Teachers and supporters

The following information is for teachers and supporters of students who live or study in Greater Manchester.

MAP talks

We deliver talks in schools through October, November and December. We will take bookings from September 2021, so please contact map@manchester.ac.uk for more information.

Key dates in the MAP calendar

October – November MAP recruitment talks take place
Early November MAP applications open
December MAP applications close
Early February Students are informed whether they have been invited to a compulsory Selection and Introduction Day
Late February Selection and Introduction Days take place
March Students are informed whether they have been successful in gaining a place on MAP
April – October Compulsory and optional events take place
September – December

‘Decision Manchester’ takes place. Students will be given an early decision on their application to The University of Manchester.

Link Coordinators will be contacted regarding students' predicted grades

Please note that this is a rough guide, and will vary from year to year.

Case study

Joanne Boyes – Careers Manager at Oldham Sixth Form College 

Background Information

I am the Careers Manager at Oldham Sixth Form College and I advise and support students at the college with their UCAS applications. I have been the MAP Link Coordinator at the college for several years and I’ve seen hundreds of students progress through and benefit from the scheme.

Can you tell us a little more about your role as a MAP Link Coordinator?

I’m the person who promotes the scheme to students each year. I advertise on the screens around college, send electronic information to students and I also tell parents about it at information evenings. There are a lot of students who hear about MAP from others who have previously participated in the programme and I think everybody who’s ever done MAP recommends it to the next group of students, so there is a lot of word of mouth publicity!

What are the advantages of MAP for your students?

For many students the flexibility with grades makes a big difference to them, and the reduced admissions offer is very appealing. The advantage that all students benefit from is having visited the University as they become so much more independent in terms of travelling on their own, talking to people and generally finding their feet. I often talk to students when they are just thinking about applying to join the Manchester Access Programme and they sometimes feel quite daunted by the idea, however,  when they do  take that step to actually apply and get on to the programme I think they really grow and become ready to make the most of university. They definitely, as a result of participating in MAP, are in a stronger position to hit the ground running when they start their undergraduate studies compared to students who haven’t completed MAP.

Particular memories

It’s really nice when I see students who get their ‘Decision Manchester’ answers through MAP and are able to find out in advance of applying to Manchester whether they will be invited to interview or be made an offer for their chosen course. Applying to university can be a difficult time and when students come to tell me that they have received an offer and just need to get the grades it’s great. Receiving this early decision helps them to focus fully on their studies and achieving the grades they need.


Teachers and supporters are advised to read the eligibility criteria for students.

A student doesn’t meet the GCSE requirements but is resitting, can they still apply?

Students must meet all of the essential criteria at point of application in order to be eligible to apply.

A student doesn’t meet the essential criteria but has mitigating circumstances, can they apply?

If students do not meet all of these criteria, but have experienced difficult family or individual circumstances that they believe may affect their performance in exams or the likelihood of going to university, we can still consider their application to MAP on an individual basis. The student should give some brief details in the appropriate section of the application form.

Can students with alternative/foreign qualifications apply?

Students with appropriate equivalent qualifications to GCSEs should be encouraged to make an application and these qualifications will be considered during the assessment of their application.

How do I request a MAP talk at my school or college?

MAP recruitment talks run from October to early December. If you would like a member of the team to visit your school or college, email map@manchester.ac.uk or call +44 (0) 161 306 6505 around this time.

Contact us

If you want to find out more about the Manchester Access Programme contact the team on +44 (0)161 306 6505 or email map@manchester.ac.uk

You can also read general information about the University for teachers and supporters.