ILR specification: 2021 to 2022

Qualification on Entry: Field


The highest qualification on entry

Reason Required

  • To help with value added analysis.

  • To assess the levels of and trends in 'non-standard' entry (for example, those whose entry was not based on Highers or GCE A-levels).

Schema Definitions

XML Entity Name
Field Length
Data type
Minimum occurrences
Maximum occurrences

Collection Requirements

  • Collected for all aims

Attribute Codes

Code Title Valid to
C20 Certificate of Higher Education
C30 Higher National Certificate (including BTEC and SQA equivalents)
C44 Higher Apprenticeships (Level 4)
C80 Other Qualification at Level C
C90 Undergraduate credits
D80 Other qualification at level D
DUK UK Doctorate degree
DZZ Non-UK Doctorate degree
H11 First degree leading to QTS
H71 Professional Graduate Certificate in Education
H80 Other Qualification at Level H
HUK UK First degree
HZZ Non-UK first degree
J10 Foundation degree
J20 Diploma of Higher Education
J30 Higher National Diploma (including BTEC and SQA equivalents)
J48 Certificate or diploma of education (i.e. non-graduate initial teacher training qualification)
J49 Foundation course at HE level
J80 Other Qualification at Level J
JUK UK ordinary (non-honours) first degree
M2X Integrated undergraduate/postgraduate taught Masters degree on the enhanced / extended pattern
M41 Diploma at Level M (Postgraduate Diploma)
M44 Certificate at Level M (Postgraduate Certificate)
M71 Postgraduate Certificate of Education or Professional Graduate Diploma in Education
M80 Other Qualification at Level M
M90 Postgraduate credits
MUK UK Masters degree
MZZ Non-UK Masters degree
P41 Diploma at Level 3
P42 Certificate at Level 3
P46 Award at Level 3
P47 AQA Baccalaureate
P50 GCE and VCE A/AS Level
P51 14-19 Advanced Diploma (Level 3)
P53 Scottish Baccalaureate
P54 Scottish Highers / Advance Highers
P62 International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
P63 International Baccalaureate (IB) Certificate
P64 Cambridge Pre-U Diploma
P65 Cambridge Pre-U Certificate
P68 Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma (Level 3)
P70 Professional Qualification at Level 3 31 Jul 2013
P80 Other Qualification at Level 3
P91 Mixed Level 3 qualifications of which some or all are subject to Tariff 31 Jul 2014
P92 Mixed Level 3 qualifications of which none are subject to Tariff
P93 Level 3 qualifications of which all are subject to UCAS Tariff
P94 Level 3 qualifications of which some are subject to UCAS Tariff
Q51 14-19 Higher Diploma (Level 2)
Q52 Welsh Baccalaureate Intermediate Diploma (Level 2)
Q80 Other Qualification at Level 2
R51 14-19 Foundation Diploma (Level 1)
R52 Welsh Baccalaureate Foundation Diploma (Level 1)
R80 Other Qualification at Level 1
X00 HE Access Course, QAA recognised
X01 HE Access Course, not QAA recognised
X02 Mature student admitted on basis of previous experience and/or admissions test
X04 Other qualification level not known
X05 Student has no formal qualification
X06 Not known


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

  • This field records a student's highest qualification on entry to the instance. It should NOT be updated to reflect qualifications gained during the instance.

  • For guidance on the use of the vocational qualification codes, colleagues can refer to the recently revised Framework for Higher Education Qualifications ( ).

  • Institutions may wish to seek advice from UK NARIC ( ) about the relative level of qualifications awarded from abroad.