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534 Course of study commencement date


A code which indicates the month and year in which the student commenced the current course of study for the first time.


First year:2012
Last year:-
Field name:COURSE-DATE
Element name:Course of study commencement date

Code format:

Data Type:Numeric
Units:YYYYMM, right justified (in each sub-field), with a leading zero (in each sub-field) if needed


Date student commenced the course of study in YYYYMM format​

Coding notes

​YYYYMM format:

  • 1st 4 digits – Year sub-field (e.g. 1978)
  • 2nd 2 digits – Month sub-field (e.g. 06)

Please refer to glossary entry for ‘Commencing students’

Please refer to the Glossary for further information about terminology used in this document.

Input files

​Higher Education Student:

  • Student Load/Liability (LL) 
  • Revised Student Load/Liability (RL)


  • Student Load/Liability (VLL)
  • Revised Student Load/Liability (VRL)

Change History

Details of all versions of this data element can be found on its supporting information page.

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