§ Mr. Brooke
Mature candidates compete on equal terms for places in further and higher education alongside younger candidates. All those who are eligible should be able to find a place. For higher education the recent Green Paper (Cmnd. 9524) redefines the guidelines for determining access to place greater emphasis on the intellectual competence, motivation and maturity of the student in a way that should benefit the mature candidate without formal qualifications (paragraphs 3.1–3.3). The Green Paper also draws attention to the value of access courses for older candidates aspiring to higher education (paragraph 6.9). The projections of demand for higher education underlying the Government's expenditure plans allow for increasing numbers of mature entrants to higher education as the relevant age groups increase with the onward movement of the population bulge.