By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Gain skills and knowledge in Alchemy
  • Be awarded the New Age Foundation Certificate in Mantic Arts

You can study this course from the comfort of your own home; in your own time and at your own pace; with helpful support and encouragement from our friendly tutors.

Course overview

There are a lot of misconceptions about alchemy. A lot of people believe alchemy to be witchcraft – heretical or outdated. Alchemy is neither heretical nor is it outdated. Some basic alchemical principles are still applied in modern laboratories and in preparing conventional medicines.

So what is alchemy? Alchemy is the art or practice of transmutation. Traditionally, this is the transmutation of base metals into gold; essentially alchemy is the realisation of true potential that lies dormant. In this course you will study how alchemy relates to chemistry, astrology and spirituality, and the processes involved in the alchemical operation. The course will also address alchemical symbolism and some basic alchemical texts.


  • Lesson One
    • What is Alchemy? / Essential Alchemical Materials and Equipment/
      The Alchemist as Agent/ Periods in Alchemy and Some Famous Alchemists

      • Origin of the Word Alchemy
      • The Furnace
      • Alchemical Stills
      • The Philosopher’s Stone
      • Puffers
  • Lesson Two
    • The Emerald Tablet/ Ingredients of the Alchemical Process/ Astrology and Alchemy
      • The ‘Prima Materia’
      • The Four Elements
      • The Two or Three Essentials
      • Other Ingredients
  • Lesson Three
    • The Three Phases of the Alchemical Process/ Stages in the Alchemical Process
  • Lesson Four
    • The Need for Secrecy/ Glossary of Alchemical Symbolism
      • Human Figures
      • Birds
      • Other Animals
      • Other Symbols

Practical training

No practical training is required to complete this course.