Genealogy Diploma

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 researching a 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 as you want from your personal course tutor via phone and email.

Awarding body: NCFE Customised Qualifications
Our course ref: X317

NCFE is one of the largest awarding bodies in the UK.  Over 340,000 thousand students were awarded certification by NCFE last year through over 2,000 colleges and training providers nationally. With a heritage stretching back over 150 years.

Study Hours

Up to 90 hours which is around 30 minutes per day for 6 months.

Course Duration

You have up to a year to complete this course and we have included a suggested number of study hours. This is usually 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 a small fee, which also extends your tutor support.

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.


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 Achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details all of the units you have completed as part of your course). You can read more about ABC here.  Tens of thousands of people each year further their education with an ABC award.

Additional Information
Level 2
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.
Section 1
An introduction to Genealogy

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 12 months.

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.

That’s fine, this course can be studied anywhere and is completed by submitting Tutor marked assignments (TMAs).

Please check our FAQs section or Contact Us, we are happy to answer any questions you have.

No. While you can choose to write your assignments by hand, the majority of students type up their work in a word processor and then submit it via email to their tutors. A typed essay is much easier to save and edit and makes it easier for tutors to read.

The knowledge and the enthusiasm of my tutor is great

My whole family is delighted with the information I have been able to find out about our family. I became more and more interested in finding out about my past as the older generation started diminishing. The knowledge and the enthusiasm of my tutor is great.

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