Genealogy (Level 3) Diploma Course
A distance learning course is the ideal way to gain a qualification in Genealogy. Whether you're looking to go on to further education, improve your job prospects or expand your knowledge, distance learning Genealogy is a flexible and convenient course, which allows you to comprehensively prepare for a exam or career through home study. What's more, because the distance learning Level 3 Genealogy Diploma course is a fully comprehensive course, no prior knowledge is required.
Family history research is said to be the fastest-growing hobby in the UK, as well as being the second most popular topic on the internet. Tracing ancestors seems to go deeper than your average hobby, fulfilling some sort of basic need to get to know our origins and, presumably, understand ourselves better in the process. It can certainly throw up some great stories, quotable even outside your own family circle, and provide no end of fun and pleasure.
This diploma assumes that you have no prior knowledge of family history or this type of research. 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 diploma 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.
With this diploma, 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.
Course Key Topics
The Genealogy Diploma course is divided into ten comprehensive modules.
Module 1: An Introduction to Genealogy
(see full course syllabus below for more information)
Home Study Tutor Support
You will be provided with comprehensive materials designed to provide you with everything required to complete your Genealogy course. You will have your own personal tutor helping you with your course work and with any questions you may have. Plus you can contact our Student Advisors by email or phone for all the practical advice you may need – so we really are with you 100%.
What's more, you'll have access to the online student portal, where you can interact with other students, browse our resource library and manage your account.
The Genealogy course is marked through a process of continuous assessment guided by your tutor following NCFE guidelines. This means that your qualification will be awarded according to your performance on assessments rather than by taking an exam.
We send the full course out, you then read through the course in your own time and complete the assignments which you send to your tutor for marking. There is no word count for these assignments. However, one sentence answers will be rejected and you will have to re-submit it for marking.
Upon verification of the activities, exercises and assignments, a certificate of achievement will be awarded by the national awarding organisation NCFE, as confirmation that your written work has met all of the learning outcomes and assessment criteria for the programme.
We recommend you spend approximately 200 hours of your time studying for the Genealogy course. The pace of study is completely up to you. To give an example, if you dedicate 4 hours a week to the course it would take you a year to complete but if you could spare 8 hours a week you could complete it in six months.
Get started today, and you can earn your Level 3 Diploma in Genealogy in as little as six months, or take up to a year, if you prefer – the choice is yours.
Course Entry Requirements
The good news is that no prior learning knowledge or experience is essential to take this course. This course is openly available to anyone wishing to learn more about Genealogy and would like to take part in a highly rewarding home study course. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to expand their knowledge and study further, so we try to keep our entry requirements to a minimum.
You have the freedom to start the course at any time and continue your studies at your own pace for a period of up to 12 months from initial registration with full tutor support.
Course Enrolment Fees
Our aim is to provide you with the best deal available, therefore the registration fee, certification fee and full tutor support is included in the course price for you. The enrolment fee for the Genealogy home study course is £498.75, though for a limited time we are offering you the opportunity to pay only £399 which is a 20% discount if you enrol online and pay in full.
You can also opt for our Easy Payment Plan and enrol online today by paying a deposit of £199.75 and then four equal payments of £74.75 per month. The first instalment is paid about a month after you receive your course.
Free Delivery for UK Mainland Students
Additional £25 for students in Europe
Additional £40 for Students in Rest of the world
Note: Instalment Plan is not available to our International Students.
Full Course Syllabus
Module 1: An Introduction
Explain the difference between genealogy and family history
Have an awareness of where to begin in your family search
Know what information you will need to start with
Understand what you can expect, in terms of how long it will take/cost
Establish what you already know
Perform online search activities.
Module 2: Career or Hobby
To gain an understanding of genealogy as an academic discipline
To gain an understanding of genealogy as a career
To demonstrate an awareness of other aspects of genealogy, such as tracing living
Module 3: The History of Surnames
Explain the significance of surnames to genealogy and family history
Demonstrate an awareness of surnames, nicknames, and their links with
geography, local and personal history, occupations, and religion
Trace a surname, contemporary, common, or unusual
Show an understanding the relevance of hearth tax records
Perform searches for names.
Module 4: Using Birth, Marriage, and Death Records
Describe the registry policies and procedures in the UK
Display an understanding of the problems with using BMD records
Demonstrate an awareness of where to locate records and the kind of information
that is available
Explain how recording information varies around the UK and how this system has
evolved over history
Show an understanding of the importance of these documents to the genealogist.
Module 5: Using the Census
By the end of this module, you will be able to:
Describe how to find and search a census and parish registers
Display an understanding of the information what is available and what isn’t
Demonstrate knowledge of the history and aims of the census system
Explain and evaluate the benefits and drawbacks of using the census
Show an awareness of other sources of information, such as the parish register
Module 6: War/Prison/Immigration Records
To understand the different social spectrums of ancestry from military heroes to
To gain knowledge of how to find and search military/prison/immigration records
To gain knowledge of what information is available
To be able to evaluate the benefits and drawbacks of using
To understand why these resources are so important to the genealogist.
