Update on Proposed Defunding for 16-19 Qualifications

Qualification news | 14 October 2022

On 11 May 2022, the DfE published the provisional list of qualifications that will no longer be funded from academic year 2024/25 for 16-19 learners in England, because they overlap with T Level Waves 1 and 2. 41 were Pearson qualifications.

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Of the qualifications on the list, we did not appeal 25 qualifications because they were either being withdrawn as part of our usual cycle of updating and renewing our qualifications, they were not affected by the review process, or they did not meet the criteria for appeal.

Of the 16 qualifications we did appeal, we are pleased today to let you know that 12 out of those 16 appeals were successful. This means that these qualifications will continue to be funded. This decision shows the DfE has recognised that BTEC qualifications continue to be valued by learners, schools, colleges, universities, and employers and are not replaced by T Levels. 

We are still awaiting the appeal outcome for the Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Health and Social Care (601/7194/7) which is expected later this year and we will let you know as soon as we receive the appeal outcome.  In the interim if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0345 618 0440.

Please find today's DfE statement.

Qualifications successfully appealed:

  • 601/7591/6: Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Engineering 

  • 601/7580/1: Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Engineering 

  • 601/7588/6: Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Engineering 

  • 601/7582/5: Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Manufacturing Engineering 

  • 601/7589/8: Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Manufacturing Engineering

  • 601/7583/7: Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Mechanical Engineering 

  • 601/7590/4: Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Mechanical Engineering 

  • 603/5840/3: Pearson BTEC Level 3 Foundation Award in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Technical Knowledge) 

  • 601/9053/X: Pearson BTEC Level 3 Award in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Technical Knowledge) 

  • 601/9049/8: Pearson BTEC Level 3 Certificate in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Technical Knowledge) 

  • 601/9054/1: Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Technical Knowledge) 

  • 601/9060/7: Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Technical Knowledge)

Qualifications we were unsuccessful in appealing:

  • 603/0862/X: Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Construction and the Built Environment 

  • 603/0864/3: Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment 

  • 603/0861/8: Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment 

We will be publishing a full funding guide to BTEC Level 3 qualifications shortly. This will give you a comprehensive picture of funding in the academic years 2022/23, 2023/24 and 2024/25 and we will let you know as soon as it is available.