11 May 2021
Funding support to be withdrawn for ICT qualifications
From the 1st of August 2021, the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) will remove funding approval for learners aged 16 and over from all Entry Level and Level 1 qualifications in the sector subject area ICT for Users.
This doesn't apply to Essential Digitial Skills Qualifications (EDSQs).
- from 1 August 2021, the ESFA will remove funding approval for students aged 16 and over from ICT or digital skills qualifications in other SSAs that are not linked to the application of digital skills for a specific occupational sector, or specific entry level job role.
- from 1 August 2022, the ESFA will remove funding approval for students aged 16 and over from all existing ICT Functional Skills Qualifications (FSQs) up to and including level 1.
The change will affect qualifications from all Awarding Organisations, and a full list of the digital and ICT qualifications that will have funding approval removed from 1 August 2021 is available on the EFSA website.
You can find out more about the new Essential Digital Skills qualifications here