours
  • Part 4: Hogweed and Pignut
  • Part 5: Spring Tonics
  • Module 4 Assessment
Module 5: Foraging in Summer
  • Part 1: Summer Flowers
  • Part 2: Summer Greens and Roots
  • Part 3: Summer Berries
  • Part 4: Foraging Skills – Avoiding Poisonous Plants
  • Module 5 Assessment
Module 6: Foraging in Autumn and Winter
  • Part 1: Foraging in the Golden Months of Autumn
  • Part 2: Roots to Forage for in Autumn
  • Part 3: Berries and Nuts
  • Part 4: Winter Wonders
  • Part 5: Foraging Skills – The Fire
  • Module 6 Assessment
Module 7: Foraging for Psychotropics
  • Part 1: Mind-Altering and Misunderstood
  • Part 2: The Plants Waiting to Relax You
  • Part 3: Psychotropic Benefits
  • Part 4: Stimulating Plants
  • Part 5: The Tropane Alkaloid Psychotropics
  • Module 7 Assessment
Module 8: Gifts from the Trees
  • Part 1: Crab Apples
  • Part 2: Medlars, Plum and Damson Trees
  • Part 3: Rowan Trees, Wild Cherry and Blackthorn
  • Part 4: Lime Trees and Beech
  • Part 5: Horse Chestnut and Ash
  • Part 6: Birch
  • Part 7: Pine
  • Module 8 Assessment
Module 9: Foraging Along the Seashore
  • Part 1: Seashells and Shellfish on the Seashore
  • Part 2: Conservation Considerations
  • Part 3: Food for Free by the Sea
  • Part 4: Seashore Plants
  • Part 5: Seafood on the Seashore
  • Module 9 Assessment
Module 10: Foraging for the Drinks Cabinet
  • Part 1: The Elder Drinks Cabinet
  • Part 2: Blackberries and Raspberries
  • Part 3: Dandelion and Burdock – a Classic Combination
  • Part 4: The Abundance of Heather
  • Part 5: Offerings from the Oak Tree
  • Part 6: Hops, Juniper and Sloes
  • Part 7: Pineapple Weed
  • Conclusion
  • Module 10 Assessment
Foraging Diploma Course

Who Would Benefit from This Course?

Anyone interested in the near-forgotten skill of foraging needs this course. The ultimate companion to the great outdoors and the plethora of uses of that which nature provides willingly, you’ll never look at flora and fungi in the same way again.

If you are even a little outdoorsy, love nature or follow an organic or sustainable-living focussed lifestyle, you’ll love what the Foraging Diploma Course has to offer.


The Foraging Diploma Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete, working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace.

This is a Level 3 course and will give you 150 CPD (Continued Professional Development) points.

This course is registered with the CMA (Complementary Medical Association), which is internationally recognised as the elite force in professional, ethical complementary medicine by professional practitioners, doctors and, increasingly, by the general public. Upon completion of the course you can gain membership to the CMA, which in addition to supplying a professional accreditation, offers a number of benefits, all of which can be found here.

Upon completion of your course assessments, you receive 2 certificates. A certified Diploma certificate from the Centre of Excellence and a CPD certificate displaying the number of CPD points earned from the course.

Upon successful completion of this course, learners can also receive a certificate of achievement from ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary, which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course. (This certificate is optional and costs an additional £15).

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government. It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high-quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries.

This course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme.

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