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HESA Student Record 2009/10 - Socio-economic classification

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HESA Student Record 2009/10

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Socio-economic classification

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Short nameSEC

This field collects the socio-economic classification of students participating in HE if 21 or over at the start of their course or parental classification if under 21

Applicable toEngland Northern Ireland Scotland Wales

All entrants where EntryProfile.UCASAPPID exists where Course.COURSEAIM begins with H, I, J or C or is M22, M26 and EntryProfile.DOMICILE = XF, XG, XH, XI, XK, XL, GG, JE or IM

Base data typeSECCodeType
Field length1
Part of
Minimum occurrences0
Maximum occurrences1
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Reason required

To monitor social background of students in a standard way.


This collects the socio-economic background of students aged 21 and over at the start of their course, or for students under 21 the socio-economic background of their parent, step-parent or guardian who earns the most. It is based on occupation, and if the parent or guardian is retired or unemployed, this is based on their most recent occupation.

Code 9 'Not classified' includes the 3 categories:

  • students
  • occupations not stated or inadequately described
  • not classifiable for other reasons.

For students entering through UCAS this information will be available from UCAS via the *J transaction.

Institutions are encouraged to provide this information for other full-time undergraduates in order to provide more complete statistical information for the sector.

A full coding frame for SEC can been obtained from The Office for National Statistics.

OwnerOffice for National Statistics
Date modified2010-06-30
Change management notesLink added to Office of National Statistics NS-SEC guidance
Business rules

EntryProfile.SEC must exist where EntryProfile.UCASAPPID exists and Course.COURSEAIM begins H, I, J or C or is M22, M26 and EntryProfile.DOMICILE = XF, XG, XH, XI, XK, XL, GG, JE or IM.

Schema components
Element: SEC
Data type: SECCodeContentType
Valid entries and labels
1Higher managerial & professional occupations
2Lower managerial & professional occupations
3Intermediate occupations
4Small employers & own account workers
5Lower supervisory & technical occupations
6Semi-routine occupations
7Routine occupations
8Never worked & long-term unemployed
9Not classified

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