Wajih Ahmed, a 14-year-old from Chandler’s Ford in Hampshire, has achieved the grades to study Economics at the University of Southampton.
The young prodigy will be the youngest student in the history of the establishment, having gained A* grades in maths, further maths and physics, as well as A grades in chemistry and economics.
Despite the daunting nature of starting life at university, and the fact that he will be unable to take part in a wide range of more conventional student activities, Wajih insists that the age difference is no cause for concern. He told the BBC, “I’ve had experience going to school with older children, because I’ve been going to part-time college, so it doesn’t seem so daunting to me being around older people”.
Wajih has chosen to remain at home for the duration of his studies, and intends to stay on for a PhD before pursing a career as an actuary.
Pro Vice-Chancellor Education Debra Humphris said:
We are delighted to welcome Wajih to the University of Southampton together with all new and returning students and congratulate them on their exam results. Like all undergraduates, Wajih will receive the highest levels of support, guidance and help throughout his degree and we hope he will enjoy his time at the University
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