Level 3 courses

Thinking about studying at Level 3?

This qualification level is equivalent to A levels and recognises the ability to gain, and where relevant, apply a range of knowledge, skills and understanding to meet employer workforce demands.


A Level 3 award, certificate or diploma is a stepping stone where people can move into higher education, become self-employed, be promoted in their work or achieve professional competence to supervise and train others in their field of work.

What do we offer at Level 3?

Diploma in Business & Administration

The qualification is designed to reflect the work of administration staff across a wide range of industries and types of organisations and is for those who currently negotiate, supervise, manage and contribute to the running of an office.

Diploma in Counselling Skills

This qualification is ideal for those seeking to enhance their functional role through the use of counselling skills. Learners will gain an understanding of a range of counselling skills and have the opportunity to examine some of the various schools of thought/theoretical models associated with them.

Diploma in Customer Service

This is a blended learning course where you will demonstrate your understanding or experience of, the impact of improvements in customer service, impression and image, handling problems and development and improvement.

Diploma in Children's Learning and Development Early Years Educator (EYE)

This qualification prepares learners to know, understand and be able to become Early Years Educators (EYE), enabling them to work with children up to age five in the Early Years Foundation Stage and to gain an understanding of child development from five to seven years.

Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools

You will learn about the requirements needed to work in a school setting. This will include health and safety, equality, diversity and inclusion, communication skills, professional development, supporting a learning activity and legislation and laws.

Award in Education and Training

This qualification provides an introduction to teaching adults. It meets the needs of a range of trainee teachers. Topics include roles and responsibilities, assessment and understanding and using inclusive teaching and learning approaches. You will plan and carry out an observed microteaching session. This award is offered at Level 3 with progression to the Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training and the Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training.

iTQ Advanced Certificate in IT User Skills (ECDL)

This qualification recognises the application of a range of IT user skills and knowledge in the workplace, meeting employer workforce demands. ITQ is a combination qualification, which builds on existing knowledge of key software applications including word processing, spreadsheets, presentations and databases.

Certificate in Text Processing (Business Professional)

This qualification is for anyone wishing to gain a recognised certificate in text processing and keyboard skills. It will further develop their knowledge and expertise in this area in preparation for employment in senior job roles.

For further information see our course search (opens in a new window), email: workplacelearning@derbyshire.gov.uk or call 01629 536568

Advanced Learning Loans

An Advanced Learning Loan is available only for certificates and diplomas. Currently, if you're 24* or older, and want to study at level 3 or above, rather than giving the funding directly to the provider you can apply for a Student Loan to help with the costs of your chosen course. Loans have to be paid back but repayments don't start until April 2016 and you won't have to pay anything back until you earn more than £21,000 a year. The loan doesn't depend on your income and there are no credit checks. If you would like more information on applying for a loan, please visit the Student Loans Company (opens in a new window).

*This is being expanded in 2016/17 and the loans will be available for those aged 19+ to study at Levels 3-6.