The VET Unit of Study Completions (VCU) file records the completion status for each unit of study or part of a course undertaken by students in the reporting year.
There must be a record in the VCU file for every record reported on all VET Student Load Liability (VLL) files for the reporting year.
Timing of submissions is detailed in the reporting schedule for the relevant reporting year.
The submission date in the reporting schedule is the final date by which data should be received by the department. Data can be submitted prior to the due date.
The VCU file is the only file included in the VET Unit of Study Completions submission.
Submissions are made using the Higher Education Provider Client Assistance Tool (HEPCAT). More information about this process is in the HEPCAT User Guide Part 2.
Information about the structure and the elements included in the VCU file is in the structure guidelines for the relevant reporting year.
Each record in the VCU file must have a unique combination of values for:
- Student identification code (element 313)
- Course code (element 307)
- Unit of study code (element 354)
- Unit of study census date (element 489).
These elements are the key identifiers for a student's unit of study/part of a course and must be the same as originally reported in the VLL file. Each record will then be updated with the reported completion status (element 355).
A student may have undertaken a unit of study/part of a course more than once in a reporting year. For example, they may repeat a unit which they previously failed. Where repeats occur, completion status may differ between records provided they have different values for the Unit of study census date (element 489).
Records to be excluded
Records for units of study which have been remitted or deleted are to be excluded from this file.
The VET Unit of Study Completions submission can also be used to revise previously submitted data. When revising a unit of study completions record it must be submitted with the same key identifiers as originally reported.
Revised data can be submitted at any time. For detailed information on how to revise previously reported data see the VET revision guides.
For more information about terms used in these guidelines see the glossary.