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05 JUNE 2011

The UK Joint Academic Coding System (JACS)

"The Joint Academic Coding System (JACS) is owned and maintained by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) and the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) and is used for subject coding of provision across higher education in the UK. JACS was first introduced in 2002/03 (UCAS year of entry 2002 and reporting year 2002/03 HESA) to replace the two different classifications systems previously used by the two organisations. JACS is currently used to code the subjects of both higher education courses and the individual modules within them across the full range of higher education provision.

Since the range and depth of subjects available for study in higher education is not static, it is necessary to review JACS on a regular basis to ensure that it is current and up to date. A first review of a subset of subject areas resulted in JACS 2.0 introduced for 2007 year of entry (UCAS) and 2007/08 reporting year (HESA).

A second review of JACS has just been completed, leading to the production of JACS 3.0 for use from 2012/13 (UCAS year of entry 2012). The intention of this review was to understand any new developments in the identified areas that may not have been reflected in the JACS 2.0 classification and/or to identify anything that was otherwise missing or incorrectly classified.

A number of subject areas were identified as needing review. It was also intended that particular attention be paid to ensuring that JACS was suitable for coding foundation degree provision. Investigation was also undertaken as part of this review to see whether or not JACS could also be used for classification of research."

(Universities and Colleges Admissions Service, UK)

1). Owen Stephens JISC MOSAIC JACS extraction utility: W614, 2011

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200220032007200820122013classification • classifications systems • code • foundation degree • HESAhigher educationHigher Education Statistics AgencyJACS • JACS 2.0 • JACS 3 • JACS 3.0 • Joint Academic Coding Systemprogramme modules • subject areas • subject coding • taxonomyUCASUKUniversities and Colleges Admissions Service

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