A code which indicates the type of higher education/VET course
|Element name:||Course of study type code|
|Units:||Code (numeric), right justified, with a leading zero if needed|
|02||Doctorate by research|
|12||Doctorate by coursework|
|05||Postgraduate Qualifying or Preliminary (for Master's, Doctorate or Higher Doctorate)|
|06||Graduate Diploma/ Postgraduate Diploma (pass or honours) involving new academic, professional or vocational area|
|07||Graduate Diploma/ Postgraduate Diploma (pass or honours) extending skills and knowledge in a professional area previously studied|
|08||Bachelors Graduate Entry|
|22||Other undergraduate award course|
|41||Cross Institutional program for undergraduate courses at home Higher Education Provider|
|42||Cross Institutional program for postgraduate courses at home Higher Education Provider|
|50||Non-award course (including Bridging for overseas trained professionals)|
|60||Open Universities Australia undergraduate studies|
|61||Open Universities Australia postgraduate studies|
|80||VET Graduate Certificate|
|81||VET Graduate Diploma|
Higher Education only:
Code post-course legal studies programs which do not lead to an award of the higher education provider as 22 (other undergraduate award course).
Code preparatory courses being undertaken by fee-paying overseas students as 22 (other award course).
Codes 60 and 61 are for Open Universities Australia (OUA) only.
For the department's coding purposes, Higher Doctorates include those awards which are granted in recognition of original work which was not conducted as part of a supervised candidature within the higher education provider.
Applications and Offers Data Collection
Higher education providers / Tertiary Admission Centres (TACs)
Offer Details (OD) & Preference Details (PD) - data is required in all submissions.
For TACs refer to TAC Data Elements Map for more information.
Use code 99 for “Course below Diploma (AQF terminology)/Associate diploma (pre-AQF terminology)” (e.g. other VET courses).
VET FEE‑HELP only:
VET providers offering VET FEE‑HELP are to report the following codes:
- 80 (VET Graduate Certificate)
- 81 (VET Graduate Diploma)
- 20 (Advanced Diploma)
- 21 (Diploma)
Codes 80 and 81 should not be reported for state subsidised students.
Code 82 (Certificate IV) can only be reported by VET providers participating in the Certificate IV trial and can only be reported for state subsidised students.
For more information about terms used in these guidelines see the glossary.
Higher Education Student:
- Course of Study (CO)
University Applications and Offers:
- Offer Details (OD)
- Preference Details (PD)
- VET Course of Study (VCO)
Details of all versions of this data element can be found on its supporting information page.
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