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NCC Education Level 3 Diploma in Computing is FREE under the Lifetime Skills Guarantee

The Level 3 Diploma in Computing is available for ‘FREE’ to learners under the UK government’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee

We are pleased to announce that the NCC Education Level 3 Diploma in Computing is available for ‘FREE’ to learners under the UK government’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee.

Please note: This initiative is only open to learners in the UK, who should contact their training provider for more information. We invite any college or training provider approved to offer Level 3 qualifications to contact us at NCC Education for more information.

This initiative was announced by the Prime Minister in September 2020 and the aim is to transform the skills system and to address the skills gap in the UK workforce.

The NCC Education Level 3 Diploma in Computing (RQF) is a 60-credit programme with a Total Qualification Time of 600 hours (with 305 hours of guided learning), and therefore can be delivered within one semester either online or within the classroom.

It is an Applied General Qualification that allows candidates to demonstrate key transferable study skills, mathematical competency and applied cultural understanding, especially in the areas of digital culture, as well as an understanding of the essential concepts of computer programming.

Whilst the award has no entry requirements, it opens up opportunities to access a range of higher education courses or go onto employment.

Examples of higher education opportunities include, but are not limited to, progressing to university degrees in Software Engineering or Computer Science, Computer Networking Systems, Digital Media Technology, Computer Forensics and Security.

The University of Bangor and Liverpool Hope University both accept students from this programme as an example.

Potential employment opportunities include roles such as, IT Helpdesk Professional, Data Entry Clerk, IT Support Technician and Computer Service and Repair Technician.

Learners on this award will study and be assessed in five core units:

  • Study and Communication Skills (20 credits)– equips students with the essential study skills needed to succeed at university level.

They will learn the basic skills necessary to conduct independent research, write academic papers, give formal and oral presentations and apply what has been taught during lectures.

  • Culture Studies (10 credits) –enables students to gain awareness and increased understanding of other cultures and their own alongside the impact of a more digitised world on those cultures.

Students will be able to apply their understanding of culture to other aspects of their course and to their plans for further study and work. The course will, in part, help prepare students for studying and/or working abroad or working for multi-national companies in our highly interconnected, digitised world.

  • Introduction to Computer Science(10 credits) – provides a basic introduction to a range of IT topics, including organisation of a computer system, the relationship between hardware and software, applications of computers, databases, networking (with a focus on the Internet), graphics and multimedia.
  • Introduction to Programming(10 credits) – exposes students to extensive practical use of the modern programming language Visual Basic to illustrate the classic programming principles of sequencing, selection and iteration, in the context of object-oriented computer programming.
  • Foundation Mathematics (10 credits)– This module builds upon students’ knowledge of mathematics, whilst introducing new topics appropriate across a range of academic disciplines and for their future careers.

NCC Education is regulated by Ofqual (Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation) to award the Level 3 Diploma in Computing in England. Ofqual Qualification reference number 600/6407/9.


For more information in the first instance, please contact:

Andrew Rennie


Rebecca Cornes