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What is a ULN?

What is a ULN?

A Unique Learner Number is a 10-digit number which is unique to the learner and is used in England, Northern Ireland and Wales.

Why do we need the ULN?

A ULN will be used by awarding organisations to populate a central Personalised Learner Record (LR) in relation to qualifications achieved by the learner within the QCF Framework.

Is a ULN mandatory?

The Department for Education (DfE) Schools Star Chamber has approved the mandatory use of the Unique Learner Number (ULN) in English schools for pupils from age 14. The collection of the ULN within the school census will become mandatory from January 2014. From January 2013, there will be a soft start to enable schools to adjust to this change.

Who obtains a ULN?

It is the responsibility of the centre, where the learner is registered, to obtain and validate the ULN for the learner. Click here for more information.

What are the rules around the use of ULNs with overseas/foreign students?

ULN’s should only be issued for overseas/foreign students if they are with a legitimate UK provider in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.


Reviewed 14/08/2020 – AT



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