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Student Alternative record 2019/20 - Data model

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Student Alternative record 2019/20 - Data model

Version 1.0 Produced 2019-10-09

The HESA Student Alternative record specification is based on a logical data model which defines the entities covered by the record and the relationship between these entities.

In data modelling terms, an entity is a thing about which information needs to be held. In the Student Alternative record, these entities consist of the student, the course, the instance of engagement, and the provider.

The data model differs from the file structure required for the submission of the data, as a number of attributes are separately expressed to allow for modular submission and ease of repetition. For further details, please see File structure.

HESA Student Alternative record logical data model

Student Alternative data model

Relationship definitions



Provider to Student A Provider must have one or many Students
A Student must belong to a Provider
Student to Instance A Student must have one or many Student Instances
A Student Instance must belong to a Student
Course to Instance An Instance must belong to one Course
A Course can have zero, one or many Student Instances

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