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Guidance

Qualifications: eligible for public funding

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

Documents

2017 to 2018 list of qualifications in the level 2 and level 3 legal entitlement offer

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2017 to 2018 list of qualifications in the English and maths legal entitlement offer

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Qualification eligibility principles - 2016 to 2017

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The legal entitlements for 2016 to 2017

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Adult Education Budget: process for adding components to the 2016 to 2017 local flexibility offer

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2016 to 2017 local flexibility component form

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2016 to 2017 list of qualifications at level 2 and 3 in the legal entitlements

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2016 to 2017 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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Details

We have 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.

Process for adding components to the 2016 to 2017 adult education budget local flexibility offer

This guidance explains how and when we will add components to the local flexibility offer for the remainder of 2016 to 2017. Please use the form to confirm the qualifications whose components can be delivered in a standalone context and which you would like us to consider to be included as part of the 2016 to 2017 local flexibility offer

Colleges and training organisations, must check before delivering a component that the:

  • AO provides a facility for the learner to be registered on it
  • learner can achieve it alone or as part of accumulating achievement towards a qualification

We have updated the 2016 to 2017 English and maths legal entitlements list to include legacy GCSEs and international GCSEs (counting towards the EBacc) in English and maths.

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

We have updated the 2016 to 2017 Level 2 and 3 legal entitlements list to include:

  • 2018 performance table qualifications
  • Access to HE
  • GCSEs
  • AS and A Levels

We have published the qualifications that will be available as part of the 2017 to 2018:

  • English and maths legal entitlement
  • level 2 and level 3 legal entitlements for 19 to 23 year olds undertaking their first full level 2 and full level 3.

In anticipation of future changes due to technical education reform and the functional skills reform, we have not made any new changes to these offers other than those which we had already announced during 2016 to 2017.