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On Wednesday 4 June, the Skills Funding Agency published new guidance on funding for QCF English and maths qualifications, following a review earlier this year.
OCR welcomes the new guidance and is pleased that the vast majority of the Cambridge Progression suite of qualifications will remain fundable for learners looking to improve their English and maths skills.
Here's a summary of the key points of the new guidance:
All QCF English and maths qualifications will have to meet three new business rules to be approved for funding. These new rules mean that QCF English and maths qualifications are no longer automatically approved for funding, so OCR will need to re-submit Cambridge Progression qualifications to the SFA for them to be funded in 14/15.
The three rules that all QCF English and maths must meet in order to receive funding are:
Entry and Level 1: 3+ credits
Level 2 : 13+ credits (Certificates)
Units of approved larger qualifications will be available for funding as part of the unit offer.
Awarding organisations must provide evidence of demand from at least five providers confirming demand for at least 50 learners.
Level 2 qualifications will be subject to awarding organisation set assessment and not internally assessed portfolios.
Charlotte Bosworth, OCR Director of Skills and Employment, welcomed the clarification. She commented: "The latest funding news is good for Cambridge Progression. It also recognises the successful path that Progression qualifications can play in providing a stepping stone to other qualifications, such as GCSE and Functional Skills, according to the needs of the individual learner. We are pleased that our qualifications for English and maths can continue to play a key role in filling the gap left by Key and Basic Skills."
The guidance is now on the SFA website.