Almost all entrants to Eton arrive at age 13 and stay for five years. Admission at age 16 is possible for a small number of candidates, however, and there are two entry routes: see Sixth Form Scholarships and Sixth Form Entrants.
Sixth Form Scholarships are awarded to boys in their GCSE year at UK schools (usually maintained schools, though candidates from fee-paying schools are not prohibited from entering provided that they are in receipt of substantial bursarial assistance and their school has no provision for schooling years 12 and 13).
The number of fee-paying places we can offer to Sixth Form Entrants in addition to the scholarships is variable from year to year and is always very limited. Competition is intense, and only candidates with very high academic potential and additional strengths to offer in sports or in the arts will be considered.
A confidential medical report will be required before a candidate’s entry can be finally confirmed.
Boys entering at age 16 take the two-year course to A level or Pre-U. For details of the curriculum and available subjects please see the page headed 'The Specialist Years' in the further information section of the prospectus (click here).
Please browse our website and the prospectus more broadly for an understanding of life at Eton College.