Session year (SessionYear)
The SessionYear records the planned course years offered by a provider.
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A SessionYear is required for each combination of start and end dates a provider offers except where Course.FULLYFLEX = 01 or Qualification.QUALCAT starts with D or L, or Qualification.QUALCAT = C0008, D0004, E0003, H0018, I0012, J0011, L0002 or M0022
The SessionYear indicates the planned course years offered by a provider.
SessionYears are not required to be returned for fully flexible, postgraduate research or credit accumulation courses. Credit accumulation is a process of achieving credits over time in relation to a course or courses of study, or formally-recognised experiential learning. Each higher education awarding body determines what credit it will accept for purposes of accumulation or transfer in relation to its individual courses.
Any courses where Qualification.QUALCAT=C0008, D0004, E0003, H0018, I0012, J0011, L0002 or M0022 would not be required to return SessionYears and would instead be returned with year long StudentCoursesSessions. If the student then moves on to study for a qualification and has a different aim, at that point they should be attached to SessionYears.
SessionYears must be a year in length, with the exception of SessionYears representing courses that are shorter than one year in their entirety, where the provider can choose to reflect the actual length of the course. Validation will ensure that the length of a SessionYear does not exceed one year and four days.
Different SessionYears do not have to be returned to reflect different courses, types of study or modes of study. A new SessionYear is only required to record different dates.
If a provider offers a number of courses that start within a short space of time, different SessionYears are not required however the SessionYear.SYSTARTDATE must be within 14 days from the actual planned start date of the course.
Quality rules to follow
To record the planned course years in order to give context to the associated StudentCourseSessions to identify, for example, late starters or students moving between cohorts.