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HESA Student Record 2007/08 - Length of current year of instance

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HESA Student Record 2007/08

Fields required from institutions in Northern Ireland

Length of current year of instance

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Short name YEARLGTH
Type field

This field is used to indicate the normal number of weeks (excluding holidays and placements) from the commencement of study, the first teaching week, to the completion within the current year of the course. It does not purport to indicate the amount of study time or contact time. The field should reflect the length of the whole of the current year of the course and not just the part which is in the current reporting period 1 August - 31 July.

Applicable to Scotland Wales

All instances at institutions in Wales and Scotland where Instance.REDUCEDI = 00

Base data type PositiveIntegerWithNullStructure2
Field length 2
Part of
Minimum occurrences 0
Maximum occurrences 1
Reason required

To assist Statutory Customers to monitor programme patterns.


The value should exclude holidays and placements.

Years of course out on placement should have an empty element returned with the ReasonForNull attribute set to 9 (not applicable), i.e:

           <YEARLGTH ReasonForNull="9"></YEARLGTH>

This approach can also be followed by institutions in Scotland, in cases where there is not a defined normal length for the year of the course.

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.

Owner HESA
Version 1.2
Date modified 2008-05-30
Change management notes Updated datatype from PositiveIntegerWithNullStructure to PositiveIntegerWithNullStructure2, and guidance added on the format for numeric data
Business rules
1 (Error)

Instance.YEARLGTH must exist for institutions in Wales and Scotland where Instance.REDUCEDI = 00

2 (Error)

Instance.YEARLGTH must be NULL and ReasonForNull = 9 where Instance.LOCSDY = D or F

3 (Error)

Instance.YEARLGTH must not exist for institutions in England or Northern Ireland

Schema components

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