Undergraduate applications

We know this is a very unsettling time for all our applicants. We're doing all we can to ensure that changes in the application process won't affect your opportunity to attend Manchester.

You can also look at our offer-holder page for help with tracking your offer, applying for accommodation and finding out more about the support available at Manchester. 

Are you still accepting applications for September 2021?

Yes, we're still accepting applications for some of our courses for September 2021 entry via the UCAS clearing process.

If you're interested in an undergraduate course, you should apply through UCAS. Have a look at our clearing vacancies for a full list of courses available and also check availability via UCAS.

What is the deadline for meeting the conditions of my offer?

The deadline to meet conditions made in your offer is 8 September 2021 unless you've been given a different deadline by the academic School. For Medicine and Dentistry, the deadline is 31 August 2021.  

If you receive your results after the 8 September (or 31 August), you should contact the academic School as soon as possible to discuss your application. The School will decide, at their discretion, whether they're able to offer you a place for September 2021. If we can't offer you a place we'll probably make you a deferred offer for the following year’s entry or offer admission to another course. ​

Please note that if we make you an offer for deferred entry in the following year, you’ll be required, prior to taking up your place, to re-take the medical fitness assessment and repeat the DBS check for courses where these requirements apply. ​

Am I required to pass the Science Practical elements of my A-level?

In recognition of the significant disruption to studies this year, applicants won't be required to obtain a ‘Pass’ in the practical element of any science A-levels for 2021 entry. This requirement is waived for all courses, including those sitting international A-levels. If your offer states that you must pass the practical element you may simply disregard this. All other offer conditions would need to be met as usual.

What is the University doing to help applicants whose studies have been disrupted by COVID-19?

We understand that COVID-19 will have had an impact on students and how many may have missed potentially significant periods of teaching. We expect any periods of disruption or mitigating circumstances to be taken into consideration by schools and awarding bodies so that your grades are a true reflection of your ability.

Applicants who meet our contextual admissions criteria will be given additional consideration to help ensure they aren't further disadvantaged. Applicants may be eligible for an offer even if their predicted grades don't meet the standard entry requirements.

Find out more information about contextual offers and use our eligibility tool to see if this would apply to you.

Do I need to send you mitigating circumstances regarding the coronavirus outbreak?

We expect schools, exam boards and government policy to take into account the significant disruption to education in 2020 and 2021 when awarding grades in 2021. We're aware that due to the unprecedented nature of the coronavirus outbreak that all applicants to the University will have faced some disruption this year and we don't require applicants to submit individual mitigating circumstances.

My exams have been cancelled, how will this affect my offer to study at Manchester?

My exams have been cancelled, how will this affect my offer to study at Manchester?

Governments have already announced a number of changes to exam and award arrangements in summer 2021 due to the ongoing pandemic. While the approach taken will be different this year, grades issued by official awarding bodies will have equal status to qualifications taken in other years and so will be accepted as normal for 2021 entry.

We aren't making any changes to existing offers or our typical requirements because of these changes and, where possible, we'll make adjustments to ensure you aren't disadvantaged.

Please visit the UCAS website for information related to:

A-levels in England

The UK government has confirmed that exams for A-levels in England have been cancelled.

Instead, you'll receive grades based on some form of alternative assessments and teacher assessments in summer 2021.

You'll receive your results on Tuesday, 10 August 2021.

A-levels in Wales

The Welsh government has confirmed that A-level exam will be cancelled in summer 2021.

You'll now be awarded grades based on teacher assessments, following the subsequent cancellation of plans for externally moderated classroom assessments.

You'll be issued provisional results in June by your school or college but final results will be released on Tuesday, 10 August 2021.

We'll only be considering the official results and won't accept provisional grades.

A-levels in Northern Ireland

The Northern Irish government has announced that A-level exams will be cancelled in summer 2021.

A-level grades will be awarded based on teachers’ professional assessment of the standard at which students are performing.

You'll receive your results on Tuesday, 10 August 2021.

Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers

The Scottish government has confirmed Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers exams will be replaced with teacher assessments in summer 2021.

You'll receive a provisional result from your centre but official results will be released on Tuesday, 10 August 2021.

We'll only be considering the official results and won't accept provisional grades.

International A-levels

We understand exams will go ahead for some, or all, international A-levels this year.

Oxford AQA and Pearson have confirmed the cancellation of exams for international AS/A-levels for summer 2021. You'll instead receive grades based on some form of alternative assessments and teacher assessments in summer 2021. You'll receive your results on Tuesday, 10 August 2021.

Cambridge International has confirmed that examinations will go ahead where possible. For some countries they'll move to a school-assessed approach (for example the UK, Mexico, Brazil, Ecuador, El Salvador, the Philippines, Myanmar, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Indonesia). All students will receive their results on Tuesday, 10 August. You may also like to review the Cambridge International Covid Information page.

