# Age scottish people go to uni?

What age do scottish people go to university?
I heard you go to uni a year early? So 17?

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No. Same as everyone else.
We do have the option of going at age 17, because our important results come out the year before we leave school, if that makes any sense.
I'll be going at 17 and I'm doing 6th year. It's cos my birthday is in December.
If you go straight after school it can range from going at 16 to going at 18 assuming you went through the schooling system in the standard way and didn't skip years or go live in england for a bit or anything like that.
generally 17 if you go after highers
and 18 if you go after advanced highers

18 is becoming more common now as scottish students compete for places at uni with english students.
the vast majority are 17.
It depends when your birthday lies.

I'll be 17 for about a week during Septemer. But I think people can be 17 for up to Feb or so.
most people are over 18
I'll be 16 when I go for like a week then i'll turn 17
Most of my friends are going when they are 18 though
MichaelScofield
the vast majority are 17.

Wrong.
MichaelScofield
the vast majority are 17.

Not true. More and more people stay on for 6th year, so most will tend to be 18 or just turning 18.
Not true. More and more people stay on for 6th year, so most will tend to be 18 or just turning 18.

Even if you stay on for 6th year, there is a roughly 50:50 chance you will be 17, perhaps the "vast majority" was a bit strong admittedly.
MichaelScofield
Even if you stay on for 6th year, there is a roughly 50:50 chance you will be 17, perhaps the "vast majority" was a bit strong admittedly.

There's a roughly 20-25% chance you'll be 17.
If you assume that the rate of birth is equal for all months, and take into account that we start at the end of September.
smellslikemarmite
If you assume that the rate of birth is equal for all months, and take into account that we start at the end of September.

Using actual numbers (2004's), I get a probability closer to 40%. (October, November, December, January, February will all result in your turning 18 whilst at university; this accounts for about 150,000 births of 370,000 births that year.) Given that a (small) proportion will leave from 5th year, it's only going to be closer to 50:50.

Sure, it's not wonderfully great statistics, but it's better than pulling numbers out of the air and I'm too lazy to do it properly.
TheUnbeliever
Using actual numbers (2004's), I get a probability closer to 40%. (October, November, December, January, February will all result in your turning 18 whilst at university; this accounts for about 150,000 births of 370,000 births that year.) Given that a (small) proportion will leave from 5th year, it's only going to be closer to 50:50.

Sure, it's not wonderfully great statistics, but it's better than pulling numbers out of the air and I'm too lazy to do it properly.

Ah, I forgot about January and February, lol.
But then take into account people that did gap years, mature students...
do student unions in scotland have special arrangements to serve 17 year olds, or do 17 year olds have to miss out on alcohol in freshers week?
The school year in Scotland runs different to England resulting in an occasional difference in age.
Roughly speaking, you start school if your fifth birthday is within 6 months or so of September in Scotland, whereas in England you have to be five by September of the year you start school.
Most people are 18 though, though you do get some 17 year olds and even the very occasional 16 year old, as we can go after our Highers rather than after sixth year.
Acaila

Roughly speaking, you start school if your fifth birthday is within 6 months or so of September in Scotland, whereas in England you have to be five by September of the year you start school.

I live in england and started school when I was 4 and a quarter. It's anyone that will turn 5 between September 1st and August 31st ie that academic year.
Jennay
I live in england and started school when I was 4 and a quarter. It's anyone that will turn 5 between September 1st and August 31st ie that academic year.

Although you'll find that hasn't always been the case; it certainly wasn't in my academic year.
i went to school through 6th year and still went to uni when i was 17 (but changed course after a year, so I was 18 when i started my current course).
Theoretically I could have gone when I was 16 and finished uni a year ago :|

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