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Initial Teacher Training 2018/19 - Course identifier

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Initial Teacher Training 2018/19

Fields required from institutions in England

Course identifier

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Short nameCOURSEID

This field records the provider's own unique internal identifier for the course.

Applicable toEngland

All students.


This field is identical to the Course.COURSEID in the Student record.

Course identifiers will be allocated by the provider and must be unique for each course.

Valid characters

The valid characterset available for this field follows the Data Standards in the HESA 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 field are displayed here.
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Field length30
Minimum occurrences1
Maximum occurrences1
Schema components
Data type: COURSEIDType

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