This is from my current experience....that although universities may want to encourage more mature students into professions such as nursing, the whole application process (UCAS) is very much aimed at young applicants, either in school still, or who have just left. It seems that because I finished my school 17 years ago, the system doesn't recognise my school (it has changed its name in the time), half of my results (because the exam board has changed in the meantime), my university (which has also changed its name), and my degree (which isn't offered as a choice on the list)....and also wants me to provide a reference from my current school!! I'm not at school.....I'm 35 years old with two kids!! lmao. I can't tell you how many emails I've had to send to my preferred uni.....why do UCAS have to have such a one size fits all approach to applications? Has anyone else suffered from this, or similar, because they are a 'bit older'???