English and maths qualifications under Section 96 can be used to meet the study programmes and form part of the English and maths programme. Cambridge Progression qualifications are approved under section 96 for this purpose. A condition of the funding, requires providers to put learners without a GCSE grade A*- C on an English and maths programme. To meet the funding condition, providers must use GCSE, Functional Skills or FSMQ. However, Functional Skills and FSMQ are seen as ‘stepping stones’ to GCSE and it is the intention that the requirement becomes GCSE only once the revised qualifications are in place. For study programmes, we position Cambridge Progression as additional support to help learners achieve the GCSE or Functional Skills threshold – so part of the programme rather than the main aim itself.