Module 7: Using Workhouse Records and Tracing Noble Ancestry
To understand the different social spectrums of ancestry from poverty to nobility
To gain knowledge of how to find and search workhouse records/noble ancestry
To gain knowledge of what information is available
To show an awareness of the history and aims of the workhouses/poor laws
To be able to evaluate the benefits and drawbacks of using workhouse
records/looking for noble ancestry
To understand why these resources are so important to the genealogist.
Module 8: Other Sources Available: Wills, Newspapers, and Research Centres
To be aware of how to find/search/use wills, newspapers, and research centres
To understand what information is available
To show the history and reasoning for searching unusual/uncommon sources of
To explain the benefits and drawbacks of using certain sources over others
To show an understanding of why these sources are so important to the
Module 9: Recording a Family Tree Online and Other Ways
To be aware of how to find, search, and use online recording methods
To understand what resources are available and how they vary
To explain the benefits and drawbacks of using certain sources and websites over
To show an understanding of why these resources are so important to the
Module 10: What to Do with Your Findings and How to Write Up a Family Tree
To understand the various ways of presenting and organising your findings
To be aware of the benefits and drawbacks of using certain sources over
To identify why these sources are so important to the genealogist
To have an awareness of some up-and-coming developments in genealogy.
Qualification One: Genealogy Diploma
Genealogy Diploma issued by the UK Learning College, entitling you to use the letters UKLC Dip after your name.
Qualification Two: Genealogy Level 3 Diploma
This course leads to a Level 3 for successful learners. This means that it is independently accredited at a level of learning equivalent to level 3 on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
In Scotland this course leads to a Level 6 for successful learners. This means that it is independently accredited at a level of learning equivalent to level 6 on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) for Scotland.
In Ireland this course leads to a Level 5 for successful learners. This means that it is independently accredited at a level of learning equivalent to level 5 on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) for Ireland.
The training courses have been designed specifically to meet the needs of learners who prefer to study from home. The course measurable learning outcomes have been benchmarked at Level 3 (using Ofqual's QCF level descriptors) to allow you to consider the depth of study, difficulty, and level of achievement involved. This course has been accredited under NCFE IIQ Licence by NCC which has been approved as an NCFE Investing in Quality (IIQ) centre to give formal recognition to courses.
This course has been designed to meet specific learner requirements. Accreditation by NCFE is a guarantee of quality. It means that this learning programme has been scrutinised and approved by an independent panel of experienced educational professionals and is quality audited by NCFE.
NCFE is a registered accreditor and has a strong heritage in learning, going back over 150 years. NCFE is recognised as an awarding body by the qualification regulators ('regulators') for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The regulators are the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) in England, the Department for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills (DCELLS) in Wales and the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) in Northern Ireland.
Your course fee covers everything you will need to successfully complete the Genealogy home study course and earn your Level 3 Qualifications:
1. All textbooks, study folders, and/or online learning aids designed for distance learning
2. A full range of student services, including:
3. An accredited award upon successful course completion directly from the awarding body NCFE
4. One year's educational support by e-mail, post, fax or phone
5. Free postage and packaging for UK mainland students
Distance Learning Explained
Distance Learning is a term used to describe a method of learning where you; the learner, are not physically required to be ‘onsite’ to be guided through learning materials. Learners and tutors will use methods such as email and telephone to communicate, with you deciding how, when and where you learn.
UK Learning College gives you the flexibility to complete our programmes as quickly or as slowly as is convenient for you. To make this possible, our learning programmes have been written and prepared in such a way that it enables you to take control over these decisions. We also have a varied range of e-learning courses available to complement our full portfolio of distance learning courses.
Distance Learning allows you to develop the personal confidence and independence needed for success. Once you have become familiar with your distance learning course materials and you feel you know your way around the programme, then it is time to put together your own personal study plan to help you decide how best to study. We would advise that you write down your plan to assist you in following your timetable.
Although our distance learning course guides are primarily aimed at the first time user, you may already have some experience of distance learning. Whatever your experience, it is important to understand that to be a successful distance learner you need to become familiar and comfortable with the learning materials.
Online Learning Explained
Online learning descends from computer-based training, interactive multimedia and integrated learning centers and is the delivery of a learning, training or education program by electronic means. With the internet boom in the mid '90s, the concept of online learning has spread broadly.
Online learning or e-learning (electronic learning) is a term used to describe learning materials that are not physically provided to you, but are accessible online where you; the learner, are not physically required to be ‘onsite’ to be guided through any of these online learning materials. Learners and tutors will use methods such as email and telephone to communicate, with you deciding how, when and where you learn.
UK Learning College gives you the flexibility to complete our online courses as quickly or as slowly as is convenient for you. To make this possible, our online learning courses have been written and prepared in such a way that they enable you to take control over these decisions.
Online learning allows you to develop the personal confidence and independence needed for success. Once you have become familiar with your online course and you feel you know your way around the program, then it is time to put together your own personal study plan to help you decide how best to study. We would advise that you write down your plan to assist you in following your online course study timetable.
