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Harlow College is launching a range of FREE courses to eligible adults aged 19 and over who are looking to achieve their first full Level 3 qualification. A Level 3 qualification is equivalent to either an advanced technical certificate, diploma or 2 full A Levels.

The Level 3 adult offer is part of the government’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee, a new initiative designed to help adults to train and gain the valuable skills they need to improve their job and career prospects, effectively future proofing their careers.

How old do I need to be?

To apply for the courses you need to be aged 19+

To receive full funding you need to be aged 24 and over, and have not achieved a full Level 3 qualification or equivalent.

If you are 19-23 you will continue to be eligible to study for your first full Level 3 or Level 2 qualification for free through the adult education budget as long as you meet the eligibility criteria.

How do I know if I already have a Level 3 Qualification?

A Level 3 qualification is equivalent to either an advanced technical certificate, diploma or 2 full A levels. If you’re not sure, please speak with our friendly Admissions Team.

How much do the courses cost?

The courses are completely free and paid for by the new National Skills Fund if you meet the eligibility criteria.

AAT Level 3 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 learning with face-to-face lessons in the classroom. 

This Level 3 course is part of the National Skills Fund initiative and is fully funded for eligible learners. Alternatively, you can apply for an advanced learner loan to cover the cost of studying this course. Please ask a member of college staff for more information.

Please note: classroom attendance is weekly, every Thursday.

Carpentry & Joinery Diploma

This course is for anyone who is looking to work in the construction sector as a site carpenter.  The course will equip you with the basic skills needed to become a carpenter and will aid your progression at work or onto a higher level course.

Coaching and Mentoring Level 3 Certificate

This Level 3 qualification is designed to provide learners with the skills and knowledge to be able to appropriately coach and mentor other learners.

The qualification strengthens the employability of learners, and can, if already employed, lead to internal advancement or provide an entry point to new training/coaching roles.

Learners would typically be employed as Trainer/Assessors, Coaches and Tutors.

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  • Level: 3
  • Study Mode: Part-time
  • Start Date: Thursday, 15 December 2022

Counselling – Level 3

This course is now full. Please email   if you would like to be added to a waiting list.

After successfully completing this course, you will have worthwhile and sought-after skills and knowledge that mean many different career paths are open to you.

This course enables you to become a qualified counsellor by enrolling on a Level 4 counselling qualification.

Digital Media Skills for Business and Industry Level 2

The course aims to help kickstart creative ideas and passions into viable business concept. Developing confidence, creative and business skills to open the doors to a new career. You will be encouraged to reflect on your own personal experience as part of the course through a weekly Vlog. The skills learnt are transferable to any but are particularly useful in promoting an entrepreneurial venture.

Early Years Workforce – Adult Course Level 3

This course will enable you to gain a foundational knowledge of childcare in the classroom. Working alongside others from a variety of early year settings learning about the value of play, child development, partnership with parents and building relationships with children. Opportunities to network with others and share good practice of your workplace and take part in college activities developing skills in ICT, English & Maths.

Electric/Hybrid Vehicle Routine Maintenance

This Course is for individuals who have an interest in gaining the knowledge to work safely when carrying out routine maintenance activities on Electric/Hybrid vehicles.

It is therefore designed for those people who may encounter electric/hybrid vehicles within a routine maintenance situation. It also contains the knowledge and skills required to work safely around a vehicle that may have had damage to its high energy/electrical system.

This Award sized qualification offers an introduction to this specialised industry sector which in addition to complimenting their current industry qualifications and experience.

General patisserie and Confectionery Certificate

The Patisserie and Confectionery Certificate is ideal for those looking to become professional pastry chefs, those wishing to develop patisserie skills to a professional standard, for individuals who enjoy this area of cookery as a hobby and for those employees looking to further their knowledge and skills in this area.

LED Gel Polish Level 2 Award

The VTCT Level 2 Award in LED Gel Polish Techniques is a single unit award qualification about applying, maintaining and removing LED gel polish products to the nails.

This qualification also covers the skills and knowledge required to prepare for the service and maintain effective health, safety and hygiene working practices throughout the treatment.

Nail Treatments Level 1 Award

The VTCT Level 1 Award in Nail Treatments is a qualification that has been specifically designed to develop your practical skills in; how to provide basic manicure and pedicure treatments.
Underpinning this qualification you will develop a sound knowledge of health and safety practices in a salon environment, along with client care and communication skills required for working within the beauty sector. You will also develop an underpinning knowledge and understanding of the practical skills learned throughout this qualification.

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  • Level: 3
  • Study Mode: Part-time
  • Start Date: Friday, 11 November 2022 | Friday, 24 February 2023

TAQA Level 3 Certificate In Assessing Vocational Achievement

For teachers, trainers or assessors who assess the demonstration of competence in both the workplace and classroom environments, using a variety of assessment methods. This certificate consists of 3 Units (1 x knowledge-based unit and 2 x performance-based unit).

Claim your free £1000 training voucher

If you are 19+ and living or working in Harlow, you can claim a £1000 training voucher to contribute towards the cost of an eligible part-time course. 

Click here to request at Adult Information, Advice and Guidance Appointment to claim your training voucher.

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