Heraldry Diploma Course

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What Will You Learn?

Do you know your escutcheon from your crest? The various tinctures of a coat of arms? Your lion rampant from your dragon passant? You soon will!

A beginner’s guide to heraldry, this course focuses on armoury (although we’ll be covering the other branches too) – the study of the design and transmission of the heraldic achievement. You’ll learn the basics of heraldry, its origins, history, and development across the globe.

We’ll explore the origins of heraldry – spanning antiquity, Ancient Egypt, the Byzantine Empire, Europe and Asia – before tracing its history and development into what we know and recognise today. 

You’ll learn the essential skills needed not only to create heraldry, but to describe coats of arms and heraldic achievements using the rich, fascinating, and efficient language of blazonry. You will also learn about pedigree, ceremony and vexillology.

We’ll look at how heraldry developed in Europe and the Americas, the pseudo-heraldry of Japan and India, the heraldry of communist and socialist states, and how it is practised in the 21st century.

The course also offers several resources to help you to take your studies further and get involved in a heraldry society.

By studying this course, you will:

  • Discover the origins and history of heraldry
  • Understand how heraldry developed in different countries
  • Learn the basics of heraldry and the terminology used in the practice
  • Become familiar with how heraldry is practised today
Coat of Arms – Lion and Unicorn on Westminster Gate, London, England, UK

Course Syllabus

What will I learn on the course?

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  • Introduction
  • Part 1: “Heraldry” of the Ancient World
  • Part 2: The Roman World
  • Part 3: Byzantine Flags and Insignia
  • Part 4: Proto-Heraldry (12th Century)
  • Module 1 Assessment
  • Part 1: The Coat of Arms
  • Part 2: The Heraldic Shield (The Escutcheon)
  • Part 3: Heralds and Knights
  • Part 4: Heraldic Authorities
  • Module 2 Assessment
  • Part 1: Anatomy of the Heraldic Achievement
  • Part 2: The Tinctures
  • Part 3: The Ordinaries
  • Part 4: Graphical Charges
  • Module 3 Assessment
  • Part 1: Blazonry
  • Part 2: Other Parts of the Heraldic Achievement
  • Part 3: Marshalling
  • Module 4 Assessment
  • Part 1: Pedigree
  • Part 2: The System of Cadency
  • Part 3: Vexillology
  • Part 4: Ceremony
  • Module 5 Assessment
  • Part 1: German-Nordic Heraldry
  • Part 2: Dutch Heraldry
  • Part 3: Latin Heraldry
  • Part 4: Eastern European Heraldry
  • Part 5: Ecclesiastical Heraldry
  • Part 6: Heraldry of Women
  • Module 6 Assessment
  • Part 1: United States Heraldry
  • Part 2: Latin American Heraldry
  • Part 3: Canadian and Australian Heraldry
  • Part 4: Asian Heraldry
  • Module 7 Assessment
  • Part 1: Characteristics of Socialist Heraldry
  • Part 2: The Socialist Emblem
  • Part 3: Common Symbols
  • Part 4: Socialist Heraldry Today
  • Module 8 Assessment
  • Part 1: Rank and Nobility in Modern Times
  • Part 2: Heraldry for Women
  • Part 3: The Process of Granting Arms
  • Module 9 Assessment
  • Part 1: Resources and Communities for Amateurs
  • Part 2: National Heraldry Societies and Heraldic Authorities
  • Part 3: Academic and International Institutions
  • Conclusion
  • Module 10 Assessment
Who Would Benefit from This Course?

A massive topic, which you could spend your whole life studying, heraldry is also welcoming and readily accessible to hobbyists and part-time enthusiasts. This course will arm you with the basics of heraldry and the terminology used in the field to give you the confidence to delve deeper into its technicalities and uncover the wealth of history from which heraldry is simply inseparable.

Heraldic design of a shield, crown, different beasts and knight helmet
Accreditations

The Heraldry 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.

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

This course is endorsed by the Quality Licence Scheme. Therefore, upon successful completion of this course, learners can also receive a certificate of achievement from Quality Licence Scheme 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).

The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.

The Skills and Education Group also includes two nationally recognised awarding organisations; Skills and Education Group Awards and Skills and Education Group Access. Through their awarding organisations they have developed a reputation for providing high-quality qualifications and assessments for the education and skills sector. They are committed to helping employers, organisations and learners cultivate the relevant skills for learning, skills for employment, and skills for life.

Their knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables them to work with training providers, through the Quality Licence Scheme, to help them develop high-quality courses and/or training programmes for the non-regulated market.

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