Open Awards qualifications and units are eligible for funding via different sources. We are committed to staying up to date with funding changes so that we can provide accurate information to our centres. However, as this information is updated on a regular basis, we always recommend that you check with your funding provider for the most up to date information before planning your courses.
If you would like any advice or guidance about the funding available for different qualifications or units, please contact the team on 0151 494 2072 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Skills Funding Agency
The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) is responsible for providing funding for colleges, training organisations and employers to help adults, certain groups of young people, the unemployed and people with low skills levels to get the skills they need for employment. The SFA also has responsibility for running the National Careers Service.
SFA funding is available for:
- Maths and English qualifications up to Level 2
- Vocational training, including qualifications, up to Level 2
- Access to Higher Education Diplomas (Level 3) that support progression to Higher Education
- Level 3 qualifications that support entry to employment or progression within careers, via advanced learner loans
- Traineeships for young people not in education, employment and training (NEET)
- Offender Learning Education Programmes
The most up to date SFA funding rules can be found here
Many Open Awards qualifications and units are eligible for SFA funding through the Adult Education Budget or Advanced Learner Loans. To check whether the qualification or unit you are interested in delivering is eligible for SFA funding, click here to access the SFA Hub.
Education Funding Agency
The Education Funding Agency (EFA) is responsible for funding education for learners between the ages of 3 and 19. They are also responsible for funding for those with learning difficulties and/or disabilities up to the age of 25.
- Funding and monitoring academies, university technical colleges, studio schools and free schools
- Building maintenance programmes for schools and sixth-form colleges
- Allocating funds to local authorities for maintained schools, and voluntary-aided schools
EFA funding can be used to support traineeships and supported internships, as well as many other education programmes.
Many Open Awards qualifications can be used within EFA funded education programmes. To check whether the qualification you are interested in is approved on Section 96 list, click here
Advanced Learner Loans
Advanced learner loans are available for individuals aged 19+ for approved qualifications at Levels 3 - Level 6. The loans can be used towards tuition costs and are similar to those available in higher education. Advanced learner loans give individuals access to financial support for tuition costs similar to that available in higher education and are administered by Student Finance England.
The availability of loans at Level 3 for 19 to 23 year olds does not replace an individual’s legal entitlement for full funding for a first full Level 3 qualification.
To be eligible, the qualification must appear on SFA’s catalogue for Advanced Learner Loans and must be being delivered by an approved provider.
Open Awards’ qualifications that are currently eligible for advanced learner loans are listed below along with their purpose statements. We are updating this page regularly so please contact a member of the team if you can’t find the qualification you are looking for.
We recognise that many of our providers are not reliant on the above funding streams and may need something very specific to meet their funding requirements. If you would like any more information about the different qualifications, units and alternative accreditation solutions we offer that may be suitable for your funding requirements, please contact a member of the team.