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Assessments: Per Capita Costs

Volume 468: debated on Monday 26 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the average net marginal cost was of a student taking (a) a GCSE in English literature, (b) a GCSE in English language, (c) a GCSE in mathematics, (d) an A-level in English literature, (e) an A-level in English language and (f) an A-level in mathematics at a further education college in the latest period for which figures are available. (166892)

We do not hold information on the net marginal cost of providing courses to learners in further education colleges. Colleges may identify this cost in their internal financial records but there is no requirement on them to share it with the Department or with the Learning and Skills Council.

The Learning and Skills Council funds all colleges on the basis of a national funding formula which includes base funding rates for all qualifications. The base funding rates the Learning and Skills Council will offer to further education colleges in respect of each learner undertaking the courses identified in this question in 2007-08 are:


Funding rate for each 16-18 year old learner in 2007-08

Funding rate for each 19+ year old learner in 2007-08

GCSE English Literature/Language/Mathematics



A level English Literature/Language/Mathematics



1Colleges receive this full funding rate for 19+ year old learners eligible for full fee remission in 2007-08. Where 19+ year old learners are not eligible for full fee remission the rate offered by the Learning and Skills Council is reduced and the college will ask the learner to contribute a proportion of the course fee.