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Initial Teacher Training 2016/17

Fields required from institutions in England

Previous qualification

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Short namePreviousQualification

To record qualifications held prior to the start of the course

Applicable toEngland

All postgraduate course entrants, that is, students where Student.COMDATE is in the current reporting period where Student.QLAIM is a postgraduate qualification (Student.QLAIM = 020, 021, 031) or (Student.ENTRYRTE = 04, 05 or 08) or (Student.TTCID = 1 and Student.ITTAIM = 201).


This entity records the relevant previous degree qualifications the student has gained, such as an undergraduate degree, masters or PhD etc. The NCTL would expect a student’s first degree and the qualification that awards them a higher level of bursary to be returned.

The following example shows where a trainee would only qualify for a Tier 3 bursary if the bursary was based upon the first degree gained. Therefore adding the masters qualification and including it as the BURSFLAG will clearly indicate to the NCTL why a Tier 2 bursary payment has been selected in Student.BURSLEV.

Trainee on a Physics PG course Grade achieved Mark as the PreviousQualification.FIRSTDEG Mark as the PreviousQualification.BURSFLAG
First degree Yes (2:2) 01 This qualification is the first degree obtained
Masters Yes (Pass) 02 This qualification is not the first degree obtained 01 This qualification relates to the bursary awarded to the student
Quality rules
Quality rules to follow
Reason required

To enable multiple qualifications to be returned. In some cases, the first degree obtained by a student may not necessarily be the most appropriate one to use for funding purposes. Enabling multiple qualifications to be entered allows the HE provider to distinguish.

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Date modified2016-07-21
Change management notesThe descriptions of the constituent fields within this entity have been updated to be as clear and unambiguous as possible. Guidance in the Notes section revised to state more clearly what should be returned in this entity.

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