Student Alternative 2019/20 - Qualification awarded
Student Alternative 2019/20
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This field records the qualification awarded.
|Applicable to||England Scotland|
All qualification awarded records.
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For some students whose course qualification aim may be, for example, first degree but who terminate their studies after a successful second year, occasionally a different qualification such as an HND or DipHE may be awarded. It is the awarded qualification which must be coded here.
This field records the qualification obtained by the student during the reporting year. If a student is awarded more than one qualification during the reporting year then the QualificationsAwarded element should be repeated. A qualification obtained is not assumed from Instance.RSNEND and Instance.ENDDATE
The coding frame for this field is designed to support the alignment of course qualifications with national frameworks, with the first letter indicating the level. Codes of similar type at different levels have the same two-digit suffix. Further comprehensive guidance on qualification levels and alignments may be found in the COURSEAIM field.
Some professional awarding bodies do not currently release results information to providers. Where this is the case, providers should leave this field blank and complete field Instance.RSNEND with code 98 'Completion of course - result unknown'.
Interim Awards: In most cases qualifications are obtained at the end of a course. Therefore typically where there is a QualificationsAwarded a reason for leaving and a date left would be expected. It is recognised, however, that there are a few courses where interim qualifications are actually awarded and so these fields may not be completed. Providers that award interim qualifications for students who are continuing on a course can return this information to HESA in the reporting year in which the interim qualification is awarded if they wish, in which case Instance.ENDDATE should not be completed in order to indicate that these students are continuing on the course. However records returned in this way will not be included in the Graduate Outcomes population. Alternatively providers can return interim qualifications when the student completes the course by completing the QualificationsAwarded fields and indicating the date the student completed the course in Instance.ENDDATE. Records returned in this way will be included in the Graduate Outcomes population (assuming that all other criteria are met).
Resit exams and/or results from late exam boards: Students who complete their instance by 31 July but who have resit examinations to take and/or whose final confirmation of award by exam boards may be after this date should be returned to HESA as leavers, with a dateleft in the reporting period ending that 31 July. If their results are known before the data collection closes, these results should be included in the return. However, if the results are not known before the data collection closes, a record should be submitted with a end date in the reporting period ending that 31 July completed and code 98 'Completion of course - result unknown' in RSNEND. Once known, these results should be returned in the next reporting period by submitting a record with an appropriate NOTACT code in InstancePeriod.NOTACT. The date returned in Instance.ENDDATE must be the original end date and should not be up-dated.
Providers may wish to decommit their return late in the data collection period in order to include results from late exam or re-sit boards.
Qualifications should be returned only when the awarding body has confirmed that the student has gained the award. Office for Students may check qualifications returned against data provided by awarding bodies, and query providers about discrepancies.
Where a student has an award made and Qualification awarded and ENDDATE were returned but then the award is rescinded, if the student receives a second award for the same Instance the Qualification awarded will need to be updated, to provide an accurate record of what the student achieved.
Quality rules to follow
|Reason required||This field is defined to hold information about the qualifications awarded.|
Data type: QUALCodeContentType
|Change management notes||Additional guidance section added providing information on 'Rescinded awards'.|
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