college age uk

If you turn 16 between 1 October and the end of February you can leave at the start of the Christmas holidays in that school year.

  • stay in full-time education, for example at a college
  • start an apprenticeship or traineeship
  • spend 20 hours or more a week working or volunteering, while in part-time education or training

There’s no age requirement for admission to Cambridge, although the vast majority of undergraduates are 18 years or older when they start their course. If you’ll be over 21 when you start your course you are classified as a mature student.
All students must demonstrate that they have the maturity and personal skills to cope with university level study and will be able to gain full benefit from the course when admitted.

You can leave school on the last Friday in June if you’ll be 16 by the end of the summer holidays.
However, although you do not have to go to school, you will have to remain in education, employment or training until the age of 18.

Address: Bradbury House, Porter Street, Hull HU1 2RH
Contact phone number: 01482 591523

The UK Key Stages were first defined in 1988 Education Reform Act to accompany the first introduction of the National Curriculum. The following guide has been particularly helpful for our overseas teachers.
Age 3–5. Y0. Nursery / Reception (Early Years Foundation Stage)

References:

http://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying/entrance-requirements/age-requirement
http://lawstuff.org.uk/education/when-can-i-leave-school/
http://www.college-optometrists.org/the-college/policy/focus-on-falls/falls-directory-/age-uk-hull-falls-prevention-team.html
http://prosperoteaching.com/from-overseas/uk-key-stages-by-age-year/
http://www.gov.uk/schools-admissions/school-starting-age