A 74-year-old man has become Britain's oldest ever medical student.

''It's hard for anyone to work as a nurse, especially someone in later life. But if you are still active and open to new ideas then you should go for it.''

David Seelig - who dropped out of medical school 50 years ago to join the RAF - has only recently recovered from prostate cancer, but has set about trying to achieve his life-long dream of training as a nurse.

He said: ''It's hard for anyone to work as a nurse, especially someone in later life. But if you are still active and open to new ideas then you should go for it.''

David - who will be 76 by the time he qualifies - admits he was ''so happy'' to be offered a place at university and believes he can keep going until he is 90 years old.

He added to the Nursing Standard: ''When I qualify at 76, I reckon I can put another 14 years on that.''