ESFA List of Qualifications approved for funding 14-19 Overview

The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) list of qualifications approved for funding 14 to 19, gives you information about which qualifications are approved for funding for students who are at least aged 14 but are not yet 19.

We approve each qualification in accordance with its suitability for students in the following age categories:

  • Pre - 16
  • 16 to 18
  • 18+

This list was formerly known as the section 96.

Public funding is considered for qualifications that we have approved for funding 14 to 19. For some funded institutions, such as maintained schools and academies, qualifications have to be approved for funding 14 to 19 for them to be delivered to young people.

To determine if a qualification has gained approval you can use either the individual search function or download a full list of qualifications.

Qualifications and courses in funded institutions.

For an external qualification to be eligible for public funding, or for it to be delivered by or delivered on behalf of a maintained school or academy it must be approved for funding 14 to 19.

In exceptional circumstances, under the terms of the model funding agreement, individual academies may wish to offer a course leading to a qualification without approval. In these circumstances the academy should contact qualifications.ESFA@education.gov.uk