Free Courses for Jobs

If you are over 19, you could access a Level 3 (A-Level or Advanced Technical Certificate equivalent) course for FREE. The Government 'Free Courses for Jobs' scheme will pay your fees if you are eligible, and this could gain you new skills desired by employers, a higher wage or increased job prospects.

Below is a list of some of the useful course options available to you at Shipley College, all of which are in sectors that are actively looking for new entrants. They include fast track careers in Rail, courses in the sought-after areas of counselling, care and mental health, and modern technical qualifications in ever-growing areas like Cyber Security and Software Development. Most of these courses are over several months and are worth anywhere between £800 and £7000.

You can check whether your course will be FREE by calling Student Services or checking the government website - generally it will if you are over 19 and this is your first level 3 qualification, if you already have a Level 3 qualification but your annual gross earnings are less than £21,255 (£18,525 annually if not from an eligible regional postcode), or if you are unemployed. There have also been changes to the Government’s National Skills Fund that means more people than ever can qualify for free courses. There is also support through the Learner Support Fund if you are 19+ to help with the cost of course fees, equipment, travel, and childcare.

For further information please contact Student Services on 01274 327281 or email  



Understanding Mental Health Level 3

The mental health crisis is becoming increasingly prevalent in the UK, with 1 in 4 adults experiencing a mental health problem every year. The Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Mental Health is designed to provide a greater awareness of mental health issues and the importance of mental well-being.

Understanding Autism Level 3

Do you support people with autism? Develop your understanding of the challenges faced by people with autism and learn how to address the their specific needs. Ideal whether you are working in statutory, private or voluntary services as it covers a diverse range of job roles and occupational areas providing support to people with autism.

Principles of End of Life Care NCFE CACHE Level 3

End of life care provides support for people approaching death, enabling them to live their lives as well as possible until they pass away. The level 3 Certificate in the Principles of End of Life Care can give you the knowledge and understanding needed to care for patients approaching the end of their lives. It covers a wide range of care settings, including hospices, care homes, care in the community and primary care. You will look at the common questions and themes in end of life care and gain an understanding of how to support a person’s familial, spiritual, social and emotional needs.

Rail Engineering Level 3

Every day over four million journeys are made across the 20,000 miles of track in England, Scotland and Wales. Britain has Europe’s fastest-growing railway and needs trained, hard-working individuals who are prepared to work round-the-clock to keep the system moving safely, reliably and efficiently. We work in partnership with YFL, Northern Rail and Network Rail to offer two pathways into the rail industry; one in Rail Engineering and the other in rail support roles.

Gateway Level 3 Certificate in Networking & Cybersecurity

This course is for anyone who is interested in a career in cybersecurity. By the end of the qualification you will have developed an understanding of project management, access control, data communications, ethical hacking, network management, network threats and vulnerabilities, and networking.

Gateway Level 3 Diploma in Software Development 

This course is for anyone keen to have a career in software development. It follows a blended model with the Coding Institute approved by Gateway, the Awarding Body. The course has been developed alongside consultants with years of industry knowledge. It will prepare you for employment within different roles in the digital and creative industries and in other industries that require specific digital and IT skills within software development. By the end of the course you will understand the principles of project management and the methodologies used by organisations to manage IT projects, be able to use project management to plan an IT project and be able to use project management software to monitor and review an IT project

Counselling Skills NCFE CACHE Level 3

This course is designed for those interested in using counselling skills as part of their functional role in a wide range of sector areas, or looking to progress towards accredited counsellor status with one of the counselling professional accrediting bodies. It will provide you with more in-depth knowledge of the use of counselling skills in everyday life and work, and the approaches that underpin the use of these skills. You study units in developing counselling skills, theoretical approaches in the use of counselling skills, working ethically with counselling skills, counselling skills & diversity, and counselling skills & personal development.

Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) Level 3 

This is ideal if you would like to work in the childcare sector with children and young people aged 0-5 years. It covers the skills required by an Early Years Educator. You will study topics such as, supporting healthy lifestyles through exercise, promote children’s emotional well being, support children’s transition to school and support children with additional needs. This will improve your employment prospects and enable you to work in a variety of childcare settings with children under 5 years old. 

Horticulture Level 3

This Level 3 qualification can be taken as a one year or two year course. In the first year you will complete the units you need to be awarded the Extended Certificate in Horticulture.  If you choose to return for a second year, you will complete a further five units leading to a National Diploma. You will learn how to identify, maintain & care for plants, propagation techniques, understand how plants grow and how to use tools & machinery.

Adult Care Level 3 Diploma

This is a recognised qualification for people working in the Health & Social Care sector. The course is ideal for an experienced care assistant with some supervisory responsibility. You learn safeguarding & protection, responsibilities of a care worker, communication, duty of care, how to handle information, personal development, equality and inclusion, health, safety, wellbeing and person-centred approaches. It will improve your employment prospects and enable you to work in a variety of Health & Social Care settings.

We also offer a range of Distance Learning courses, offering flexible start dates throughout the year. Find out more about our Distance Learning offering here.


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