Information on funding for learners 19+ can be found on The Hub. You can search for qualifications and find out if they are funded by using this link.

19+ funding comes under 3 main headings:

Local Flexibility funding gives providers the option of delivering qualifications that there is a demand for in their area. We are delighted that so many Ascentis qualifications are available for funding under this heading. 

Legal Entitlement funding covers qualifications such as Access to Higher Education Diplomas for 19-23 without a full Level 3 qualification and English & Maths stepping stones qualifications. Advanced Learner Loans have now been extended to learners aged 19+, and are available for many higher level qualifications. These include the Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training, Level 3 and 4 Community Interpreting, Level 3 and 4 Digital Learning Design, and most commonly, the Access to Higher Education Diploma. The Advanced Learner Loan can be used for Access for 19-23 if the learner already has a full Level 3 qualification, and all learners aged 24+. Advanced Learner Loans for Access to HE are wiped if the learner goes on to complete a Higher Education degree.

Unit/Component funding

If a qualification is funded, the units within that qualification will also be funded. This gives centres the option of delivering a bespoke programme of learning by taking units from different funded qualifications.

Funding for Study Programmes

Qualifications eligible for ESFA funding for 16-18 can be found under the ESFA List of Qualifications approved for funding 14-19, which you can access via this link.

If you would like any assistance with funding information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We always advise that you check with your MIS department on all funding eligibility and criteria before you commence delivery.

The ESFA update the hub quarterly however, if a qualification is outside of the funding window or if there is an in year change of the qualification Ascentis can submit a request for funding before these dates. For further information please email

Over the coming years, an allocation of the AEB will move from being centrally governed, to be locally devolved to Combined Authorities, who will make the decisions about the skills needs in their areas, and will choose what subjects they will fund. We are closely monitoring the activities and priorities of the Combined Authorities, in order to prepare our provision to ensure it is relevant to the priorities and outcomes of each area. We are happy to work with our customer in order to help them future proof their provision, and commit to providing funding updates at our National Conference.

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