Undergraduate Advanced Diplomas


Undergraduate Advanced Diplomas are equivalent to the third year of undergraduate study. They are the next step if you have either completed, or due to complete, a course at second-year undergraduate level (FHEQ Level 5).

Advanced Diplomas are offered in:

How you will study

All of our courses are taught on a part-time basis which means that many of our students study alongside work and family commitments.

British Archaeology is taught mostly through weekly evening classes, and both Local History and IT Systems Analysis and Design are taught entirely online.


The syllabus and teaching of these award courses are aimed at third year undergraduate level and students are eligible for the award of 60 transferable CATS (Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme) points at FHEQ Level 6 on successful completion of a one year programme.

Find out more about CATS points

Credit transfer scheme

The Department does not offer undergraduate degrees, but students who obtain an Advanced Diploma may, if they wish, apply to transfer the credit to another academic institution, such as the Open University, modular universities such as Oxford Brookes University, and other institutions of higher eduction. Please note that successfully completing a course does not give you automatic right of entry to any institution, the transfer-in of credit is always at the receiving institution's discretion. 

Opportunities vary for the transfer of credit, so students who are considering taking this course in order to transfer credit are advised to discuss the possibilities before applying. Please contact Student Support on +44 (0)1865 280355 or student.support@conted.ox.ac.uk.



Advanced Diploma in British Archaeology

The Advanced Diploma is an undergraduate part-time course specially designed to suit adult students with busy lives


Undergraduate Advanced Diploma in Local History (Online)

The Advanced Diploma is a one-year part-time course which aims to train students in key concepts and methods of historical studies.


Undergraduate Advanced Diploma in IT Systems Analysis and Design (Online)

An online course for those wishing to develop their understanding of modern systems analysis, development and management.