Standard occupational classification 2020(SOC2020)

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Standard occupational classification 2020
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England Northern Ireland Scotland Wales

All students where EntryProfile.UCASSCHEMECODE exists and Qualification.QUALCAT has a HESA level of H, I, J or C or is M0002 and EntryProfile.PERMADDCOUNTRY = XF, XG, XH, XI, XK, XL, GG, JE or IM except where (Leaver.ENGENDDATE - Engagement.ENGSTARTDATE <= 14 days and RSNENGEND = 03, 05, 11, 12), unless EntryProfile.SOC2010 has been returned.

Must not be returned for students outside the stated coverage.

This field records the standard occupational classification (SOC2020) code for the student if aged 21 or over at the start of their course, or parental occupation code if the student is under 21.

This data is required at entry to a student's Engagement and is not required to be maintained throughout a student's Engagement.

This field should be returned for all students in the 2022/23 application cycle, and therefore have the SOC2020 data provided by UCAS in the *J file. Any deferred applicants should return the SOC2010 field. 

The student should be asked for parental occupation or, if 21 or over, for their own occupation. For example, "If you are under 21, please give the occupation of your parent, step-parent or guardian who earns the most. If they are retired or unemployed, give their most recent occupation. If you are 21 or over, please give your own occupation."

A full coding frame for SOC2020 can been obtained from the Office for National Statistics.

UCAS codes 0000 'Not stated', 0001 'Information refused', 0007 'Retired', 0008 'Unemployed' and 0009 'Not known' will be accepted as valid entries.

For students entering through UCAS this information will be available from UCAS via the *J transaction. The details of the coding that will be provided by UCAS can be found in the *J specification. 

