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Lifetime Skills Guarantee

Free Level 3 Courses for Adults

The government has recently launched the Lifetime Skills Guarantee; a £95 million initiative backed by the National Skills Fund to provide an estimated 11 million adults the opportunity to gain a Level 3 qualification for free, to help them gain in-demand skills and secure employment opportunities.

Whether you're looking to start your career, progress further in your chosen role or even move into a completely new career, then these courses could offer a great pathway to exciting future prospects.

The Lifetime Skills Guarantee aims to transform the skills system so everyone can gain the skills they need to progress in work at any stage of their lives. It will also ensure employers have access to the skilled workforce they need and to bridge the skills gaps in a range of industries now and in the future.


We are delighted to offer a selection of Level 3 qualifications as part of this initiative. Browse our courses below and take advantage of this great opportunity.

Course List

  • AAT Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping

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    This course is designed to equip you with the essential knowledge and expertise needed to thrive in the world of accounting. You will develop key double-entry manual bookkeeping skills, prepare financial statements for different types of businesses incorporating year-end adjustments and understanding how the VAT system operates.

    This qualification could support progression onto further study and employment opportunities within the finance sector.

  • Diploma for IT Users

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    This course will provide you with the essential knowledge and skills that could lead to further education in IT or related areas, as well as underpinning other educational sectors. You will get hands-on with contemporary ICT systems, and you could be assessed by a range of methods such as assignments, knowledge tests, portfolios and simulations.

    This qualification could support progression onto further study and employment opportunities within the field of computing and IT support.

  • Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring

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    This course covers the core skills, knowledge and understanding needed to support other learners in a coaching and mentoring capacity. You will learn about the mentoring practice, engage learners in the learning and development process and develop a range of coaching-related skills.

    This qualification could support progression onto further study and employment opportunities within coaching and mentoring that support and engage other learners.


All courses are subject to availability, eligibility and accessibility needs. You will not be guaranteed a place on a course until you have fully enrolled and received your Learning Agreement.

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