Student 2021/22 - Special fee indicator
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Special fee indicator
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This field records where a special or 'non-standard' fee is due - in line with the student support regulations.
|Applicable to||England Northern Ireland Scotland Wales|
All instances where Instance.REDUCEDI = 00
|Valid entries and labels|
Students following the same pattern of study on the same course will have the same Instance.SPECFEE.
Code 0 'Standard/prescribed fee' refers to the prescribed fee for students who entered before 2006/07 or the standard variable fee charged by the provider for those who entered in or after 2006/07. This code must be used for students subject to the regulated full fee. Code 0 should be used for part-time students who are subject to regulated fees, including undergraduate and postgraduate part-time initial teacher training students. Part-time students where the provider has complete discretion over the fee charged should be coded 09 'Other fee'.
For students at providers in Scotland, code 0 refers to the regulated fees paid by Scottish students, which will include EU students who started on their courses prior to 2021-22, and also to the deregulated tuition fees applicable to rest of UK students.
Special or 'non-standard' fees - in line with the student support regulations, the codes for use with regulated reduced fees are:
Code 1 'Sandwich placement'. For sandwich placements these are an academic year as part of a sandwich course: (i) during which any periods of full-time study are in aggregate less than 10 weeks; or (ii) if in respect of that academic year and any previous academic years of the course the aggregate of any one or more periods of attendance which are not periods of full-time study at the provider (disregarding intervening vacations) exceeds 30 weeks. Students on an outgoing full-year ERASMUS+ or Turing Scheme year should be returned as code 3 instead, regardless of whether the ERASMUS+ or Turing Scheme year involves work experience.
Code 2 'Language Year abroad and not full-year outgoing ERASMUS+ or Turing Scheme'. This is an academic year delivered in conjunction with an overseas provider which is not an ERASMUS+ or Turing Scheme year and: (i) during which any periods of full-time study at the provider in the United Kingdom are in aggregate less than 10 weeks; or (ii) if in respect of that academic year and any previous academic years of the course the aggregate of any one or more periods of attendance which are not periods of full-time study at the provider in the United Kingdom (disregarding intervening vacations) exceeds 30 weeks.
Code 2 should be used for years that meet this definition, regardless of the subject of study.
Code 3 should be used for students on an outgoing full-year ERASMUS+ or Turing Scheme year at providers in England and other devolved administrations, irrespective of the fee charged. In England, full-year outgoing ERASMUS+ or Turing Scheme students who started after 01/09/2011 may be charged a tuition fee. This code should be used for students who undertake a combination of placements during the year if one or more of these placements is part of the ERASMUS+ scheme or the Turing Scheme. In Wales, students starting before 01/09/2012 are subject to a zero regulated fee, students starting after this may be charged a tuition fee. In Northern Ireland these students are subject to regulated zero fees. For a full definition of ERASMUS+ and the Turing Scheme, please refer to the Education (Student Support) Regulations 2011, as amended (England) and the Education (Student Support) Regulations 2013 (Wales), as amended.
Code 4 'Final year of full-time course lasting less than 15 weeks' and Code 5 'Final year of a full-time course lasting more than 14 weeks but less than 24 weeks' apply to final year students only and should only be used where Instance.MODE is coded 02.
Code 6 'Part-time Initial Teacher Training' includes first degrees leading to QTS, PGCEs, CertEds and DTLLS, and should only be used for students whose course commenced prior to 01/08/2010.
Postgraduate students who are subject to regulated fees should be coded as 0-6 depending on the fees. The only postgraduate students to be recorded as subject to regulated fees are those:
a. On a full-time, or part-time PGCE course, or other postgraduate initial teacher training course, other than those recorded as Code 6.
b. On a full-time course in preparation for a professional examination at postgraduate level, for which a first degree is not a normal requirement for entry. This applies to students on a course leading successively to Parts 1 and 2 of the Royal Institute of British Architects examination, for whom undergraduate-level fees are payable. Such students should be recorded as subject to regulated full fees.
All other postgraduate students should be coded 9 'Other fee'.
Providers are not required to adjust this field to account for individual waived fees. Equally if a student's fees increase, for example a module retake, this should not be reflected in SPECFEE.
Higher or Degree Apprenticeships
The SPECFEE must reflect the qualification that the student is studying as part of their apprenticeship. For example if the student is studying for a HND as part of their apprenticeship the SPECFEE for the HND should be returned.
Quality rules to follow
|Reason required||To allow the identification of students subject to special fee regimes for funding and other analysis.|
Data type: SPECFEECodeContentType
|Change management notes||The guidance for Scotland has been updated in response to changed funding requirements post-Brexit.|
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