Update: Post-16 level 3 and below withdrawal of funding approval from qualifications with low and no publicly funded enrolments
In February 2020, we shared the Education and Skills Funding Agency’s (ESFA’s) plans to remove funding approval from qualifications with low and no enrolments. This included potentially removing funding approval for 16 to 19 study programmes, ESFA funded adult education budget (AEB) including legal entitlements and local flexibility, advanced learner loans and European social fund (ESF) for qualifications that fell into their specific criteria.
Following the unprecedented Covid-19 circumstances, we further updated you regarding the revised timelines the ESFA set out for the first cycle which included the following updates:
- Qualifications on the “no enrolment” list – The ESFA extended the deadline for qualifications listed under this category and following any appeals, the final list of qualifications would have their public funding removed from 31st July 2021.
- Qualifications on the “low enrolment” list – The ESFA suspended this process and advised that any qualifications listed would retain their funding approvals for 2021/22. They advised that they would be relaunching this notification process in the Autumn within the second cycle and an updated list of qualifications would be released which would potentially have funding removed from August 2022.
Following the revised timelines, the ESFA released the final “no enrolment” list to Awarding Organisations in early December 2020 which included 9 Ascentis qualifications. These qualifications have had no publicly funded enrolments since 2017/18 and will therefore have their funding approval removed from 1st August 2021.