Student 2021/22 - Course title
Fields required from institutions in All fields
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|Applicable to||England Northern Ireland Scotland Wales|
Although a compulsory field, this field is not subject to specific checks regarding its validity. The only validation check is that the field contains at least one character.
Providers need to ensure that the CTITLE field contains course titles that would be meaningful to a wide range of stakeholders including potential students and that the course titles are consistent across data sources and marketing materials.
Feedback from users of the Discover Uni site has indicated that they would want to see information at the course level. With the introduction of the course entity it is likely that the funding councils will want to explore this option further. Should users of the HESA data choose to publish course level information it is likely that the course title will form a critical part of this.
Please note that CTITLE is also used in the Graduate Outcomes survey, during the introduction of the telephone survey.
The valid characterset available for this field follows the Data Standards in the HESA student record.
The character set chosen will support Welsh and Gaelic languages as well as all European and most other languages using a Latin-based character set.
The Unicode charts that list each of the characters in this range can be found on the Unicode web site. The specific sets that are defined here are shown in the following PDF documents:
Files must be encoded with UTF-8 and schema validation will be in place to ensure this. Providers must specify the encoding used in their XML files in the first line of the file (i.e. <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?>) and to ensure that their files are actually saved with that encoding. If XML files are edited with some text editors and the encoding is not specified or does not match the actual file encoding, there may be problems when submitting these files for validation.
Quality rules to follow
|Reason required||To facilitate HESA cross-checking with providers and to identify the title of courses in onward analyses. To aid in more detailed understanding of provision than can be gained from broad qualification and subject descriptors.|
Data type: TitleType
|Owner||Information Standards Board - Aligned Data Definitions|
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