Medical schools welcome applications from mature students, depending on your academic background, work experience and other relevant criteria, such as subjects and grades previously achieved.
Many medical schools now accept results of access to medicine courses from mature students, providing a route to university for students who do not have qualifications beyond GCSE/O-level.
These access courses are designed to encourage a more diverse range of students into the medical profession. As well as mature students, they support students from disadvantaged backgrounds, students from ethnic and cultural minorities, and disabled students.
A good place to start looking for access to medicine courses is your local college. Many offer courses at reduced fees for those looking to get skills to change or expand their career.
See The Student Room's compiled list of Access to Medicine courses as a starter for what is available at various colleges around the UK (updated July 2011). UCAS also lists these courses under 'medicine and dentistry'.
Selection policy varies across medical schools, so make sure you do your research. Find out more about your eligibility and what requirements you will need to apply, and make sure the access course you are planning on doing is recognised as a way into medical school.