We accept international A-levels as equivalent to UK A-levels and will accept them on a grade for grade basis. We'll be accepting international A-levels awarded in summer 2021 as normal and these changes won't affect how we consider your application. We're also not making any changes to existing offers or our typical requirements for students studying international A-levels.

We'll update this page as soon as more information is available.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

The IB has confirmed that it will offer a dual route for the May 2021 Diploma Programme examination session.    

The IB is working with schools to determine which of the two pathways is best for their region: 

  • written examinations where they can be administered safely; or 
  • an alternative route using a combination of internal assessment coursework and teacher-predicted grades.  

All IB grades will be treated equally whether students were assessed via exams or via an alternative route.

Results from the May 2021 session will be available on 5 July 2021.

Indian Standard XII

National and state board Standard XII examinations have been cancelled and grades will be issued based on a form of alternative assessment. We understand that the release of examination results will also be delayed; for national board students, this means that you will receive your results by the end of July 2021. Most of our students, including many of our international students, take A-levels or other qualifications where examination results are not released until mid-August. The delayed receipt of Indian Standard XII results will not impact your offer and, typically, would allow sufficient time for a successful visa application in advance of the start of the academic year.

All CBSE and CISCE grades will be treated equally, whether students are assessed via exams or an alternative route. This policy will also apply to state board grades, pending confirmation of a form of alternative or teacher assessment that is satisfactory to the University.

Our admissions teams are on hand to discuss your individual offer if you have any queries or concerns; this applies wherever in the world you're studying.

Exams entered as a private candidate

We understand that private candidates will be worrying whether they'll be awarded grades this year, particularly those who wanted to re-sit GCSEs or A-levels last summer and weren't able to do so.

In England, the Department for Education and Ofqual has recently advised that private candidates should be assessed in a similar way to other students and should be able to receive a grade this year.

You'll need to register with an exam centre and the Department for Education is working to make sure there are enough centres available without it costing more than it normally would. They intend to publish more on this shortly including a list of available centres.

We're currently awaiting further information from the relevant organisations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and UCAS around arrangements. We'll update this page as soon as there is further information.

As a private candidate we'd recommend keeping in touch with your exam centre or making contact with one.

Last year many private candidates who initially believed they'd be unable to receive A-level grades based on teacher assessments were ultimately able to do so through arrangements with their centres.

If you're a private candidate, holding an offer (firm or insurance) with us, then please notify the relevant academic School or Department if you've not already done so. This will ensure that we're aware of your circumstances, although please note any updates will be published on these pages as and when available.

 

EU and international students

We're aware that education systems around the world have been disrupted and we'll be as flexible as we can where applicants aren't able to meet the conditions of their offers in the way they expected, or at the time they expected.

We ask applicants in this situation to discuss their application and personal situation with their admissions team within the relevant academic School or Department at the earliest opportunity.

We continue to monitor the impact the pandemic is having on teaching and assessment on global and international qualifications. Grades issued by official awarding bodies will have equal status to qualifications taken in other years and so will be accepted as normal for 2021 entry. 

Is there an autumn exam series in 2021?

Ofqual has confirmed that there'll be a 2021 autumn exam session in England for students who received a teacher-assessed grade in summer 2021 or those whose exam board believes that they would've taken exams this summer if they hadn't been cancelled.

Exams will take place in October for AS and A-levels and December for GCSEs (the specific dates and date of results are still to be confirmed).

What happens if I wish to sit exams in a future exam series, such as summer 2022?

Some students who have not secured a place based on their teacher-assessed grades may wish to sit examinations at a later date.  In these circumstances, you would be required to reapply in the 2022 cycle but would be guaranteed to receive an offer providing you hold a conditional firm or insurance offer holder with us this year (please see an exemption and specific guidance for Medicine and Dentistry applicants below).  This would only apply to the specific course for which an offer is held this cycle, for example if you are holding an offer for English Literature, your guarantee would only apply for English Literature next year. 

The guarantee would result in an offer at the 2022 entry requirements, though Schools may honour 2021 conditions at their discretion.  You would not be required to attend another interview or resit any aptitude tests, such as UCAT, but some students may be required to satisfy non-academic conditions such as a DBS check or a health screening.  The results obtained from the future sitting would be classed as your first attempt as opposed to a resit. 

Medicine and Dentistry

If you are unhappy with your teacher-assessed grades from summer 2021, we strongly encourage you to sit exams in the relevant subjects as soon as possible. Applicants holding a conditional firm offer are guaranteed to receive an offer for 2022 entry, provided you sit exams in the next available exam series. A new UCAT or interview will not be required in these circumstances. Although we would guarantee a place for September 2022 and waive the requirement to sit the UCAT and interview, the offer would be conditional on achieving our A-level grade requirement as listed below. 

