Department of Education

At what age can I go to college?

At what age can I go to college?


Most young people start college after completing year 11 at school. In most cases this is at the age of 17.

You will need to decide which subjects you would like to focus on and also where you would like to study. [See ‘How do I choose the right college for me?’]

You can start applying for college courses from the Spring of year 11.


Ask your form teacher at school about what to expect from college and how to apply.

Connexions has useful information about college and special needs choices.

Directgov also has lots of good advice.


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