Adult Level 3 Programmes

Study a Level 3 Qualification

We are pleased to offer a number of fully-funded Level 3 qualifications to adults who have not yet gained a Level 3 qualification. Courses are available at our Cambridge and Huntingdon campuses. Read on to see if you are eligible to gain a Level 3 qualification at no cost to you and view the list of free qualifications you can study to boost your skills and opportunities.

The level 3 adult offer is part of the Lifetime Skills Guarantee announced by the Prime Minister in September 2020. This offer is a long-term commitment to remove the age constraints and financial barriers for adults looking to study for their first level 3 qualification so that they can access training to enable them to progress.

The government is investing £2.5 billion in the National Skills Fund. The National Skills Fund will help adults to train and gain the valuable skills they need to improve their job prospects. It will support the immediate economic recovery and future skills needs by boosting the supply of skills that employers require.

*Free to those who meet the eligibility criteria listed below.*

Eligibility Requirements

Courses Starting from April 2021

AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting

About this qualification

In this qualification you will master more complex accounting disciplines including financial processes, advanced bookkeeping, final accounts and ethical practices for accountants. 

The accountancy skills developed by studying this qualification will enable you to seek employment with confidence, and/or to progress to the next level of learning.

AAT Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping

About this qualification

Aimed at experienced bookkeepers, this qualification covers areas such as double entry bookkeeping, financial statements, intermediate spreadsheets and software use.

The bookkeeping skills developed by studying this qualification will enable you to seek employment with confidence, and/or to progress to the next level of learning.

CMI Diploma Principles of Management and Leadership

About this qualification

This qualification is aimed at practising or aspiring managers who supervise or manage a team, or project officer and shift manager to achieve clearly-defined outcomes.

You will learn how managers monitor goals and objectives by providing instruction, direction and guidance. Day-to-day operational and project activities are a key part of their role.

NCFE CACHE Diploma in Adult Care

About this qualification

This qualification develops the knowledge and skills needed when working in a lead adult care worker role in care settings.

It covers a wide range of areas including supporting individuals with their physical and emotional care, daily living needs and health and social care procedures. 

NCFE CACHE Certificate in Coding Practices

About this qualification

This qualification is designed for learners who are working or would like to work in coding. It is ideal for those who want to consolidate their existing knowledge and learn practical skills which can be used to assist in seeking employment in coding or to progress into further study

NCFE CACHE Technical Certificate in Childcare and Education

About this qualification

The NCFE CACHE Level 3 Award in Childcare and Education teaches learners the crucial knowledge necessary when working with children.

The course can be studied online and covers a variety of information on the health and development of a child during the Early Years setting. The course also teaches what is required of an Early Years Educator during this important stage in life.

NCFE CACHE Certificate in Cyber Security Practices

About this qualification

The purpose of the Level 3 Certificate in Cyber Security Practices is to provide learners with sector awareness. It will provide the learner with a chance to develop knowledge and skills relating to cyber security practices with the view to seeking employment or proceeding to further study in this area.

Who is this suitable for?

Those looking to consolidate their knowledge of Cyber Security and learn practical skills which can be used to seek work or proceed into study at Level 4.

NCFE CACHE Diploma in Early Years Workforce

About this qualification

The Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) prepares learners to become Early Years Educators, enabling them to work with children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years.

Upon achievement of this qualification it is intended that learners will be able to enter the workforce as Early Years Educators.

NCFE CACHE Diploma in Playwork (NVQ)

About this qualification

This qualification provides in-depth information about the role of the Level 3 playworker when working with children and young people between the ages of 4 to 16.

It provides an understanding of the management of play environments and the line management of other staff. The Diploma covers the knowledge and skills needed when working unsupervised

NCFE CACHE Certificate in the Principles of End of Life Care

About this qualification

This qualification provides learners with an understanding of the principles of end of life care, including knowledge of:

• The definition of end of life care
• Approaches to end of life care
• How to support a person’s familial, spiritual, social and emotional needs
• How to confront issues of death and bereavement.

This qualification is intended for those who work in the Health and Social Care sector whose role includes caring for those who have a life-limiting illness. This qualification is suitable for learners aged 16 and above.

NCFE CACHE Certificate in Understanding the Care and Management of Diabetes

About this qualification

The objectives of this qualification are to gain knowledge and understanding of diabetes, including:

• The types, causes, signs and symptoms of diabetes anatomy and physiology
• The impact of diabetes on individuals, others and society
• The treatment and management of diabetes
• Common complications of diabetes.

