Year of course
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This field indicates the year number of the course that the student is currently studying. This could be different from the year of student if the student has changed course or re-taken a year.
|Applicable to||England Northern Ireland Scotland Wales|
|Base data type||xs:nonNegativeInteger|
To track student progression; used in conjunction with YEARSTU, for example, for the identification of direct entrants to later years of programmes, and to identify courses with a foundation year, to support entry qualification calculations, and to identify students for inclusion in the National Students Survey.
Courses of less than one year should be coded 1 in this field.
Institutions may return code 99 if the course structure does not enable Year of course to be derived.
In cases where foundation years are integral to degree programmes, the foundation year should be shown as Year 0 in this field and 'degree' in Course.COURSEAIM. This will allow a clear distinction to be made between stand-alone Foundation courses and those which are integral to degree programmes. The relationship between this field and Instance.YEARSTU in these circumstances is shown in the table below.
This field should not increment for students who are writing-up, but Instance.YEARSTU would increment on the anniversary of their starting date.
This field should be incremented for each year of a course a student studies. Therefore, where students do not repeat any studies, year of course will increment each reporting year. In particular, where students study full-time courses on a part-time basis the year of course should still increment every year. For example, if a student is studying a degree normally taken full-time over 3 years, over 6 years part-time, the year of course should start at 1 and increase each reporting year to 6.
The length of this field is 2 characters, however the move to XML enables data to be returned with or without leading zeros, e.g. 03 or 3.