ILR specification: 2024 to 2025

Learning Start Date Postcode: Field


The residency postcode of the learner for the purposes of funding

Reason Required

To determine whether learners are in a devolved or non-devolved area.

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Collection Requirements

    Aim Type 4 and 1
    • Community Learning (FundModel 10)
    • Adult Skills (FundModel 35)
    • Adult Skills Fund (FundModel 38)
    • Local Authority funded Community Learning provision (Fund Model 99 and Source of funding 108)
    • Tailored Learning (FundModel 11)

Valid Entries

A valid postcode that must be in upper case.


  • This field to be returned for aims that start on or after 1 August 2019 (this does not include restarts).

  • This field is returned at the start of the learning aim and will continue for the duration of the aim. For example if the learner is in a devolved area at the start of the learning aim and then moves to outside of a devolved area, this postcode field will not be updated and the funding arrangement will remain in place by the devolved area for the duration of the aim.

  • Please refer to the Adult Education Budget (AEB) funding rule for the definition of residency.

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

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