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Student Alternative 2020/21 - Socio-economic classification

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Student Alternative 2020/21

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Socio-economic classification

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valid entries
Short nameSEC

This field collects the socio-economic classification of students participating in higher education if aged 21 or over at the start of their Instance or parent/guardian’s classification if under 21.

Applicable toEngland

All EntryProfiles where Course.COURSEAIM begins with H, I, J, C or is M22, M26, M28, and EntryProfile.DOMICILE = XF, XG, XH, XI, XK, XL, GG, JE or IM, and the student applied through UCAS.

Valid entries and labels
01Higher managerial & professional occupations
02Lower managerial & professional occupations
03Intermediate occupation
04Small employers & own account workers
05Lower supervisory & technical occupations
06Semi-routine occupations
07Routine occupations
08Never worked & long-term unemployed
09Not classified

This data is required on entry to a student’s Instance and is not required to be maintained throughout a student’s Instance.

This collects the socio-economic background of students aged 21 and over at the start of their course, or for students under 21 the socio-economic background of their parent, step-parent or guardian who earns the most is returned. It is based on occupation, and if the parent or guardian is retired or unemployed, this is based on their most recent occupation.

09 ‘Not classified’ includes 3 categories:

  • Students
  • Occupations not stated or inadequately described
  • Not classifiable for other reasons

For students entering though UCAS this information will be available from UCAS via the *J transaction.

Providers are encouraged to provide this information for other undergraduates in order to provide more complete statistical information for the sector.

Quality rules
Quality rules relating to this entity are displayed here.
Reason required To classify the social background of Students in a standard way. Used to monitor the impact of widening participation policies, and analyses relating to widening access and data quality.
Part of
Field length2
Minimum occurrences0
Maximum occurrences1
Schema components
Element: SEC
Data type: SECCodeContentType
Date modified2020-07-30
Change management notesNew field added as it is needed to enhance the sector and provider level regulation of access and participation issues in England, through a deeper understanding of the barriers and outcomes of students from a wider range of the groups.

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