Free Level 3 Qualifications

Whether you’re looking to progress in your current industry or want to try something new, building on your existing strengths with a free qualification can help you on the path to a better job.

Start a new path to a job you love

If you’re aged 19 or over, you could access a level 3 qualification for free.

This is part of the support available from the government to help you gain the skills you need to get the job you want – whatever your stage of life.

A level 3 qualification is equivalent to an advanced technical certificate or diploma, or A levels. If you’re eligible, you will not have to pay course fees.  You will only pay a £30 college membership fee.

Courses link to a large range of sectors, including accounting, health and social care, education, early years, management and more. Gaining a level 3 qualification could boost your income by 16% and help you stand out to employers.

  • gain skills that employers value
  • improve your job prospects
  • earn a higher wage
  • Available to

    You can get a free level 3 qualification if you meet any of the following criteria:

    • are 19 or over and do not already have a level 3 qualification
    • already have a level 3 qualification or higher but earn below the National Living Wage annually (£20,319 from April 2023)
    • already have a level 3 qualification or higher but are unemployed
  • Duration

    Courses vary from a few weeks to a year

  • Age restriction


  • Course type

    Classroom-based or online

  • Cost


  • How to apply

    Explore our courses below to find the right one for you