This information applies to Distance Learning Programmes (DLPs) bought directly from the Bach Centre in England: this includes Level 1 DLPs in English, German and Italian; and L2 DLPs in English and Spanish.
DLPs sold by agents, i.e. where you paid a trainer or coordinator, may have different rules and arrangements. If you didn’t buy your course from the Bach Centre itself please contact your agent for advice.
How do the courses work?
For the Level 1 DLP, when we receive your application form we send you lesson 1 by email or post, depending on which you selected, and any books you ordered by post. We also tell you the name of the Bach Foundation Registered Practitioner who will be your mentor.
You email or post the completed first lesson direct to your mentor. She will mark your work and send it back with a letter or email answering any questions you have asked about the course material. She will also send you lesson two.
When you send lesson two to your mentor you receive lesson three, and so on until you have finished the course.
There are five lessons in the L1 DLP. When you have completed the last lesson the mentor will notify us and we will email you a Bach Centre-approved Level 1 certificate.
For the Level 2 DLP, see the full description on the main course page.
Can I complete DLPs online?
You receive and send the lessons that make up the Level 1 DLP via email. We will send any books you order by post, of course.
The Level 2 DLP uses a multimedia approach which includes online videos, online group sessions, and downloads. You download the central Dossier as an editable file, and edit and personalise it using your PC, laptop or other device. At the end of the course you send in your Dossier by email.
What’s in the courses?
The Level 1 and Level 2 DLPs meet the course approval criteria that apply to all Bach Centre-approved courses.
Topics covered on Level 1 include:
- an overview of all the remedies, including the traditional ‘rescue’ combinations
- how to select remedies
- how to take remedies
- an introduction to helping friends, family and animals
The L1 DLP involves a series of set tasks. You use the set books plus your own life experiences to find answers and write them down. Your mentor highlights areas where you may have missed something, and responds to any questions you have on the course material so as to clear up areas that you are not sure of.
Topics covered on Level 2 include:
- type and mood remedies
- subtle differences between similar remedies, and strategies for thinking them through
- practice at basic consultation skills that are useful when helping other people
- an overview of key concepts in Dr Bach’s philosophical approach to well-being
The L2 DLP uses a multimedia approach which is set out in some detail on the main L2 DLP page. You complete a personal Dossier of your journey through the different elements of the course, and once that is done and has been examined we email you a Level 2 certificate.
How long does it take to complete a DLP?
For the Level 1 DLP, we ask mentors to mark and return work within four weeks of receipt. In practice they usually turn work around faster than that. There are five lessons in total, so the time needed depends on how quickly you work. Three to four months is common.
For the Level 2 DLP you submit your Dossier all at once, so the time to complete depends on how much time you can devote to the activity. You might on occasion have to wait a few weeks to book a particular online session you need at a time that suits you. But again, three to four months is probably a good assumption.
We don’t advise that you try to hurry through any Distance Learning Programme faster that that. You will get more from your course if you allow yourself time to revise and reflect as you go. We will delay the issue of certificates to students who have not yet engaged realistically with the material.
The L1 and L2 DLPs are not formally assessed and for that reason we don’t set a deadline for completion. Once you are signed up you can complete the course in your own time.
What’s the difference between booking on a DLP and attending a classroom-based course?
The class-based tutor-led courses typically run over two days. Ideally you will allow three or four months before moving on to the next level, so you have time to internalise what you learned over the two days.
The Distance Learning Programmes, on the other hand, include all the personal experience that you need. You would be well prepared to attend the next level right away.
Aside from that, and assuming there is a choice where you live, it comes down to personal preference. If you mostly prefer working alone and in your own time, a DLP will allow that. If you prefer working in groups and discussing things with others, a classroom-based course will usually be the best option.
I’ve already got some books about the remedies. Do I still need to obtain the two set books for the Level 1 DLP?
The L1 DLP study programme has been created around the set books, which present the original method as laid down by Dr Bach. So the answer is, yes, you do need to have the two set books even if you already own or have read other books.
Some popular books on the remedies contain errors and others are based on personal reinterpretations of Dr Bach’s work. You may find your progress unsatisfactory if you try to rely on other texts.
Is there a pass mark or an exam?
No. The Level 1 and Level 2 Distance Learning Programmes are an opportunity to learn and grow, and everyone who attends a course receives the corresponding certificate. We only assess work in a formal way on the Level 3 practitioner course.
Will Level 3 be available as distance learning?
We are looking at this possibility, but no date is set at present. We will only offer a Level 3 online if we are confident that it will properly prepare students for work as a practitioner.
The one element of Level 3 that is already offered as distance learning is the assessed course work after the class-based part of the Level 3 course. But at present attending Level 3 does mean travelling to a course and experiencing it in a real-world classroom.