New qualifications Approved for funding at level 3 in England from 1 August 2025

The Department for Education approves qualifications for public funding in England if they meet the criteria for funding approval. You can find funding approval information for all of the qualifications funded through the qualification offers in England (except apprenticeships and traineeships) on this website: Overview - List of Qualifications approved for funding (

As part of the review of post-16 qualifications in England, the department has now published a list of Alternative Academic Qualifications (AAQs) and Technical Qualifications (TQs) that have been approved for public funding at level 3 from 1 August 2025, through cycle one of the review.

The list of new qualifications at level 3 that have been approved for funding is here

You can find more information about the various cycles of reforms to post-16 qualifications in the Post-16 Guide to the Future Landscape here: Guide to the post-16 qualifications landscape at level 3 and below for 2025 and beyond (


Frequently asked questions – May 2024 publication of qualifications at level 3 available for delivery in 2025-26

We have produced an FAQs document to support the publication of the list of new Alternative Academic Qualifications (AAQs) and Technical Qualifications (TQs) that will be publicly funded from 1 August 2025 in England at level 3, through cycle 1 of the post-16 qualifications review at level 3 and below. View the FAQs here


You can find a wider set of FAQs on the post-16 qualifications review in our Post-16 Qualifications Reform FAQs

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