Reason Required
To classify the social background of students in a standard way. Used to monitor the impact of widening participation policies.
Field Length
Quality RulesQuality Rules to follow
Minimum Occurrence
Maximum Occurrence
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Valid Values
CodeCoding Frame Label
0000Not stated
0001Information refused
0009Not known
1111Chief executives and senior officials
1112Elected officers and representatives
1121Production managers and directors in manufacturing
1122Production managers and directors in construction
1123Production managers and directors in mining and energy
1131Financial managers and directors
1132Marketing, sales and advertising directors
1133Public relations and communications directors
1134Purchasing managers and directors
1135Charitable organisation managers and directors
1136Human resource managers and directors
1137Information technology directors
1139Functional managers and directors n.e.c.
1140Directors in logistics, warehousing and transport
1150Managers and directors in retail and wholesale
1161Officers in armed forces
1162Senior police officers
1163Senior officers in fire, ambulance, prison and related services
1171Health services and public health managers and directors
1172Social services managers and directors
1211Managers and proprietors in agriculture and horticulture
1212Managers and proprietors in forestry, fishing and related services
1221Hotel and accommodation managers and proprietors
1222Restaurant and catering establishment managers and proprietors
1223Publicans and managers of licensed premises
1224Leisure and sports managers
1225Travel agency managers and proprietors
1231Health care practice managers
1232Residential, day and domiciliary care managers and proprietors
1233Early education and childcare services proprietors
1241Managers in transport and distribution
1242Managers in storage and warehousing
1243Managers in logistics
1251Property, housing and estate managers
1252Garage managers and proprietors
1253Hairdressing and beauty salon managers and proprietors
1254Waste disposal and environmental services managers
1255Managers and directors in the creative industries
1256Betting shop and gambling establishment managers
1257Hire services managers and proprietors
1258Directors in consultancy services
1259Managers and proprietors in other services n.e.c.
2111Chemical scientists
2112Biological scientists
2113Biochemists and biomedical scientists
2114Physical scientists
2115Social and humanities scientists
2119Natural and social science professionals n.e.c.
2121Civil engineers
2122Mechanical engineers
2123Electrical engineers
2124Electronics engineers
2125Production and process engineers
2126Aerospace engineers
2127Engineering project managers and project engineers
2129Engineering professionals n.e.c.
2131IT project managers
2132IT managers
2133IT business analysts, architects and systems designers
2134Programmers and software development professionals
2135Cyber security professionals
2136IT quality and testing professionals
2137IT network professionals
2139Information technology professionals n.e.c.
2141Web design professionals
2142Graphic and multimedia designers
2151Conservation professionals
2152Environment professionals
2161Research and development (R&D) managers
2162Other researchers, unspecified discipline
2211Generalist medical practitioners
2212Specialist medical practitioners
2222Occupational therapists
2223Speech and language therapists
2224Psychotherapists and cognitive behaviour therapists
2225Clinical psychologists
2226Other psychologists
2229Therapy professionals n.e.c.
2231Midwifery nurses
2232Community nurses
2233Specialist nurses
2234Nurse practitioners
2235Mental health nurses
2236Children's nurses
2237Other nursing professionals
2253Dental practitioners
2254Medical radiographers
2259Other health professionals n.e.c.
2311Higher education teaching professionals
2312Further education teaching professionals
2313Secondary education teaching professionals
2314Primary education teaching professionals
2315Nursery education teaching professionals
2316Special needs education teaching professionals
2317Teachers of English as a foreign language
2319Teaching professionals n.e.c.
2321Head teachers and principals
2322Education managers
2323Education advisers and school inspectors
2324Early education and childcare services managers
2329Other educational professionals n.e.c
2411Barristers and judges
2412Solicitors and lawyers
2419Legal professionals n.e.c.
2421Chartered and certified accountants
2422Finance and investment analysts and advisers
2423Taxation experts
2431Management consultants and business analysts
2432Marketing and commercial managers
2433Actuaries, economists and statisticians
2434Business and related research professionals
2435Professional/Chartered company secretaries
2439Business, research and administrative professionals n.e.c.
2440Business and financial project management professionals
2452Chartered architectural technologists, planning officers and consultants
2453Quantity surveyors
2454Chartered surveyors
2455Construction project managers and related professionals
2461Social workers
