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Student course session start date (SCSSTARTDATE)

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Key Value
Name Student course session start date
Part of Student course session (StudentCourseSession)
Description This field records the start date of the StudentCourseSession.
Applicable to England Northern Ireland Scotland Wales
Coverage All StudentCourseSessions

This field should record the actual start date of the StudentCourseSession for the student as opposed to the expected date.

For taught students on structured courses, this is the date the student first engages with the structured teaching and learning within the Session Year.

This may not align with the start date of the associated SessionYear, for example if the student joins a SessionYear late.

The SCSSTARTDATE must fall within the dates of the associated SessionYear.

For students on postgraduate research and fully flexible courses, this field in the student's first StudentCourseSession should be returned as the date the student first engages with the course. In following StudentCourseSessions this field should be the year anniversary of the first SCSSTARTDATE.

Where the student is on their first StudentCourseSession, the engagement start date in Engagement.ENGSTARTDATE should be the same as in SCSSTARTDATE.

Quality Rules Quality rules to follow
Optional? No
Reason required To indicate when a StudentCourseSession has started, to identify late starters, to determine whether to include a student in any particular population definition.
Field Length 10 (in the format YYYY-MM-DD)

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