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Manchester Access Programme (MAP)

One of The University of Manchester's goals is to recruit students who will be successful at Manchester regardless of their educational and social background. We have developed the Manchester Access Programme (MAP) to target and support talented students who are from backgrounds that are currently under-represented in higher education (HE).

MAP is a structured scheme for local post-16 students who meet specific academic and background criteria. The aim of the programme is to support entry to The University of Manchester, or another research-intensive university, through the completion of a portfolio of work demonstrating specific knowledge and skills.

The scheme gives students the opportunity to show their potential through a varied programme of activities including:

  • A series of personal development/skills workshops;
  • A three-day University Life Conference;
  • Online e-mentoring from undergraduate students;
  • One-to-one UCAS application guidance interviews with University staff.

Students also complete an academic assignment under the guidance of an academic tutor at the University, which helps to develop the skills required for university study and provides an excellent opportunity to demonstrate the potential for success in HE.

All students who successfully complete the Manchester Access Programme benefit from individual support through the UCAS application process, 40 UCAS points towards their University of Manchester offer and an annual scholarship upon registration on a course at Manchester.

Students are targeted using criteria related to academic potential and measures of under-representation in HE.

For further information, please visit the MAP website.