HESA Student Record 2007/08 - Highest qualification on entry
HESA Student Record 2007/08
Fields required from institutions in England
Highest qualification on entry
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This field indicates the highest qualification that a student holds on entry, not necessarily that applicable for entry to the course.
|Applicable to||England Northern Ireland Scotland Wales|
All entrants where Instance.REDUCEDI = 00 or 01
|Base data type||QUALENT2CodeType|
This field, together with information in QualificationsOnEntry gives information about a student's qualifications on entry to a course. It is also used to identify students with tariff-bearing qualifications.
For students entering through UCAS this information will be available from UCAS via the *J transaction.
Code 99 ‘Not known’ should not be used as a standard default. Institutions are expected to seek and code ‘Highest qualification on entry’.
Should a student have more than one of the qualifications listed, it is for the institution to decide which is the ‘highest’. In cases where it is unclear which qualification is the ‘highest’, enter the code which is closest to ‘01’.
Codes 37 GNVQ/GSVQ level 3 and 38 NVQ/SVQ level 3 may be used where a student holds both level 3 qualifications and GCE 'A' Level/SCE 'Higher' qualifications, if it is the institution's judgement that these the GNVQ/GSVQ/NVQ/SVQ qualifications are 'highest'. Such students will not normally be included in tariff calculations.
Code 31 Foundation Degree covers those programmes which HEIs are running as Foundation Degrees which are consistent with the 'Statement of Design Principles' for Foundation Degrees issued by UUK and SCOP.
GNVQ qualifications are being phased out, but are included as these may be the students highest qualification on entry.
Further guidance for codes
44 Access course validated by QAA
45 Access course not validated by QAA
A recognised Access to HE course is one listed under the DIUS's List of Access Courses Preparing Students for Entry to Courses of Higher Education. To qualify for inclusion on the list, an Access course must be validated by an Authorised Validating Agency which has been licensed for the purpose by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), under the terms of the QAA Recognition Scheme for Access to Higher Education in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. This list is available in hard copy from the DIUS and is also recorded on the UCAS Access Courses Database (http://www.ucas.ac.uk/access). Access courses at institutions in Scotland can only be coded 45 'Access course not validated'.
HEFCE use qualification on entry data to inform funding. Since 2005-06 funding students with unknown entry qualifications have received zero weighting in the widening participation and improving retention funding streams. In particular, where students have entered via UCAS with qualifications that are made available by UCAS for inclusion on the HESA student record which are not returned by institutions HEFCE expect them to receive a zero weight.
Students entering with enhanced first degrees, that is qualifications that would be coded H22/M22 in the COURSEAIM field, should be recorded as having a higher degree (01) in the QUALENT2 field.
|Change management notes||Additional guidance from HEFCE - last paragraph of notes regarding coding of students with enhanced first degrees|
Data type: QUALENT2CodeContentType
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