ILR specification: 2020 to 2021

Equivalent or Lower Qualification: Field


This field will capture whether a student is aiming for an Equivalent or lower qualification (ELQ) than one already achieved.

Reason Required

To assist in determining whether a student is non-fundable under the ELQ policy.

Schema Definitions

XML Entity Name
Field Length
Data type
Minimum occurrences
Maximum occurrences

Collection Requirements

  • Aim Types 3,4 and 5

Attribute Codes

Code Title
1 Non-exempt ELQ
2 Exempt ELQ
3 Not ELQ
9 Not required


  • Equivalent or lower qualification field is collected for all prescribed HE learning aims.

  • For full guidance about this field, please refer to the HESA specification.

  • Exempt ELQs as defined as per OfS’ definitions which are not assessed, can be coded as 9, 'Not required'.

  • Code 9, 'Not required' can be used for the following students:

    • ITT students on courses that lead to QTS

    • INSET students who hold QTS

    • NHS funded students who are non-fundable.