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Key information for delivering CeFE

The Department for Education has advised Awarding Organisations of qualifications that have been approved for inclusion on the 2020 performance tables.

Our Certificate in Financial Education (CeFE) has not been approved and we are appealing this decision. We do not yet know the date by which we will hear the outcome of the appeal.

We know this will have come as a shock to you and details regarding the academic year 2018/19 will be shared soon. Please see below some questions we think you will want answered quickly.

Our level 3 qualifications CeFS and DipFS remain approved and we are committed to the development of robust qualifications with meaningful content and rigorous assessment that develop real skills and understanding and that provide a strong pathway to further education and career opportunities.

  • As the updated programme has not been approved, all students registered to complete in 2018/19 will complete the current version of CeFE.
  • Students due for completion in 2019/20 will be offered the opportunity to change their end dates to complete in the academic year 2018/19.
  • If the appeal is successful and the decision to reject is overturned, the revised qualification will be assessed for the first time in 2019/20. Students planned to complete from 2019/20 onwards will have to sit the revised qualification.

Students can complete when they wish, contingent on their registration details, but any student completing after 2018/19 will not gain points.

Yes. Approvals by Ofqual and for funding are not yet affected by this current appeal.

The DfE have approved this qualification for three years. With no change in the rules and no change in the qualification, it is as rigorous and challenging as it always has been. It differentiates students well and feedback from centres tells us that it is a vital and highly regarded qualification.

At this early stage, it is difficult to say. We need to receive the outcome of our appeal before we can make a decision. However, we want to be able to provide schools and colleges with a range of qualifications across different levels and so it is likely that we will develop a new level 2 qualification. We cannot say when that would be.

Until the revised qualification is approved, we will not share any revised materials or specimen papers, as this may cause confusion for students and centres.