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Student 2018/19 - Aiming for an Equivalent or Lower Qualification

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Student 2018/19

Fields required from institutions in All fields

Aiming for an Equivalent or Lower Qualification

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valid entries
Short nameELQ

This field will capture whether a student is aiming for an Equivalent or Lower Qualification than one already achieved.

Applicable toEngland

All instances at providers in England where (Instance.FESTUMK = 2 or 3) and (Instance.REDUCEDI = 00 or 01) and Instance.FEEELIG = 1 and Course.COURSEAIM begins with E, M, H, I, J or C.

Valid entries and labels
01Non-exempt ELQ
02Exempt ELQ
03Not ELQ
09Not required

The current guidance from Office for Students on Equivalent or Lower Qualifications (ELQs) can be found in HESES, which can be downloaded via the Office for Students website

Students who are exempt on the basis that they are claiming Disabled Students' Allowance should be coded 02.

Students on courses which are not assessed, as defined as per Office for Students's definitions in the above publication, can be coded as 09 'Not required', namely:

  • ITT students on courses that lead to QTS
  • INSET students who hold QTS
  • NHS funded students who are non-fundable.

Providers are required to make a reasonable assessment of the ELQ status for students covered by a current exemption. Office for Students recognise that providers may not routinely undertake a full assessment for students subject to an exemption and therefore this field may contain less accurate data for these students, however it is expected that it will provide a more robust assessment than a crude comparison of Course.COURSEAIM and EntryProfile.QUALENT3 would allow.

Quality rules
Quality rules relating to this entity are displayed here.
Reason required To assist in determining whether a student is non-fundable under the ELQ policy.
Part of
Field length2
Minimum occurrences0
Maximum occurrences1
Schema components
Element: ELQ
Data type: ELQCodeContentType

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