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Student 2018/19 - Foundation degree to degree bridging course

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Student 2018/19

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Foundation degree to degree bridging course


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Typefield
Short nameBRIDGE
Description

This field identifies instances where any part of the instance involves a foundation degree to degree bridging course

Applicable toEngland Northern Ireland Scotland Wales
Coverage

All instances (where Instance.REDUCEDI = 00 and Course.COURSEAIM is not Z99), unless provider in Wales and Course.COURSEAIM begins with P, Q, R, S or X.

Valid entries and labels
CodeLabel
0Not a foundation degree to degree bridging course
1Foundation degree to degree bridging course
Notes

Foundation degree to degree bridging courses are taken after completing a foundation degree to enable students to join the final year of an honours degree. They are short courses which are not an integral part of the course they are bridging from, although progression from a successful completion of the bridging course to the final year of an honours degree is assured.

Where a student’s studies include, within the same instance, a foundation degree to degree bridging course this bridging course element will be shown by code 1 ‘Foundation degree to degree bridging course’ in Instance.BRIDGE and an increased FTE in Instance.STULOAD.

Where a student studies only a bridging course within the HESA reporting year Course.COURSEAIM should be returned with a value of H90.

Where a student undertakes a foundation degree and bridging course in the same HESA reporting year Instance.FUNDCOMP, should reflect whether the student completed the foundation degree and will therefore usually be returned with a value of 1. Similarly where the student progresses to a degree after completion of the bridging course Instance.FUNDCOMP should reflect the completion status of the degree.

Guidance from Office for Students

Where the bridging course spans HESA reporting years, Office for Students advise that the FTE must all be returned in the second HESA reporting year; this differs from the method used for other non-standard course academic years. Providers should also indicate in Instance.BRIDGE that the student has studied a foundation degree to degree bridging course only in the year in which the FTE is increased. It may be that the inclusion of a foundation degree to degree bridging course means that the year of instance becomes non-standard ie. no longer contained within the HESA reporting year. However, where the year would otherwise have been recorded as a standard academic year the year should still be recorded as such.

Where a student’s only activity during the academic year is a foundation degree bridging course (for instance if a student withdraws during or following completion of the course, or if they transfer in from another provider before starting the course), the Course.COURSEAIM field should be returned with a value of H90, I90 or J90 depending on the level of credit awarded for the bridging course.

Where a student undertakes a foundation degree and starts a bridging course in the same academic year, but the bridging course is counted in the next academic year, the Instance.FUNDCOMP field should reflect whether the student completed the foundation degree and will therefore usually be returned with a value of 1. If the bridging course does not continue into the next academic year, the Instance.BRIDGE field should be coded as 1 and the Instance.FUNDCOMP field should reflect whether the student completed the bridging course. Similarly, where the student progresses to a degree after completing the bridging course, Instance.FUNDCOMP should reflect the completion status of the year of instance of the degree.

Guidance from HEFCW

Where the bridging course spans HESA reporting years, HEFCW advise that the FTE must be split between the years, as for other courses. Providers should also indicate in Instance.BRIDGE that the student has studied a foundation degree to degree bridging course, in the year in which the bridging course started.

Examples

A student completes a foundation degree in June 2008 and then undertakes a bridging course from July to September and then joins the final year of a degree which they complete in June 2009.

Field2007/082008/09
COURSEAIMJ10H00
STULOAD100.0130.0
TYPEYR11
BRIDGE01

Example for providers in Wales

A student completes a foundation degree in June 2008 and then undertakes a bridging course from July to September and then joins the final year of a degree which they complete in June 2009.

Field2007/082008/09
COURSEAIMJ16H00
STULOAD110.0120.0
TYPEYR21
BRIDGE10
Quality rules
Quality rules relating to this entity are displayed here.
Reason required To identify students who undertook foundation degree bridging courses in order to allocate funding.
Part of
Field length1
Minimum occurrences0
Maximum occurrences1
Schema components
Element: BRIDGE
OwnerHESA
Version1.0

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