A list of frequently asked questions relating to HEFCE 2011/26 is provided below.
Last updated 1 November 2011
The file below contains a full list of learndirect codes and associated subject descriptions, as mentioned in paragraph 2, Annex L of the HEIFES11 publication (HEFCE 2011/26). The table is based on a file extracted on 3 October 2011 from the Learning Aims Reference Application - LARA downloads area of the Data Service's provider extranet. We will not routinely update the file to incorporate any amendments.
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European Union (EU) members
European Economic Area (EEA) members
Students from Switzerland should be treated as if their country was a member of the EEA, but not the EU.
Students from Gibraltar should be treated as if they came from an EU country.
Amendments to date are:
Institutions should seek advice from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) on interpretation of these regulations where appropriate.
Students from the following overseas territories should be considered as home and EU in HEIFES11 if they meet the criteria set out in the regulations in question 3.
The following download gives examples of standard and non-standard years of programme of study and how they should be returned in Tables 1-5 of HEIFES11.
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All Home and EU students on pre-registration nursing or midwifery courses, and courses (including postgraduate courses) leading to a recognised professional qualification in dietetics, speech and language therapy, chiropody/podiatry, or prosthetics and orthotics should be recorded as HEFCE non-fundable, irrespective of whether or not they are funded to any extent through NHS sources. For other courses, where some modules of a course are funded by the SHA, a proportion of the students should be returned as HEFCE-fundable, and a proportion as non-fundable. This is a particular example of provision that is funded from another EU public source, but at a lower rate than the HEFCE standard resource. The number of students to be returned as non-fundable should be calculated according to the guidance given in paragraphs 36 to 42 of Annex K. There is also an Excel template which will perform the calculation (see question 7).
The Excel template below calculates the number of non-fundable students in individual cases, as described in Annex K, paragraph 36 of HEIFES11. This template should not be used where the provision relates to employer co-funded numbers where all provision is returned as non-fundable.
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Annex K paragraph 9g of HEIFES11 states that students on closed courses are not eligible for HEFCE recurrent funding for teaching. The factors we use in determining whether a course is open or closed include:
The In-service Education and Training (qualified teacher status) (INSET (QTS)) price group includes, but is not limited to, PPD provision funded by the TDA. If a student with QTS is on an undergraduate or postgraduate course whose primary purpose is to improve the effectiveness of teachers, lecturers or trainers, they should be returned in the INSET (QTS) price group, irrespective of whether or not their provision is being funded by the TDA. This reflects the basis on which the transfer of funding was determined from HEFCE to the former Teacher Training Agency when INSET provision was reviewed during 1997-98.
Complete the approval form for franchises to non-public HEIs or FECs and send it, along with a copy of the contractual agreement between your institution and the organisation to which the provision is franchised, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Approval of such arrangements is not automatic: we will wish to be assured, for example, about quality assurance arrangements for the provision, that HEFCE funding is being used appropriately to support the provision for the students, and that there are no concerns about propriety.
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Annex K paragraph 27 of HEIFES11 explains that UK NARIC (www.naric.org.uk) can advise on the relative level of qualifications when assessing a student's ELQ status. Other sources of information which may help in determining the academic level of qualifications include:
The level given for a qualification on each of these databases can be used to measure equivalency with the levels on the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (FHEQ) (available on the QAA web-site).
The following webpage contains a table which shows how the levels in the FHEQ are equivalent to levels in other frameworks:
There are two parts of the HEIFES11 guidance where NHS-bursaried courses need to be considered: Table 4 and ELQ exemptions. Table 4 records the fee level category of students and NHS-bursaried years of courses are recorded separately (paragraph 3d of Annex P, HEIFES11). Those that are on a year of course for which an NHS bursary is payable are also exempt from the ELQ policy (paragraph 17d of Annex K, HEIFES11). Note that this applies to students on NHS-bursaried years of courses for which an NHS bursary is payable, even if the individual student does not receive, or is not eligible for, the bursary.
An NHS-bursaried course is one that is eligible for an NHS bursary. However, students that are NHS funded or have their tuition fees paid by the NHS will not necessarily be on an NHS-bursaried course (or year of course). Likewise students on an NHS-bursaried course will not necessarily be NHS funded or have their tuition fees paid by the NHS. General guidance on NHS bursaries can be found on the NHSBSA web-site.
The Financial Help for Healthcare Students booklet on the Student Bursaries web-site provides a list of the courses that are funded through the NHS Bursary Scheme. An introduction to course eligibility is available on the NHSBSA web-site. The booklet also lists the other bursary eligibility requirements relating to applicants' residence and immigration status in the UK.
