The TEO must ensure that, throughout the period of funding approval, a programme of study or qualification in which an eligible student is enrolled and that receives SACNC funding:
a) meets the objectives of foundation level tertiary education, which are to:
(i) provide people who do not already have essential foundation skills with access to a low cost way to gain those skills; and
(ii) provide progression to higher level study and skilled employment; and
(iii) build the literacy and numeracy skills of eligible students; and
(iv) enable beginning students to learn English or te reo Māori; and
(v) encourage those TEOs that are best able to meet the needs of foundation education students.
b) is, and continues to be, one of the following:
(i) a course or courses leading to the award of a qualification at level 1 or 2 on the NZQF that has a credit value of 20 credits or more; or
(ii) a training scheme or short award with a credit value greater than 20 credits; or
(iii) National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) at level 2 that is aligned with one or more of the Vocational Pathways; and
c) includes embedded literacy and numeracy provision (except for qualifications in ESOL or Te Reo Māori); and
d) includes an assessment process, under which students are assessed using the Literacy and Numeracy for Adults Assessment Tool unless the qualification is in ESOL or Te Reo Māori; and
e) if the qualification is in ESOL or Te Reo Māori, includes an assessment process under which students are assessed using the Literacy and Numeracy for Adults Assessment Tool (as required by the TEC); and
f) is provided by tutors who hold an appropriate qualification (such as the National Certificate in Adult Literacy Education (Vocational)); and
g) is fees-free to students who are under the age of 25 years at the time the course commences; and
h) does not require a fee to be paid (by students aged 25 years or over) that is higher than the last time the TEO offered that course and charged a fee.
The TEO must not use SACNC funding for programmes of study or training where the TEC considers on reasonable grounds that:
a) a majority of the programme of study or training relates to health and safety or regulatory compliance learning; or
b) students enrolled in the programme of study or training will only complete the health and safety or regulatory compliance learning components of that programme of study or training.