Introduction to the Victorian Age Diploma Course

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What Will You Learn?

Led by one of Britain’s longest serving monarchs, the Victorian era was one of Britain’s most fascinating periods. From hardships to triumphs, mass movements to individual accomplishments, the age was characterised by rapid change and developments in nearly every area – social, industrial, technological, medical, scientific, and cultural.

The Introduction to the Victorian Age Diploma Course will guide you through the private rooms of the palace to the shared hovels and homes of London’s slums and, along the way, offer you various viewpoints on the social, industrial, and geographical changes that were taking place.

The course opens with an introduction to the era’s namesake, Queen Victoria, her prince consort, Albert, and how they changed the role of the monarch and the public perception of royalty. You’ll learn about the rise of the middle class and the differing work and lifestyles between the upper and poorer classes.

The era’s most defining development was the Industrial Revolution. You will learn how it came about, the various industries and factory cities that grew as a result, and how it changed society, forcing workers to rise up – bringing social changes and new laws into place.

Crime became a major concern during the Victorian era, from pickpocketing to the nationwide panic generated by the murders of “Jack the Ripper”. You’ll discover how the police force was formed and crime was dealt with. You’ll also explore the changing views in religion and the advancements made in science, health and medicine.

The Victorian age saw great expansion of the British Empire. You’ll learn about the various conflicts and events that occurred as a result of the expansion efforts, including the Opium Wars and the Scramble for Africa. We’ll also look at the Hungry Forties, during which various food shortages, famines, and the Great Famine of Ireland occurred.

Finally, we’ll look at the effects of industrialisation on arts and culture.

By studying this course, you will:

  • Learn about the reign of Queen Victoria
  • Understand the causes and effects of the Industrial Revolution
  • Be familiar with working conditions and the various movements of the period
  • Discover crimes prevalent in the era and how the Police Force was established
  • Understand the different types of religion and spiritual beliefs that were a part of this period
  • Know what the causes of famine in Europe were
  • Know who Britain’s great inventors and scientists were
  • Be familiar with the artists and writers of the era
A portrait of Queen Victoria of England

Course Syllabus

What will I learn on the course?

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  • Introduction
  • Part 1: Ascending to the Throne
  • Part 2: Life with Prince Albert
  • Part 3: Death of Prince Albert and the Second Part of Victoria’s Reign
  • Module 1 Assessment
  • Part 1: The Roles of Women and Men in the Victorian Era
  • Part 2: Class Structure in the Victorian Era
  • Video: Upstairs, Downstairs - Servant Life in Victorian England
  • Module 2 Assessment
  • Part 1: What Caused the Industrial Revolution?
  • Part 2: The Innovations that Moved Industry from Cottage to Factory Floor
  • Part 3: The First Factories
  • Video: Major Innovations of the British Industrial Revolution
  • Module 3 Assessment
  • Part 1: Slumming it in the Towns and Cities
  • Part 2: The Labour Movement, Unions, and Other Movements
  • Part 3: Improvements on the City Streets
  • Video: Urbanisation in Victorian Britain
  • Module 4 Assessment
  • Part 1: Crime and Policing
  • Part 2: Types of Crime
  • Part 3: The Whitechapel Murders
  • Part 4: The Criminal Class and Deserving Punishments
  • Part 5: Punishments Befitting of a Criminal Class
  • Module 5 Assessment
  • Part 1: The Role of Religion in Everyday Life
  • Part 2: Blurring Religion and Science
  • Part 3: Women, Intellectuals, and the Draw of Spirituality
  • Part 4: Fear of Advancing Science
  • Module 6 Assessment
  • Part 1: The Medical Profession
  • Part 2: The Influence of the Industrial Revolution
  • Part 3: Inventions and Progress in Medicine
  • Part 4: The Institutionalisation of Medicine
  • Part 5: Nursing
  • Module 7 Assessment
  • Part 1: Expansion under Queen Victoria
  • Part 2: From East India Company to the British Raj
  • Part 3: Rivalry with Russia and the Crimean War
  • Part 4: The Scramble for Africa
  • Module 8 Assessment
  • Part 1: The Industrial Revolution and Food Production
  • Part 2: Famine in Europe
  • Part 3: The Start of the Irish Famine
  • Module 9 Assessment
  • Part 1: The Arts and Craft Movement
  • Part 2: Victorian Painting
  • Part 3: Victorian Literature
  • Video: The Rise of Women Novelists in Victorian Britain
  • Part 4: Victorian Theatre – From Music Halls to Society Comedy
  • Part 5: Support for the Arts from Queen Victoria and Prince Albert
  • Conclusion
  • Module 10 Assessment
Who Would Benefit from This Course?

A fascinating period of British history, the Introduction to the Victorian Age Diploma Course provides insight into life in Victorian Britain. An era characterised by sweeping progress and innovations in industry, an ever-expanding class-based society, a burgeoning craft and arts culture, political and social reforms, and a growing economy and empire that would place Britain, albeit briefly, as the leading power in the Western world.

Jack the Ripper in action

The Introduction to the Victorian Age 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.

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 a leading national Awarding Organisation. 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 Quality Licence Scheme.

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Introduction to the Victorian Age Diploma Course
Introduction to the Victorian Age Diploma Course
Introduction to the Victorian Age Diploma Course
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