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Volume 410: debated on Friday 19 September 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how he will define the qualifying breadth of a qualification at Level 2 to which an entitlement to free tuition will be attached. [131367]

Adult learners will be eligible for free tuition to reach their first full level 2 qualification. The White Paper "21st Century Skills; Realising Our Potential" (Cmnd 5810) stated that a full level 2 would be interpreted as covering "any qualification equivalent in standard and breadth to 5 GCSEs at A*-C or a National Vocational Qualification at level 2". We are working with the Learning and Skills Council and the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority to identify in detail which qualifications meet this definition.