Genealogy Diploma

Our course code: X317

Course fee £375 or from £28 per month

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Genealogy is fast becoming one of the most popular past-times in the UK, as well as being the second most popular topic on the internet, thanks to recent TV programmes and online resources. Recently, we have seen an enormous expansion of interest in genealogy and family history in a professional capacity.

People use professional genealogists for a variety of reasons:

  • Access to a variety of records and sources
  • For advice.
  • For particular skills.
  • For cost-effectiveness
  • For speed.

The Genealogy course will provide you with the tools to research your family tree and trace your ancestry or do so for clients. It will guide you, step by step, through the process of tracing your own or someone else’s family tree and history. We are all the accumulation of the genes, characteristics, and behaviours of our ancestors.

This course is for anyone who has ever wondered about his or her ancestors:

  • How they looked,
  • What they did for a living
  • And how they behaved.

It is also ideal for anyone who is keen to pursue the discipline of genealogy in a professional capacity and wants to learn more about what is involved.

Upon completion, you will be able to make huge progress in researching genealogy. There’s plenty here to help you ensure that you can take a family line back hundreds of years. How much or how little information you chose to source is up to you. There is no previous learning knowledge experience required to enrol on to this course.

On this course, you will:

  • Be guided step by step, through the process of tracing your own or someone else’s family tree and history
  • Explore how to use a range of records and resources and compile an effective family tree

Discover your origins, research your history of your family tree and trace your ancestry – or do so for your clients.

  • Study with winners

    We’re an award-winning learning provider and have been recognised for our cutting-edge learning techniques.

  • At your own pace

    Study this course as quickly or slowly as you wish; we’ll work at a speed that suits you.

  • Unlimited Tutor Support

    Get as much help and support as you want from your personal course tutor via email and phone.

Study Hours

Up to 90 hours which is around 30 minutes per day for 6 months. However, additional hours may be required for reading writing and research.

Study Method

The course is specially designed for study by distance learning. Throughout the course there will be self-assessment questions, and tutor marked assignments (TMAs), to enable you to monitor your progress.

Course Duration

You have up to a year to complete this course and we have included a suggested number of study hours. The TQT is 450 hours, which is more than ample time for learners, even with full-time jobs and other commitments. Don’t worry if you go over the year though, we can organise an extension to your course for an additional fee, which also extends your tutor support.


Each unit is followed by a written tutor marked assignment (TMA), which is submitted and then marked by your tutor. You will not be required to take an external exam.

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course, successful learners will receive a certificate of completion and competency.

Additional Information

Difficulty - Level 3

Entry requirements - There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English.

Course Content

1: An introduction to Genealogy
2: Recording a family tree
3: Using birth, marriage and death records
4: Using the census
5: War/Prison/Immigration records
6: The etymology & history of surnames. Hearth & window taxes. Settlement examinations.
7: Using workhouse records and tracing noble ancestry
8: Other sources available: wills, newspapers, maps, tithe maps and research centres etc.
9: Career or hobby?
10: What to do with your findings and how to write up a family tree; DNA and social media and other contacts
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Frequently Asked Questions

We have some answers to common student questions, but if you can't find the answer you're looking for then please contact us and we will do everything we can to answer your questions.

You will have access to your personal tutor, via email and telephone, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.

You don’t need any prior skills in the subject area to start. However, as with all of our courses, we recommend a reasonable level of English reading and writing ability.

We provide all the specially written learning materials you require to study this course at home. The course fee also includes tutor support for the specified duration of your course.

You will receive everything you need to complete this course within the study pack we send to you.

No, this course is assessed by coursework alone.

No, all of the study materials are supplied within your learning pack.

Most students finish comfortably within the course duration period given. However, if you do need more time, your personal tutor support can be extended for an additional fee.

Please check our main FAQs section or Contact Us, we have experienced course advisers who will be delighted to help!