A code which identifies the mode of attendance by which the student undertakes a unit of study


Version: 1.1
First year: 2009
Last year: 2009
Element name: Mode of attendance code

Code format:

Data Type: Character
Units: Code (numeric)
Width: 1


1 Internal Mode of Attendance at an on-shore or off-shore campus (includes classroom based)
2 External Mode of Attendance at an on-shore or off-shore campus (includes electronic based, on line and correspondence)
3 Multi-modal Mode of Attendance
6 Employer based (VET providers only)

Higher Education Only – Course Completions
Completed course for which ALL units of study have been completed either solely through the Open Universities Australia (OUA) or through the OUA and another Higher Education Provider

5 Higher education award granted on the basis of submission of original work which is not the result of supervised candidature within the Higher Education Provider.

Coding notes

The following additional codes are used in DEEWR datasets but were NOT reported by Higher Education Provider:

No information

Higher Education Data Collection only:

If a student is attending an off-shore campus as an internal student at that campus, he/she is to be coded “1”, not “2”.

For the Past Course Completions File, the code to be assigned for mode of attendance relates to the final year of attendance.

Codes 4 and 5 are only to be used for reporting data in the Past Course Completions File.

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

Input files

Higher Education:

  • Student Load/Liability (LL)


  • Student Load/Liability (VLL)

Change History

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

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