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Student Alternative 2019/20 - Year of student on this instance

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Student Alternative 2019/20

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Year of student on this instance

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Short nameYEARSTU

This field indicates the year number that the student is in since enrolling for a course leading to the student's qualification aim (whether or not the intended subject or class has changed) i.e. number of years on this student instance with the provider. This could be different from the year of course if the student has changed course or retaken a year.

Applicable toEngland Scotland

All instances.


Both YEARPRG and YEARSTU relate to the concept of year with reference to the anniversary of the enrolment on the instance - the COMDATE. For example, if the student has passed the first anniversary of their COMDATE on the same course, the YEARPRG would increment to '2'.

Students whose first term is waived should be deemed to have started when that first term would have started.

This field should not be incremented for periods of dormancy. For example, if a student becomes dormant after their first year of study, and remains out of the system for one year, on resuming their studies this field would be returned as 02.

This field should be incremented for a sandwich placement year and both compulsory and optional years out.

In cases where a student has to repeat a year, this field should be incremented.

It is not expected that there would be many students where this field is greater than 10 years.

For further details of the inter-relationship between YEARPRG and YEARSTU please see notes in InstancePeriod.YEARPRG.

The length of this field is 2 characters, however XML enables data to be returned with or without leading zeros, e.g. 03 or 3.

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Reason required To track student progression; used in conjunction with InstancePeriod.YEARPRG to determine which is the current year of the student instance.
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Field length2
Minimum occurrences1
Maximum occurrences1
Schema components
Element: YEARSTU
Data type: YEARSTUType
Related fields
Date modified2020-02-06
Change management notesDescription updated to add clarification that the number of years on the student instance is with the provider.

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