How to apply

Find out how to apply for the Manchester Access Programme.

2022 applications are now closed

The deadline for applications was 11.59pm on Sunday, 12 December 2021.

If you have applied, please wait to be contacted by a member of our team with an outcome.

Before you apply, please check that the programme is right for you and you meet all the essential and at least one priority criteria on our eligibility pages

Application form

Applications for 2022 are now closed.

The deadline for applications was 11.59pm on Sunday, 12 December 2021. 

Choosing your MAP strand

There are three strands of MAP available: Medicine, Dentistry and general, each with its own eligibility criteria.

1. Medicine or Dentistry strands are for applicants who have an interest in pursuing Medicine or Dentistry at university and meet the additional GCSE and A-level criteria. 

2. The general strand is for applicants who have an interest in pursuing any other course at university that is not Medicine or Dentistry. 

Completing your application form

Before starting your application please be aware of the following:

  • the application form will take approximately one hour to complete;
  • you will need to provide specific information on the form; 
  • there is a section where you can tell us if you have experienced any challenging circumstances that should be taken into account when reviewing your application;
  • you must complete all fields on the form, we may not be able to contact you if any information is missing;
  • you may complete your application over more than one session. However, you will need to ensure that you use the same device and browser (such as your laptop and Google Chrome), as the platform uses cookies to remember your answers;
  • we are only able to consider one application. If you submit more than one application we will consider the most recently submitted. 

COVID-19 statement

Unfortunately, we’re unable to consider the general disruption caused by the pandemic as personal extenuating circumstances.

However, if you consider the impact of COVID-19 on your personal circumstances to be extreme, then we may be able to make an exception.

Circumstances we would consider extreme include the following:

  • you have experienced serious illness and spent a prolonged period in hospital as a result of COVID-19;
  • you have suffered a close family bereavement due to COVID-19;
  • you have significant caring responsibilities as a result of COVID-19 (such as caring for someone extremely clinically vulnerable/shielding);
  • it has created or exacerbated a very difficult or dangerous living situation;
  • it has created or exacerbated a mental health condition as diagnosed by a healthcare professional.

Please indicate on your application form if any of these circumstances apply to you, including the dates you have been affected and any impact on your academic achievement.

We’ll consider circumstances on a case-by-case basis. 

Finishing your application

There are three important things to keep in mind when finalising your application:

  • Accuracy – all of your information on the application form must be correct to the best of your knowledge. 
  • Evidence – make sure you have gathered evidence to support your application, such as a letter from your school confirming you get free school meals, GCSE certificates, evidence of 16-19 bursary. Please keep in mind that if you are unable to provide the evidence required, we may be unable to offer you a place on the Programme.  
  • Verification – we’ll contact you directly if we need any more information from you. 

Frequently asked questions

Click on each question for more information.

Can I apply if I am taking the autumn GCSE exams?

Yes, we will consider your application if you are taking the GCSE exams in the autumn exam series and if you receive your results by Thursday, 13 January 2022 for English Language and Maths, and by Thursday, 24 February 2022 for all other subjects.

If results are delayed we may prioritise applicants who already meet the essential criteria.

Autumn exams are GCSE examinations undertaken before the end of 2021 by students who are unhappy with their teacher assessed grades. These are considered as a first attempt rather than a resit.

Can I apply in Year 13?

No, we do not accept Year 13 students on to MAP as the intensive programme of activities and academic work may interfere with your A-level studies.

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.

Can I apply if I resit Year 12?

As the scheme is highly competitive, a place is not guaranteed, so we would not recommend that you resit Year 12 solely to apply to MAP.

However, if you are considering resitting Year 12 for other reasons, we would advise that you contact the admissions office for any courses that you are planning to apply for.

They will be able to give guidance on how they will view this decision, as some courses may make higher offers to students who have repeated Year 12 and some may not be considered at all.

You can find contact details for all admissions offices at The University of Manchester through the individual course profiles on our website.

I have alternative or foreign qualifications, can I still apply?

If you have appropriate equivalent qualifications to GCSEs then you are encouraged to apply and it will be considered on a case-by-case basis.