Tom Redman

Functional Skills Funding


Hi all, 

I have been asked by my CEO to ask the following question:

We are running a Level 3 Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship and quite a number of apprentices don't have GCSE English and/or GCSE Maths, therefore would need Functional Skills. The course length is 15 months and the course cost is £7000, the maximum available under the funding band. 

Please can you point me to the correct set of rules in the Funding Rules or provide some assistance as to the following:

  • What funding is available for FS?
  • What is the maximum level of funding that can be claimed?
  • Are there further enhancements for specific demographics (eg; those claiming benefits, those in certain postcode areas)?

Thanks in advance!

Kind regards,



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Martin West

See the funding rules section ‘Support for English and maths training’.

  1. Rate £471
  2. As above for each eligible qualification undertaken
  3. No

What we will fund

P137 We will fund an apprentice to achieve up to an approved level 2 qualification in English and maths where they do not already hold a suitable equivalent qualification. Acceptable equivalents are set out in a published list on GOV.UK called ‘Acceptable current and prior equivalent qualifications for English and maths minimum requirements in apprenticeship standards at level 2 and above’.

P138 We will pay you for this at the single rate set by us for each eligible qualification undertaken. It will not be deducted from the employer’s apprenticeship service account or require employer co-investment.

P139 You can claim funding for apprentices who have not previously attained a GCSE grade A* to C (or 9 to 4) in English or maths (or both) on the day they start the following qualifications:

P139.1 GCSE English language or maths (or both); or

P139.2 Functional Skills English or maths at level 2 (or both).