Understanding Antiques

Course Summary
Course Details
Fees & How to Enrol

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

During your studies, you’ll focus on a variety of antiques, from furniture, ceramics and glass to pictures and textiles. You’ll learn to pinpoint an item’s era – from Regency and Victorian, through to Art Nouveau, Art Deco and the post-war years – and assess its quality and value.

You’ll then learn how best to buy and sell antiques, enabling you to put together your own collections and turn a profit on the items you bring to auction.

or pay in interest free instalments

Study grants* available. Use code SG20 when you enrol and we will fund part of your course fees.

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

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.


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.

ABC Awards and Certa Awards Level 4 Certificate of Achievement

You will also receive the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Level 4 Certificate of Achievement* when you complete this course.

This confirms that you have completed a validated training course at a recognised level of study.

ABC Awards and Certa Awards have long-established reputations for providing high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. ABC Awards and Certa Awards combine over 180 years of expertise.

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.

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.

Course fee & how to enrol

There are two ways you can enrol

Pay the total course fee of £395* in one sum and receive a voucher towards your next course
Pay a deposit of just £55*, followed by 10 instalments of £34

* ABC registration fees included.