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Student Alternative 2020/21 - InstanceInstance

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Student Alternative 2020/21

Fields required from institutions in England


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Short nameInstance

This records a coherent engagement with the provider aiming towards the award of a qualification(s) or credit.

Applicable toEngland

All students.


A student undertakes a course; the course being a combination of subject and qualification that define what the student is aiming for e.g. BSc degree in English Literature. A student on a course is referred to as an instance. Since it is possible for a student to undertake more than one course during the reporting year, there may be more than one instance for a student in a provider's return.

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Reason required The instance is the central concept in the specification of the HESA Student Alternative record, and describes the attributes of the interaction between the student and course in pursuit of a qualification or credit.
Part of
Minimum occurrences1
Maximum occurrencesunbounded
Schema components
Element: Instance
Has parts
Date modified2021-01-06
Change management notesScotland removed from applicable to as only English providers are returning to C20054.

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