Learning aim information, such as qualification type and the Learn Direct Classification System (LDCS) code(s), enable colleges to determine:
- if a course is classed as recognised higher education
- the price group assignment for the course when completing the HEIFES return.
Colleges should apply for a learning aim when they set up the course rather than when they first need to return data. It is essential that colleges register learning aims with the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) in advance of returning data.
Contact the ESFA service desk to register a new learning aim
If there are any issues with the information recorded against a learning aim on the database, you should contact the Service Desk to request that the information is corrected. You may need to supply evidence to support any changes.
Please note: The OfS will require evidence that learning aims have been requested, or any modifications have been actioned, before the learning aims are used in any returns.