ILR specification: 2021 to 2022

Qualification on Entry: field


The highest qualification on entry

Reason required

  • To help with value added analysis.

  • To assess the levels of and trends in 'non-standard' entry (for example, those whose entry was not based on Highers or GCE A-levels).

Schema definitions

XML Element Name
Field length
Data type
Minimum occurrences
Maximum occurrences

Collection requirements

  • Collected for all aims

Attribute Codes

CodeTitleValid to
C20Certificate of Higher Education
C30Higher National Certificate (including BTEC and SQA equivalents)
C44Higher Apprenticeships (Level 4)
C80Other Qualification at Level C
C90Undergraduate credits
D80Other qualification at level D
DUKUK Doctorate degree
DZZNon-UK Doctorate degree
H11First degree leading to QTS
H71Professional Graduate Certificate in Education
H80Other Qualification at Level H
HUKUK First degree
HZZNon-UK first degree
J10Foundation degree
J20Diploma of Higher Education
J30Higher National Diploma (including BTEC and SQA equivalents)
J48Certificate or diploma of education (i.e. non-graduate initial teacher training qualification)
J49Foundation course at HE level
J80Other Qualification at Level J
JUKUK ordinary (non-honours) first degree
M2XIntegrated undergraduate/postgraduate taught Masters degree on the enhanced / extended pattern
M41Diploma at Level M (Postgraduate Diploma)
M44Certificate at Level M (Postgraduate Certificate)
M71Postgraduate Certificate of Education or Professional Graduate Diploma in Education
M80Other Qualification at Level M
M90Postgraduate credits
MUKUK Masters degree
MZZNon-UK Masters degree
P41Diploma at Level 3
P42Certificate at Level 3
P46Award at Level 3
P47AQA Baccalaureate
P50GCE and VCE A/AS Level
P5114-19 Advanced Diploma (Level 3)
P53Scottish Baccalaureate
P54Scottish Highers / Advance Highers
P62International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
P63International Baccalaureate (IB) Certificate
P64Cambridge Pre-U Diploma
P65Cambridge Pre-U Certificate
P68Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma (Level 3)
P70Professional Qualification at Level 331 July 2013
P80Other Qualification at Level 3
P91Mixed Level 3 qualifications of which some or all are subject to Tariff31 July 2014
P92Mixed Level 3 qualifications of which none are subject to Tariff
P93Level 3 qualifications of which all are subject to UCAS Tariff
P94Level 3 qualifications of which some are subject to UCAS Tariff
Q5114-19 Higher Diploma (Level 2)
Q52Welsh Baccalaureate Intermediate Diploma (Level 2)
Q80Other Qualification at Level 2
R5114-19 Foundation Diploma (Level 1)
R52Welsh Baccalaureate Foundation Diploma (Level 1)
R80Other Qualification at Level 1
X00HE Access Course, QAA recognised
X01HE Access Course, not QAA recognised
X02Mature student admitted on basis of previous experience and/or admissions test
X04 Other qualification level not known
X05Student has no formal qualification
X06Not known


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

  • This field records a student's highest qualification on entry to the instance. It should NOT be updated to reflect qualifications gained during the instance.

  • For guidance on the use of the vocational qualification codes, colleagues can refer to the recently revised Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (

  • Institutions may wish to seek advice from UK NARIC ( about the relative level of qualifications awarded from abroad.

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