Learners will develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of diabetes, which could support progression onto appropriate qualifications, and into relevant employment, in the health and social care sector.

NCFE CACHE Certificate in Understanding Mental Health

About this qualification

This qualification is designed to increase learners’ knowledge and understanding of mental health and mental well-being. Successful completion of the required units will allow the learner to develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of mental health. It will also support learner progression into relevant employment within the health and social care sector.

Learners will focus on the study of mental health and mental well-being to support different occupational areas and offer breadth and depth of study, incorporating a key core of knowledge and understanding.

NCFE CACHE Certificate in Understanding the Principles of Dementia Care

About this qualification

This qualification enables learners to develop knowledge and understanding of caring for individuals with dementia. Successful completion of the units will allow learners to develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of dementia and its effects.

The objectives of this qualification are to enable learners to understand:

• Types of dementia and the importance of early diagnosis
• Person-centred approaches in dementia care
• The role of communication, interaction and inclusion in dementia care and support
• The use of medication to support individuals with dementia.

Courses Starting from September 2021

Please note that funding for these courses is yet to be announced by the Government, therefore, may be subject to change.

CMI Diploma in Principles of Management and Leadership

About this qualification

This qualification is aimed at practising or aspiring managers who supervise or manage a team, or project officer and shift manager to achieve clearly-defined outcomes.

You will learn how managers monitor goals and objectives by providing instruction, direction and guidance. Day to day operational and project activities are a key part of their role.

City & Guilds Certificate Assessing Vocational Achievement

About this qualification

This qualification is intended for those who assess both occupational competence in the work environment and vocational skills, knowledge and understanding in a workshop, classroom or other training environments.

EAL Diploma In Engineering Technologies

About this qualification

This course is specifically designed for learners undertaking specific pathways within an advanced Apprenticeship or 16-19 year old learners in full time education who are interested in pursuing a career in the engineering sector, including occupations and job roles such as maintenance engineer, mechanical engineer, welder and/or fabricator, and electrical and/or electronic engineer.

The qualification may also be suitable for other learners, including adults, who are interested in engineering technology and/or are considering a career change.

Highfield Diploma in Warehousing and Storage (RQF)

About this qualification

This qualification is aimed at individuals who would like to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to operate within a supervisory role in a warehousing environment. It forms the combined competency and knowledge component of the SASE Advanced Apprenticeship in Warehousing and Storage (England).

NCFE CACHE Certificate in Coding Practices

About this qualification

This qualification is designed for learners who are working or would like to work in coding. It is ideal for those who want to consolidate their existing knowledge and learn practical skills which can be used to assist in seeking employment in coding or to progress into further study

NCFE CACHE Diploma in Counselling Skills

About this qualification

This qualification is ideal for those seeking to enhance their functional role through the use of counselling skills. Learners will gain an understanding of a range of counselling skills and have the opportunity to examine some of the various schools of thought/theoretical models associated with them.

This qualification does not qualify learners to practise as a counsellor.

NCFE CACHE Certificate in Cyber Security Practices

About this qualification

The purpose of the Level 3 Certificate in Cyber Security Practices is to provide learners with sector awareness. It will provide the learner with a chance to develop knowledge and skills relating to cyber security practices with the view to seeking employment or proceeding to further study in this area.

Who is this suitable for?

Those looking to consolidate their knowledge of Cyber Security and learn practical skills which can be used to seek work or proceed into study at Level 4.

NOCN_Cskills Awards NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations

About this qualification

The Level 3 Diploma in Site Carpentry qualification has been developed for achievement in a training environment which means you do not need to be employed to undertake this qualification.

This qualification enables you, the learner, to demonstrate and recognise your skills, knowledge and understanding so you can work as a Site Carpenter within the construction industry.

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma in Engineering

About this qualification

This qualification extends and deepens the specialist work-related focus from the BTEC Level 3 Diploma. There is potential for the qualification to prepare learners for appropriate direct employment in the vocational sector and it is suitable for those who have decided that they clearly wish to enter a particular specialist area of work.

Some learners may wish to gain the qualification in order to enter a specialist area of employment or to
progress to a higher education foundation degree, HND or other professional development programme.

Pearson BTEC Certificate for Managers

About this qualification

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 Certificate for Managers is designed to support the off-the job training and development of learners on the TeamLeader/Supervisor apprenticeship programme by helping them to develop and apply the technical and behavioural knowledge and understanding required to become competent and successful in a first line management job role.

It is also suitable for those who may or may not be in employment, wanting to develop technical knowledge to prepare for employment or progress their career by achieving a recognised qualification based on current employer recognised standards.

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