ILR specification: 2021 to 2022

Socio-Economic Indicator: field

Definition

To identify the socio-economic classification of learners participating in HE.

Reason required

To classify the social background of students in a standard way. Used to monitor the impact of widening participation policies, and analyses relating to widening access and data quality.

Schema definitions

XML Element Name
SEC
Field length
1
Data type
xs:int
Minimum occurrences
0
Maximum occurrences
1

Collection requirements

  • Learners entering through UCAS

Attribute Codes

CodeTitle
1Higher managerial and professional occupations
2Lower managerial and professional occupations
3Intermediate occupations
4Small employers and own-account workers
5Lower supervisory and technical occupations
6Semi-routine occupations
7Routine occupations
8Never worked and long term unemployed
9Not classified

Notes

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

  • Code 9 'Not classified' includes the 3 categories:

    • students

    • occupations not stated or inadequately described

    • not classifiable for other reasons.

  • For students entering through UCAS this information will be available from UCAS via the *J transaction.

  • Institutions are encouraged to provide this information for other full-time undergraduates in order to provide more complete statistical information for the sector.

  • A full coding frame for SEC can been obtained from the Office for National Statistics.

  • This field is not required for students who are still at the institution and have not completed their programme of study since the previous collection or is not a UCAS entrant.


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