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Student Alternative 2020/21 - Date of birth

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Student Alternative 2020/21

Fields required from institutions in England

Date of birth

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Short nameBIRTHDTE

This field records the date of birth of the student.

Applicable toEngland

All students.


All date fields in the Student Alternative record must be completed using the ISO8601 format of YYYY-MM-DD. The specification of this field falls within the scope of the Aligned Data Definitions and follows the Data Standards in the HESA Student Alternative record.

This field is mandatory. If, in exceptional circumstances, the date of birth is not known, an empty element should be returned with neither characters nor spaces within it:


HESA monitors the number of unknown birth dates submitted by each provider.

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

Information relating to age is asked in order to monitor equality, diversity and inclusion in the higher education sector and support institutions in meeting their obligations under the Equality Act 2010.

Quality rules
Quality rules relating to this entity are displayed here.
Reason required To understand student demographics and facilitate record linkage across collections.
Part of
Field length10
Minimum occurrences1
Maximum occurrences1
Schema components
Data type: DateType
OwnerInformation Standards Board - Aligned Data Definitions
Date modified2021-01-06
Change management notesScotland removed from applicable to as only English providers are returning to C20054.

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