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Free Level 3 Qualifications for Adults

National Skills Fund

North Shropshire College is offering a number of courses to adults for FREE, as part of a government scheme. It will give you the opportunity to train and gain valuable in-demand skills to help shape your future.

Launched on 1st April 2021, the National Skills Fund investments will help adults to gain the skills that are sought by employers. This will help support economic recovery and help you improve your job prospects.


The courses are open to adults aged 19 over who are either in work, self-employed, unemployed or returning to work after a break.

Adults in England have the chance to access their first level 3 qualification for free. There are over 400 qualifications available in areas such as engineering, social care, and accounting.

This offer is also available to adults in England who earn less than the National Living Wage annually (£18,525) or who are unemployed. This is regardless of their prior qualification level.

Apply now for September 2022

Courses available:

Level 3 Advance Technical Diploma in Plumbing Studies 

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Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Professional Cookery

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Level 3 Diploma for Entry to the Uniformed Services

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Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education

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Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Business 

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Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Applied Science

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Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Agriculture

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If you would like to know more about the National Skills Fund, email or call 0800 440 2281.