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Genealogy Diploma Level 3

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Study method
Distance learning
360 hours · Self-paced
No formal qualification
Endorsed by NCFE CQ
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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 the 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.


Endorsed by NCFE CQ


Certificate of completion

Digital certificate - Included


With this diploma, you will be able to make huge progress in 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.


  • Module 1: An Introduction to Genealogy
  • Module 2: Career or Hobby?
  • Module 3: The History of Surnames
  • Module 4: Using Birth, Marriage and Death Records
  • Module 5: Using the Census and Parish Registers
  • Module 6: War/Prison/Immigration Records
  • Module 7: Using Workhouse Records and Tracing Noble Ancestry
  • Module 8: Other Sources Available: Wills, Newspapers, and Research Centres
  • Module 9: Recording a Family Tree Online and Other Ways
  • Module 10: What to Do with Your Findings and How to Write Up a Family Tree
  • Module 11: DNA Testing

Duration study load

  • 360 Hours

Entry requirements

  • No previous knowledge required

Course features

  • 12 months expert tutor support
  • Certificate of completion
  • Course manual, assignments and study guide received by mail and email
  • Once enrolled you will be eligible to apply for a TOTUM PRO student card to enjoy a variety of student discounts across the UK

Professional recognition

  • This course has been endorsed under the NCFE CQ Scheme. This means that NCC Home Learning has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria.


Theoretical information is given throughout the Genealogy Diploma course, followed by a string of exercises that are to be completed and marked by your personal tutor.


No previous experience or knowledge is required to apply for this course. You can choose when to start the course at any point up to 12 months from initial registration with complete tutor support.

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