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Free Level 3 qualifications for adults

Scale up your training provision for adult learners


Free level 3 qualifications for adults

Any adult aged 19 and over, who does not already have a level 3 qualification (equivalent to an advanced technical certificate or diploma, or A levels) or higher, can access fully funded level 3 courses.

In addition, any adult in England earning under the National Living Wage annually (£18,525) will also be able to access these qualifications for free, regardless of their prior qualification level.

This offer is part of the government’s long-term commitment to help everyone gain skills for life. Courses are available in a variety of lengths, to support adults to get the skills they need to boost their careers.


Open College Network West Midlands' free Level 3 qualifications for adults

Why take advantage of these qualifications?

The benefits of delivering these qualifications for providers include:

  • Funding for the free level 3 qualifications will be routed via Mayoral Combined Authorities and the Greater London Authority for residents in those areas of England
  • Funding for the free level 3 qualifications for residents in all other areas of England will be routed via the Adult Education Budget and administered by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).
  • The qualifications will deliver skills in key sectors to match local labour market needs
  • The Government has provided an uplift of up to £600 per qualification (Guided Learning Hours dependant) delivered as part of this offer to support providers to scale up the delivery of their level 3 provision for adults.
  • There’s an opportunity to complement the level 3 adult offer via Skills Bootcamps - a free, flexible course of up to 16 weeks that gives people the opportunity to build up sector-specific skills and fast-track to an interview with a local employer.

Discover more about this scheme here

Delivering these qualifications in your Centre


For more information regarding any of these qualifications, please get in touch by either:

Already one of our approved accredited centres?

Creating a new course to add to your portfolio is a straight-forward process, your Business Development Manager will be very happy to help you, please get in touch - see contact details above.

Thinking of becoming one of our centres?

This is also a straight-forward supported process! You can find out more about us by:

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