Finding out about your Ancestors

Course code: WCKT303P

Subject area: Local & Family History

Study level: Part Time

Course level: U

Course details

10:00am - 4:00pm

Saturday

19th Mar 2022 - 19th Mar 2022

Kidlington Adult Learning

Contact details

enquiries@abingdon-witney.ac.uk

01235 555 585

This course is aimed at those wanting to trace the history of their family and discover their roots. The course explores the key resources containing information that will enable someone to start building their family tree. Primarily the course focuses on records relating to the British Isles however the research techniques learnt can be applied to records of other countries as well. For those that have already learnt the basics of family history research, this course incorporates other resources that can be used to discover more about your ancestors.

In order to avoid disappointment, it is advisable to enrol at least 2½ weeks prior to the course starting. We will confirm course information two weeks prior to the start date.

There is an opportunity to consider how to use items that may be hidden away at home or interview relatives in order to build up a picture of the lives of your ancestors. Various records and documents that contain information about your ancestors, including Birth, Marriage & Death Certificates, Census Records & Parish Records, Records Offices and Archives, Family History Societies and Groups. There will be an opportunity to explore books and magazines relating to Family History. You will find out how to draw a family tree and ways of organising & presenting your information.

Tea/Coffee are available to make, with a small charge.
To reduce the use of single-use plastic water bottles/cups, there is a watercooler on site making it easy to refill your water bottle.
Free parking.

Abingdon and Witney College is subject to Ofsted regulation and is required to work with all its students to make sure they understand Government initiatives around Safeguarding, Prevent and Fundamental British Values. Information on these matters will be shared with you during your course.

You will also be asked to complete monitoring paperwork, which helps us to deliver course content to the highest quality.

Delving Deeper into your Family History
There are no entry requirements but, ideally learners will have attended one of the Family History introduction/beginners courses or have some knowledge of researching family history.

Courses can fill fast, so please enrol early to avoid disappointment. Decisions on whether a course is to run are made two weeks prior to the start date - an email will be sent to you should there be changes to your course or if it is cancelled. Please check your inbox leading up to your course, including the junk folders. For anyone without an email account, our Admissions team will phone you instead.

For the first week of the course you will need to bring a valid form of identification; this includes passport, driving licence, debit/credit card, Birth Certificate or National Insurance card.

Please note - you should be 19 years old or over at 31st August 2021 prior to starting the course.
Courses offered by the college are fully or partly funded by the Government and the published fee takes account of this funding.

Before starting a course, the College is required to check you meet conditions relating to that funding, e.g. age, residency status within the UK/EEA, prior qualification level and employment status. In some circumstances (such as with online enrolments), these checks can only be completed after you have enrolled and paid.

If you are unable to pay in full for this course at the time of enrolment, and the course tuition fee is £300 or more, an instalment plan is available. If this is your preference, please do not enrol online but rather call the Admissions Team on 01235 216400 to enrol.

Once enrolled, Admissions will take the first instalment payment from you and pass on your details to the Finance team who will email you to set-up your payment plan. Please return a fully completed instalment plan to Finance as failure to do so could result in being withdrawn from your course.

The rules on fee reduction are complicated, we would encourage you to talk to our Admissions Team on 01235 216400 to discuss these options. You can find more information on our Fees and Bursaries page - search "Fees and Bursaries" at the top of the page.

16 - 18 Fee


19+ Fee

Tuition Fee: £42.00
Exam Fee: £0.00

Total Cost: £42.00


19+ Reduced Fee

Tuition Fee: £25.20
Exam Fee: £0.00

Total Cost: £25.20

As this is a non-accredited course, there is no formal qualification. However, you will be asked to complete activities that demonstrate how you are progressing on your course.
This course has no formal assessment and your progress is monitored by the course tutor who will be available to support you throughout. You will be required to complete some assessment paperwork.