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Student 2016/17 - InstanceInstance

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Student 2016/17

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Short nameInstance

This records a coherent engagement with the provider aiming towards the award of a qualification(s) or credit.

Applicable toEngland Northern Ireland Scotland Wales

All students


A student undertakes a course; the course being a combination of subject and qualification that define what the student is aiming for e.g. BSc degree in English Literature. A student on a course is referred to as an instance. Since it is possible for a student to undertake more than one course during the reporting year, there may be more than one instance for a student in a provider's return.

An instance is tracked over time using UHN linking. An instance can be linked to different course records in different years but these course records must all be at the same level (i.e. undergraduate or postgraduate).

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The instance is the central concept in the specification of the HESA Student Record.

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Maximum occurrencesunbounded
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Element: Instance
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