Background



In December 2014, a new funding rule was introduced for the 2015-16 funding year, which stated the following:

‘Students must study maths and/or English as part of their programme in each academic year. This applies to students aged 16 to 18 and 19 to 25 with an education, health and care (EHC) plan who do not hold a GCSE grade 9 to 4, A* to C (a standard pass grade) or equivalent qualification in these subjects.’

‘Full time students who start their programme on or after 1 August 2015 who have prior attainment of a grade 3 or grade D in GCSE or equivalent in maths and/or English must study a GCSE to meet the condition of funding. Enrolment on a stepping stone qualification will not meet the condition of funding for these students.’

‘Full time students with prior attainment of a GCSE grade 2 or below or grade E or below, and part time students who have a grade 3 or grade D GCSE or equivalent in maths and/or English can study either a GCSE or an approved stepping stone qualification to meet the condition of funding.’


Funding information

View the government’s English and maths conditions of funding.

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