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Key Information Set 2012/13 - Accreditation type

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Key Information Set 2012/13

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Accreditation type

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Short nameACCTYPE

This field records the type of accreditation

Applicable toEngland Northern Ireland Scotland Wales

Where course has professional accreditation


This should contain a short textual description of the type of accreditation that arises as a result of the course for example Chartered, Membership, Fellowship. The wording used should be consistent with that used by the accrediting body on its website. The wording provided will be inserted into the following sentence at the place marked by YYYY "This course is recognised by XXXX for the purposes of YYYY" where XXXX is the text derived from Accreditation.ACCBODYID.

If the course is accredited but students do not receive anything specific as a consequence then this field should not be returned and the text will instead read 'This course is accredited by XXXX' where XXXX is the text derived from Accreditation.ACCBODYID.

Valid characters

The valid characterset available for this field follows the Data Standards in the HESA student record.

  • The general policy is to support all Latin-based characters for names, addresses and general text fields, but not non-Latin characters.
  • All Unicode code charts for Latin characters are supported. These are Basic Latin (excluding the C0 control characters), Latin-1 (excluding the C1 control characters), Latin Extended A, Latin Extended B and Latin Extended Additional. This set corresponds to Unicode code points U+0020 to U+007F, U+00A0 to U+024F and U+IE00 to U+IEFF.
  • Schemas are built in such a way that an individual project can further restrict the set if required.

Please note that this field excludes non-breaking spaces, tabs, carriage return, line feed, form feed and vertical tab characters, as these will affect formatting.

The character set chosen will support Welsh and Gaelic languages as well as all European and most other languages using a Latin-based character set.

The Unicode charts that list each of the characters in this range can be found on the Unicode web site. The specific sets that are defined here are shown in the following PDF documents:

Files must be encoded with UTF-8 and schema validation will be in place to ensure this. Institutions must specify the encoding used in their XML files in the first line of the file (i.e. <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?>) and to ensure that their files are actually saved with that encoding. If XML files are edited with some text editors and the encoding is not specified or does not match the actual file encoding, there may be problems when submitting these files for validation.

Quality rules
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KIS data item

Part of
Field length80
Minimum occurrences0
Maximum occurrences1
Schema components
Element: ACCTYPE
Data type: ACCTYPEType
Year this field relates to2013/14
Date modified2012-05-22
Change management notesData type maximum length corrected to 80 to match the field length. Minimum Occurrences change to '0' to match the guidance.

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