ILR specification: 2021 to 2022

Mode of Study: Field


An indicator of the mode of study expressed in terms of the OfS Higher Education Students Early Statistics survey (HESES) definitions. The mode recorded should be the mode at the end of year of programme of study being funded, or, if this is after the end of the ILR year, the mode on 31 July.

Reason Required

Required by the OfS for alignment with definitions used for funding allocations. The definitions refer back to an OfS definition so that, if in future there are any modifications to the Funding Council definitions, the ILR record is able to accommodate them.

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 Full-time and sandwich
2 Sandwich year-out
3 Part-time
99 Not in Early Statistics/HESES population


  • All learners may be coded using codes 1, 2 or 3. Code 99 may be used for learners who are never in the HESES coverage (for example learners studying wholly overseas). Code 99 may also be used for learners who are in the HESES coverage but for whom the reporting period does not contain, in part or in whole, a year of programme of study which has previously, is, or will be returned to HESES, for example a learner writing-up for the whole of the reporting period. However, providers can also use the other codes for such records.

  • For full guidance about this field, please refer to the latest HESES guidance