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Eligibility Criteria

In order to apply to UWC schools and colleges through the National Committee of Great Britain, candidates must meet our eligibility criteria.

Note: Although we are called UWC Great Britain, we also accept applications from those resident in Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man. 

The National Committee understands that every case is different and special circumstances are taken into consideration by the National Committee. If you are unsure of your status or have any questions about the eligibility criteria please contact us on

Age Requirements

Candidates must be aged 16 or 17 on the the 1st of September of the year they aim to enter a UWC. Most UWC schools and colleges are only for students of sixth form age. Although some UWCs are for students of other ages, UWC Great Britain does not select students for the lower years.

England, Wales, and Northern Ireland: To be considered for a place at a UWC through the National Committee of Great Britain you would generally apply while you are in (or about to enter) your last year of GCSEs or your first year of AS-Levels (or equivalent). 

Scotland: To be considered for a place at a UWC through the National Committee of Great Britain you would generally apply while you are in (or about to enter) your fourth or fifth year of high school (S4 or S5) - sitting either National 4, National 5 or Scottish Higher courses. 

If you have skipped a year at school or are in other unusual circumstances, please contact us to confirm.

Residency/Citizenship Requirements

Candidates who apply to UWC through UWC Great Britain will be representing the UK at United World Colleges across the world. 

Therefore, to apply through us, you must have lived in the UK for at least three years prior to applying or hold a British passport. You are eligible if you are British but you live overseas, though you may wish to contact the National Committee of the country you are resident in as well. You must be able to provide a British passport or other proof of British citizenship.

Assessment Day Availability

Candidates who apply through UWC Great Britain must be able to attend an Assessment Day at Atlantic College. Please see key dates for the exact timing of the Assessment Days. The day will involve group work, games, and discussions. Skype or telephone interviews are thus not available as an alternative.

What if I'm not eligible?

If you are not eligible to apply through UWC Great Britain, then it is likely you will be able to apply to attend a UWC through an alternative National Committee. Click here to find your own National Committee, and email if you are unsure. 

If you are ineligible to apply through any National Committee then please contact Atlantic College directly via and ask for information regarding International Quota (IQ) applications. There are a small number of International Quota places available each year for students who are not otherwise eligible. Please note that financial aid is not normally available for IQ places.