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Alternative provider student 2016/17 - Date of birth

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Alternative provider student 2016/17

Fields required from institutions in England

Date of birth

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Short nameBIRTHDTE

This field records the date of birth of the student.

Applicable toEngland Scotland

All students.


All date fields in the AP student record must be completed using the ISO8601 format of YYYY-MM-DD. The specification of this field falls within the scope of the Aligned Data Definitions and follows the Data Standards in the HESA AP student record.

This field is mandatory. If, in exceptional circumstances, the date of birth is not known, an empty element should be returned with neither characters nor spaces within it:


HESA monitors the number of unknown birth dates submitted by each provider.

For students entering through UCAS this information will be available from UCAS via the *J transaction.

Information relating to age is asked in order to monitor equality, diversity and inclusion in the higher education sector and support institutions in meeting their obligations under the Equality Act 2010.

Quality rules
Quality rules to follow
Reason required

To understand student demographics and facilitate record linkage across collections.

Part of
Field length10
Minimum occurrences1
Maximum occurrences1
Schema components
Data type: DateType
OwnerInformation Standards Board - Aligned Data Definitions
Date modified2017-05-18
Change management notesGuidance added to detail the purpose for this field being collected.

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