Legends of King Arthur Diploma Course

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What Will You Learn?

The tales of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table have captured the imagination of many for centuries. Few around the world have not at least heard the name of England’s legendary king. But where did Arthur come from and how was his famed Round Table of gallant heroes formed?

The Legends of King Arthur Diploma Course aims to answer those questions and more. In it, you will not only explore some of the most significant tales associated with the Arthurian literary tradition, but you will also be introduced to their historical foundations.

Beginning with the question, ‘Who was King Arthur?’, the course explores the historical context of the Arthurian legends and King Arthur’s relationship with English identity. We’ll examine the development of the Arthurian legend in Latin, French, German and English literature, highlighting key works.

It’s then onto the characters and stories that make Arthurian legends so compelling. We’ll explore the varying origin stories of the magical sword, Excalibur, and how the motif of the Quest for the Grail developed over centuries.

We’ll look into Merlin the magician’s life and involvement with Arthur, before the course takes us to the city of Camelot, where you’ll meet the Knights of the Round Table, including one of Arthur’s most noble knights, Sir Gawain. You’ll also be confronted by Morgan Le Fay, who went from healer to counter-hero.

The course explains how the love affair between Lancelot and Queen Guinevere came about and how it led to war between the Knights of the Round Table. We’ll also look into Mordred and his betrayal of Arthur.

Finally, we’ll consider the death of King Arthur – exploring the various tellings of how it happened and what occurred afterwards. We’ll also examine the legacy these fascinating legends have left and the reasons why they remain so popular.

By studying this course, you will:

  • Become more familiar with the life of King Arthur and the development of the main Arthurian legends
  • Know how the Arthurian legends reflected different stages of medieval culture and society
  • Become more familiar with the legends’ main characters including Merlin the Magician, Morgan Le Fay, Lancelot, Guinevere, Sir Gawain and Sir Mordred
  • Understand the concepts of chivalry and courtly love
  • Become aware of the influence religion had on the Arthurian tradition
  • Know the story of the Quest for the Holy Grail
  • Have a greater understanding of how Lancelot and Guinevere’s love affair caused the downfall of the Round Table
A portrait of King Arthur

Course Syllabus

What will I learn on the course?

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  • Introduction
  • Part 1: Where it Began
  • Part 2: Arthur—Real Man or Fiction?
  • Part 3: Arthur Through Different Eyes
  • Video: The Age of Chivalry
  • Module 1 Assessment
  • Part 1: Beginning the Arthurian Legend
  • Part 2: The Writing of Chrétien de Troyes
  • Part 3: Other Literary Influences
  • Module 2 Assessment
  • Part 1: Merlin’s Origins and Early Life
  • Part 2: The Stories Evolve
  • Module 3 Assessment
  • Part 1: The Celtic Association with Arthur’s Sword
  • Part 2: Many References to the Sword
  • Part 3: The Lady of the Lake
  • Video: Magical Weapons in Arthurian Legends
  • Module 4 Assessment
  • Part 1: The Development of the Round Table
  • Part 2: Who were the Knights of the Round Table?
  • Part 3: The Kingdom of Camelot
  • Module 5 Assessment
  • Part 1: Who is Sir Gawain?
  • Part 2: The Tale of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
  • Part 3: Significant Themes in the Tale of the Green Knight
  • Module 6 Assessment
  • Part 1: The Development of the Grail Story
  • Part 2: The Vulgate Cycle—Estoire del Saint Graal (History of the Holy Grail)
  • Part 3: The Story of the Quest for the Grail
  • Part 4: The Other Knights Quests
  • Part 5: The Quest Comes to an End
  • Module 7 Assessment
  • Part 1: The Early Accounts of Morgan le Fay
  • Part 2: The Evolution of Morgan’s Story
  • Part 3: The Story of Morgan’s Betrayal
  • Video: The History of Avalon
  • Module 8 Assessment
  • Part 1: Queen Guinevere in Arthurian Literature
  • Part 2: Eleanor of Aquitaine’s Court of Love
  • Part 3: The Story of The Knight of the Cart
  • Module 9 Assessment
  • Part 1: Thomas Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur
  • Part 2: The Story of Guinevere’s Rescue
  • Module 10 Assessment
  • Part 1: Arthur in Gaul
  • Part 2: The Deception of Mordred
  • Part 3: Significant Themes in the Mordred Narrative
  • Module 11 Assessment
  • Part 1: The Lead Up to Arthur’s Final Battle
  • Part 2: Arthur’s Final Battle
  • Part 3: Aftermath and Legacy
  • Conclusion
  • Module 12 Assessment
Who Would Benefit from This Course?

This course is for anyone who longs to gain a deeper understanding of the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. 

Those interested in literature can indulge in how the telling of the legends were written, not just by English-based authors but also through the work of others across Europe.

If you are interested from a historical perspective, you’ll be able to observe how the stories came about as products of the culture in which they were written and who King Arthur may have been. You’ll also note how the morals of the stories – wildly demonstrative acts of love or knightly chivalry and spiritual quests – were deeply important to the medieval idea of noble living.

Photograph of a medieval knight in suit of armour
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The Legends of King Arthur 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).

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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.

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