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Child Benefit Technical Manual

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Prescribed conditions for a child or qualifying young person: Education and training condition - Meaning of ‘full-time education’

Child Benefit (General) Regulations 2006, regulation 1, (3)

Full-time education is education in pursuit of a course where an average of more than 12 hours per week (term time) is spent on the following:

  • receiving tuition,
  • engaging in practical work,
  • supervised study,
  • taking exams.

When calculating the 12 hours do not include time spent on meal breaks or unsupervised study.