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Student 2019/20 - Units of length

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Student 2019/20

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Units of length

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Short nameUNITLGTH

This field denotes the units of length associated with Instance.SPLENGTH.

Applicable toEngland Northern Ireland Scotland Wales

All instances where Instance.REDUCEDI = 00 or 01.

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9Not applicable

Only in cases where Instance.SPLENGTH is null, unknown length, may this field be coded 9.

Semesters, trimesters and terms are not of uniform length throughout the sector and should be converted into years/months/weeks.

The lowest appropriate value of UNITLGTH should be used e.g. length should be expressed in terms of years, if appropriate, rather than months.

Foundation and sandwich years

It is not expected that the length of study be adjusted for individual students. However, where there are different options that students can take, for example, foundation years and sandwich placements, it is expected that the length reflects the options taken. For example, where a student undertakes an integrated foundation year it is normally expected that the length be recorded as one year longer than if the student had just taken a stand-alone degree.

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Reason required To monitor the expected length of programmes. Used to determine the National Student Survey target list, price groups for students and funding calculations. Also used in conjunction with SPLENGTH to monitor changeing course lengths in the sector.
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Date modified2019-12-18
Change management notesCoverage updated to remove reference to Course.COURSEAIM valid entry Z99, Instance.FESTUMK valid entry 5, and Institution.ILRGEN valid entry 1. The 'wrapper' programme is not required as HESA will no longer be generating ILR files.

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