Socio-Economic Indicator: field
To identify the socio-economic classification of learners participating in HE.
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.
- XML Element Name
- Field length
- Data type
- Minimum occurrences
- Maximum occurrences
- Part of
- Learners entering through UCAS
|1||Higher managerial and professional occupations|
|2||Lower managerial and professional occupations|
|4||Small employers and own-account workers|
|5||Lower supervisory and technical occupations|
|8||Never worked and long term unemployed|
For full guidance about this field, please refer to the HESA specification.
Code 9 'Not classified' includes the 3 categories:
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.