mA*ths Online Programme

We’re delighted to announce The University of Manchester as the northern partner for the mA*ths Online Programme for the 2023/24 academic year.

We’ve worked with colleagues at Imperial College, London to create 50 places for Y12 pupils from Greater Manchester to take part in The University of Manchester strand of this programme.

Selected pupils will visit The University of Manchester campus for masterclasses, receive study support from Undergraduates and Postgraduates, and take part in the mA*ths Online Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS) designed to directly enhance their understanding of the A Level Maths curriculum.

This initiative runs in collaboration with Mathematics in Education and Industry (MEI) and Imperial College, London and is intended to support students with the academic ability to achieve A* / A at A’ Level reach their full academic potential in their Maths studies. The programme is targeted at pupils from communities underrepresented in Higher Education.

The University of Manchester strand of this project is funded by HG Foundation. The aim of The HG Foundation is to remove barriers to education and skills in technology so that the tech workforce of the future harnesses the talents of all, regardless of background.

Are you a Year 12 A-level Mathematics student considering studying a maths-related degree at university?

Through this programme you could:

  • Develop the skills you need to achieve an A* in A-level Maths.
  • Build your confidence to apply to universities that require an A* in Maths for your chosen subject.

During the programme, you receive tailored online support, including online mentoring and face-to-face masterclasses at The University of Manchester.

About the programme

The programme has four compulsory components:

  • Attendance at a welcome event, which includes masterclasses delivered by MEI and academics from The University of Manchester’s Department of Mathematics (January 2024);
  • Engagement with our two seven-week MOOCs that support the increased understanding of the A’ Level Maths Curriculum. This content is delivered in a variety of ways including videos, practice questions and assessments, covering a range of methods and application (February 2024 to May 2024);
  • Attendance at weekly mentoring sessions from current University students where you can gain support with understanding the MOOC and the benefits of studying Maths and Maths related degrees in Higher Education (February to June 2024);
  • Attendance at end of programme celebration and masterclass event (June 2024).


To participate in this programme at Manchester, you must be:

  • In Year 12 and studying your first year of A Levels, including A Level Maths;
  • Have a home postcode in Greater Manchester;
  • Have passed 8 GCSES;
  • Have 6 of those GCSES graded 7 to 9, including GCSE Maths and Science (we will ask for proof of this within the application form);
  • Have a belief that you are capable of achieving Grade A or A* at Maths in your final A-Level exam, especially with the additional learning provided by this programme.

Please note that our participation criteria may differ from that of the Imperial led version of this programme.

Priority participants

This programme is targeted at pupils from communities less well represented in Higher Education including those:

  • From a POLAR 4 Q1 postcode (see postcode checker);
  • Who come from a school that has an Index Multiple of Deprivation flag;
  • Who are a Young Carer (find out more about the definition of a young carer);
  • Who are a refugee or in the process of seeking asylum;
  • Who have 3 months or more experience of living in care (find out more about the definition of care experienced students);
  • Have parents / carers who do not possess an undergraduate degree or higher degree from the UK or abroad;
  • Have pupil premium or free school meals at secondary school.


Online applications will open on 1 November 2023 at 12pm.

Applications will close on 4 December 2023 at 11.59pm.

You will need the following information with you to complete your application form:

  • Your School / College’s official name;
  • The email address of a teacher within your school or college who can verify your participation in A Level Maths;
  • Knowledge of your whether you parents or carers obtained a degree from a UK Higher Education provider.


For further information please contact