mature student with poor gcse gradesWatch
thankyou for you time.
I think the universities realise that not everyone reaches their academic potential when they are 16 - 18. Not everyone is interested when they are those ages. My brother found that mature students tend to get more scope regarding their entry criteria and many of the universities state their more relaxed policies on their websites.
Most people can't achieve As and Bs in exams without effort, so low grades from a disinterested 16 year old doesn't really imply anything about the intelligence or motivation of a 24 year old. Also A grades from mature students with other commitments such as full-time jobs or families, tend to appear more impressive.