Level 3 Qualifications with MAES

Higher level qualifications

Higher level qualifications

We offer level 3 and 4 courses in a range of areas including digital marketing, maths, teaching and training, and health and social care.

By studying a higher level course, you’ll open yourself up to a world of higher education and employment opportunities. Many of our courses including nationally recognised qualifications and are accepted by higher education institutions. If you’re already in employment, there’s opportunity for you to complement your current career with our professional development courses

How will I be taught?

We have a wide range of delivery models for our level 3 and level 4 courses. Some of these include classroom-based learning, online lessons, independent online study and sector related work placements.

You will need a smartphone, tablet, laptop or PC and a good internet connection to join the online sessions and/or access learning materials and resources between sessions. You will need access to a laptop or PC to complete assignments throughout the course.

Don’t worry if this is a new way of learning for you – our tutors will explain how online learning works and support you to do this. We also host Skill Up drop in workshops where you can brush up on your digital skills to help support your learning. 

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements vary for each of our courses.

You will be able to find more information about the requirements needed for your chosen course on the individual course web page.

If you would like to discuss these entry requirements further, you can contact our support team on 0161 291 6733, visit your local adult learning centre or email us at maes.info@manchester.gov.uk.

Level 3 and 4 courses

Select the course that you are interested in from the list below to find out more.

This course is an introductory qualification ideal for people who would like to work or volunteer as teachers, tutors and trainers in adult and community learning, further education and/or work-based training.

View more details about Level 3 Award in Education and Training.

This course will provide you with the opportunity to learn about the skills required to support individuals with learning disabilities as part of your job role.

The units within this qualification mirror those offered within the Learning Disabilities Pathway of the Health and Social Care Diplomas in England. All units are assessed in line with the Skills for Care and Development Assessment Strategy.

It is recommended that learners are working, volunteering or on practical placement to be able to show competence in both knowledge and skills.

View more details about Level 3 Award in Supporting Individuals with Learning Disabilities.

This course is suitable for you if you’re looking to assess occupational competence in the work environment and/or vocational skills, knowledge and understanding in environments other than the workplace (i.e., a workshop, classroom or other training environment).

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The Level 3 Certificate in Health and Social Care will provide you with an in-depth knowledge of core subject areas in health and social care to support progression into Higher Education, the workplace or further learning in related subject areas at Level 4 and above.

You must be in paid or voluntary work to enable an assessment to take place in the workplace.

View more details about Level 3 Certificate in Health and Social Care. 

This course aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of mental health, the treatment of mental health conditions, mental wellbeing and the role of a mental health care worker. 

View more details about Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Mental Health.

Through studying this course you will develop the knowledge, skills and competence required to work in a wide range of roles in health and social care settings. You will also be able to progress onto a higher level qualification in the same subject area.

This qualification is approved by skills for care.

You must be in paid or voluntary work to enable an assessment to take place in the workplace.

View more details about Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care. 

If you’re interested in using counselling skills as part of your role or are looking to progress towards accredited counsellor status with one of the counselling professional accrediting bodies – this course is for you. 

This qualification does not qualify you to practise as a counsellor, but it aims to provide you with more in-depth knowledge of the use of counselling skills in everyday life and work, and the approaches that underpin the use of these skills. 

View more details about Level 3 Diploma in Counselling Skills

Designed for new and aspiring junior managers, on this course you will develop the core skills and understanding needed to deal with management responsibilities and develop as a leader, helping to start your career with confidence.

View more details about Level 3 Diploma in Principles of Leadership and Management

The Level 3 Award in English for Literacy Teaching course is for you if you need to develop your skills in order to meet the entry requirement for joining a subject-specific teaching qualification in literacy and ESOL.

View more details about Level 3 English for Literacy Teaching

This course aims to build on skills and knowledge learnt at GCSE level. It’s ideal for you if you’re looking to do further study in subjects such as science, geography, economics or business, progress on to Higher Education or gain employment. 

View more details about Level 3 Mathematics in Context (Core Maths).

Our Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training is suitable for you if you would like to work, or already work, as a teacher or trainer within the adult and community learning sector, further education and/or work-based training. 

View more details about Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training. 

Help and support

You will find a range of support on offer when you study with MAES. From our friendly and enthusiastic business support team, located in our learning centres, to our well-qualified and committed tutors. 

We are also home to Make it Happen – a service run by our dedicated Careers and Progression team who can provide expert knowledge and personalised support to prepare you for the next stage in your career. Find out more below.