Eligibility criteria

Greater Manchester pupils wishing to join the Manchester Access Programme (MAP) must meet all of the essential criteria and one of the priority criteria at the point of application.

Applications for MAP 2020 will open in on Monday, 4 November 2019.

If you have any queries, please contact map@manchester.ac.uk.

If you're not eligible for MAP there may be other schemes available to you. Please visit our Access Manchester website to find out more.

Essential criteria for MAP 2020

In order to be eligible to apply MAP students must meet all of the following criteria:

  • live in Greater Manchester or study at an institution in Greater Manchester;
  • attend a state-maintained post-16 institution and are studying a two-year Level 3 qualification (eg A-levels, a BTEC qualification, etc). Applicants need to be in Year 12 (lower sixth) at the point of application;
  • have achieved at least five grade A*–B (9–6) at GCSE (or equivalent, eg GNVQ, BTEC certificate) at the point of application; if this does not include English Language and Mathematics you must have achieved at least a grade C (4) in these subjects. Please note: the ECDL will not be considered as a GCSE equivalent;
  • have attended a state-maintained secondary school (ie you did not have to pay for your education);
  • come from a home where neither parent obtained a university level degree or equivalent in the UK or abroad. (If one or more parent is currently studying their first degree, or graduated from their first degree within the last ten years, an application may be considered);
  • be a home/EU registered student or expect to be a UK national or have ‘settled status’ (according to https://www.gov.uk/student-finance/who-qualifies) by the time you would start a university degree.

Medicine and Dentistry

For these strands you must meet all of the essential criteria for MAP. There are additional GCSE and A-level requirements for the medicine and dentistry strands: 

Medicine

  • At least six GCSEs at a minimum of Grade A* (8) or A (7).
  • Grade B (6) or above in GCSE English Language and Mathematics and at least two science subjects are required at GCSE minimum grade B (6). If Dual Award Science or Core and Additional Science are offered, the minimum required is BB (6,6).
  • Level 2 BTEC qualifications are acceptable (at distinction grade or above) in lieu of one GCSE.
  • Students also need to be taking three A-levels, including Chemistry or Biology/Human Biology; and one of the following subjects from Chemistry; Biology/Human Biology; Physics; Psychology; Mathematics or Further Mathematics.

Dentistry

  • At least six GCSEs at a minimum of Grade  A* (8) or A (7). 
  • Grade B (6) or above in GCSE English Language and Mathematics and at least two science subjects are required at GCSE minimum grade B (6). If Dual Award Science or Core and Additional Science are offered, the minimum required is BB (6,6).
  • Level 2 BTEC qualifications are acceptable (at distinction grade or above) in lieu of one GCSE.
  • Students also need to be taking three A-levels, including Chemistry and Biology/Human Biology.

Priority criteria

Students must also meet at least oneof the following criteria:

  • live in a neighbourhood which has a low progression rate to higher education or an area which has a high level of financial, social or economic deprivation. This is defined by home postcode. If you would like to check whether a postcode is in a neighbourhood which has a low progression rate to higher education or an area which has a high level of financial, social or economic deprivation, then please enter your postcode in the checker.
  • be living in, or have lived in, local authority care[i] (have experienced a period of three months in the care of the local authority within the last ten years);
  • be a young carer (under the age of 18 and who helps look after someone in their family who is ill or disabled above and beyond what is normally expected);
  • be an estranged student (irreconcilably estranged from biological, adoptive or only living parents);
  • be a sanctuary seeker (for example, an asylum seeker or refugee);
  • be in receipt of, or entitled to, discretionary learner payments/16–19 bursary/free school meals (FSM) at your current college;
  • be from Gypsy, Roma or Traveller communities;
  • received, or was entitled to, pupil premium or free school meals (FSM) at secondary school;
  • attended a high school where the average Key Stage 4 performance is lower than the national average[ii];
  • attend an institution where Key Stage 5 performance is lower than the national average[iii];
  • have a disability and be in receipt of, or are entitled to, a personal independence payment or disability living allowance.

[i] are those who are being looked after by their local authority, either living with foster parents/other family members such as grandparents, at home with their parents under the supervision of social services, in a residential children’s home or in another residential setting such as school or secure unit.

[ii] Contextual data education indicators; ‘Y' in the Level 2 column means that a candidate from this school, studying at this level, meets the Key Stage 4 performance criteria for their secondary school.

[iii] Contextual data education indicators; ‘Y' in the Level 3 column means that a candidate from this school, studying at this level, meets the Key Stage 5 performance criteria for their post-16 school/college.

Assessing applications

When we assess your application, we will look at your performance in your GCSE and/or equivalent level qualifications, your post-16 Level 3 subject(s) of study and the number of priority criteria you meet.

You only need to meet one of the priority criteria, as well as all of the essential criteria, to be considered for MAP. However, if the number of students applying to the MAP strand is greater than the number of places available, then the number and nature of your priority criteria will be considered in the selection process.

If you are invited to the next stage in the selection process (the selection and introduction day), you will need to bring evidence related to the information you provided on your application form (for example, evidence of your free school meal entitlement).

Please be aware applications will close at 5pm on Friday, 13 December 2019. Due to the volume of applications that we receive, we will only consider completed applications submitted before this deadline. We will begin to contact applicants in February 2020. 

Extenuating circumstances

If students do not meet the prior attainment outlined above but have experienced difficult family or individual circumstances that may affect their performance in exams or the likelihood of them going to university, their application may still be considered on an individual basis. Circumstances that will be considered include, but are not limited to, students who live independently from their families, those experiencing significant family issues or those students who have a disability/health condition which may have affected their educational achievements.

Please discuss extenuating circumstances with your MAP Link Coordinator (the teacher who coordinates MAP at your school or college) and ensure that you include some brief details on the application form.

Not eligible for MAP?

If you're not eligible for MAP Access Manchester allows you to view all the different access schemes on offer at The University of Manchester and check eligibility.