ESFA List of Qualifications approved for funding Overview

The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) will fund students to undertake qualifications through one of its funded qualification offers, as long as the qualification meets the funding approval principles.

This website has funding approval information for all of the qualifications that ESFA has approved for funding through:

  • 14 to 16 offer (approved by ESFA, and previously known as Section 96)
  • 16 to 19 offer (funded by ESFA, and previously known as Section 96)
  • statutory entitlement for students aged 19 to 23, to study for a first qualification at level 2 and/or level 3 (funded through the adult education budget (AEB), both by ESFA and devolved areas in England)
  • statutory entitlement for students aged 19 and over, to study for an English and/or maths qualification up to and including level 2 (funded through the AEB, both by ESFA and devolved areas in England)
  • local flexibility offer (funded through the ESFA funded AEB only)
  • European Social Fund (ESF) offer (through providers of education with funding agreements from ESFA only)
  • advanced learner loans

ESFA updates this website regularly with:

  • new qualifications that have been approved for funding
  • changes to qualifications that are already approved (such as changes to funding approval dates)

You can read more about how this happens on the How this website works page and on the Further information page.

Searching for qualifications approved for funding

To see if a qualification has been approved for funding, you can use either the search function or download the list of all approved qualifications.