ILR specification: 2024 to 2025

Level Applicable to Funding Council HESES: Field


An indicator of the level of the programme of study, expressed in terms of the OfS HESES definitions.

Reason Required

Required by the OfS for alignment with definitions used for funding allocations. The definitions refer back to the OfS definitions so that, if in future there are any modifications to the OfS definitions, the ILR 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
10 Undergraduate
11 Long undergraduate
20 Postgraduate taught
21 Long postgraduate taught
30 Postgraduate research
31 Long postgraduate research
99 Not in HESES population


  • Coding should be consistent with the allocation of the learner in the OfS HESES return.

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

  • For full-time learners 'long' refers to any programme of study with programme year of at least 45 weeks.

  • For part-time learners the length of the programme year of a comparable full-time course should be used in determining 'longness'.

  • Code 99, 'Not in the HESES population', can be used if 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. However, providers can also use the other codes for such records.