Adult Education Budget (AEB)

The Adult Education Budget (AEB), funds qualifications and programmes for learners aged 19+.

City & Guilds offers a wide range of qualifications that are funded by the AEB. These can be found in our funded courses directory.

The AEB is a great resource for employers and individuals. It can help address skills shortages and improve career opportunities and progression, or support career change.

Below are some examples of how the Adult Education Budget can help individuals progress and employers transform their business. We have included a table at the bottom of this page that shows detailed information about learner eligibility for full or partial funding.

AEB can:

  • Fund anyone aged 19-23 to get a full level 2 or 3 qualification, if they don’t already have one. If you are aged 24+ you may need to contribute to some costs.
  • Fully fund low waged learners aged 24+ to get a first full level 2 or 3 qualification.
  • Fully fund anyone who is unemployed for any qualification or course up to level 2.
  • Fully fund any low waged individual, for whom English is not their first language, to improve their language skills and knowledge up to level 2.
  • Fully fund English and maths, up to and including level 2, for individuals aged 19 and over, who have not previously achieved a GCSE grade A* - C or grade 4, or higher.

Funding Eligibility Table

Type of Programme

19 to 23-year-olds

24+ unemployed

24+ other

English and maths, up to and including level 2

(Must be delivered as part of the legal entitlement)

Fully funded*

Fully funded*

Fully funded*

Essential Digital Skills Qualifications up to and including level 1

Fully funded*

Fully funded*

Fully funded*

Level 2 (excluding English and maths)

(First full level 2 must be delivered as part of the legal entitlement)

Fully funded* (first and full)

Fully Funded

Co-funded+

Learning to progress to level 2

Fully funded^ (up to and including level 1)

Fully funded

Co-funded+

Level 3 (First full level 3 must be delivered as part of the legal entitlement or New Adult L3 National Skills Fund offer)

Fully funded*= (first and full)

Funded via NSF if first and full.

Loan Funded if already has full L3.

Funded via NSF if first and full.

Loan Funded if already has full L3.

Loan-funded**

(previously achieved full level 3 or above)

Traineeship

Fully funded (including 16- to 24-year-olds)

N/A

N/A

English for speakers of other languages

(ESOL) learning up to and including level 2

Co-funded+

Fully funded

Co-funded+

Fully funded – unemployed

Learning aims up to and including level 2, where the learner has already achieved a first full level 2, or above

Co-funded+

Fully funded

Co-funded+

Fully funded – unemployed

Learning aims up to and including level 2, where the learner has not achieved a first full level 2, or above

N/A

Fully Funded

Co-funded+

*Must be delivered as one of the English and maths, and/or first full level 2 or first full level 3 qualifications required as part of the legal entitlements.

^Must be delivered as entry or level one provision from local flexibility.

Excludes flexible element where funding depends on age and level.

##16- to 18-year-old learners must be eligible under the ESFA's young people's residency requirements.

** Availability of loans at level 3 does not replace the legal entitlement to full funding for learners aged 19 to 23 undertaking their first full level 3.

+ Low Wage flexibility may apply, refer to paragraph 151 of ESFA funding rules