Undergraduate diplomas

Undergraduate diplomas are equivalent to the second year of undergraduate study.

Formal qualifications are not essential for the majority of these courses, though previous experience in a related field of study will be an advantage. They can also be used as the next step if you have either completed, or due to complete, a course at first-year undergraduate level (FHEQ Level 4).

Diplomas are offered in:

We also offer advanced diplomas.

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. Some meet weekly or over weekends and are taught in Oxford. Other courses are taught with online components and with short residencies in Oxford.


The syllabus and teaching of these award courses are aimed at second year undergraduate level and students are eligible for the award of 120 transferable CATS (Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme) points at FHEQ Level 5 on successful completion of a two year programme.

Find out more about CATS points

Credit transfer scheme

The Department does not offer undergraduate degrees, but students who obtain a 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.


Undergraduate Diploma in Creative Writing

For aspiring writers, the Diploma offers involvement in a wide range of literary projects over two years of focused part-time study.

Undergraduate Diploma in History of Art

A two-year course equivalent to the second year of undergraduate degree study.

Undergraduate Diploma in British Archaeology

The Diploma in British Archaeology is an undergraduate course specially designed to suit adult students with busy lives.

Undergraduate Diploma in English Social and Local History

A part-time modular course lasting two years, which covers English society from the early medieval period to the late twentieth century.