2462Probation officers
2464Youth work professionals
2469Welfare professionals n.e.c.
2472Archivists and curators
2481Quality control and planning engineers
2482Quality assurance and regulatory professionals
2483Environmental health professionals
2491Newspaper and periodical editors
2492Newspaper and periodical journalists and reporters
2493Public relations professionals
2494Advertising accounts managers and creative directors
3111Laboratory technicians
3112Electrical and electronics technicians
3113Engineering technicians
3114Building and civil engineering technicians
3115Quality assurance technicians
3116Planning, process and production technicians
3119Science, engineering and production technicians n.e.c.
3120CAD, drawing and architectural technicians
3131IT operations technicians
3132IT user support technicians
3133Database administrators and web content technicians
3211Dispensing opticians
3212Pharmaceutical technicians
3213Medical and dental technicians
3214Complementary health associate professionals
3219Health associate professionals n.e.c.
3221Youth and community workers
3222Child and early years officers
3223Housing officers
3229Welfare and housing associate professionals n.e.c.
3231Higher level teaching assistants
3232Early education and childcare practitioners
3240Veterinary nurses
3311Non-commissioned officers and other ranks
3312Police officers (sergeant and below)
3313Fire service officers (watch manager and below)
3314Prison service officers (below principal officer)
3319Protective service associate professionals n.e.c.
3412Authors, writers and translators
3413Actors, entertainers and presenters
3414Dancers and choreographers
3416Arts officers, producers and directors
3417Photographers, audio-visual and broadcasting equipment operators
3421Interior designers
3422Clothing, fashion and accessories designers
3429Design occupations n.e.c.
3431Sports players
3432Sports coaches, instructors and officials
3433Fitness and wellbeing instructors
3511Aircraft pilots and air traffic controllers
3512Ship and hovercraft officers
3520Legal associate professionals
3532Insurance underwriters
3533Financial and accounting technicians
3534Financial accounts managers
3541Estimators, valuers and assessors
3542Importers and exporters
3543Project support officers
3544Data analysts
3549Business associate professionals n.e.c.
3551Buyers and procurement officers
3552Business sales executives
3554Marketing associate professionals
3555Estate agents and auctioneers
3556Sales accounts and business development managers
3557Events managers and organisers
3560Public services associate professionals
3571Human resources and industrial relations officers
3572Careers advisers and vocational guidance specialists
3573Information technology trainers
3574Other vocational and industrial trainers
3581Inspectors of standards and regulations
3582Health and safety managers and officers
4111National government administrative occupations
4112Local government administrative occupations
4113Officers of non-governmental organisations
4121Credit controllers
4122Book-keepers, payroll managers and wages clerks
4123Bank and post office clerks
4124Finance officers
4129Financial administrative occupations n.e.c.
4131Records clerks and assistants
4132Pensions and insurance clerks and assistants
4133Stock control clerks and assistants
4134Transport and distribution clerks and assistants
4135Library clerks and assistants
4136Human resources administrative occupations
4141Office managers
4142Office supervisors
4143Customer service managers
4151Sales administrators
4152Data entry administrators
4159Other administrative occupations n.e.c.
4211Medical secretaries
4212Legal secretaries
4213School secretaries
4214Company secretaries and administrators
4215Personal assistants and other secretaries
4217Typists and related keyboard occupations
5112Horticultural trades
5113Gardeners and landscape gardeners
5114Groundsmen and greenkeepers
5119Agricultural and fishing trades n.e.c.
5211Sheet metal workers
5212Metal plate workers, smiths, moulders and related occupations
5213Welding trades
5214Pipe fitters
5221Metal machining setters and setter-operators
5222Tool makers, tool fitters and markers-out
5223Metal working production and maintenance fitters
5224Precision instrument makers and repairers
5225Air-conditioning and refrigeration installers and repairers
5231Vehicle technicians, mechanics and electricians
5232Vehicle body builders and repairers
5233Vehicle paint technicians
5234Aircraft maintenance and related trades
5235Boat and ship builders and repairers
5236Rail and rolling stock builders and repairers
5241Electricians and electrical fitters
5242Telecoms and related network installers and repairers
5243TV, video and audio servicers and repairers
5244Computer system and equipment installers and servicers
5245Security system installers and repairers
5246Electrical service and maintenance mechanics and repairers
5249Electrical and electronic trades n.e.c.
5250Skilled metal, electrical and electronic trades supervisors
5311Steel erectors
5312Stonemasons and related trades
5314Roofers, roof tilers and slaters
5315Plumbers & heating and ventilating installers and repairers
