A student is any person taking a course at an educational establishment, such as university or college, and includes:
- those over 20 years of age who are enrolled on a full-time course at university or college that lasts for at least one academic or calendar year, where the student is required to attend for at least 24 weeks of the year and undertake at least 21 hours of study, tuition or work experience each week during term time.
- those under 20 years old who are taking a course that lasts for at least 3 months and is a qualifying course of education, such as A-levels or at the same level or below, and includes more than 12 hours a week study time, during the day. Correspondence courses are not included.
- foreign language assistants who are registered with The British Council and are working at a school or other educational establishment.
It is unlikely that students studying English at the many language schools in Portsmouth will be regarded as ‘full time students’ for Council Tax purposes because usually the courses are not long enough to be counted.