Level: Personal Achievement

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Understand Egyptology for personal interest or as a foundation for further study
  • Be awarded the BSY Certificate of Competence

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

Think about Egyptology and what probably springs to mind is Howard Carter’s discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun, with all its glorious artefacts. Yet there is so much more to learn – the magic and mystique woven into legends of Kings and Queens; murder and intrigue; the mummification and funeral rites contained in the Book of the Dead; the construction and decoration of tombs and temples; and the way of life of the people themselves. This course offers an introduction to the civilization of Ancient Egypt, mainly the eighteenth dynasty.


  • Lesson One
    • Introduction / Timeline of Royal Households
      • Early Dynastic Period 2920-2575BC
      • Old Kingdom 2575-2134BC
      • First Intermediate Period 2134-2040BC
      • Middle Kingdom 2040-1640BC
      • Second Intermediate Period 1640-1550BC
      • New Kingdom 1550-1070BC
  • Lesson Two
    • Geography
      • The Nile
      • The Source of the Nile
      • The Valley of the Kings
      • The Sites
  • Lesson Three
    • Famous Landmarks
      • The Pyramids
      • The Sphinx
      • The Funerary Complex
  • Lesson Four
    • Funeral Rites
      • Mummification
      • Canopic Jars
      • Sarcophagi
      • Tomb Decoration
      • Mortuary Temples
      • Priests and Priestesses
  • Lesson Five
    • The Temple Complexes
      • Karnak
      • Luxor
  • Lesson Six
    • Famous Ruler of Ancient Egypt
      • Hatshepsut
      • Akhenaten and Nefertiti
      • Tutankhamun and Ankhesenamen
  • Lesson Seven
    • The Valleys
      • The Valley of the Kings (Wadi Biban el-Muluk)
      • Tomb Robbers
      • The Valley of the Queens (Biban el-Harim)
      • Valley of the Nobles (Sheik Abd El-Korna)
      • Valley of the Artisans
  • Lesson Eight
    • Temples and Tombs
      • Types of Temples
      • Types of Tombs
  • Lesson Nine
    • Daily Life
  • Workmen
      • Women
      • Children
      • Family Life and Social Strata
  • Lesson Ten
    • Gods and Goddesses/Glossary of Terms
      • Maat
      • Bastet
      • Khepri
      • Hathor
      • Osiris
      • Seth
      • Anubis
      • Isis
      • Ptah
      • Imenhotep
      • The Eye of Horus
      • Other Deities

Practical training

No practical training is required to complete this course.