The grade requirements for each programme will be as follows:

  • For Medicine applicants sitting autumn 2021 exams, the standard AAA requirement will be applied. Choosing to sit the summer 2022 exams would result in our resit grades of A*A*A to be applied.
  • For Dentistry, grades of A*AA will be applied for both the autumn 2021 and summer 2022 exam periods.

We will only permit applicants to sit one of these exam periods for an application to be considered. If an applicant fails to meet the required standard in the autumn exam period, the application will be rejected and they will have to reapply for 2023 entry. Standard entry criteria, including UCAT and A-level resit grades would apply.

Due to the cap on student numbers, this guarantee would apply to conditional firm applicants only and not extend to those holding a conditional insurance offer. If you have accepted us as your insurance choice and choose to sit exams in autumn, should you reapply, you would be reassessed alongside the other 2022 cycle candidates and would be required to take a new UCAT exam.

 

I received a contextual offer, my exams have been cancelled and I'm going to receive teacher assessed grades. Will the lower requirements still apply? (UK students only)

Yes, the conditions of your offer won't change. Therefore if you've been offered a place here at Manchester you're still only required to meet the lower entry requirements.

My teaching and assessment have been disrupted by the coronavirus, what should I do?

We're aware that education systems in the UK and around the world have been disrupted and we're monitoring the situation. We'll try and be as flexible as we can where applicants aren't able to meet the conditions of their offers in the way they expected, or at the time they expected.

At this stage, you don't need to let us know of any closures that affect you. We'll be in touch if this changes and will keep this page updated as well.

What happens if I miss my grades?

We know how anxious you must be feeling and want to reassure you that when we receive your results we'll carefully consider all the information included in your application and will also be taking contextual data  (for UK students) into account. If you narrowly miss the grades of your offer, we'll try our best to be as flexible as possible. If we're initially unable to accept you, we'll also try to identify suitable alternate courses and try to offer you a place on these where possible in the hope that we can still welcome you to Manchester.

If your application is unsuccessful then you may still be able to secure a place through clearing in August 2021.

What happens if I've registered as a private candidate?

We understand that private candidates may have been worrying whether they'll be awarded grades this year, particularly those who wanted to re-sit GCSEs or A-levels last summer and weren't able to do so.

In England, the Department for Education and Ofqual have advised that private candidates will be assessed in a similar way to other students and will receive a grade/s this year. You should have registered with an exam centre and the Department for Education have assured us that there were enough centres available.

Last year many private candidates who initially believed they'd be unable to receive A-level grades based on teacher assessments were ultimately able to do so through arrangements with their centres. We hope that will be the case this year.

If this isn't the case and you won't receive a teacher assessed grade then please notify the relevant academic School or Department, if you've not already done so.

 

Can I defer my offer to 2022 entry?

Undergraduate applicants wishing to discuss deferring entry to 2022 should email the Admissions Team within the relevant academic School or Department, making sure you include the following details:

  • Your UCAS personal ID
  • Your name
  • Your UCAS course code

How will you treat International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBDP) students this year?

The International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) has confirmed that every student will receive a final grade in each part of the IBDP. There will be both examination and non-examination routes and the route will depend on local government regulations as to which is appropriate.

We can confirm that we'll accept grades awarded in the IB Diploma this year as normal and will treat examination and non-examination grades equally. We'll consider your grades when they're available and, providing you meet your offer conditions, your place will be secured.

We're confident that the IBO will have used all resources available to them as an awarding organisation (historical assessment data, externally marked individual assessments, school data and subject data) to ensure that they operate a rigorous process of due diligence in what is a truly unprecedented situation.

We're aware that this is a very unsettling time for all applicants but please be assured that we'll do all we can to ensure any changes to the IBDP assessment and examinations won't affect your opportunity to attend our University in the coming academic year. We're working closely with colleagues at the IBO to understand the changes that they've put in place and will adapt our admissions processes to take account of the necessary changes.

Our admissions teams are on hand to discuss your individual offer if you have any queries or concerns. This applies wherever you're studying in the world.

Can I apply to the University without an English language test?

Yes, you can apply to the majority of courses at Manchester without an English language test. You may be considered for a conditional offer where you have English language (and/or academic qualification) conditions outstanding. English conditions would need to be met before you could be accepted on the course.

Which English language tests are accepted?

The University recognises a number of English language tests, including TOEFL, Pearson PTE and IELTS. Given the current disruption to accessibility of global English language testing centres due to the coronavirus pandemic, the University is currently reviewing additional and/or alternative forms of confirming prospective students’ levels of English.

We'll announce further information on this area in due course, and our applicants and offer-holders should check their email regularly, as further individual guidance from admissions teams will follow as soon as possible.

The University also offers 10-week, 6-week and 4-week pre-sessional courses which may be appropriate for some applicants. The length would depend on your current English language level, and the level required for the degree programme you are applying to. Your Department will advise you on the length of course they would like you to take where appropriate. Further information can be found on the University Language Centre website.