Gemmology - 2018/19 Entry

Course Overview

The essential course information

UCAS Code:
Direct application

Year 1: Gemmology Foundation Certificate

Year 2: Gemmology Diploma

Part Time (2 years, part-time.)

Year 1: 2.5 hours per week.

Year 2: 5 hours per week plus additional private study throughout the two years.

School of Jewellery
Assay Office

Gemmology is the study and identification of gemstones and gemmological materials, whether natural, synthetic or artificial. This two-year gemmology diploma course follows the syllabus of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain, and successful candidates can register for Fellowship. This is a highly regarded and prestigious gemmology qualification, recognised both in the UK and worldwide.

You'll undertake both theoretical and practical studies during the Gemmology Diploma course using a specialist laboratory equipped with the most advanced gemmology equipment available.

How to Apply

Apply for the Gemmology Diploma course direct to School of Jewellery, Vittoria Street: 

Tel: +44 (0)121 331 6477


Payment and Enrolment

To confirm a place on the course, you must pay the course fees in full during enrolment before the course starts. Enrolment will take place at the School of Jewellery on the following dates:

  • Monday 11 – Thursday 14 September, 10am to 6pm
  • Friday 15 September, 10am – 4pm.

Fees and Finance

Fees for students from the UK or EU countries?
Start Mode Duration Award Fees
Part Time 2 years, part-time. £1,010 - £1,768

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

For information on fees for the Gemmology Diploma course please contact the School of Jewellery directly - tel: +44 (0)121 331 5150.

Additional costs

You may need to pay an additional amount for professional examination fees. Information will be available at the start of the course.

Year 1 - £1010 tuition fee + £1060 Gem-A fee.

Year 2 - £1768 tuition fees +  £1720 Gem-A fee.

Our Facilities

Assay Office

Our gemmology students are based in new, state-of-the-art premises at 1 Moreton Street in the Jewellery Quarter with access to the highest specification of equipment available for gemmological education within the UK. You'll use diamond-testing equipment at Assay Office Birmingham's AnchorCert Gem Laboratory.


Prospective students from the UK

  • Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions for answers to a range of questions about our courses and studying here.
  • If you need further help, you can contact the Course Enquiries Team online by using the Course Enquiry Form.
  • Alternatively, call us on +44 (0)121 331 5595.

Further Information

For further information about the Gemmology Diploma course, contact The School of Jewellery:

Tel: +44 (0)121 331 6477