Free Level 3 Courses

Adults under 24 years old that meet the criteria below can enrol for free on a small number of courses that qualify for full Government funding under the "Legal entitlement to level 3 funding" scheme. 

For these funded courses you will need to do a pre-course assessment to make sure that the course is the right level for you.

To study for free you must also meet the criteria below.

If you are not sure which criteria apply to your course please check the course outline or call 020 3871 3111.

Browse and apply for Free Level 3 courses

These courses are free if you are:

Aged 19 to 23

To study here in 2023/24 you need to be 19 years or older on 31st August 2023 and you must be under 24 on the start date of your course.  

Assessed at the right level for the course

You must not have a Level 3 qualification. We will check this when you apply. 

  Complete an online assessment on the course webpage.

Or contact Access to HE
  Email: accesstohe@citylit.ac.uk

Living in London (or certain other areas of the UK)

Your address must be in London (or certain other areas of England).
We will check your postcode when you enrol.

Permitted to live in the UK
If you live in London
Residency status You need to show us

You are one of the following: 

  • UK national,
  • EEA / Swiss national with pre-settled status,
  • EEA / Swiss national with settled status,
  • Irish citizen ordinarily resident in UK/Ireland.
No evidence

You are a permanent resident in England with one of the following residency statuses:

  • Refugee Status
  • Discretionary Leave to Enter or Remain
  • Exceptional Leave to Enter or Remain
  • Indefinite Leave to Enter or Remain
  • Humanitarian Protection
  • Leave Outside the Rules
  • Ukraine Family Scheme
  • Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme (Homes for Ukraine)
  • Ukraine Extension Scheme
  • Afghans eligible under the Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy (formerly known as Locally Engaged Staff under the intimidation policy

One of the following:

 Certificate of entitlement to the right of abode

 Indefinite leave to remain (ILR) stamps and vignettes

 Biometric residence permit (BRP)

 Home Office travel documents

 Passport Stamp/Sticker - CAT D vignettes

Examples of evidence: Guidance on examining identity documents (accessible) - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Do not send password protected documents.
Send only -PDF,-JPG,-DOC (.DOCX) files.

Send us your evidence

You are any Asylum Seeker and one of these is true:

  • You have lived in the UK for six months or longer while your claim is being considered by the Home Office, and no decision has been made
  • You have been refused Asylum and have appealed against a decision and no decision has been made within six months of lodging the appeal
  • You have been granted permission by the UK Government to support yourself or are receiving local authority support

Recently arrived Asylum Seekers can contact us about how to study at City Lit
  Email: universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk
  Phone: 020 4582 0423

One of the following:

 Application registration cards (ARCs)

 Home Office Documents

Examples of evidence: Guidance on examining identity documents (accessible) - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Do not send password protected documents.
Send only -PDF,-JPG,-DOC (.DOCX) files.

Send us your evidence
You have another immigration status and you have permission to live in the UK for 1 year from your course start date.

  Call: 020 3871 3111
Monday to Friday 12:00-18:00

Examples of evidence: Guidance on examining identity documents (accessible) - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

 

If you live in certain other areas of the UK
Residency status You need to show us

You are one of the following: 

  • UK national, 
  • EEA / Swiss national with pre-settled status, 
  • EEA / Swiss national with settled status, 
  • Irish citizen ordinarily resident in UK/Ireland. 

AND

You have lived in the UK/EEA/British Overseas Territories or the Crown Dependencies for the last 3 years.

No evidence

You are a permanent resident in England with one of the following residency statuses:

  • Refugee Status
  • Discretionary Leave to Enter or Remain
  • Exceptional Leave to Enter or Remain
  • Indefinite Leave to Enter or Remain
  • Humanitarian Protection
  • Leave Outside the Rules
  • Ukraine Family Scheme
  • Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme (Homes for Ukraine)
  • Ukraine Extension Scheme
  • Afghans eligible under the Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy (formerly known as Locally Engaged Staff under the intimidation policy

One of the following:

 Certificate of entitlement to the right of abode

 Indefinite leave to remain (ILR) stamps and vignettes

 Biometric residence permit (BRP)

 Home Office travel documents

 Passport Stamp/Sticker - CAT D vignettes

Examples of evidence: Guidance on examining identity documents (accessible) - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Do not send password protected documents.
Send only -PDF,-JPG,-DOC (.DOCX) files.

Send us your evidence

You have another immigration status and you have lived in the UK/EEA/British Overseas Territories or the Crown Dependencies for the last 3 years from your course start date.

  Call: 020 3871 3111
Monday to Friday 12:00-18:00

Examples of evidence: Guidance on examining identity documents (accessible) - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Have a different residency status?
 Contact us online 
  Phone: 020 3871 3111
Monday to Friday 12:00-18:00

Still have questions?

Contact Us
Or call Student Services on 020 3871 3111
Monday to Friday 12:00-18:00.
 

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