Advanced Certificate Course details

Year One

October: Old Handwriting – An introduction to Secretary Hand. A four week module with follow up online sessions.

November: Manorial Records for Family and Local Historians. A five week module.

January: Church & Community; Selected Records. A four week module.

May: Researching Online for Advanced Genealogists. A four week module.

+ Dedicated forum for Advanced students.

+ specialist sessions and group work including:

  • Document Analysis
  • Transcription Skills
  • Discussions on historical and genealogy topics
  • Research skills

June: The assessment at the end of Year One consists of transcription and document analysis using documents taken from the 17th and 18th centuries.

Successful students proceed to Year Two.

Year One Cost £675



Year Two


October or March: Researching in Archives for Advanced Genealogists. A four week module.

December - January: Students draw up a Research Proposal working with their tutor-one-to-one.

January: Medieval Records. A five week module.

Once agreed, students can start their project work at any time

October or March: Advanced Methods & Reports. A four week module.

May: Deeds and Disputes. A five week module.

June – September: Research project

Plus one-to-one sessions with a tutor

Year Two Cost £720

Total Cost for two years £1395  (prices updated June 2018)


Who is the course suitable for?

The full Advanced programme is only open to those who have successfully passed FHSS (Intermediate). Ideally, you will have achieved an average mark of 70%.

A considerable commitment of time will be needed, particularly for the project and with background reading and working on handwriting skills.

How do I pay?

Please contact us for more information on payment. Fees will be required in full for each year in advance.