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Student 2018/19 - Location identifier

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Student 2018/19

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Location identifier

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Short nameLOCATION

This field records the Office for Students-issued identifier for the physical location in which the course was taught.

Applicable toEngland

All instances at alternative providers where (Course.COURSEAIM begins with H, I, J, C or is M22, M26, M28, M71 or M73) and the associated course is designated.


This field contains an identifier up to fifteen characters long for each location designated for the provision of a course, submitted to Office for Students and BIS as part of the designation process. The unique combination of course identifier and location defines a designated course.

Characters may be A-Z or 0-9.

A designated course may have multiple approved locations. Providers should submit each location associated with the relevant Course.COURSEID. This field may be returned multiple times to allow for this.

Valid characters

The valid characterset available for this field follows the Data Standards in the HESA Student record.

  • The general policy is to support all Latin-based characters for names, addresses and general text fields, but not non-Latin characters.
  • All Unicode code charts for Latin characters are supported. These are Basic Latin (excluding the C0 control characters), Latin-1 (excluding the C1 control characters), Latin Extended A, Latin Extended B and Latin Extended Additional. This set corresponds to Unicode code points U+0020 to U+007E, U+00A0 to U+024F and U+1E00 to U+1EFF.
  • Schemas are built in such a way that an individual project can further restrict the set if required.

The character set chosen will support Welsh and Gaelic languages as well as all European and most other languages using a Latin-based character set.

The Unicode charts that list each of the characters in this range can be found on the Unicode web site. The specific sets that are defined here are shown in the following PDF documents:

Files must be encoded with UTF-8 and schema validation will be in place to ensure this. Providers must specify the encoding used in their XML files in the first line of the file (i.e. <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?>) and to ensure that their files are actually saved with that encoding. If XML files are edited with some text editors and the encoding is not specified or does not match the actual file encoding, there may be problems when submitting these files for validation.

Quality rules
Quality rules relating to this entity are displayed here.
Reason required To identify course location for designation.
Part of
Field length15
Minimum occurrences0
Maximum occurrences10
Schema components
Data type: LOCATIONType

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