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The adult education budget supports three legal entitlements to full funding for eligible adult learners. These are set out in the Apprenticeships, Skills and Children’s Learning Act 2009, and enable eligible learners to be fully funded for the following qualifications:

Included are three legal entitlements for adult learners:

  • English and maths, up to and including level 2, for individuals aged 19 or over, who have not previously attained a GSCE grade A* – C or grade 4, or higher First full qualification at level 2 for individuals
  • Aged 19-23 based on the approved list of qualifications from the legal entitlement offer 
  • First full qualification at level 3 for individuals aged 19-23 based on the approved list of qualifications from the legal entitlement offer 

Eligibility rule highlights:

  • Have resided in the UK or EU/ EEA for the last three years
  • Are aged 19 or over at the start of programme
  • Do not hold a level 2 or equivalent (General Certificate of Secondary Education in five subjects, each at grade C or above, or grade 4 or above, or Technical Certificate at level 2) 
  • Do not hold a level 3 or equivalent (General Certificate of Education at the advanced level in two subjects, or General Certificate of Education at the AS level in four subjects, or QAA Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma at level 3, or Tech level; or applied general qualification at level 3). 

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