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(Original post by Lexy86)
That's ridiculous... they actually have a law/protocol against being under 18? Wow. I was a month shy of 16 when I was accepted into uni (not in the UK, though), and barely 16 when I started... wouldn't it make more sense to reward those who skipped grades/did better than their peers in school?
My mom is a pediatrician and actually highly recommends against skipping grades due to physical and psychological development reasons. I'm glad you did well in school but she would have suggested you take a year off before college. I actually agree with her (and she has the MD to back her up!) so I think very young students should take time off--travel, work, do private language instruction, music lessons, whatever.
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I can't really comment on the academic side because I'm only 17 myself and haven't started uni, but from the social side I know what its like to not be able to get served and must bars wont even let under 17's in the pubs! I'm the last one to turn 18 out of all my friends (end of august) and it really sucks! Maybe it might be a good opportunity to take a gap year and go travelling or something.
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(Original post by Talya)
I think someone on here applied to Bristol at a year younger and was offered a deferred place.
That was me

She should definitely call and check with the universities she will be applying to, and ask them whether they are alright with it.
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I don't know about the uk but I'm studying in UAE in the American University of Sharjah and I'm 17. I'll be 18 in my 2nd year. There's no restriction or age limit...I agree with Arvi...she should probably call up and fins out from the universities she's applying to. Good luck to her!!
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(Original post by shady lane)
My mom is a pediatrician and actually highly recommends against skipping grades due to physical and psychological development reasons.
Yeah... for eight year olds, probably. What is physically different between most 17 and 18 year olds?
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(Original post by morningtheft)
Yeah... for eight year olds, probably. What is physically different between most 17 and 18 year olds?
If you read the post shady lane quoted, it was in reference to 15/16 years olds going to university. I reckon there'd be quite a physical difference between a 15 year old and an 18 year old! And she does say "I think very young students should take time off" - I doubt 17 year olds fall under that umbrella.

I'm sorry for talking for you shady lane, and I'm sorry if I got it wrong! I just agreed with what you said

Personally, I don't see what is so rewarding about going to university at a very young age, I'm 18 and I sometimes wonder if I should have taken a year out! But then I suppose it all depends on what you want from university. I wanted everything, the academics and the social experience. I think you're better equipped to make the most of the social side if you're more mature (not just because of the legal age for drinking alcohol!). However, if you just want the academics then that's up to you.
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(Original post by JennLlama)
I was 17 for the first term of uni as well and didn't really have any trouble. None of my choices told me I had to defer, or even recommended it, and I didn't have any trouble living in halls either. Most places accepted my student card as "proof" I was over 18 and my Students' Union was more concerned that I was a student rather than that I was over 18 anyway! Although I'm at a campus uni - I suspect if I'd been trying to go out in the local towns and cities, I might have had more trouble as they're stricted on ID. If she wants to take a gap year, then fair enough, but there's really no harm in applying. I wouldn't have been happy going to university aged 16 (which was also a possibility since I'm Scottish!) but aged 17 I was ready for it - maturity depends a lot on the person so I don't think it's possible to say that someone aged 17 is not ready for university.
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I'm not suggesting for one moment that a 17 year old isn't mature enough to go to university. But I do believe wholeheartedly that going at 18 would be much less hassle, particularly if the university is in a big city. (Having visited my ex at Warwick many times, I can imagine it would be easier for a 17 year old student to get served on the Warwick campus than anywhere in Bristol, for example.) I also think that gap years are almost universally beneficial. As long as you do something constructive with the year, it's going to be a good experience, whether you work or travel, or even do an art foundation course or take more A-levels or something. If it were me, I'd take full advantage of having what is effectively an extra year before uni, and still graduating at the "right" age, rather than going to uni at 17, having loads of trouble socialising until I turned 18 (by which point the damage might have been done) and potentially graduating and getting on the treadmill of the workplace at a mere 20 years old!
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Lol - My Mechanics teacher once told us that she went to university and was in the same lectures as a 15 year old!! Apparently, she was annoying and a complete swot, so all of the 18/19 year olds cheered when she got things wrong, and when my teacher was sitting her finals, she was sitting next to this then 16 year old, and apparently she was just going through the paper at the speed of light, and my maths teacher said she though like shouting "She didn't even leave her answers on display, stupid b**ch!!" We were all laughing so hard in that lesson (I don't tell the joke very well!)
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(Original post by shady lane)
My mom is a pediatrician and actually highly recommends against skipping grades due to physical and psychological development reasons. I'm glad you did well in school but she would have suggested you take a year off before college. I actually agree with her (and she has the MD to back her up!) so I think very young students should take time off--travel, work, do private language instruction, music lessons, whatever.
My dad is a paeditrician and he allowed my brother to skip a grade and it has not harmed my brother in any manner. Infact, it has given him more confidence in his educational abilities.

