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Manchester Distance Access Scheme 2018

The Manchester Distance Access Scheme is The University of Manchester’s national widening access programme.

  • Have you been made an offer to start a course at The University of Manchester in September 2018?
  • Would you like the opportunity to develop your skills in preparation for university study?
  • Would you like a one grade differential offer to be applied to your offer from The University of Manchester?

The Manchester Distance Access Scheme is an online access programme for students who are currently holding an offer from The University of Manchester for a place on a selection of courses commencing in September 2018.

Courses involved for 2018

The academic Schools and courses currently involved in the Manchester Distance Access Scheme for 2018 are:

  • Aerospace Engineering (all courses)
  • Archaeology
  • Archaeology and History
  • Chemistry (all courses)
  • Civil Enginering (all courses)
  • Drama
  • Drama with English Literature
  • Drama with Screen Studies
  • Electric and Electronic Engineering (all courses)
  • English Language for Education
  • Fashion Buying and Merchandising
  • Fashion Management
  • Fashion Marketing
  • History
  • History of Art
  • International Disaster Management and Humanitarian Response
  • Mathematics (all courses)
  • Mechatronic Engineering (all courses)
  • Modern Languages (including Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish)
  • Nursing (Adult, Child and Mental Health)
  • Optometry
  • Planning with Real Estate (MPRE)
  • Planning (MPlan)
  • Religions and Theology
  • Urban and Regional Planning

If your course is not listed, please contact us at mdas@manchester.ac.uk.

Eligibility

Open to students who meet certain background criteria, this national access scheme is designed to help students make the transition to a university style of learning prior to starting an undergraduate course.

To participate on the Manchester Distance Access Scheme, you must:

  • permanently reside in the UK;
  • have been made an offer to start a course at The University of Manchester in September 2018;
  • live in a postcode area with low progression to higher education, or is indicated as a less advantaged neighbourhood.

Please note: the Manchester Distance Access Scheme is not open to students who attend an independent school and is not appropriate for applicants who already hold a higher-education qualification or those taking an Access to Higher Education qualification. 

Postcode target areas

Visit our geographic indicator and type in your home postcode to find out if you live in one of our postcode target areas.

In order to fully participate on the scheme, you must be holding The University of Manchester as your firm choice on UCAS.

The scheme

The scheme comprises two elements.

Firstly, you’ll complete an online study skills module consisting of five tasks, each with a different focus:

  • Understanding your task
  • Writing your essay
  • Referencing your sources
  • Avoiding plagiarism
  • Planning your presentation

Secondly, you’ll complete an academic piece of work related to the subject you’ll be studying at degree level. This could be a written academic assignment, online assessed module or problem solving (depending on your chosen subject and degree discipline). Participants complete the academic element of the programme under the guidance of an academic tutor or member of staff from the University.

The benefits

  • Upon successful completion of the scheme you'll receive a one-grade differential offer towards your current offer from The University of Manchester (so if your current offer is AAA, it would become AAB after successful completion of the Manchester Distance Access Scheme).*
  • An opportunity to receive university tuition before starting your course.
  • A chance to improve your academic skills in preparation for university study.

*All differential offers are applied at the discretion of the academic school. Please note that for some courses you may still be required to achieve a specific grade in certain subjects. If you are studying another type of qualification (eg BTEC Extended Diploma), then please contact us directly to find out if this differential offer could be applied to you.

Proposed dates for 2018

To participate in the scheme you must be available to complete some online work from the end of June through to the beginning of August prior to results confirmation and clearing.

Part 1: Online study skills module

You’ll have until 29 June 2018 to complete the first part of the scheme. We have accounted for this potentially falling within some students' examination period, which is why we have allowed for the module to be completed up until Friday, 29 June 2018 when all examinations will have ended.

The module should only take a maximum of five hours to complete in total and can be accessed and completed at any time during this three-week period.

Part 2: Academic element

You’ll have from Friday, 6 July to Friday, 3 August 2018 to complete your academic task.

The academic element of the programme will equate to approximately 20 hours of work in total. This will include regular communications with an academic tutor or member of staff, research and reading, and the submission of an initial draft, detailed plan or test on which you’ll receive feedback for future improvement prior to final submission.

You’ll receive confirmation of whether or not you have successfully completed the Manchester Distance Access Scheme prior to A-level results day. Upon successful completion of the scheme, a one grade differential offer will then be applied at results confirmation and clearing on Thursday, 16 August 2018.

How to apply

If you meet the home postcode criteria and your chosen course is included in the list above, please register your interest for the scheme by completing the sign-up survey.*

*Entering your details into the survey does not automatically guarantee you a place on the scheme; your application will require further assessment before confirmation of a place on the programme.

Please note that places on the scheme are limited. We’ll assess your application and then inform you if you’ve gained a place on the Manchester Distance Access Scheme 2018.

If you have any further questions, please contact the Manchester Distance Access Scheme team by email at mdas@manchester.ac.uk.