Module (Module)

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Short Name
A module is a self-contained, formally structured unit of study, with a coherent and explicit set of learning outcomes and assessment criteria.
Uniquely Identified By
Applicable To
England Northern Ireland Scotland Wales

All units of study at providers in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and Approved (fee cap) providers in England where Engagement.INCOMINGEXCHANGE does not exist and Qualification.QUALCAT starts with E, M, H, I, J or C.

Optional for each unit of study at Approved providers in England or where Engagement.INCOMINGEXCHANGE exists or where Qualification.QUALCAT starts with D or L.


Providers in England that are registered with the Office for Students in the 'Approved' category are not required to return Module data but can do so optionally.

Providers in England that are registered with the Office for Students in the 'Approved (fee cap)' category must return Module data.

Further information regarding the OfS register can be found here

Module data is also optional for all postgraduate research and incoming exchange students.

Although the term 'Module' is used to describe this entity, the definition covers any discrete unit of learning and/or research. The aim of collecting this information is to provide a greater level of detail about the student's activity than can be ascertained from the course-level information. Specifically, this includes the detail of subjects studied during the year, and credit scheme information.

In cases where students are studying within academic structures that are not 'modular', the module could be defined as a single unit to cover a year's worth of activity on a course.

A new Module would be required to be returned where any of the following attributes change:

  • Module.CRDTPTS
  • Module.CRDTSCM
  • Module.FTE
  • Module.LEVLPTS
  • Module.MODLANGID

A new Module is also required based on changes to the ModuleCostCentre, ModuleDeliveryRole and ModuleSubject entities, please see the entity guidance for more information.

HE providers in England and Northern Ireland

APEL modules should not be returned in the Student record, this is in order to prevent confusion over genuine and APEL modules and to avoid FTE being allocated incorrectly. Please note this affects only OfS and DfE(NI) funded providers.

Quality Rules
Quality rules to follow
Reason Required
This entity exists to hold information about modules/units of activity that students undertake.
Minimum Occurrences0
Maximum Occurrences
Child Fields
Child Entities
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