National Skills Fund/Skills for Life

In 2021, the Government’s National Skills Fund announced new funding for adult learners, offering you the opportunity to train and gain valuable skills to improve your job prospects – for FREE!

Any adult aged 24 and over who wants to achieve their first full Level 3 qualification (equivalent to an advanced technical certificate or diploma or 2 full A levels) is able to access a selection of fully-funded courses.

From April 2022, these courses will also be available to adults who are unemployed or earning below the National Living Wage annually (£18,525), even if you already have a Level 3 qualification or higher.

New College offers a range of qualifications in key sectors to help adults improve their job prospects. Some are available as part-time evening qualifications, whilst others are available as daytime infill (where adults join an existing class of young people). Courses start in September.

For guidance, in September 2021, we offered the courses listed below as part of this scheme. Further information on relevant courses for September 2022 start will be announced shortly.


AAT Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping Level 3 • AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting Level 3 • Diploma in Team Management Level 3 • Certificate in Networking and Cyber Security Level 3 • Certificate in Systems Infrastructure Level 3 • Certificate in IT User Skills Level 3 • A Level Accounting • A Level Business • A Level Computer Science • BTEC National Diploma in Computing for Creative Industries Level 3

CONSTRUCTION - NOCN_Cskills Awards Diploma in Bricklaying (Construction) Level 3 • NOCN_Cskills Awards Diploma in Site Carpentry (Construction) Level 3 • NOCN_Cskills Awards Diploma in Bench Joinery (Construction) Level 3

CHILDCARE, EDUCATION, HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE AND PUBLIC SERVICES - NCFE Cache Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) Level 3 • Early Years Educator NVQ Level 3 • NCFE Cache Diploma in Healthcare Support Level 3 (usually £2225) • NCFE Cache Certificate in Understanding Mental Health Level 3 • NCFE Cache Diploma in Understanding the Principles of Dementia Care Level 3 • BTEC Certificate in Public Services level 3 • Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement Level 3 • BTCE National Diploma in Children's Play, Learning and Development

HOSPITALITY AND CATERING - VTCT Diploma in Advanced Professional Cookery Level 3

SCIENCE AND MATHS • A Level Maths • A Level Biology • A level Chemistry • A level Further Maths • A Level Physics

If you would like to know more about the National Skills Fund and register your interest, please email: or call: 01793 611470.