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Manchester Access Programme

If you’re a local pupil aged 16 or over, who meets our specific academic and background criteria, you could join our Manchester Access Programme (MAP) 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.

Applications for MAP 2015 are now open. Find out how you can apply.

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. You’ll receive an annual scholarship for the duration of your undergraduate studies, should you choose The University of Manchester.
  3. Successful completion of the programme equates to 40 UCAS tariff points, not related to any specific subject. MAP students are therefore eligible to receive a reduced offer of one grade at A-level (or equivalent) for two of their A-level subjects. For example where the standard offer for a course is AAA, a MAP student will receive an offer of ABB. These additional points reflect the work you’ll 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
Email: map@manchester.ac.uk