[Tahitia McCabe] The course is really aimed at people who are wanting to be professional genealogists but we also welcome people who are just interested in learning more about genealogy. We clearly like people who have an undergraduate degree because it is a post graduate degree but we are happy to take people who have the initiative and the interest and the ability there are happy to take people on the course. [Scott McKillop] I’ve got an undergraduate degree in Social Sciences and a post graduate diploma in Community Education. [Rona Summerville] Although I don’t have a degree I was able to speak with the tutors and the appropriate references, CV, work history and so on I was able to start with the studies. [Scott] The course is distance learning so all of it is based online. I can just read the notes if I want, I can listen to them if I want. The assessments are always around a scenario, so it’s always about real research and it’s real so you are gaining skills from doing actual genealogy on the course. [Tahitia] About twice a year we have students come together and do archive tours and they are totally optional. One day in Edinburgh and the next in Glasgow and it’s just a great opportunity for students to meet up with one another and the tutors as well. [Scott] The other people on the course I know are from Canada, America and as far away as Australia and New Zealand as well. The more I looked into it you realise that it’s not just a leader within in Scotland it’s a global leader as well. [Tahitia] One of our real strengths is in Genetic Genealogy. That’s an area that we feel that all genealogists need to know about now with DNA testing and how to explain that to a client. [Scott] Being a genealogist professionally and self employed seems to be what the course can offer and that’s something that I would be interested in. [Rona] I’ve just recently signed up with Edinburgh city council archives to volunteer with them so it’s expanding all the time. [Tahitia] It’s just great watching students develop. Seeing someone come into the programme who is unsure about what they are doing and then seeing them come out at the end of either the first year, or finish up with a masters degree and just know that they know their stuff is a really rewarding experience.