An apprenticeship is classed as full-time education. Full-time education is described as “more than 12 hours a week of supervised study or course-related work experience.”
Secondary education (i.e. education up to A degree of school) or tertiary education are both choices (education for those over school age but in college, university or vocational course).
Full time education
Young people aged 16 to 19 (or those under the age of 20 who started their current course before the age of 19) are deemed to be full-time, whether they are studying;
• at a school, college, or a similar recognised institution.
• for a degree up to and including A class, NVQ level 3, or Scottish national qualifications at higher, advanced higher, or equivalent.
• for a minimum of 12 hours per week during term time, minus meal breaks and unsupervised testing time.
A young person is still considered to be in full-time school if they are:
• on vacation or studying for exams as part of their programme;
• absent from school or college due to illness or ill-health but hope to return to the course of education, or
• completed one course but have enrolled for another beginning in the following year, and the only exception is if they have completed one course of education but have enrolled for another beginning in the subsequent year, and the only exception is if they have completed one course of education
Young people between the ages of 16 and 19 (or those under the age of 20 who started their current course before the age of 19) are deemed to be in approved training if the course is one of the above and is not provided by a contract of employment:
• England – Work-Based Pathways or Program-Led Pathways
• Northern Ireland – Access or Job skills Traineeships
• Scotland – Job Hunters, Skillseekers, and Modern Apprenticeships
• Wales – Modern Foundation Apprenticeships, Skillbuild or Skillbuild+
School leavers under the age of 18 must by law to continue their education before they reach 18. You may enrol in college or sixth form while working on an apprenticeship or traineeship.
So is an apprenticeship classed as full-time education? In a nutshell, indeed. When you perform an apprenticeship, you are not breaking the law.
However, full-time teaching can not be compared to full-time learning; with an apprenticeship, you can get the best of both worlds: classroom learning and hands-on training. To put it another way, you’d be learning whilst working.