ILR specification: 2021 to 2022

Postcode: Field


The current postcode of the address of the learner.

Reason Required

To monitor delivery of learning. To support local planning. To monitor delivery of national contracts. To calculate minimum levels of performance. To allow analysis of Community Learning provision for Area Reviews, consistent with other provision.

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Collection Requirements

  • Collected for all learners

Valid Entries

A valid postcode which must be in upper case.


  • Providers must supply a current address postcode for all learners.

  • If the learner's postcode is unknown, providers must return a postcode of ZZ99 9ZZ.

  • The current postcode may differ from the Postcode prior to enrolment, where a learner has changed residence since enrolling, for example if they are living away from home.

  • Full valid postcodes can be located at the Royal Mail Postcode finder website.

  • For further information refer to Guidance on recording valid postcodes for further information.