Education

In history, the school of laws of 1871 demanded that all children be provided an education. Our game year is 1867; this law has not yet been passed. Education must be bought in Victoriana. This means that the working classes are primarily uneducated. Some are educated and literate, either from parental tutelage or from the efforts of charitable institutions, but literacy among the masses is rare in England and throughout Europe.

All upper or middle class children are educated. This education normally takes the form of a governess through infancy (0-6 years), and then a chapel school for 7-11 year old children. At age 11 or 12, children are sent to boarding school until the age of 16. Those with the aptitude carry on their education at university, usually for 3 years, and finish their education at the age of 19. Some pursue degrees or doctorates. A university degree is significantly more difficult to obtain in the Victorian era, with a standard degree course lasting six years. University fees are astronomical, and there are no grant boards or sponsors. A young man's family must pay for all fees.

Children are gender segregated throughout education, usually in gender-specific schools. A girl may receive education up to advanced level, although in the game year 1867 no universities admit female students. The only additional education a woman may acquire is through private tuition.

Most Victorian schools are class distinctive; schools for young gentlemen might turn a promising student away because of the parental occupation.