9 August 2019
During the course, you will be introduced to the techniques that will enable you to accurately test, identify and grade diamonds, and you will handle a wide range of rough, cut and polished diamonds, both loose and mounted/set in jewellery. At the end of the course, you will sit the examination for the Diamond Grading Practical Certificate of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain (Gem-A), which is an internationally-recognised professional qualification. You will also be given your own diamond grading manual, grading workbook, and practical equipment kit including stone tongs, 10x loupe, stone cloth, thermal probe, UV light source, and diamond size template.
You will be taught by industry-leading tutors including an international gem and will be working with one of the largest and most comprehensive diamond teaching collections in the world. The course is based at our purpose-built facilities at the Assay Office Birmingham, which is the largest and best-equipped teaching facility in the UK.
English language requirements: No formal qualification will be needed, although all classes will be taught in English.
Academic pre-requisites: Level 3 or equivalent
At the end of the course, you will sit the examination for the Diamond Grading Practical Certificate of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain (Gem-A), which is an internationally-recognised professional qualification.
Academic status: Practice-based (non-credit bearing)
GBP 3650: What is included in your fee:
Accommodation for three weeks
Airport pick-up and drop-off (from Birmingham and Heathrow Airport only)
Breakfast and lunch vouchers to use in the University’s cafe
Cultural visits to London, Stratford-upon-Avon and Oxford
Programme of social events
International Summer School t-shirt
Please note travel to the UK, visa costs and other personal travel and living expenses are not included eg evening meals. We suggest that students should budget a figure of approximately £10 - £50 per day for additional food and drink.