|Name:||General qualification aim of student|
|Description:||The General qualification aim of student is intended to record the qualification the student hopes to attain as a result of his/her studies. This will not necessarily be the highest possible level of qualification, but the entry that the student is aiming for at the time. Later possible conversions from subdegree to degree level (or vice versa) must be ignored here.|
|Notes:|| Codes 02-14 and 62 and 98 will be assumed for analysis to be at postgraduate level. Codes 02, 04, 06 and 14 are assumed to be postgraduate research and codes 03, 05, 07-13, 62 and 98 are assumed to be postgraduate taught programmes of study.|
Codes 19-52 and 61 and 97 will be assumed for analysis to be at undergraduate HE level.
Codes 53-55, 71-83 and 99 will be assumed for analysis to be at FE level.
The 'General qualification aim of student' should be coded at the same level (postgraduate, undergraduate, FE) as was shown for the student in the Funding Council HESES/Early Statistics.
Where the institution allows enrolment onto ordinary degrees in addition to honours degrees, the information about which qualification the student obtained will be collected by field 39, Classification.
Higher bachelors degrees at undergraduate level should be coded 21.
Enhanced first degrees (code 22) include Finneston degrees and other "undergraduate masters" degrees, e.g. MEng. Such courses should be coded 22 for every year of the programme of study.
An intercalated first degree (code 24) is where students on a first degree, usually in medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine, interrupt their studies to complete a one-year course of advanced studies in a related topic, usually to Honours standard. On completion of the intercalated year, the student resumes studies on their original programme of study.
Code 19 'First degree with eligibility to register to practice (doctor/dentist/veterinary surgeon)' will be used in combination with the subject code or codes to identify those degrees which lead to eligibility to register as a practitioner as a doctor, dentist or veterinary surgeon. Explicit recognition of degrees which lead to eligibility to register as a practitioner in other specific professions may be added in future.
Postgraduate professional qualifications are those which, regardless of their level, normally require the possession of a first degree for admission. Undergraduate professional diplomas and certificates should be coded 25. Professional awarding body can be identified in field 47, Awarding body 1, and field 48, Awarding body 2.
Where a student is following a programme of study leading potentially to two or more qualifications concurrently, and that combination is not specified under valid entries, please return the qualification the code of which is closest to 02.
For HE level students funded by FEFCE or FEFCW (shown as code 3 'The student is an FE Funding Council funded student studying at HE level' in field 6, FE student marker) both fields 41, General qualification aim of student, and 42, FE general qualification aim of student, must be completed in full.
For FE level students in England and Wales (shown as code 1'The student is an FE Funding Council funded student studying at FE level' or code 4 'The student is not an FE Funding Council funded student but is studying at FE level' in field 6, FE student marker) both fields 41, General qualification aim of student, and 42, FE general qualification aim of student, must be completed. However, code 76 'Other qualification below HE level' may be returned as a default in field 41, General qualification aim of student, for all FE level students except (a) at institutions in Wales for students on Welsh for Adults courses which should be coded 83 and (b) at institutions in England for FE level students who are repeating the programme of study which should be coded 81 or 82.
FE (E) default code 76 'Other qualification below HE level' will be assumed to be 'Not a repeated programme of study at this institution'.
Certificate in Further Education should be coded 08 if at postgraduate level or 32 if at undergraduate level.
Code 31 Foundation Course relates to advanced or HE level. HE for the purposes of this field is defined as those programmes of study for which the level of instruction is above that of courses leading to GCE 'A' levels, SCE Highers and CSYS, ONC and OND.
Foundation courses below HE level should be coded 77 or 99 if the programme of study does not lead to any formal qualification.
Access to HE courses should be coded 71-78 as appropriate, or 99 if the programme of study does not lead to any formal qualification.
Visiting and exchange students taking credit bearing courses towards their own institution's qualification should be coded 61 or 62, 'Institutional credit'.
Post/Higher Doctorates should not be included in the return.
Code 01 is 'Not used'.
|Example:|| Where a course leads to an MSc or a postgraduate diploma (depending upon the results of exams/projects/etc.), the general qualification aim should be recorded as "MSc" unless the student intends only to take the diploma.|
With a course leading to an HND, where some of the students may subsequently carry on to take a degree, their current general qualification aim of HND should be recorded.
|Reason Required:|| To distinguish between courses leading to degrees, HNDs, etc.|
To determine student numbers by level.
