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LDCS code

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Short nameLDCS

This field records the LDCS (Learn Direct Classification System) code(s) for the course.

Applicable toEngland

FECs where no ILRAims or HESACourse entities exist.


This field will be used to determine what level of study to include from Graduate Outcomes and NSS data where no ILRAims or HESACourse entities exists for this KISCourse.

This field can only be returned if a provider is a further education college.

For the C22061 collection, HESA are asking all providers, including Further Education Colleges (FECs), to include HECoS codes in their returns for new courses wherever possible. FECs are able to return LDCS codes but encouraged to include HECoS codes. For information, any providers submitting course data to UCAS can find the HECoS codes in UCAS Unistats reports downloads: course and prog IDs are in columns D and E; HECoS codes are in columns R-V.

As set out in the C22061 Notification of changes, the Office for Students is asking for the return of HECoS codes for all new courses from the C23061 collection.

Valid LDCS codes are available from the following download page.

The valid code structure is two alpha characters then a full stop followed by up to 6 numeric characters.

This field is required when ILRAims or HESACourse entities are missing (i.e. for new courses).

Quality rules
Quality rules relating to this entity are displayed here.
Reason required To facilitate linking to Graduate Outcomes and NSS.
Part of
Field length9
Minimum occurrences0
Maximum occurrences3
Schema components
Element: LDCS
Data type: LDCSType
Change management notesThe OfS requires the return of HECoS codes for all new courses. Guidance has been added to the field to reflect this update.

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