FAQ Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the Admission Requirements for the Foundation Course?
A: Faculty students are adults of all ages and backgrounds and all are welcome. Please note however that you must be 18 or over to study with us. No formal educational qualifications are necessary, although a reasonable degree of literacy and numeracy is assumed. Students for whom English is a foreign language should note that a good standard of reading, writing and speaking English is required as you will need to write essays and reports for your coursework and examinations.

Q: What are the Admission Requirements for the Diploma Course?
A: Anyone is welcome to study our Diploma modules without having completed the Foundation Course. However, if you wish to gain the Faculty’s Diploma qualification, you must be a Certificate holder before you are eligible to take the Diploma exams. Please note however that Astro-consultancy (Module 9) is reserved for students who have completed Modules 1-7.

Q: English is not my first language - will my English be good enough for the course?
A: You will need a good standard of reading, writing and speaking English to be able to take the course. If you are unsure of this you can check your language on the following university access website: http://www.open.ac.uk/courses/do-it/english-skills. If you need to develop your language skills we recommend that you take an English language course first. You will need a good standard of spoken English for some Diploma coursework and the final exam.

As a general guide, your English language skills should be equivalent to one of the following qualifications:

  • G.C.S.E. English Language Grades A- C
  • IELTS Levels 5.5-.6.5
  • TEOFL 87–109
  • Cambridge First Certificate in English

Q: Can I study for my own interest only, without having to take any exams?
A: Yes. You are welcome to study individual modules or take the whole Foundation and Diploma Course without taking the exams.

Q: Can I attend London Diploma Modules if I am not a Faculty student?
A: Yes, you are welcome to enrol on the Diploma modules in London without having to do the whole Diploma Course. Modules are given as four Saturday seminars spread over a term and are an ideal way to explore a subject that you wish to learn more about or to practise your chart interpretation. Please note however that Astro-consultancy (Module 9) is reserved for students who have completed Modules 1-7.

Q: If I am a classes’ student and the module I want to do is not scheduled, how can I continue my studies?
A: Even if a module is not scheduled as a live class, it will still be available by distance learning, and possibly also as a module at Summer School. You may study by any method you choose, according to your circumstances and students are able to move between distance learning and classes for different modules.

Q: How long does it take to complete the Foundation Course?
A: The Foundation Course comprises three modules and is designed to take you up to 18 months to complete. Each module is taught over four Saturdays or ten weeks per term at classes in London and you have six months tuition time available for each module taken by distance learning.

Q: How long does it take to complete the Diploma Course?
A: The Diploma Course consists of six modules which can take you between two to three years to complete if you study three modules per year in class or take the modules by distance learning. However many students may take longer than this choosing to take a break in between modules to take time to absorb the material, deepen their understanding and practise working on charts. And tutors may suggest that a student take a break between levels or modules to develop and practise.

Q: How do optional modules work at Diploma Level 2?
A: Diploma Level 2 comprises both compulsory and optional modules. You are required to take Synastry (Part-Module 7), Midpoints (Part-Module 7) Individual & Collective and Mundane Astrology (Part-Module 8) and Astro-consultancy (Module 9). This gives 45 credits. You can then choose from the range of optional modules to build up the additional 15 credits to meet the requirement of 60 credits for this level. You are also welcome to take additional optional modules beyond the credit requirement to expand your knowledge and training.

Q: What will the Faculty’s Diploma qualify me to do?
A: The Faculty’s Diploma is held in very high esteem in the astrological world as a first class training. As a Faculty Diploma holder you will sign the Code of Ethics and may choose to set up your own consultancy practice or to develop your astrological vocation through teaching or writing, for example. Diploma holders may use the title DFAstrolS. after their name and can choose to be listed in the Faculty’s Directory of Consultants.

Q: Who are the Faculty’s tutors?
A: All the Faculty’s tutors are holders of the Faculty’s Diploma, and have a great deal of astrological and tutoring experience.

Q: What is my Tutor's role?
A: Whichever method of studying you choose, your tutor will support you throughout each module, feedback on your exercises and course work, suggest extra reading and generally ensure that you have all the guidance and feedback you need to work through to the successful completion of each module. Their aim is to ensure that you have a rewarding and individually-supported learning experience.

Q: What are the advantages of Distance Learning?
A: The advantage of Distance Learning is that you can begin your studies at any time of the year, and work through the modules at your own pace, according to the amount of time you have available for studying. You need only an internet connection for access to the online course materials and your emails. Working closely with your own personal tutor via email, you will enjoy one-to-one attention. Distance Learning courses make astrological studies available to those outside the classes’ area.

Q: What are the advantages of attending Classes?
A: The advantage of studying astrology at live classes is the opportunity to meet like-minded people and to learn from the experience and examples of other students. At Faculty classes you will also receive the individual support and feedback of your class tutor, who is there to guide you through the course and who will mark homework completed between lessons.

Q: What are the assessment procedures for the Certificate and Diploma?
A: You need 120 credits to gain your Certificate. 20 credits are allocated on the completion of each of the three Foundation Course modules and 60 credits are awarded when you have passed the Certificate Interpretation exam. You need 360 credits altogether to gain your Diploma: 120 credits for the Certificate, 120 credits for the completion of Diploma Level One and 120 credits for the completion of Diploma Level Two. Visit the Exam page for further information.

Q: How do I enrol on a Faculty Class or Distance Learning Course?
A: You can enrol online using our secure server. You can also download the classes programme and enrolment form from the Brochures and Bookings page.

Q. Will I need to buy an astrological software package for your courses?
A. Students do not need to purchase a software package as all the charts and tables you will need to work on will be provided by the Faculty.

Q. I am worried about calculating charts by hand as my maths is not very strong.
A. Calculating charts by hand is a small but important part of our Foundation Course and does not require great mathematical skills. The course teaching guides you through the process step by step, providing all the help you need to master the art of chart calculation.

Q. Will I have to spend a lot of money buying materials/books for the courses?
A. No, for the Foundation Course (the first 3 Modules) only Raphael’s Ephemeris is needed. For subsequent modules, two ephemerides for the 20th and 21st centuries, Reinhold Ebertin’s The Combination of Stellar Influences and Baigent, Campion & Harvey’s Mundane Astrology are required. For further information, including where to buy these books, see our Essential Books for Purchase in Brochures and Bookings. However, reading around the course is an important part of deepening ones understanding, so students are encouraged to read from the book lists provided with each module.

Q. Are the exam papers sat in exam conditions i.e. timed exams?
A. No. Exam papers are sent to students by email and you can work on them at home.

Q. How much time do I have to submit my exam after I receive the relevant exam papers?
A. We have two exam seasons coinciding with the spring and autumn equinoxes. Exams have to be submitted either by the first or the second equinox from the time exam papers are received. For examples, if you have applied for your exam at the end of March, you can submit it either before the September equinox or by the following March equinox. For further information on exams, see also “Exam Rules and Regulations”. Students can apply for a 2-week extension if needed. (See “Exams Extension Form” in the Exams page for further details).

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