Home Study Explained
Home Study Courses are a type of learning material in the form of manuals, CD Roms, Online courses etc. where you; the learner, are not physically required to be ‘onsite’ to be guided through any of these learning materials. Learners and tutors will use methods such as email and telephone to communicate, with you deciding how, when and where you learn.
UK Learning College gives you the flexibility to complete our home study courses as quickly or as slowly as is convenient for you. To make this possible, our home learning courses have been written and prepared in such a way that they enable you to take control over these decisions.
Home study courses allow you to develop the personal confidence and independence needed for success. Once you have become familiar with your home learning course materials and you feel you know your way around the course, then it is time to put together your own personal study plan to help you decide how best to study. We would advise that you write down your plan to assist you in following your home study timetable.
Although our home learning course guides are primarily aimed at the first time user, you may already have some experience of home learning. Whatever your experience, it is important to understand that to be a successful home study course learner, you need to become familiar and comfortable with the learning materials.
We understand that studying from home may be a new experience for you. You could even be excused for feeling a little daunted since you will not be studying in a traditional "classroom environment". To help our students overcome these concerns we have developed a friendly online student community. The Student Community encourages a high level of interaction with your tutor and other like-minded students.
All of our students receive access to the Student Community. You will be able to use the student community for the following:
Access free courses such as: Improving Learning Skills, Job Interview Skills, The Effective Learner, Goal Setting and Time Management, Ten Tips to Complete a Good Test Paper
If your course is being delivered online, please ensure you meet the minimum requirements below.
From time to time we may enrol our students with our partner sites; this is dependent on the number of students enrolling on a particular course and course material availability. If this happens, nothing changes for you other than the name of the college administering your course. We will continue to be your point of contact; you will get the exact same course you have enrolled on with the same high level of quality content and support.
The course can be enrolled upon by students Internationally. There are no deadlines for enrolments.
Course Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How does distance learning work?
To ensure studying is flexible and convenient, most of our courses are divided into sections. You work through each section at your own pace and time. Once completed, send the test paper back to your personal tutor for marking. You will then move onto the next section once successfully completing the previous section. The support period is dependent on the type of course you choose; our minimum support period is one year.
Q. When can I start the course?
The answer is simple, when YOU want; you can start the course at any time we do not have any set enrolment dates. Most of our courses don’t require any previous experience or qualifications. All you need is a desire and motivation to succeed. You can even start right now - call and speak to one of our Professional Course Advisors.
Q. How long do the courses take?
This is dependent upon your choice of course and how fast you want to learn. A full breakdown of the course is available in your course literature. We do provide estimated number of study hours; ask our course advisors for details.
Q. Do the courses have tutorial support?
Yes, You will be allocated an experienced tutor who will guide you through the course, mark your assignments and generally help you with any problems you may have. Your tutors can be contacted via email and post.
Q. If I fail an assignment can I retake it?
Yes, your tutor will ask you to resubmit your assignment and give you support as to where you could improve.
Q. How do I get help with my course work?
You can get help 7 days a week by email, or post from your dedicated tutor, you just email your assignments for marking. You have to send your assignments one at a time so the tutor can mark one and give you the feedback.
Q. Will I get a qualification at the end?
Yes, for all our courses, you will receive a diploma or a recognised qualification from the awarding body of your course.
Q. Is the course work done online or sent via the internet?
No, the course work can be done offline using your PC or for paper based courses working through your course folder.
Q. Is there a time limit or any deadlines?
We do like you to complete the course within the tutor support period but we can extend this for a small charge (currently £40 for 12 months). If you follow the recommended study hours, this will give you a good guide to complete the course withim the specified time period.
Q. Will I have to sit an examination?
Most of our paper based courses do not require you to sit examinations, only continual assessments. Where there are examinations required, you will receive all the information you need to make your own exam arrangements. Please note exam fees are not included in your course fee, unless otherwise stated.
Q. How quickly will I receive my course material?
Once your payment has been received and cleared your enrolment should be processed within two days and your course materials delivered within 5 days, for customers who choose to pay in instalments this can take longer as we need a signed agreement back from you before we send the course materials.
Q. Do I have to buy any other materials?
Our comprehensive course materials are designed to be self-contained with all the relevant information you require to complete the course and gain the relevant certification. However some of our students undertake additional reading via relevant textbooks/study guides and/or the Internet to add value to their studies.
Q. I’m not sure of what course I should take? Can you help?
Yes we can, it is important that you pursue a course which you will enjoy. Although we cannot make this decision for you, we employ a team of dedicated Professional Course Advisors, who will guide you towards making the right choice. Whether you want specific information, or just a chat about what’s available, contact us now.
Q. Why choose UK Learning College?
The breadth and depth of our portfolio of courses means that we will have a course to interest you. We are committed to your success, and offer advice and support through every step of the process. We have a dedicated team of Professional Course Advisors that can give you access to career and recruitment advice, whilst offering excellent value and quality courses.
Please contact us if you have not found the answer you are looking for.
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