Whether you’re looking for a new job or hoping to take a step up where you work, adding a digital qualification to your CV is sure to help you reach your goal.

The BCS Level 3 Certificate in IT User Skills allows you to build on your existing digital knowledge and become an expert user of the software applications that are essential in every business today.

And thanks to the Government’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee, you can now gain this qualification for FREE - with full funding available for anyone who doesn’t already hold an A-level or other full level 3 qualification.

Get the digital credentials you need to open new doors in your career and start applying with confidence for those vacancies that ask for “A-level or equivalent qualifications”.


The workplace is changing - are you?

Be the Office expert employers need and get qualified for free - learn more by watching the video below.

Other reasons to take this course

Train for free at one of our BCS-approved and regulated training centres, located across the UK

Gain 24 UCAS points to put towards university entry and other higher education routes

Discover ways to work more effectively and productively with the IT software that you use every day

Once qualified, you’re eligible to apply for discounted BCS membership (and BCS letters after your name!)

Find a BCS training centre

Contact your nearest BCS centre to ask about funded digital qualifications from BCS.

A closer look at the BCS Level 3 Certificate in IT User Skills

Who is it for?

  • Anyone who uses digital applications in their day-to-day role
  • Employees looking to become a cross-departmental expert
  • Job seekers and people returning to the workplace after time away
  • Learners who want to progress from level 2 qualifications like ICDL
  • Adults who live and work in the UK

What's covered?

  • Word processing
  • Presentation software
  • Spreadsheets
  • Databases
  • Productivity in IT

Are there any entry requirements?

No, anyone can take this qualification but ideally you’ll have prior experience working with digital office applications.


Am I eligible for funding?

Aged 24 and over: as long as you don’t already hold a full level 3 qualification, you’ll receive full funding from the Government under their Lifetime Skills Guarantee - announced by the Prime Minister in September 2020, effective since April 2021 and received through the National Skills Fund.

Aged 19 to 23: you’ll receive full funding for your first full level 3 qualification from the Adult Education Budget, and for any additional qualifications made available through this offer.

Full funding means that your training and qualification won’t cost you a penny. All you need to do is contact your local BCS centre and ask about funded digital qualifications from BCS.

More FAQs

Where can I train for this qualification?

Find a BCS training centre to locate your nearest BCS approved centre and contact them for more information about the BCS Level 3 Certificate in IT User Skills (ICDL Advanced).

How long does it take to complete?

The number of guided learning hours recommended for this qualification is 179. Your local training centre will be able to tell you more about their learning programme.

Can I study for the qualification at home?

Learning resources and assessments are available online so yes, it is possible to take this qualification remotely. Your local training centre will be able to give you more information about your options.

Is there any cost involved?

As long as you meet the funding criteria under the Government’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee, your training course and qualification will be completely free. Other funding routes are also available in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Ask your local BCS training centre for the details.

Will I receive a certificate?

Yes, on successful completion of the training and qualification, you’ll receive an Ofqual-regulated level 3 certificate from the awarding organisation - that’s us, BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.

Will else happens after I qualify?

You become eligible to apply for BCS Associate membership, at a reduced rate. As an Associate member you’ll receive industry recognition with the letters AMBCS after your name and access to a wealth of career resources. These include our online career hub with CV checker, interview simulator, personal assessments and soft skills e-learning plus networking and industry events, all paving the way for your progression within the digital industry.

What if there isn’t a training provider in my area who offers this qualification?

If you’re unable to find a local training provider delivering this qualification, please let us know by completing this short form. If there’s sufficient interest to enable us to run the course locally to you, we’ll be in touch to let you know.

Ready to find out more?

Contact a BCS training centre and ask for 'funded digital qualifications from BCS'. Give yourself a head-start in the workplace with qualifications from BCS, the trusted specialist in digital learning and the professional body for the IT industry.