I have just been asked if we can fund a functional skills level 1 even if a learner has a GCSE grade C in that subject and if the learner wants to complete it.
I have been informed that audit has pulled this up before. The only issue that I would see with funding this is making sure your initial assessment shows prior attainment and then you adjust the funding accordingly.
Unfortunately, no you cannot – if some such file is audited you would have to pay it back and it would be identified as a “funding error”. We had similar situations here and we have given that support to learners for free as the funding rules are quite clear that GSCEs grade C are exempt even though the learners feel that some that support would be beneficial…
I’ve raised this recently whereby some students who were doing functional skills level 2 before they started their level 3 apprenticeship, although a couple already had grade C’s in English but a long time ago (10+) , they were deemed by initial assessment to be below that level now thus could be co funded for delivery
1..Basically you couldnt prior attain as they were over 5 years old
2. Deemed to be below level 2 through initial assessment
3. Required them as part of their apprenticeship thus co funded was acceptable according to the funding team