National Skills Fund

National Skills Fund

National Skills Fund Overview

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 our suite of funded level 3 courses listed below.

This offer is part of the government’s Plan for Jobs. It represents a long-term commitment to remove the age constraints and financial barriers for adults looking for their first level 3 qualification so that they can access training to enable them to progress.

Available National Skills Fund courses

AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting (Online and On Campus)

This AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) advanced level course is a mid-level accounting qualification, ideal for anyone who is looking to advance their existing knowledge of accounting. This flexible course is delivered in partnership with Mindful Education, and combines online...

Agriculture (Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma) - Suffolk Rural (Otley)

This course is based at our Suffolk Rural (Otley) campus. This course carries the same UCAS points weighting and is equivalent to studying 3 A Levels. We have developed a new approach to training the farmers of the future and we...

Arboriculture (Forestry and Tree Care) (City and Guilds Level 3 Technical Diploma) - Suffolk Rural (Otley)

This course is based at our Suffolk Rural (Otley) campus. This qualification is designed to develop a higher understanding of Arboriculture and Forestry, and is the equivalent to 3 A Levels and on successful completion of your qualification you will receive...

Bookkeeping (AAT Level 3)

A course for people who have completed their level 2 AAT qualification or are experienced bookkeepers. For people who would like a career as a bookkeeper or to develop their skills

Bricklaying (Advanced / Level 3)

Learn the techniques used in modern building methods that will prepare you for working as a skilled bricklayer. The learners will learn about complex work such as decorative brick patterns, angled brickwork,chimney stacks and fireplaces. All teaching will take...

Business (BTEC Level 3)

This course is based at our Ipswich campus. This course aims to provide students with a qualification in order to enter a specialist area of employment, or to progress onto Higher Education. You will study a range of units, including...

Early Years Workforce (NCFE/CACHE Level 3 Diploma)

This course is based at our Ipswich campus. This qualification is designed to build the knowledge and skills needed when working with children and young people at an unsupervised level, in a diverse range of job roles, within early learning...

Engineering - Fabrication and Welding Technology (Advanced / Level 3)

This study programme gives you specialist knowledge and understanding of welding and fabrication techniques used within the engineering sector at this level. Carrying out practical activities in a realistic workshop environment, you will develop a range of complex welding and...

Engineering - Manufacturing Technology - (Level 3)

This course is based at our Ipswich campus. This study programme is aimed at giving students a wider view of the sector, which can include elements of mechanical, electrical and manufacturing engineering. This specialism allows students to focus on specific...

Entry to the Uniformed Services (Level 3)

This course is based at our Ipswich campus. The Extended Diploma is designed to give you the skills, knowledge, and understanding of a wide range of occupational roles undertaken in the Public Services (uniformed) e.g. Police, Military, Fire Service,...

Hospitality Supervision and Leadership (Level 3 NVQ Diploma)

This qualification gives you greater flexibility when studying and allows you to transfer credits across qualifications. You will be awarded credits for each unit you complete. For the Diploma in Hospitality Supervision and Leadership you will learn and be observed...

Landscape Construction (Level 3 Certificate) - Suffolk Rural (Otley)

This course is based at our Suffolk Rural (Otley) campus. This qualification has been designed for those who would like to work as landscapers and is intended to meet industry needs for professional hard landscapers who understand the needs of...

Motor Vehicle - Light Vehicle (Advanced / Level 3) - Suffolk Rural (Otley)

This course is based at our Suffolk Rural (Otley) campus. The study programme has been designed to develop the advanced skills required for technicians working in the motor vehicle maintenance and repair industry. This programme combines the theoretical knowledge and...

Pearson BTEC Level 3 Certificate in Information Technology

This course is the equivalent of half an A-Level and is designed to give adult learners their initial steps into HE Education, and support those returning after a break in learning. It will also help learners develop their skills in...

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Information Technology

This course is the equivalent one A-Level and is designed to give adult learners their initial steps into HE Education, and support those returning after a break in learning. It will also help learners develop their skills in Social Media...

Professional Cookery (Level 3 NVQ Diploma)

This course is based at our Ipswich campus. This study programme is designed to build on existing culinary skills that you will already have developed at level 2, and will involve you in active and busy production kitchens in our fantastic...

Professional Patisserie and Confectionery (Level 3 Diploma)

This course is based at our Ipswich campus. This study programme is for you if you have a true love and passion for baking. You will work alongside our experienced chefs who will show you how to develop skills to...

Site Carpentry (Advanced / Level 3) - Suffolk Rural (Otley)

This course is based at our Suffolk Rural (Otley) campus. The course contains a mixture of both practical and theory. The aim of the course is to give you an understanding of site carpentry including; health and safety, floors, roofs,...