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Qualification Funding in the UK

Funding, and approval of qualifications for funding, is handled by a variety of different Government organisations.

City & Guilds understands how complex funding in the UK can be for education and training providers, employers and learners, made more so by the fact that Wales and Scotland have different arrangements to England. 

This overview page and subsequent pages offer in-depth information on funding, funding reforms, the different types of funding available and links to information on our site and external sites that will support you with funding planning. This includes specific pages for the new Apprenticeship arrangements and 19+ Advanced Learner Loans. Each section below is an overview, with a link to a further page that provides more in-depth information.

The Government is reforming the way qualifications and the post 16 skills sector is funded. Many  changes have already occurred and more change will take place in 2016-17 and 2017-19, particularly for funding and qualifications for learners aged 19+.

English Government Funded Qualifications

Where can we find information about English Government funded qualifications?

All qualifications that the Government approves (via Ofqual) for funding are shown on the Learning Aims Reference Service (LARS), on the Skills Funding Agency Hub. This is the portal that confirms the latest funding position for any government funded qualification. When checking that the qualification is still funded, please ensure you check the ‘last date for new starts’ on the funding tab, to confirm funding is still available for the qualification you are interested in for the current year and beyond. The search page of LARS offer a Search Guide. The link to the guide is on the top right had side of the page.

The HUB/Learning Aims Reference Service (LARS) >

To assist you further, City and Guilds has produced a catalogue spreadsheet of all our funded qualifications for the 2016/17 academic year. The City and Guilds Qualification Catalogue lists qualification by learning aim reference, sector subject area, level and funding stream (e.g. 19+ Loans, Local Flexibility, Legal Entitlement). We will be updating the catalogue regularly as new qualifications are added. You can use the spreadsheet filter tool in the catalogue to assist your qualification search. To access the City and Guilds Funded Qualification Catalogue, please click on the link below.

City and Guilds Funded Qualifications Catalogue – 2016/17 >

16-19 Funding

16-19 Funding – Education Funding Agency (sponsored by the Department for Education – DfE)

The Education Funding Agency (EFA) is responsible for funding education for learners between the ages of 3 and 19, and those with learning difficulties and disabilities between the ages of 3 and 25.

The EFA funds and monitors academies, university technical colleges, studio schools, and free schools. The EFA also provides funding in FE Colleges for study programmes for learners aged 16-19, and apprenticeships for 16-19 year olds via the Skills Funding Agency.

More information about the policies and funding arrangements of the EFA can be found on this link

16-19 Funding Information and News

19+ Funding

19+ Funding – Skills Funding Agency (Sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills)

The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) is responsible for funding further education (FE) for learners aged 19+ in England and they contract with over 1,000 colleges, private training organisations, and employers to deliver qualifications and apprenticeships. The SFA are currently reforming the way they fund FE and apprenticeships in England. Further detailed information and funding news can be found on this link;

19+ Funding Information and News

Apprenticeship Funding

Apprenticeship funding

The apprenticeship system in England is changing, and so is the funding model. For information about all the reforms, the funding arrangements and the new Apprenticeship Standards, please click on the link below to take you to our specific Apprenticeship Site.

Apprenticeships - all you need to know

Advanced Learning Loans

Advanced Learning Loans

Currently, if a learner is 24+ and wants to study a course at Level 3 or 4, they would need to access a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan or FE Loan. In 2016/17, this changes and new requirements come into place. Most learners aged 19+ who wish to continue to study to improve their career opportunities, will need to access loans for courses at Level 3 to Level 6. For more information about the Loan reforms, the City and Guilds Advanced Learner Loan offer and links to sites that offer information about accessing loans, please click on the link below. 

View Advanced Learning Loans information >

ESF Funding

ESF Funding guidance

To support your ESF project requirements, we have the widest range of over 600 qualifications funded as part of the current ESF offer.

View ESF funding information >

Qualifications Catalogue

To assist you further, City and Guilds has produced a catalogue spreadsheet of all our funded qualifications for the 2016/17 academic year.

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19+ Learning Loans

The Advanced Learning Loan is available to anyone over the age of 19+.