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The Witch Trials Diploma Course

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What Will You Learn?

The witch trials were troubling for many people, especially peasants, during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The Witch Trials Diploma Course will give you an overview of some of the most famous cases in witch trial history. Spanning across Europe and passing into America, you will study various cases alongside primary sources to engage with accounts from real people during this period of unrest.

The course begins by setting the stage for the witch trials – how the witch trials began, how they came to be in the UK and why they flourished.

You’ll learn about medieval society, how King James VI of Scotland became James I of England, and why he carried out witch hunts. You’ll also gain insight into the malleus Maleficarum and other important texts that helped enforce how witch trials were conducted and punishments exacted.

From there, we take an in-depth look into the various witch trials and hunts across Europe. Starting with Scotland, you’ll be taken through the country’s witch trials and their outcomes. You’ll learn about England's most prominent witch trials and the Witchfinder General and his employment to hunt and execute witches. We’ll also look into the witch hunts of Wales and Ireland, and explore the witch trials of Europe – covering Spain, Scandinavia and Germany.

Finally, you’ll learn about the Salem witch trials and how they came to be. You will be introduced to Tituba and Susanna and be able to read first-hand accounts from their trials. We’ll also find out about the end of witch-hunting and the discovery of science.

By studying this course, you will:

  • Become familiar with medieval life
  • Understand how the witch trials began
  • Become familiar with the rule of King James VI of Scotland/King James I of England
  • Discover witch-hunting texts of the time
  • Learn about the witch hunts and trials in England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, and Europe
  • Explore the Salem witch trials
  • Learn how witch-hunting ended
A woman tied to a post and being burned at the stake as a witch

Course Syllabus

What will I learn on the course?

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  • Life in the Middle Ages
  • Part 2: Medieval Medicine
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points
  • Module 1 Assessment
  • Part 1: Early Life
  • Part 2: James's Rule in Scotland and England
  • Part 3: James I of England
  • Part 4: James's Fears
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points
  • Module 2 Assessment
  • Part 1: Hunting Witches
  • Part 2: Malleus Guide Notes
  • Part 3: Other Demonologies
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points
  • Module 3 Assessment
  • Part 1: The First Hysteria: 1590-1591
  • Part 2: The Great Scottish Witch Hunt of 1597
  • Part 3: The Great Scottish Witch Hunt of 1628–1631
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points
  • Module 4 Assessment
  • Part 1: 1649-1650
  • Part 2: Scotlands Witch Prickers
  • Part 3: 1661-1662
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points
  • Module 5 Assessment
  • Part 1: South England
  • Part 2: The Chelmsford Witches
  • Part 3: The Pendle Witches
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points
  • Module 6 Assessment
  • Part 1: Matthew Hopkins
  • Part 2: The Beginning of the Essex Witch Hunts
  • Part 3: The Fall of Matthew Hopkins
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points
  • Module 7 Assessment
  • Part 1: Wales
  • Part 2: Ireland
  • Part 3: Islandmagee Witch Trials
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points
  • Module 8 Assessment
  • Part 1: The Motherland: Germany
  • Part 2 : Scandinavia
  • Part 3: Spain
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points
  • Module 9 Assessment
  • Part 1: Salem
  • Part 2: Tituba
  • Part 3: Susanna Martin
  • Part 4: The End of Witch Hunting
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points
  • Conclusion
  • Module 10 Assessment
Who Would Benefit from This Course?

The Witch Trials Diploma Course will benefit those who enjoy learning about history, particularly if you have an interest in Medieval Britain, the witch trials or witchcraft. It will also be very beneficial to those who may have connections to the people mentioned in the trials and would like to engage with their heritage.

Two women standing trial as part of the Salem Witch Trials
Accreditations

The Witch Trials Diploma Course will take 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 £25).

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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