Bill Smith

Study Programme nested qualifications




Where a learner is undertaking a study programme using nested qualification (award - progress to certificate - progress to diploma) does the 6 week funding qualifying period apply to each aim? e.g. if a learner has completed the award additional hours have been added to the ILR for the certificate and the learner withdraws within 6 weeks of the certificate start date (over 6 weeks from initial start date of the study programme) would the hours need to be removed from the ILR?


We've looked at The EFA funding rules and this states programme (which suggests there overall start date) 

Q12 If a young person withdraws from just one learning aim in their study programme within the first 6 weeks of their programme during the funding year, does the institution have to change the planned hours? A12 Yes, the institution must update the planned hours to remove all of the hours for the aim from the total. This rule applies regardless of the original length of the study programme or the funding band of the student. If excluding the hours already delivered within the first 6 weeks would make a material difference to the student’s funding band, institutions can include just the hours that they have already delivered in the planned hours. 


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Martin West

The planned programme length is determined using the earliest start date and latest planned end date of all aims within a study programme. Similarly, the actual length used to determine whether or not the student has met the qualifying period uses the earliest start date and latest actual/planned end date of all aims within a study programme.

It would be 42 days for the whole study programme.