Key descriptor of the sector used for publications, projections and planning.
|02||Doctorate degree mainly by research.|
|03||Doctorate degree not mainly by research.|
|04||Masters degree mainly by research.|
|05||Masters degree not mainly by research.|
|06||Postgraduate bachelors degree mainly by research.|
|07||Postgraduate bachelors degree not mainly by research.|
|08||Postgraduate diploma or certificate (not PGCE) not mainly by research.|
|10||Professional qualification at postgraduate level (not PGCE) with or without academic qualification.|
|14||Postgraduate diploma or certificate (not PGCE) mainly by research.|
|19||First degree with eligibility to register to practice (doctor/dentist/veterinary surgeon).|
|20||First degree with Qualified Teacher Status/registration with General Teaching Council.|
|22||Enhanced first degree.|
|23||First degree and diploma (to be obtained concurrently).|
|24||Intercalated first degree.|
|25||Professional qualification at undergraduate level, with or without academic qualification.|
|26||Professional qualification for serving school teachers|
|27||Post degree diploma/certificate at undergraduate level|
|29||Diploma of Higher Education.|
|30||Certificate of Higher Education.|
|31||Foundation course at HE level|
|32||Other undergraduate diplomas and certificates.|
|43||Other formal HE qualification of less than degree standard.|
|44||Qualified Teacher Status only (licenced teachers).|
|45||Teaching Certificate (trained through the medium of Welsh)|
|51||NVQ/SVQ level 5.|
|52||NVQ/SVQ level 4.|
|53||NVQ/SVQ level 3/GNVQ Advanced.|
|54||NVQ/SVQ level 2/GNVQ Intermediate.|
|55||NVQ/SVQ level 1/GNVQ Foundation.|
|61||Institutional undergraduate credit which may be counted towards qualifications contained within codes 02 to 52 (includes CAT Schemes).|
|62||Institutional postgraduate credit which may be counted towards qualifications contained within codes 02 to 52.|
|71||OND, SCOTVEC National diploma.|
|72||ONC, SCOTVEC National certificate.|
|73||City and Guilds.|
|74||Other non-advanced diploma.|
|75||Other non-advanced certificate.|
|76||Other qualification below HE level.|
|77||Foundation course at FE level.|
|78||Professional qualification at FE level, with or without academic qualification.|
|81||FE (E) Qualification aim. Repeated programme of study - previously taken at this institution and not achieved|
|82||FE (E) Qualification aim. Repeated programme of study - to improve the grade previously achieved at this institution|
|83||Welsh for Adults.|
|97||No formal undergraduate qualification (advanced/HE).|
|98||No formal postgraduate qualification (advanced/HE).|
|99||No formal qualification aim (non-advanced/FE).|
This field must not be blank (Severity: 99)
This field must contain a valid code. (Severity: 98)
If TTCID is equal to 1 then this field must take the value 12, 20 or 23 or 44. (Severity: 98)
Codes 81 and 82 can only be used by English institutions. (Severity: 99)
M_ISFIELD(uiCurFieldNo,"81") || M_ISFIELD(uiCurFieldNo,"82") ?
Code 83 can only be used by Welsh institutions. (Severity: 99)
If TTCID = 3 and MSFUND = 07 or FUNDCODE = 7 then this field must be 02-10, 14,25, 26, 27,29-31 32, 43, 61 or 62. (Severity: 9)
M_ISFIELD(_TTCID_,"3") && (M_ISFIELD(_MSFUND_,"07") || M_ISFIELD(_FUNDCODE_,"7")) ?
IsValidInteger(uiCurFieldNo,02L,10L) ||M_ISFIELD(uiCurFieldNo,"14")||IsValidInteger(uiCurFieldNo,25L,27L) ||IsValidInteger(uiCurFieldNo,29L,31L) ||M_ISFIELD(uiCurFieldNo,"32")||M_ISFIELD(uiCurFieldNo,"43")||M_ISFIELD(uiCurFieldNo,"61")||M_ISFIELD(uiCurFieldNo,"62") :
If this field = 26 then this QUALAIM will be assumed to be at undergraduate level. Check with HESA if any queries. (Severity: 9)