P.S. My dad has an MD and also and MRCP to back him up
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There's a girl in my halls who started uni at 17, turned 18 in Dec. We have a bar in the grounds of our halls that will serve any1! Some clubs let u in on the basis of student ID but other places will not let u in without proper ID. This might not be an issue depending on what ur in2 but it would have bothered me. Theres no way I would have been ready to go to uni at 17, let alone 16 & would not have got as much out of it but that just depends on u as a person, for other ppl it would be ok
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On the other hand, I know that if I took a gap year out I'd be so lazy at the end of it, I wouldn't want to go back to slogging my way through 3 years of structured education.

In fact saying that just now...doesn't that sound horrible?! :eek:
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(Original post by tom391)
Hope this is in the right forum, and that it hasn't been asked too many times before - the search function is not behaving itself on my computer :mad: .

This is not for me, but for my sister who is two years younger than me but a year ahead of herself, so is in the Lower Sixth at the moment. Have heard lots of conflicting reports from different sources about whether or not it is ok to begin univeristy while still 17. Was wondering if anybody has done so / knows anyone who has done so, or if anyone knows the exact nature of the law for this matter? Her birthday is in June, so basically she will be 17 for the whole of her first year at uni unless she takes a gap year.

Thanks!
I'm gonna be 16 for my first 2 months of uni this year. The unis haven't said anything about my age....
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but one positive thing is that your sister will probably be 20 when she finishes her degree and she'll have plenty of time to decide what to do in her career after being a graduate............ and social life is not just about drinking in a pub......plus if she really wanted to get into a nightclub/pub it wont be that hard being 17 years old.

so i would definantly let your sister enter uni at 17.
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i was 17 when i started uni for the first semester.
didnt have any problems, most things she'l do as a fresher she'l do with the uni and her uni id doesnt usually state ur date of birth does it? well mine didnt and i got away with everything really!

i dont recommend taking a gap year cos i see it as a waste of time, but thats just my opinion!
she might not want to go back to studying after she takes a gap as well.

if i were you, id give her the options and help her decide but not convince her what u think u shud do, you can advise her but dont tell her what to do!
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(Original post by kriztinae)
i was 17 when i started uni for the first semester.
didnt have any problems, most things she'l do as a fresher she'l do with the uni and her uni id doesnt usually state ur date of birth does it? well mine didnt and i got away with everything really!
Mine did. The doorstaff at our Union would say 'oh, no drinking for you tonight, eh' and then wave you in. So obviously no one listened, no one was ever IDed at the bar and everyone was happy.
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Mine did. The doorstaff at our Union would say 'oh, no drinking for you tonight, eh' and then wave you in. So obviously no one listened, no one was ever IDed at the bar and everyone was happy.
eh thats fine then! u still enjoyed uni at 17 then so its ok
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hmm....my friend started at 17 and she says there was big red letters on her id saying "DO NOT SERVE ALCOHOL"...and i'm starting at 16
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Hello Guys,

I was 17 as well when I started my course in Cardiff.
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I'm shocked UCL accepted you as you can't spell it...
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Well, some people might be ok with it.

I, for one, wouldn't want to be not old enough to drink when I'm at uni.
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