ESFA List of Qualifications approved for funding 14-19 Further Information

Qualification approval principles

Qualification approval principles: funding year 2019 to 2020 describes the approval principles and process that the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) will use to approve qualifications for public funding in England, in the 2019 to 2020 funding year. These principles apply to qualifications approved for 14 to 19.

If you have any queries about qualifications approved for funding 14 to 19, please email qualifications.esfa@education.gov.uk

If a qualification is on the ESFA list of qualifications approved for funding 14 to 19, it means it can be publicly funded. But this does not guarantee that the qualification will receive public funding.

Qualifications must be approved for funding for 14 to 19 before some providers (such as academies and maintained schools) can offer them to young people. In exceptional circumstances, individual academies may offer a course leading to a qualification without approval, under the terms of the model funding agreement. In these circumstances, the academy must email qualifications.ESFA@education.gov.uk.


Key Stage 4 performance tables

If a qualification is on the ESFA list of qualifications approved for funding 14 to 19, this does not mean that it will be included in the Key Stage 4 performance tables.

Further information about performance tables can be found on GOV.UK. If you have any queries about Key Stage 4 performance tables, please send them to the DfE via an online form.


School census and QAN codes

You can find information about qualifications and the school census on the DfE school census webpages, or you can contact the ESFA’s data collection helpdesk service using the service request form.

If you want to find the correct qualification accreditation number (QAN) for a qualification, you can search for this on the DfE QAN website.


16 to 19 funding

The ESFA manages funding to support all state-provided education for young people.

The ESFA provides guidance on what provision is eligible for inclusion within a 16 to 19 funded study programme. A full list of eligibility criteria can be found within the ESFA Funding Regulation guidance for young people.

For a qualification to be eligible for 16 to 19 funding validity from the ESFA, it must be on the ESFA list of qualifications approved for funding 14 to 19.

The 16 to 19 funding validity means the amount of time that a qualification is approved for 16 to 19 funding from the ESFA. The Learning Aim Reference Service (LARS) publishes ESFA 16 to 19 funding validity for a qualification.

If you have any queries about 16 to 19 funding validity, please send them to the ESFA using the online enquiry form.