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Adult education funding
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Find out which Pearson qualifications are eligible for Adult Education Budget, National Skills Fund 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 2021 to 2022, 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 £17,374.50.

This means that learners who earn less than £17,374.50 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.

  • National Skills Fund: Level 3 qualifications only

The new National Skills Fund aims to help adults without Level 3, to gain a Level 3 qualification. Eligible learners can take one short qualification from the National Skills Fund list without exhausting their eligibility. 19-23-year-olds without a Level 3 can choose a qualification from the National Skills Fund or the AEB 19-23 entitlement list. If a 19–23-year-old completes a qualification that is on both the 19-23 legal entitlement list and the National Skills Fund list they will have exhausted their Level 3 legal entitlement. For 19–23-year-olds, the National Skills Fund is funded through the AEB.

See the ESFA Adult Funding Rules 2021/22 for further information.

  • 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

Adult Funding - access full list
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Funded qualifications list

Get a downloadable data file of our full AEB, NSF and ALLB qualifications for 2021/22.

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Adult Funding - eligible qualifications by sector
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Eligible qualifications by sector

View and download our funded 2021/22 qualifications as PDF documents for each sector. 

View sector PDFs

 

Adult Funding - factsheet
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Adult funding factsheet

View our guide to the Adult Education Budget, National Skills Fund and the Advanced Learner Loan Budget 2021/22.

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Adult Funding - still have questions
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Still have questions?

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

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