At age 16 you can…
Age of consent (sexual)
The age of consent is the age at which a young person is legally able to understand and agree to consensual sex. However, it is also important to make sure you are ready to have sex
You may join the Armed Services at a non-commissioned rank or rating, with parental consent. You cannot leave in the first 28 days. After that, at any time during the first 6 months you can leave on 14 days notice. After sixth months, you must serve 4 years.
You can hold a licence to drive a moped. If you are disabled, you may also hold a licence to drive a car. Find out which vehicles you can drive on the DirectGov website.
Education and training
You can leave school on the last Friday of June if you are 16 by that date or will reach the age of 16 during the summer holidays before the beginning of the next school year.
You have a right to an offer of a training place if you are not in work or full-time education. If you are in work and have not reached ‘level two’ in your training you have the right to take time off for study or training until you are 17. You’ re still entitled to receive free full-time education.
You can work full-time if you have left school, although there are some restrictions on the work you can do. For example, you cannot work in a betting shop or in a bar during opening hours.
This is not a comprehensive list but a range of things we think you may find useful.
Need proof of age? We suggest the CitizenCard.