ILR specification: 2021 to 2022

AimType: field


The type of aim recorded.

Reason required

To differentiate between programme aims, 16-19 (excluding Apprenticeships) funded core aims, component learning aims within a programme and learning aims that are not part of a designated programme (as defined in the Programme type field).

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Collection requirements

  • Collected for all aims

Attribute Codes

1Programme aim
3Component learning aim within a programme
4Learning aim that is not part of a programme
5Core aim - (16 to 19 (excluding Apprenticeships) funded learning aims only)


  • All apprenticeship and traineeship programmes must have a programme aim with an Aim Type of code 1.

  • All learning aims within a programme must be recorded using Code 3, Component learning aim within a programme, unless the aim is a traineeship core aim.

  • If the programme is a 16-19 (excluding Apprenticeships) funded traineeship, the work experience learning aim must be identified as the core aim using code 5.

  • Refer to the Provider Support Manual for more information about recording apprenticeship and traineeship programmes.

16-19 (excluding Apprenticeships) funded study programmes (not traineeships)

  • All 16-19 (excluding Apprenticeships) funded study programmes must have a core aim. This is recorded using Aim type code 5. The core aim is the substantive learning aim being undertaken in a programme of study. Please refer to the 16-19 (excluding Apprenticeships) funding documentation for further information about the core aim.

  • All other learning aims are recorded using Aim type code 4.

  • A programme aim is not recorded for a 16-19 (excluding Apprenticeships) funded study programme unless it is a traineeship.

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