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Manchester Access Programme

If you’re a local pupil aged 16 or over, who meets the 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. The 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 a video to hear the story of Scott, one of our MAP students.

The benefits for you

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

  1. You'll receive advice and guidance for your UCAS application and personal statement. If you decide to apply to The University of Manchester, you'll also receive an early decision on your application.   
  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 the MAP team

For any questions relating to the Manchester Access Programme, contact:

tel +44 (0)161 306 6505

MAP welcomes applications from students with experience in Local Authority Care, Young Carers, students with disabilities, asylum seekers and refugees.