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Free Courses For Adults

We offer free, government-funded courses for adults, including Level 3 qualifications and courses to improve maths and numeracy

Free numeracy courses (distance learning)

Would you like to be better at using numbers? Improve your skills in budgeting and day-to-day money management? Able to help your children with their maths homework?

Read more about free numeracy courses here


If you’re aged 19 or over and don’t have maths GCSE at grade C (or equivalent), you can take free numeracy courses through Skills for Life’s Multiply, a new government-funded programme.

The courses can help you:

  • build confidence with numbers
  • keep pace with the job market or access promotion opportunities
  • budget better
  •  support your children with maths
  • get a qualification or prepare for further study

How are your number skills?

Check them with this quick numeracy test on the Skills for Life website.

There are three courses available. Each is made up of several modules. Use the links to find out more.

Increase confidence in everyday money handling and dealing with payslips and bills.

A stepping-stone maths qualification that will help you to progress to further qualifications, e.g. Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths or GCSE.

A course to help you support your children’s learning. You’ll be taken through the maths curriculum being used in schools today, covering everything from algebra to fractions.

All courses are:

  • studied online, by distance learning
  • suitable for beginners and improvers
  • developed and auto-marked by subject experts

The courses have no formal assessments. You will receive an e-certificate on completion.

Find out more

Email for further information.

Free Level 3 Qualifications for Adults (National Skills Fund)

Herefordshire & Ludlow College is offering a number of Level 3 courses to adults for FREE, as part of a government scheme. These courses could help you improve your job prospects by gaining important skills that employers value.


The courses are open to adults aged 19 or over who are either in work, self-employed, unemployed or returning to work after a break.

They are also available to adults in England who earn less than the National Living Wage annually, or who are unemployed, regardless of prior qualification level.

Level 3 courses available

Level 3 Diploma in Counselling (Entry requirements – Level 1 & 2 in counselling)

Level 3 Diploma Food and Beverage Service Supervision

Level 3 Diploma Advanced Professional Cookery

Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Professional Cookery

Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Agriculture

Level 3 National Foundation Diploma Engineering (NQF)

Level 3 National Diploma in Engineering (Electrical/Electronic pathway)

Level 3 National Diploma in Engineering (Manufacturing Pathway)

Level 3 Diploma Light Vehicle Maintenance

Level 3 Diploma in Brickwork

Level 3 Diploma Site Carpentry

Level 3 Diploma Furniture Design & Making (QCF)


If you would like to know more about the National Skills Fund, email or call 0800 032 1986.

Male teachers and students engaged in conversation at Herefordshire College