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Adult Education Funding

Find out which Pearson qualifications are eligible for Adult Education Budget and Advanced Learner Loan Budget funding.

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What are the different funding streams?

Qualifications and units are available in several funding streams to suit different learner requirements.

  • 19-23 Entitlement funding: Level 2 and 3, qualifications only.
  • 19+ Local Flexibility funding: Entry to Level 2, qualifications, units and non-regulated learning.
  • English and Maths Entitlement funding: Entry to Level 2, GCSEs and Functional Skills qualifications, other English and Maths qualifications and units.
  • Digital Skills Entitlement funding: Entry and Level 1, (Digital Skills Qualifications available from September 2020), for adults who don’t have the basic digital skills they need for life and work. This is fully funded.
  • ESOL funding: Entry to Level 2, qualifications and units.

Increased flexibility for learners in receipt of low wage

The Adult Education Budget (AEB) low-wage trial, which started in 2018 to 2019, will continue in 2020 to 2021, enabling providers in receipt of ESFA-funded AEB to fully fund learners who are employed and in receipt of a low wage and cannot contribute towards the cost of co-funding fees. The low-wage threshold has been increased to £17,004.00.

This means that learners who earn less than £17,004.00 annual gross salary, and who are eligible for co-funding under local flexibility funding, can be fully funded. The new rule is captured in the eligibility table included in each list.

  • Advanced Learner Loan funding: Level 3 to 6, qualifications only.

Find funded qualifications

Our easy-to-use funding qualification search gives you instant access to our large portfolio of eligible qualifications across a variety of sectors. To confirm any qualification-funding eligibility, check the desired qualification against our full funding list.

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If you’re already an approved centre, you just need to gain qualification approval in order to offer one of these funded qualifications. To find out how, talk to your account manager or see our qualifications approval page. If you are not yet a centre, but wish to be, please contact us.

Funding support and resources

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2020/21 funded qualifications

Get a downloadable data file of our full AEB/ALLB qualifications for 2020/21.

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Eligible qualifications by sector

View and download our funded qualifications as PDF documents for each sector. 

View sector PDFs

 

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AEB/ALLB factsheet

View our guide to the Adult Education Budget and the Advanced Learner Loan Budget.

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Still have questions?

Our expert team are on hand to answer your Adult Education Funding questions.

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