ILR specification: 2022 to 2023

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 Valid to
1 Full-time and sandwich
2 Sandwich year-out
3 Part-time
99 Not in Early Statistics/HESES population 31 Jul 2022


  • All learners may be coded using codes 1, 2 or 3.

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