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Withdrawal of funding from qualifications with low and no public enrolments

Ref : B21-68

Type : Amendment

Date : 2 September 2021

Withdrawal of funding from qualifications with low and no public enrolments

You may be aware that the Department for Education is conducting a Review of post-16 qualifications at Level 3 and below in England with the purpose of developing a streamlined technical qualifications system. As part of the Review, the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) will remove funding approval from qualifications with low and no public enrolments.

The qualifications in scope for removal of ESFA funding approval are the qualifications included in:

a) 16 to 19 study programmes at level 3 and below
b) advanced learner loans at level 3 only
c) ESFA funded adult education budget (AEB) at level 3 and below, including the legal entitlements and local flexibility
d) European Social Fund (ESF) at level 3 and below.

Mayoral Combined Authorities (MCAs) and the Greater London Authority will decide whether removing funding approval from qualifications with low and no publicly funded enrolments will also apply for devolved funding in their area.

NOCN qualifications
ESFA funding approval will be removed for new starts from the NOCN qualifications on the attached list from 1 August 2022.

ESFA will not fund any learners starting on these NOCN qualifications from 1 August 2022. ESFA will continue to fund learners who have already started on qualifications on this list before 1 August 2022 until they complete or the certification end date of the qualification.

Please note that the removal of ESFA funding approval is not the same as removal of regulated status. The qualifications on the list will remain available as regulated qualifications unless we have reason to withdraw them, such as if there is insufficient demand.


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