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The Council Tax (Discounts) (Scotland) Consolidation and Amendment Order 2003

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Article 2

SCHEDULE 1QUALIFYING COURSES OF EDUCATION

1.  A qualifying course of education is a course of education–

(a)which subsists for more than 3 calendar months;

(b)which is not an excepted course;

(c)with respect to which tuition is principally received otherwise than through correspondence; and

(d)with respect to which the relevant activities are (insofar as they are normally carried out under the course at particular times) normally so carried out principally between 8.00am and 5.30pm.

2.—(1) In paragraph 1(b) above, an excepted course means, subject to sub-paragraphs (2) and (3)–

(a)a course for the further training of teachers or youth and community workers;

(b)a post-graduate course (including a higher degree course);

(c)a first degree course;

(d)a course for the Diploma of Higher Education;

(e)a course for–

(i)the Higher National Diploma or Higher National Certificate of the Scottish Qualifications Authority;

(ii)a Scottish Vocational Qualification Level IV; or

(iii)the Diploma in Management Studies;

(f)a course for a diploma, certificate or qualification equivalent to those specified in head (e) above;

(g)a course for the Post Graduate Certificate in Education;

(h)a course in preparation for a professional examination at higher level; and

(i)a course providing education at a higher level (whether or not in preparation for an examination).

(2) For the purposes of sub-paragraph (1)(h), a professional examination is at higher level if its standard is higher than–

(a)the standard of examinations at the higher grade of the Scottish Certificate of Education or the Advanced Level for the General Certificate of Education; or

(b)the assessment for the National Certificate of the Scottish Qualifications Authority for Scottish Vocational Qualification Level III.

(3) For the purposes of sub-paragraph (1)(i) above, a course is to be regarded as providing education at a higher level if its standard is higher than the standard of courses providing education in preparation for any of the examinations or the assessments mentioned in sub-paragraph (2) above.

Article 6(1)(c)(i)

SCHEDULE 2SPECIFIED COURSES

Courses at first degree and diploma level

1.  A course at undergraduate level leading to–

(a)a degree, certificate, diploma or licentiateship of a university or theological college; or

(b)a degree, certificate or diploma granted by a designated institution, a central institution or any other institution for the provision of any form of further education.

Courses in further education

2.  A course in further education leading to an award of the Scottish Certificate of Education, the General Certificate of Education, the General Certificate of Secondary Education or the International Baccalaureate.

3.  A course in further education leading to the National Certificate, the Higher National Certificate or Higher National Diploma of the Scottish Qualifications Authority, or a Scottish Vocational Qualification, or any other course in further education leading to a comparable award.

4.  A course in further education required by an educational establishment to be undertaken prior to any other course mentioned in this Schedule being undertaken.

Teacher training and other courses

5.  A course at undergraduate or postgraduate level for the initial training of teachers, social workers or youth and community workers.

Vocational courses at postgraduate level

6.  A course at postgraduate level leading to a certificate or diploma in professional studies or to any other comparable award.

Courses at higher degree level

7.  A course leading to the award of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy or a Master’s degree or to any other comparable award.

Articles 6(1)(c)(ii) and 9(b)

SCHEDULE 3INSTITUTIONS

1.  A university in the United Kingdom and any college, school, hall or other institution of such a university.

2.  A central institution.

3.  A designated institution.

4.  A college of nursing and midwifery or a college of health, established by a Health Board or by a Regional or District Health authority.

5.  Any other institution in Scotland for the provision of any form of further education (other than a Ministry of Defence training establishment for the armed forces).

6.  An establishment of further education in England or Wales maintained or assisted by a local education authority within the meaning of the Education Act 1996(1) or in receipt of grants made under regulations made under section 484 of that Act(2).

7.  Any other institution in England or Wales which is–

(a)within the further education sector (in terms of section 91(3) of the Further and Higher Education Act 1992)(3); or

(b)within the higher education sector (in terms of section 91(5) of that Act).

8.  A college of education within the meaning of article 2(2) of the Education and Libraries (Northern Ireland) Order 1986(4).

9.  An institution of further education in Northern Ireland provided by an Education and Library Board constituted in accordance with Schedule 1 to that Order.

10.  A theological college.

11.  An institution of a Research Council established by Royal Charter under section 1 of the Science and Technology Act 1965(5).

Article 10

SCHEDULE 4REVOCATIONS

Orders revokedReferences
The Council Tax (Discounts) (Scotland) Order 1992S.I. 1992/1408 (S.136)
The Council Tax (Discounts) (Scotland) Amendment Order 1994S.I. 1994/626 (S.26)
The Council Tax (Discounts) (Scotland) Amendment Order 1995S.I. 1995/599 (S.50)
The Council Tax (Discounts) (Scotland) Amendment Order 1997S.I. 1997/586 (S.37)
The Council Tax (Discounts) (Scotland) Amendment Order 1998S.I. 1998/341 (S.16)
(2)

Section 484 was amended by the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 (c. 31), Schedule 30, paragraph 125.

(4)

S.I. 1986/594.

(5)

1965 c. 4; section 1 was amended by the Nature Conservancy Council Act 1973 (c. 54), Schedule 4.

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