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HESA Student Record 2013/14 - The type of aim recorded

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HESA Student Record 2013/14

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The type of aim recorded

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Short nameAIMTYPE

This field details the type of aim recorded.

Applicable toEngland

All instances at institutions in England where Instance.FESTUMK = 1, 3 or 4 and Instance.REDUCEDI = 00 or 01.

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1Programme Aim
3Component learning aim within a programme
4Learning aim that is not part of a programme
5Core aim – EFA funded learning aims only

Apprenticeship programmes

Code 2 'Main learning aim within an Apprenticeship programme' has been removed for 2013/14. Details of whether a qualification is the competency or knowledge element of an Apprenticeship framework are held in the Learning Aim Rates Service (LARS). Learning aims that were recorded with code 2 in 2012/13 should be re-coded using code 3 for 2013/14.

There should only be one competency based aim at any one time in an Apprenticeship programme.

Code 3 'Component learning aim within a programme' should be used for all learning aims within an Apprenticeship programme such as the competency based element, knowledge based element and functional skills learning aims.

14-19 Diploma programmes

Code 3 'Component learning aim within a programme' should be used within other programmes, such as Diplomas.

Code 5 'Core aim – EFA funded learning aims only' will need to be used for one learning aim within EFA funded Diplomas. This will need to be applied to all continuing students. The core aim should be recorded as per the guidance set out below. The programme aim cannot be recorded as the core aim.

Education Funding Agency (EFA) funded programmes

Code 5 must be used to identify the core aim within an EFA funded study programme. This will need to be applied to all students, including those continuing from 2012/13. The core aim is the substantive learning aim being undertaken in a student's programme of study. Please refer to the EFA funding documentation for further information about the core aim.

For academic study programmes, if the student's qualifications are of the same size, for example 3 A levels, the provider must assign one of these qualifications as the core aim.

Should a student withdraw from the core aim, the core aim should only be reassigned where the new core aim is clearly demonstrable to be a substantial and core component of the student's study programme. If an alternative aim that meets these criteria cannot be identified, the withdrawn aim should remain as the core aim.

For academic study programmes where all aims within the programme are of equal size there is no requirement to select another core aim should a student withdraw from the original core aim. Please refer to the EFA funding documentation for a definition of academic and vocational programmes.

It is expected that providers will be able to identify the substantive learning aim for the learner at the start of their study programme. It the core aim is unknown by the end of the funding qualifying period, then another aim should be designated as core until the substantive learning aim is decided upon and record. The aim type should then be re-assigned. The core aim must be finalised by the end of the teaching year.

All students with EFA funded learning aims must have one learning aim with Instance.AIMTYPE = 5 'Core aim – EFA funded learning aims only'.

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Reason required

To differentiate between programme aims, Education Funding Agency funded core aims, component learning aims within a programme and learning aims that are not part of a designated programme (as defined in the Programme type field).

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Element: AIMTYPE
OwnerInformation Management Services (including the Data Service and Learning Records Service)
Date modified2013-10-02
Change management notesNotes revised in order to align with the Individual Learner Record (ILR) specification version 4.

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