Guidance

Section 96 - Qualifications

Section 96 gives the Secretary of State the power to approve qualifications for delivery to young people aged less than 19 years old.

Overview of section 96

Section 96 is a section of the Learning and Skills Act 2000. It gives the Secretary of State the power to approve qualifications for delivery to young people aged less than 19 years old.

Public funding is considered for qualifications which have been section 96 approved. For some funded institutions, such as maintained schools and academies, section 96 approval is required for the delivery of qualifications to young people.

Each qualification is approved in accordance with its suitability to be delivered to students in the following age categories:

  • Pre - 16
  • 16 to 18
  • 18+

Please visit the section 96 website for further information and to determine whether or not a qualification has gained section 96 approval.

Published 5 July 2017
Last updated 22 June 2018 + show all updates
  1. Link to section 96 website added.
  2. Updated Section 96 spreadsheets have been added for May.
  3. The section 96 spreadsheets have been updated for May 2018.
  4. The section 96 spreadsheets have been updated for April.
  5. The section 96 excel spreadsheets have been updated for March 2018.
  6. Section 96 spreadsheets have been updated for February.
  7. Section 96 spreadsheets have been updated for January.
  8. Section 96 excel spreadsheets have been updated for December.
  9. S96 qualification spreadsheets for November have been updated
  10. First published.