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Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Act 2005

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5Fundable further and higher education

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(1)In this Act (subject to subsection (2)), “fundable further education” means any programme of learning (which is not school education within the meaning of the 1980 Act) which—

(a)prepares a person for a vocational qualification;

(b)prepares a person for—

(i)a qualification awarded by the Scottish Qualifications Authority; or

(ii)a General Certificate of Education qualification of England and Wales or Northern Ireland;

(c)prepares a person for access to a course of fundable higher education;

(d)is designed to assist persons whose first language is not English to achieve any level of competence in English language;

(e)provides instruction for persons who are participating in a programme of learning referred to in this subsection and who have support needs; or

(f)prepares a person for participation in any programme of learning referred to in this subsection.

(2)In this Act, “fundable further education” also includes education of a type described in subsection (5)(b)(ii) to (iv) of section 1 (duty of education authorities to secure provision of education) of the 1980 Act.

(3)In this Act, “fundable higher education” means any course of education which—

(a)is a course at a higher level in preparation for a higher diploma or certificate;

(b)is a first degree course;

(c)is a course for the education and training of teachers;

(d)is a course of post-graduate studies (including a higher degree course);

(e)is a course at a higher level in preparation for a qualification from a professional body;

(f)is a course at a higher level not referred to in any of paragraphs (a) to (e);

(g)provides instruction for persons who are participating in a course of education referred to in this subsection and who have support needs; or

(h)is designed predominantly to prepare a person for participation in any course of education referred to in this subsection.

(4)For the purposes of subsection (3)(a), (e) and (f), a course is to be regarded as providing education at a higher level if its standard is higher than the standard of courses in preparation for examinations for—

(a)the Scottish Vocational Qualification Level 3;

(b)the Scottish Certificate of Education at Advanced Higher;

(c)the General Certificate of Education of England and Wales or Northern Ireland at advanced level; or

(d)the Scottish Qualifications Authority national certificate.

(5)For the purposes of subsection (3)(d), post-graduate studies includes a course following the award of a higher diploma or certificate.

(6)The Scottish Ministers may by order modify subsections (1) to (5).

(7)Before making an order under subsection (6), the Scottish Ministers must consult the Council.

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