Almost all boys enter Eton at age 13 and stay for five years.
However, in some years a small number of students may be admitted at 16 or just 17, to study here for two years. It is a school rule that they must be under 19 at the start of their last Summer term at Eton.
Sixth Form students normally take four AS-level subjects for examination at age 17, followed by three or four subjects at A2 or Pre-U level in the second year. For details of the curriculum, please see the section headed “The Specialist Years” in the Further Information section of the Prospectus.
Any available places will be offered to boys of a high academic standard who are also likely to make a notable contribution to school life in sport or in the arts. The minimum qualifying standard is GCSE, or the overseas equivalent, in at least six academic subjects with A grades ; in practical terms the level expected is likely to be higher than that, and competition for the limited number of places is intense.
There is no entry form and a registration fee is only payable by those candidates who are placed on the short-list, but if a candidate is to be considered a full report will be requested from his present school. Interviews and assessment at Eton will be required for short-listed candidates. A short statement about a candidate who is offered a place will be required from a parent or guardian, giving consent to a confidential medical report being submitted by the candidate’s usual doctor to the Eton school doctor. The parent or guardian will also be asked to sign an agreement to pay all due fees and charges. Financial support is not normally available for entry at age 16, other than through the Sixth Form Scholarship scheme for UK students.
There will be up to four fee-paying places in September 2015. Candidates are asked to apply by 1st November 2014. Short-listed candidates will be notified in January and will be asked to come to Eton for interviews and assessment in the first week of February 2015.
The application procedure is given below :
Mr P.J. McKee, Tutor for Admissions,
Eton College, Windsor, Berkshire SL4 6DB.
(Fax: 00 44 (0)1753 370668;
The candidate himself should write a personal letter of application, which should also include exact date of birth, full details of present school and name of referee there, plus dates of relevant examinations taken and to be taken. Applications will be considered only in this form, and not from parents or educational agents.