In addition, there are social work bursaries which are administered through the NHS bursary scheme. Although these are not NHS bursaries, for the purposes of recording the students' activity in HEIFES, these should be considered as NHS bursaries.
For queries on eligibility of a course or student for a bursary, contact NHS bursaries. Note that if a year of a course is eligible for a bursary, then students on that course should be entered into the NHS category in Table 4 and they would be exempt from the ELQ policy for that year.
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Learning aim information such as qualification type and Learndirect code(s) enable colleges to determine whether a course is classed as recognised HE (see paragraph 4 Annex G of HEIFES11) and determine the price group assignment for a year of programme of study (see paragraph 3 Annex L of HEIFES11) when completing the HEIFES return. Therefore, it is essential that colleges ensure that learning aims are registered on the Learning Aims Reference Application with the appropriate information present in time for data returns.
Please note that the time taken to add an aim will depend on the volume of work going through the Data Service, hence institutions should apply when they set up the course rather than when they first need to return data. Hence, as soon as an institution has set up the course, they should contact the Data Service via their Service desk (email@example.com) to indicate that they wish to register a new aim and requesting that they be sent the official form for completion.
The form will ask for the following information:
Documentary evidence must also be submitted to demonstrate that the aim identified:
Annex P paragraph 5 of HEIFES11 explains that students that started part-time ITT courses from 1 September 2010 are no longer subject to regulated fees, and therefore such students should be recorded in the Non-regulated fee level category on Table 4. Students continuing on part-time ITT courses that commenced prior to 1 September 2010 should be recorded in the Regulated half fee category on Table 4.
If however the student commenced another ITT course prior to 1 September 2010 and transferred to a part-time ITT course after 1 September 2010 then they would still be subject to regulated fees and should be recorded in the Regulated half fee category on Table 4.
The change in the eligibility for regulated fees of part-time ITT students is a consequence of Regulation 11 of the Education (Student Support) Regulations 2009 (Amendment) Regulations 2010 (Statutory Instrument 2010/2546). This serves to amend the population of students subject to regulated fees in the Student Fees (Qualifying Courses and Persons) (England) Regulations 2007 (Statutory Instrument 2007/778), as amended.
Paragraph 22 of Annex H is clear that if, for example, a student commences a full-time undergraduate course in September 2010 (having never been registered at the institution before) but withdraws from the course in December 2010 due to illness and returns to re-start the course in September 2011 then:
This example covers cases where the student intermits their studies more than two weeks after commencing their course.
If instead in the example above the student intermitted their studies within two weeks of commencing the course in September 2010 and did not return from intermission until at least the following September then:
HEIFES11, Annex K, paragraph 9a, states that students on courses that are otherwise HEFCE-fundable but whose places are funded at the standard HEFCE rate, or higher, from another EU public source should be recorded as non-fundable. It also sets out that if funds from another EU public source are available and this is in addition to the mandatory or recommended fees but falls short of the HEFCE standard rate per student then the students that are not covered by the public source funding are eligible for HEFCE recurrent funding.
Annex K, paragraph 36, contains more details on how to form this calculation. It contains examples and a link to the template in question 7 above that can be used to work out the number of non-fundable students given money from another EU public source.
However, before using the template there are some principles that should be considered. Firstly, you need to establish what the public source funding is intending to cover. Does it cover a specific number of students, or is it a lump sum of money intended to cover the course as a whole and the number of students may vary on the course? This will depend on the arrangement you have with the organisation(s) providing funds.
If the money from the public source is intended to cover a specific number of students on a course then you would need to treat these students and the money separately from others on the course when calculating how many students are non-fundable. Otherwise you should consider all students on the course and the money coming in for the course together in the template.
In the case when students are considered to be aiming for an ELQ, again you would need to consider if the money coming in from the public source is for specific students or for the course as a whole. If the former, then you would remove the ELQ students and the money from the public source for each of those students before using the template. If the latter then you would need to calculate the standard resource for each of the ELQ students and then remove the total standard resource for the ELQ students and the number of ELQ students before using the template.
Paragraph 35 of Annex D of HEIFES11 explains that to inform calculations of student number control limits for 2012-13, undergraduates in Table 6 need to be disaggregated between those students entering with the equivalent of AAB grades at A-level or higher (the 'AAB+ equivalent population'), and those without such entry qualifications.
Annex C of 'Teaching funding and student number controls: consultation on changes to be implemented in 2012-13' (HEFCE 2011/20) set out an initial list of AAB+ equivalent qualification and grade combinations. Following the consultation, this list of equivalencies has been updated and the updated list can be found under 'AAB+ equivalences' here.
It is this updated list which must be used when determining which undergraduates in Table 6 are in, or assumed to be in, the AAB+ equivalent population.