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Maths and English funding

Maths, English, ESOL and Employability funding arrangements (England)

To help you navigate the various funding and programme content rules that apply to maths, English, ESOL and Employability qualifications within England, we’ve produced two guides that set out the Government’s guiding principles for funding this provision. The guides will also help you understand precisely which City & Guilds qualifications and components/units are approved for use and/or eligible for public funding from the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).

We are waiting for the ESFA’s final funding information in order to update the guides for 2024-25, the documents below set out the current position for 2023-24:

Condition of Funding for 16-18 Study Programmes

  • The condition of funding rules for study programmes allows learners with GCSE at or below grade 2 to work towards Functional Skills, as an alternative destination to GCSE.

Please see the Condition of Funding for Study Programmes statement for the details of how this requirement can be met with a list of the City & Guilds maths and English and ESOL qualifications which meet the Condition of Funding.

For a complete list of all other City & Guilds qualifications eligible for public funding in England, please consult this spreadsheet. It’s possible to filter by sector subject area, qualification level and category of funding:

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