Are private candidates (A Level) considered full-time students?

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I (18M) am planning to move out in the near future. I received CAGs in August, but have decided to reprise my A Level studies (all three subjects) autodidactically and sit examinations next summer, hence I will not be returning to a school environment or enrolling myself in a distance learning programme.

I have seen on a number of occasions that only "full-time students" are entitled to certain benefits provided by government bodies (as exemption from Council Tax, discounted travel etc.) and was wondering if I would still be eligible now that I have left school. The government have failed to provide a rigorous definition of full-time education on their website, completely ignoring private candidates and homeschooled students, and instead stipulating a certain number of hours per week and "course intensity", which is all rather ambiguous. Obviously, I will not be enrolled at a college or other institution, but I will be paying to sit these papers in the coming months.

I could very much do with the CT exemption as the sum is quite hefty and I don't expect to be earning much higher than minimum wage right off the bat when I find a job, given my age and dearth of experience. Can anyone help here?
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I (18M) am planning to move out in the near future. I received CAGs in August, but have decided to reprise my A Level studies (all three subjects) autodidactically and sit examinations next summer, hence I will not be returning to a school environment or enrolling myself in a distance learning programme.

I have seen on a number of occasions that only "full-time students" are entitled to certain benefits provided by government bodies (as exemption from Council Tax, discounted travel etc.) and was wondering if I would still be eligible now that I have left school. The government have failed to provide a rigorous definition of full-time education on their website, completely ignoring private candidates and homeschooled students, and instead stipulating a certain number of hours per week and "course intensity", which is all rather ambiguous. Obviously, I will not be enrolled at a college or other institution, but I will be paying to sit these papers in the coming months.

I could very much do with the CT exemption as the sum is quite hefty and I don't expect to be earning much higher than minimum wage right off the bat when I find a job, given my age and dearth of experience. Can anyone help here?
You write beautifully.

You will not be classified as a full-time student for the purposes you have outlined here: you'd need to be enrolled on a course somewhere to qualify. Home/mature learners doing it on their own initiative don't really get anything.
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I (18M) am planning to move out in the near future. I received CAGs in August, but have decided to reprise my A Level studies (all three subjects) autodidactically and sit examinations next summer, hence I will not be returning to a school environment or enrolling myself in a distance learning programme.

I have seen on a number of occasions that only "full-time students" are entitled to certain benefits provided by government bodies (as exemption from Council Tax, discounted travel etc.) and was wondering if I would still be eligible now that I have left school. The government have failed to provide a rigorous definition of full-time education on their website, completely ignoring private candidates and homeschooled students, and instead stipulating a certain number of hours per week and "course intensity", which is all rather ambiguous. Obviously, I will not be enrolled at a college or other institution, but I will be paying to sit these papers in the coming months.

I could very much do with the CT exemption as the sum is quite hefty and I don't expect to be earning much higher than minimum wage right off the bat when I find a job, given my age and dearth of experience. Can anyone help here?
You may also qualify for CT discount by another route. If you're living on your own, then you can apply for a single-person 25% discount. If you're on a low income, then you may be able to apply for some form of council tax support, and these schemes are administered locally on a council by council basis - have a look at your own council's CT webpages to see if you might qualify.
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You write beautifully.
Thanks, I've never heard that before. English isn't my first language, and many times I do get a little anxious, so that's nice to hear!
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You write beautifully.

You will not be classified as a full-time student for the purposes you have outlined here: you'd need to be enrolled on a course somewhere to qualify. Home/mature learners doing it on their own initiative don't really get anything.
I suspected that would be the case. You seem quite certain of this, so it looks like another blunder by the Tories... although I suppose this is also something of a niche case.
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You may also qualify for CT discount by another route. If you're living on your own, then you can apply for a single-person 25% discount. If you're on a low income, then you may be able to apply for some form of council tax support, and these schemes are administered locally on a council by council basis - have a look at your own council's CT webpages to see if you might qualify.
I already knew about this (the 25% concession), I was just hoping I would be able to get something more substantial. I didn't know there was support for Council Tax though, so I'll take your advice and do some digging for now. Cheers, and thanks for everything!
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I suspected that would be the case. You seem quite certain of this, so it looks like another blunder by the Tories... although I suppose this is also something of a niche case.
Council tax has been around for 28 years now. For 13 years of that, there was a Labour government...
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