Post 16 and the Autumn 2018 Census

This faq lists the latest information regarding the POST 16 element of the School Autumn Census.  Please note that a separate bulletin has been created for all schools (including Post 16 schools) regarding the general issues and preparation for the Autumn Census


Preparing Post 16 Data for the 2018 Census

Managing Courses and Post 16 Data

Useful Links

DfE QAN Web Service (QWS):

DFE Section 96 Qualifications – QANs approved for funding:

OFQUAL – The Register of Regulated Qualifications:

LARS – the Data Service for further education

DfE Census documentation area:

EFA Funding Guidance

Post 16 Funding 

Funding queries

Reminders from the EFA

Recording EEP / work-experience hours

All work-experience hours that are an essential part of the qualification hours (i.e. when work-experience is a requirement to achieve a qualification) must be recorded within the qualification hours and not as EEP hours.

Recording multiple core aims and/or high number of learning aims

All study programme must be challenging to the young person with modular delivery only being offered if this supports the specific needs of the student.

Progressions in courses offered

All study programmes should offer a programme that is at a higher level than their prior attainment (only in exceptional circumstances this will not be the case and if so, clear evidence and rationale should be provided if necessary to any funding auditor).

Recording vocational core aims whilst on a predominantly academic programme

If a young person is on a predominantly academic programme, the core aim must be an academic qualification, even if one vocational qualification offered is larger than each individual academic qualifications.

Apportionment of planned hours across 2 years

Planned hours for 2-year programmes must be apportioned over 2 funding periods. The hours entered must be realistic and deliverable to each individual student and for the academic year in question. Institutions must ensure that this can be evidenced if necessary to any funding auditor.

Condition of funding

Institutions must take account of the student’s prior attainment level before enrolling them onto an English and/or maths stepping stone or GCSE qualification.

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