George took part in the MAP programme during his A-levels at Holy Cross Sixth Form College and graduated from the general strand in 2015.
He chose to apply for a foundation year before transitioning onto BSc Aerospace Engineering at The University of Manchester.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I went to Middleton Technology School before studying at Holy Cross Sixth Form College. I didn't have the typical A-levels required for direct entry onto my current course, so I applied for the Engineering with an Integrated Foundation Year course instead. After successfully passing the foundation year, I transitioned into the first year of BSc Aerospace Engineering in September 2017.
How did you hear about the MAP?
I heard about MAP from one of my siblings who was not aware of the programme during their time at college, and so I looked further into the programme and found it was something I was eligible for and highly interested in, given what it could offer.
What did you enjoy the most about participating on the scheme?
I enjoyed the time I got to spend on campus, familiarising myself with the University and gaining valuable insight into university life generally. It also got me excited about studying at university and motivated me to get an offer from The University of Manchester.
How did the programme help you to get to where you are now?
Without a doubt, MAP boosted my skillset, from communication and confidence to academic skills and leadership. Decision Manchester was especially useful given the uncertainties of UCAS, and it reassured me that I had a strong application before submitting it officially. Fundamentally, I don’t think I would have received an offer from the University had I not completed MAP. It provided me with the extra experience and skills that I believe demonstrated my suitability and dedication for the course I was applying for.
What advice would you give others who are thinking of applying to the programme?
Go for it! It may not seem like it at the time, but what follows from MAP can be truly life changing. It’s beneficial whether you decide to study at The University of Manchester or elsewhere. At times it will take you out of your comfort zone, but it all contributes towards the learning experience and at the end of the programme you will have new and improved skills and experience unique to MAP students. Completing the programme gives you an advantage over other applicants and it’s a fantastic gateway to higher education. I can't recommend it enough. It had a profound impact on my future, and it can offer the same to you.