5316Carpenters and joiners
5317Glaziers, window fabricators and fitters
5319Construction and building trades n.e.c.
5322Floorers and wall tilers
5323Painters and decorators
5330Construction and building trades supervisors
5412Footwear and leather working trades
5413Tailors and dressmakers
5419Textiles, garments and related trades n.e.c.
5421Pre-press technicians
5423Print finishing and binding workers
5432Bakers and flour confectioners
5433Fishmongers and poultry dressers
5436Catering and bar managers
5441Glass and ceramics makers, decorators and finishers
5442Furniture makers and other craft woodworkers
5449Other skilled trades n.e.c.
6111Early education and childcare assistants
6112Teaching assistants
6113Educational support assistants
6116Nannies and au pairs
6121Pest control officers
6129Animal care services occupations n.e.c.
6131Nursing auxiliaries and assistants
6132Ambulance staff (excluding paramedics)
6133Dental nurses
6134Houseparents and residential wardens
6135Care workers and home carers
6136Senior care workers
6137Care escorts
6138Undertakers, mortuary and crematorium assistants
6211Sports and leisure assistants
6212Travel agents
6213Air travel assistants
6214Rail travel assistants
6219Leisure and travel service occupations n.e.c.
6221Hairdressers and barbers
6222Beauticians and related occupations
6231Housekeepers and related occupations
6240Cleaning and housekeeping managers and supervisors
6250Bed and breakfast and guest house owners and proprietors
6311Police community support officers
6312Parking and civil enforcement occupations
7111Sales and retail assistants
7112Retail cashiers and check-out operators
7113Telephone salespersons
7114Pharmacy and optical dispensing assistants
7115Vehicle and parts salespersons and advisers
7121Collector salespersons and credit agents
7122Debt, rent and other cash collectors
7123Roundspersons and van salespersons
7124Market and street traders and assistants
7125Visual merchandisers and related occupations
7129Sales related occupations n.e.c.
7131Shopkeepers and owners - retail and wholesale
7132Sales supervisors - retail and wholesale
7211Call and contact centre occupations
7213Communication operators
7214Market research interviewers
7219Customer service occupations n.e.c.
7220Customer service supervisors
8111Food, drink and tobacco process operatives
8112Textile process operatives
8113Chemical and related process operatives
8114Plastics process operatives
8115Metal making and treating process operatives
8119Process operatives n.e.c.
8120Metal working machine operatives
8131Paper and wood machine operatives
8132Mining and quarry workers and related operatives
8133Energy plant operatives
8134Water and sewerage plant operatives
8135Printing machine assistants
8139Plant and machine operatives n.e.c.
8141Assemblers (electrical and electronic products)
8142Assemblers (vehicles and metal goods)
8143Routine inspectors and testers
8144Weighers, graders and sorters
8145Tyre, exhaust and windscreen fitters
8146Sewing machinists
8149Assemblers and routine operatives n.e.c.
8151Scaffolders, stagers and riggers
8152Road construction operatives
8153Rail construction and maintenance operatives
8159Construction operatives n.e.c.
8160Production, factory and assembly supervisors
8211Large goods vehicle drivers
8212Bus and coach drivers
8213Taxi and cab drivers and chauffeurs
8214Delivery drivers and couriers
8215Driving instructors
8219Road transport drivers n.e.c.
8221Crane drivers
8222Fork-lift truck drivers
8229Mobile machine drivers and operatives n.e.c.
8231Train and tram drivers
8232Marine and waterways transport operatives
8233Air transport operatives
8234Rail transport operatives
8239Other drivers and transport operatives n.e.c.
9111Farm workers
9112Forestry and related workers
9119Fishing and other elementary agriculture occupations n.e.c.
9129Elementary construction occupations n.e.c.
9131Industrial cleaning process occupations
9132Packers, bottlers, canners and fillers
9139Elementary process plant occupations n.e.c.
9211Postal workers, mail sorters and messengers
9219Elementary administration occupations n.e.c.
9221Window cleaners
9222Street cleaners
9223Cleaners and domestics
9224Launderers, dry cleaners and pressers
9225Refuse and salvage occupations
9226Vehicle valeters and cleaners
9229Elementary cleaning occupations n.e.c.
9231Security guards and related occupations
9232School midday and crossing patrol occupations
9233Exam invigilators
9241Shelf fillers
9249Elementary sales occupations n.e.c.
9251Elementary storage supervisors
9252Warehouse operatives
9253Delivery operatives
9259Elementary storage occupations n.e.c.
9261Bar and catering supervisors
9262Hospital porters
9263Kitchen and catering assistants
9264Waiters and waitresses
9265Bar staff
9266Coffee shop workers
9267Leisure and theme park attendants
9269Other elementary services occupations n.e.c.
Revision History
Coding Manual VersionElement VersionNotes field SOC2020 has been added. of coverage and guidance following the change to SOC2020, to confirm which field should be returned for which students. updated to exclude 2 week SLC rule and where RSNENGEND = 03, 05, 11, 12.