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Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education record 2015/16

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Coverage of the record

Version 1.1 Produced 2016-03-24

Contents: General definition | Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education population | Student record exclusions from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education population | Alternative providers record exclusions from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education population

General definition

The Student and Alternative provider student records are collected in respect of all students registered in the reporting higher education provider (HEP) who follow programmes of study leading to the award of a qualification or provider credit.

The DLHE record supplements these records and collects information about what those completing their higher education experience go on to do. The record has two parts: an early survey and a longitudinal follow-up. However, this manual describes only the part of the record to be collected by HEPs in 2015/16, which is the early survey with two reference dates.

The definition of the population to be surveyed as part of the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education record as at each of April 2016 and January 2017 is set out below with reference to the Student and Alternative provider student records. HEPs are required to survey all leavers in the DLHE population and all the responses received that meet the minimum data requirements must be returned to HESA.

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education population

The HESA Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) target population contains all students reported to HESA for the reporting period 01 August to 31 July as obtaining relevant higher education qualifications and whose study was full-time or part-time (including sandwich students and those writing-up theses). Awards from dormant status are only included in the target population for postgraduate research students. Relevant qualifications exclude intercalated degrees, awards to visiting students, students on post-registration health and social care courses, and professional qualifications for serving school teachers.

Please note that the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education population now includes all students from all domiciles, and is no longer restricted to UK and European Union-domiciled leavers.

Student record exclusions from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education population

1. The following higher education qualifications (QualificationsAwarded.QUAL).

Awards for Visiting students

  • L91 - Visiting research students at levels D or L, with formal or informal credit
  • M91 - Visiting taught students at levels E or M, with formal or informal credit
  • H91 - Visiting students at level H, with formal or informal credit
  • I91 - Visiting students at level I, with formal or informal credit

Post-registration health and social care awards

  • M76 - Post-registration health and social care qualification at level M
  • H76 - Post-registration health and social care qualification at level H other than a first degree with honours
  • I76 - Post-registration health and social care qualification at level I other than an ordinary (non-honours) first degree
  • J76 - Post-registration health and social care qualification at level J

Professional qualifications for serving schoolteachers

  • M72 - Post-registration education qualification at level M other than a masters degree for serving schoolteachers
  • H72 - Professional qualification at level H for serving schoolteachers other than a first degree with honours
  • I72 - Professional qualification at level I for serving schoolteachers

Awards of credit

  • C90 - Credits at level C
  • D90 - Provider credit at level D that can count towards a research-based higher degree
  • E90 - Advanced taught study at level E for provider credit
  • L90 - Provider credit at level L that can count towards a research-based higher degree
  • M90 - Taught work at level M for provider credit
  • H90 - Credits at level H
  • I90 - Credits at level I
  • J90 - Credits at level J

2. All further education level qualifications

Those QualificationsAwarded.QUAL that begin with P, Q, R, S or X.

3. Students studying on an intercalated course (Instance.INTERCALATE).

  • 01 - This student is studying on an intercalated course

4. Students studying mainly overseas (Instance.LOCSDY).

  • S - Studying abroad and included in the Student record as student has spent or will spend more than 8 weeks in the UK

5. Incoming exchange students (Instance.EXCHANGE).

  • 4 - Other incoming exchange or visiting student
  • G - Incoming ERASMUS student

6. Deceased students (Instance.RSNEND).

  • 05 - Death

7. Qualifications awarded from dormant (suspended study) status, except Postgraduate Research qualifications (Instance.MODE).

Unless the first character of the qualification code is either D or L

  • 63 - Dormant - previously full-time
  • 64 - Dormant - previously part-time

8. Students who have been transferred out of the provider to another as part of collaborative supervision arrangements (Instance.RSNEND).

  • 12 - Transferred out as part of collaborative supervision arrangements

From this population:

Those for whom 2015-08-01 <=Instance.ENDDATE<=2015-12-31 should be surveyed with reference to April 2016

Those for whom 2016-01-01 <=Instance.ENDDATE<=2016-07-31 should be surveyed with reference to January 2017

Where an individual has been awarded two qualifications which fall into different survey periods they should be surveyed twice. The Student.APRJAN data item should be used to indicate which survey a response applies to. An individual making two responses should be included in the dataset twice, allowing their responses to be linked to the relevant qualifications rewarded.

Alternative providers record exclusions from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education population

1. The following higher education qualifications (QualificationsAwarded.QUAL).

Awards for Visiting students

  • H91 - Visiting students at level H, with formal or informal credit
  • I91 - Visiting students at level I, with formal or informal credit

Post-registration health and social care awards

  • H76 - Post-registration health and social care qualification at level H other than a first degree with honours
  • I76 - Post-registration health and social care qualification at level I other than an ordinary (non-honours) first degree
  • J76 - Post-registration health and social care qualification at level J

Professional qualifications for serving schoolteachers

  • H72 - Professional qualification at level H for serving schoolteachers other than a first degree with honours
  • I72 - Professional qualification at level I for serving schoolteachers

Awards of credit

  • H90 - Credits at level H
  • I90 - Credits at level I
  • J90 - Credits at level J
  • C90 - Credits at level C

2. Students studying mainly overseas (InstancePeriod.LOCSDY).

  • S - Studying abroad and included in the Student record as student has spent or will spend more than 8 weeks in the UK

3. Incoming exchange students (InstancePeriod.EXCHIND).

  • 1 - Incoming exchange student

4. Deceased students (Instance.RSNEND).

  • 05 - Death

5. Qualifications awarded from dormant (suspended study) status, except Postgraduate Research qualifications (InstancePeriod.NOTACT).

For every Instance.InstancePeriod in a reporting period:

  • 1 - Student is not in active study
  • 2 - DH/NHS student temporarily stepping-off Continuity Register

From this population:

Those for whom 2015-08-01 <=Instance.ENDDATE<=2015-12-31 should be surveyed with reference to April 2016

Those for whom 2016-01-01 <=Instance.ENDDATE<=2016-07-31 should be surveyed with reference to January 2017

Where an individual has been awarded two qualifications which fall into different survey periods they should be surveyed twice. The Student.APRJAN data item should be used to indicate which survey a response applies to. An individual making two responses should be included in the dataset twice, allowing their responses to be linked to the relevant qualifications rewarded.


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