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Manchester Access Programme

Applications for Manchester Access Programme (MAP) 2016 are now open and the application form is available on this website through the ‘How to apply’ link on the menu to the left.

If you’re a local pupil aged 16 or over, who meets our specific academic and background criteria, you could join MAP and demonstrate your potential to succeed at university. 

MAP aims to support your entry to The University of Manchester – or to another research-intensive university – through the completion of a portfolio of work that demonstrates specific knowledge and skills.

Supporting talented students

At Manchester we want to recruit students who will be successful here regardless of their educational and social background. Our Manchester Access Programme allows us to target and support talented students from backgrounds currently under-represented in higher education.

You might come from:

  • a state school or college;
  • certain postcode areas;
  • a family with a lower than average income;
  • a family with no history of participation in higher education.

Watch our video to find out more about MAP:

The benefits for you

If you successfully complete the programme, there are three main benefits.

  1. You’ll be supported through the admissions process if you want to apply to The University of Manchester, allowing you to receive guidance on your personal statement and an early decision on your application to Manchester.
  2. Dependent upon household income, MAP students may also be eligible to receive a scholarship to assist with their undergraduate studies should they choose The University of Manchester.
  3. MAP students are eligible to receive a reduced offer of up to two A-level grades (or equivalent) below the standard entry offer. For example where the standard offer for a course is AAA, a MAP student will receive an offer of ABB. This reduction in grades is valid only upon successful completion of MAP and reflects the work  students undertake to complete the programme successfully.

By participating in the programme you will:

  • increase your skills in the following areas: research; academic writing; communication; presenting; time management; independent learning and team working. These skills will ensure you are prepared support your current school and college studies;
  • be prepared for the different types of teaching and learning at university;
  • gain information about the different types of courses available and what it’s like to be a university student.

Contact our MAP team

For any questions relating to our Manchester Access Programme:

Tel: +44 (0)161 306 6505