how old do you have to be to go to college in the uk
If you turn 16 during the school year (between 1 September and 1 July) you can leave school after 30 June.
You must then do one of the following until you’re 18:
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.
Applicants who’ll be under 18 on admission should seek advice from a College Admissions Tutor as early as possible to discuss their application. If they’re considering Medicine, they should also read the advice regarding age requirements for this course in the Medicine course entry.
Between 16 and 18 you will be able to choose from:
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.
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