Alternative provider student record 2015/16 - Location identifier
Alternative provider student record 2015/16
Fields required from institutions in England
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This field records the identifier for the physical location in which the course was taught.
Compulsory for all instance periods associated with designated courses and where designation is held at provider level. Optional for students on non-designated courses.
A fifteen character (maximum) identifier for each location designated for the provision of a course is required to be submitted to HEFCE/BIS as part of the designation process. The unique combination of course identifier and location(s) defines a designated course. This identifier must be submitted to HESA in this field.
A designated course may have multiple approved locations. Providers should submit each location associated with the relevant instance period. This field may be returned multiple times to allow for this.
The valid characterset available for this field follows the Data Standards in the HESA AP student record.
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. Providers 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 relating to this field are displayed here.
To identify course location.
Data type: LOCATIONType
|Change management notes||Coverage, Description and Notes sections have been updated to reflect the fact that this field is now required for those providers holding blanket designation, and may optionally be submitted for non-designated courses, should providers wish to do so.|
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