Understanding Antiques

Course Summary
Course Details
Fees & How to Enrol

Level: QLS Level 4

Our antiques course has been designed to help you develop an eye for antiques, and learn to identify an object’s style, age and worth.

  • Achieve the Certificate of Achievement at QLS Level 4
  • Receive the Regent Academy Diploma
  • Flexible home-study to fit learning around your life
  • Personal tutor support

£395* £316*   Enrol from £38.44

Entry Requirements

There are no prerequisites for this course. This course has been designed to enable anyone, no matter their experience, to follow their creative passion.

Our Support Promise

You can phone or email your tutor at any point during your course –
to ask questions, for advice, encouragement or to draw on their wealth of knowledge.

You can also contact the support team who are here to help you Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

What you will learn

Section 1: Understanding Antiques

  • Lesson 1 – Furniture
  • Lesson 2 – Ceramics
  • Lesson 3 – Glass
  • Lesson 4 – Silver
  • Lesson 5 – Pictures and prints
  • Lesson 6 – Clocks
  • Lesson 7 – Works of art
  • Lesson 8 – Metalwork
  • Lesson 9 – Textiles
  • Lesson 10 – Rugs and carpets

Section 2: Understanding Styles in Antiques

  • Lesson 1 – The Regency 1810 – 1830
  • Lesson 2 – William IV and early Victorian 1830 – 1850
  • Lesson 3 – High Victorian 1850 – 1870
  • Lesson 4 – Arts & Crafts and the Aesthetic Movement 1870 – 1910
  • Lesson 5 – Art Nouveau 1890 – 1920
  • Lesson 6 – Art Deco 1920s and 1930s
  • Lesson 7 – The Post-war Years

Section 3: How to buy and sell antiques

  • Lesson 1 – Why do you want to sell antiques?
  • Lesson 2 – How to start a collection
  • Lesson 3 – How to learn more about antiques
  • Lesson 4 – Assessing the value of an object
  • Lesson 5 – Buying antiques at auction
  • Lesson 6 – How to buy elsewhere
  • Lesson 7 – How to sell antiques
  • Lesson 8 – What part of the antique market do you want to trade in?
  • Lesson 9 – The equipment and outlay needed for dealing
  • Lesson 10 – General guidelines

How Our Courses Work

Your first course materials will be sent to you when you enrol so you can start as soon as you want. You can then enjoy your course at your own pace, studying when it suits you and where it’s most comfortable. This gives you the freedom to learn around your existing job, family or other commitments or location (including overseas).

Course materials have been developed by experts and are clear and straightforward, so your studying is easy and enjoyable.

All coursework assignments are included within your course. As you complete each assignment, simply send it to your tutor who will mark and return it along with valuable constructive feedback to help progress your skills further. (You can also contact your tutor or the support team for help at any point during your studies.) The remaining course materials will be sent to you as your assignments are completed.

After successfully completing all your assignments, you will receive the Regent Academy Diploma and the Quality Licence Scheme Certificate of Achievement at Level 4*.

Study Length

There are no deadlines for this course. Simply study in the comfort of your own home, and in your own time.

Your progress depends upon how much time you would like to commit to study. However, as a rough guide, students tend to complete this course in approximately 6-10 months*.

* Timescales are approximate and depend upon application and motivation.


Quality Licence Scheme Certificate of Achievement at Level 4

You will also receive the Quality Licence Scheme Certificate of Achievement at Level 4* when you complete this course.

Quality Licence Scheme endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

Regent Academy Diploma

You will receive the Regent Academy Diploma when you successfully complete this course. With Regent Academy’s reputation this can be a highly sought-after addition to your CV and powerfully showcases your skills.

What's Next

Completing this course will equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to buy and sell antiques, build your own collections and potentially turn a profit on the items you sell.

You could turn what you’ve learned into a career, or apply it to your existing role. For advice and support, get in touch with one of our tutors, or contact our support team from 9am - 5pm.

Course fee & how to enrol

There are two ways you can enrol

Pay the total course fee of £395* £316* in one sum and receive a £50 voucher towards your next course
Pay 9 monthly payments of £47.22* £38.44* (£30 administration fee included)

* QLS registration fees included.