Guidance

Qualifications: eligibility for public funding

The policy and processes the Skills Funding Agency uses to make qualifications eligible for public funding.

Documents

Qualification eligibility principles - 2016 to 2017

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The legal entitlements for 2016 to 2017

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List of qualifications at level 2 and 3 in the legal entitlements

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List of qualifications in english and maths in the legal entitlements

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How the SFA and EFA will fund legacy GCSEs and IGCSEs in English, English language and mathematics in 2016 to 2017

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In the Skills Funding Letter the government set out its intention to move towards full devolution of the Adult Education Budget (AEB). As part of this transition we have introduced local flexibility.

To support local area needs and delivery of agreed local outcomes, colleges and other training organisations will decide on the most appropriate form of training provision. This may or may not include qualifications.

We have therefore removed the requirement for all delivery we fund to be in the form of a qualification. We only require a qualification to be delivered where a learner is exercising their legal entitlement to a first full Level 2 or Level 3 and/or English and maths.

The policy and process for identifying which qualifications are eligible for legal entitlements and through local flexibilities are set out in the documents above.

Following the publication of “How we will fund legacy GCSEs and IGCSEs in English, English language and mathematics in 2016 to 2017”, we have updated the 2016 to 2017 English and maths legal entitlements list to include legacy GCSEs and IGCSEs (counting towards the EBacc) in English and maths.

We have updated the 2016 to 2017 Level 2 and 3 legal entitlements list to include further: * 2018 Performance Table qualifications * Access to HE * GCSEs * AS and A-levels

How the SFA and EFA will fund resits of legacy GCSE in English, English language and mathematics in 2016 to 2017

This guidance follows Ofqual’s announcement about these qualifications being available for resits in November 2016 and for the last time in summer 2017.