Last updated
22 Nov 2021

Are you a schoolchild or student in full-time education?

How do I answer this question?

The following guidance can help you decide whether you, or the schoolchild or student you are answering for, are in full-time education.

Children aged under 4 - select 'No'.

Children aged 4 or 5 - select ‘Yes’ for children aged 4 or 5 if they are in school. For children in nursery or pre-school education select ‘No’ even if the child is of school age.

Children aged 6 to 15 years – select ‘Yes’.

People in education aged 16 years or over

People on approved apprenticeships are considered to be in full-time education and should select ‘Yes’.

People studying up to and including Advanced Higher or equivalent should select ‘Yes’ if their course includes more than 12 hours a week of study.

People studying at a higher standard than Advanced Higher should select ‘Yes’  if they are in the UK, and studying a course that:

  • lasts for at least one academic year
  • involves at least 24 weeks per year, and
  • involves at least 21 hours of term-time study, classes or work experience per week (which includes independent study)

Students in their placement year of a course, sometimes called a sandwich year, are considered to be in full-time education. These students should select ‘Yes’.

Students abroad for less than 12 months in their international exchange year at an overseas university should select ‘Yes’.

I am a student in part-time education. How do I answer?

Select 'No'.

Why is this question asked?

We ask questions about people in full-time education to make sure we collect information for schoolchildren and students at both their term-time and home address. The term-time population is used to work out how some funding is given to local authorities.

Asking this question also helps us make sure that you are only asked appropriate questions in the census.

Who should answer this question?

This question should be answered for everybody who is aged 4 or over.

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