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Initial Teacher Training 2018/19 - Start date of instance

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Initial Teacher Training 2018/19

Fields required from institutions in England

Start date of instance

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Short nameCOMDATE

This field indicates the date of the student's initial commencement of studies for this student instance and may relate to a date prior to the current academic/financial year. Exchange-in students should have the date they commenced their studies at the reporting provider.

Applicable toEngland

All students.


This field is identical to the Instance.COMDATE field in the Student record.

All date fields in this collection 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 record.

If a student transfers from one provider to another, the date they entered the current provider for this qualification aim should be returned in this field.

If a student completes any teaching experience prior to commencing studies at the provider, that is an integral part of the course, the date that this experience started should be returned in this field.

If a student withdrew from an ITT course in a previous reporting period and returns, or if a student transfers from a non-ITT course to an ITT course at the same provider, then the start date of the original course should be returned in this field as long as the same instance is returned.

Where a student transfers onto an ITT course, the start date of the ITT course must be captured in Student.ITTCOMDATE.

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Part of
Field length10
Minimum occurrences1
Maximum occurrences1
Schema components
Element: COMDATE
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