Student 2021/22 - Socio-economic classification
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This field collects the socio-economic classification of students participating in HE if 21 or over at the start of their course or parental classification if under 21
|Applicable to||England Northern Ireland Scotland Wales|
|Valid entries and labels|
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. It is based on occupation, and if the parent or guardian is retired or unemployed, this is based on their most recent occupation.
Code 9 'Not classified' includes the 3 categories:
For students entering through UCAS this information will be available from UCAS via the *J transaction.
Providers are encouraged to provide this information for other full-time undergraduates in order to provide more complete statistical information for the sector.
A full coding frame for SEC can been obtained from the Office for National Statistics.
Quality rules to follow
|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.|
Data type: SECCodeContentType
|Owner||Office for National Statistics|
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