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Funding for legacy GCSEs and IGCSEs

For the 2016/17 academic year only, the SFA and EFA will fund those learners aged 16 and above who meet Ofqual's criteria to study the legacy GCSEs in English, English language and mathematics. They will not fund learners who are only entered for the exams.

From 1 August 2017, SFA and EFA will not fund learners to study, or continue to study, with the legacy maths and English GCSEs. After this date, all learners must undertake the reformed GCSEs graded 9-1.

The same rules apply to IGCSEs and equivalent Level 1 and 2 certificates counting towards the EBacc measure, meaning that re-sits of these qualifications throughout the 2016/17 academic year will also be approved for teaching under the 16 to 19 maths and English condition of funding. As with the legacy GCSE's, funding does not apply to those who only sit the exam.

Unregulated IGCSEs are not funded by EFA and therefore are not included in the approved list of qualifications for teaching under the condition of funding; however they do count for the purpose of recognising prior attainment.

After 1 August 2017, these qualifications will no longer be approved for learners to study or continue to study under the 16 to 19 English and maths condition of funding and English and maths legal entitlements.

When enrolling new students on legacy GCSEs or IGCSEs in the 2016 to 2017 academic year, institutions should be mindful that there will be no opportunity to re-sit legacy GCSEs after summer 2017 if they do not secure a grade C or above, and that IGCSE re-sits will not count towards the condition of funding after summer 2017.

For students studying in academic years 2017 to 2018 and 2018 to 2019 the funding condition will be based on the new GCSE grade 4. Beyond this, it is intended to revise the funding condition to reflect the new GCSE good pass (grade 5).

The full government guidance regarding legacy GCSEs and IGCSEs funding in English, English language and mathematics in 2016/17 can be found here.