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Unique learner number (ULN)

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Key Value
Name Unique learner number
Short name ULN
Part of Student (Student)
Description This field records a student's Unique Learner Number
Applicable to England Northern Ireland Scotland Wales
Coverage All Student at providers in England where CourseInitiative.INITIATIVEID= 004 or StudentInitiative.INITIATIVEID= 004. Optional for all other students.

Further information regarding the ULN can be found on the Learning Records Service web site

Since the ULN is issued by the Learning Records Service, a providers' only obligation will be to check the validity of the number.

This is required for higher apprenticeship students and to allow linking with the ILR.

Where the student is in coverage for this identifier but one is not available, 9999999999 should be returned, in line with the individualised learner record (ILR) specification.

Quality Rules Quality rules to follow
Optional? Yes
Reason required To facilitate linking between HESA data and other data sources.
Field Length 10

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