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Unique Learner Number

Unique Learner Number (ULN) and the Personal Learning Record

A Unique Learner Number (ULN) is a 10-digit reference number allocated to anyone in the UK involved in UK Education and Training.

Each learner issued with a ULN has a Personal Learning Record (PLR) which contains a record of regulated qualifications achieved.

AIM Qualifications and Assessment Group populate the Personal Learning Records when learners achieve a regulated qualification and a valid ULN has been supplied at registration.

After registration all ULN’s are validated through the Learning Records Service (LRS) Organisation Portal to ensure the information supplied at registration matches the information held on the Portal. If the information matches, the ULN is successfully validated and any achievements are uploaded to the Personal Learning Record. For any records that do not match they are not validated we are not able to upload any achievements.

All validated ULN’s will appear on any certificates issued for Regulated Qualifications by AIM Qualifications and Assessment Group.

Please note that where the data supplied in the registration process does not match the information held on our database, these anomalies are detailed on Quartzweb under the Administration page and must be resolved to ensure validation. Any ULN’s not resolved within approximately 4 weeks of registration will be removed from our records.

Where do we get a ULN for a learner from?

ULNs have been in existence since 2008 and any learner who has taken school examinations since then may already have been allocated a ULN.

To obtain a new ULN’s or check to see whether a learner has already got a ULN please see the information on the Government's website which goes through this in detail.

To obtain ULNs for your learners a Centre must be registered as a Learner Registration Body.
Further information on the Learner Registration Service can be found here.

Further information on Unique Learner Numbers is provided by ESFA and can be found here.