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Student 2020/21

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Short nameCLASS

This field is used to indicate the qualification class that the student obtained.

Applicable toEngland Northern Ireland Scotland Wales

All QualificationAwarded entities at providers in England.
All QualificationAwarded entities at providers in Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales where (QualificationsAwarded.QUAL = M22, M26, M28, H00, H11, H12, H16, H18, H22, H23, H50, I00, I11, I12, I16).

Valid entries and labels
01First class honours
02Upper second class honours
03Lower second class honours
05Third class honours
07Unclassified honours
08Aegrotat (whether to honours or pass)
09Pass - degree awarded without honours following an honours course
10Ordinary (to include divisions of ordinary, if any) - degree awarded after following a non-honours course
11General degree - degree awarded after following a non-honours course/degree that was not available to be classified
16Award of Credit
51A FE
52B FE
53C FE
54D FE
55E FE
56F FE
57G FE
61N FE
62U FE
63X FE
64A* FE
65Y FE
71Pass FE
72Merit FE
73Distinction FE
74Fail FE
811 FE
822 FE
833 FE
844 FE
855 FE
866 FE
877 FE
888 FE
899 FE
9010 FE
913.60-4.00 GPA
923.00-3.59 GPA
932.20-2.99 GPA
942.00-2.19 GPA
950.00-1.99 GPA

Only codes 01-11 should be used for students who have achieved an undergraduate degree qualification.

Enhanced degrees should be coded 07 'Unclassified honours', if not classified.

HESA aggregates codes 07, 08, 10 and 11 as "unclassified".

Medical degrees which are not honours programmes should be coded 10 or 11.

For providers in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales codes 12-14 are only available for students who have achieved an integrated taught masters degree. Providers may return these students using codes 01-11 if these are more meaningful.

Codes 51-90 are the codes to be used for FE level qualifications at providers in England and Wales. A grade should be returned for all qualifications where the grade is meaningful. Other codes should not be used for FE level students.

Please note that students aiming for FE level qualifications are outside the coverage of the Student return for providers in England, Northern Ireland, and Wales. However, codes 51-90 can be used where students have received an FE level qualification instead of the HE level qualification they were originally aiming for, and this is reflected in the QualificationsAwarded.QUAL field.

Code 14 - Pass can be used for undergraduate or postgraduate qualifications which do not attract any form of class or grade e.g. Postgraduate research students.

It is expected the CLASS for HND and HNC qualifications would be coded 12, 13 or 14.

If you award qualifications with a class not represented in this coding frame, please contact Liaison.

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Reason required To monitor and report on achievement.Derivatives of this field are used frequently in analysis.
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Field length2
Minimum occurrences0
Maximum occurrences1
Schema components
Element: CLASS
Date modified2021-07-20
Change management notesThe guidance has been updated to clarify the requirements around FE data for each nation.

Contact Liaison by email or on +44 (0)1242 388 531.