There have been some changes to the funding for 19+ learners on these BTECs in Children’s Care, Learning and Development (CCLD) (NQF) in England:
• Edexcel Level 2 BTEC First Diploma in Children's Care, Learning and Development (100/6244/0)
• Edexcel Level 3 BTEC National Certificate in Children's Care, Learning and Development (500/1813/9)
• Edexcel Level 3 BTEC National Diploma in Children's Care, Learning and Development (500/1812/7)
Extension to the current qualifications
We've extended the qualifications listed above to 31 December 2012 to enable you to register learners on them next year. If you're intending to register learners on one of these qualifications, please ensure you register them on the most appropriate size of qualification before 31 December 2012, as it will not be possible to top up to a larger qualification after that date. For further details about the extensions, see this notice.
Changes to the funding for the qualifications for post-19 learners
The BTEC CCLD (NQF) qualifications listed above have been eligible for 19+ Adult Learner Responsive (ALR) funding on the Learning Aims Reference Application (LARA) for 2010/11 in England. Unfortunately, funding for learners aged 19+ is no longer available to centres in England. As you may be aware, the Skills Funding Agency does not fund qualifications for post-19 learners in England on the NQF.
Qualifications eligible for 19+ funding
The Children’s Workforce Development Council (CWDC), part of Skills for Care and Development, the Sector Skills Council (SSC) for this sector, has said that the QCF qualifications for the Children’s and Young People’s Workforce, which confers occupational competence, are available for 19+ funding in England, including:
• Edexcel Level 2 Certificate for the Children and Young People's Workforce – 50099401
• Edexcel Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce – 50095043.
Support for 19+ funding of childcare qualifications in England
We believe that the BTEC qualifications provide learners aged 19+ with an important progression route to both employment and Higher Education. But in order to challenge the decision made by the Skills Funding Agency not to fund these qualifications for this age group, we need your help. We're asking centres to provide us with letters of support, detailing examples of how useful these qualifications were to the 19+ age group and how learners have progressed.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Ria at the address below:
2nd Floor – Vocational Product Management
One90 High Holborn
London WC1V 7BH.
If you have any queries, please don't hesitate to contact us.