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.
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!!
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!)
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
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.
I'm shocked UCL accepted you as you can't spell it...
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.