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Unistats 2017/18 - Year abroad availability

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Unistats 2017/18

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Year abroad availability

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This field identifies whether a year abroad placement is available as a course component.

Applicable toEngland Northern Ireland Scotland Wales

All KISCourses.

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0Not available

This field should be completed to reflect the availability of a study placement abroad.

Study abroad relates to study placements only. This does not include work placements abroad, which should be returned under KISCourse.SANDWICH.

If a course is offered as both part-time and full-time this field must be returned as 0 'Not available' or 1 'Optional'. If this course component is compulsory for the full-time course then a separate part-time Unistats record should be returned, with this field being coded as 0 'Not available'.

In this context a component is considered compulsory if there is an expectation that students will take the component. It is recognised that even where such an expectation exists there will typically be some students who do not undertake the component.

If two industry placements, or study times abroad equate to 100% of a single course stage, then KISCourse.SANDWICH and KISCourse.YEARABROAD should be coded as either 1 ’Optional’ or 2 ‘Compulsory’, and appropriate fee information should be returned. If these two industry placements, or study times abroad do not equate to an entire course stage, the KISCourse.SANDWICH and KISCourse.YEARABROAD fields should be coded as 0 ‘Not available’.

Where a course contains a compulsory year abroad but the student can choose whether to spend their time overseas in a work placement or in study, the KISCourse.YEARABROAD field should be returned as 2 'Compulsory' and KISCourse.SANDWICH returned as 1 'Optional'.


In the second stage of a course, the student can choose to complete a 3 month learning placement abroad. The course stage is 9 months long in total, and so the placement is 33% of the entire stage. This would mean that KISCourse.YEARABROAD would be coded 0 ‘Not available’ as it does not total an entire course stage.

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