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Graduate Outcomes Contact Details 2022/23 - Postcode

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Graduate Outcomes Contact Details 2022/23

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Short namePOSTCODE

This field records the postcode of the graduate's address.

Applicable toEngland Northern Ireland Scotland Wales

All (Where Graduate.COUNTRY = XF, XH, XI, XG, XK).


This should be returned when Graduate.COUNTRY is UK, (XF, XH, XI, XG). Only UK valid postcodes should be returned in this field; overseas postcodes are ineligible for return.

Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man postcodes are excluded from return in this field.

Information about postcodes and postcodes for known addresses can be obtained from Postcodes Online

British Forces Post Office (BFPO) postcodes

Where BFPO codes relate to UK locations, providers will need to locate the Royal Mail equivalent postcode for the base.

There is further guidance on valid postcode formats at: The business rule structure validation will be slightly less strict than that described in UK Government Data Standards Catalogue, as not all parsers will support the full GDSC definition. All postcodes are validated against valid postcodes at exception.


A typical postcode such as GL50 3DA would be coded with a blank in the fifth character position. A postcode such as B1 6SR would have a blank in position 3. The part of the postcode before the space is known as the outward part of the postcode and can be 2, 3 or 4 characters long. The part of the postcode after the space is known as the inward part of the postcode and is a fixed length of 3 characters. The space between the outward and inward parts of the postcode must always be shown as part of the postcode.

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Reason required To enable a valid method of contact between the contractor and the graduate based in the UK.
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Field length8
Minimum occurrences0
Maximum occurrences1
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