Parents and carers

Key information to help support young adults with their Manchester Access Programme (MAP) application.

We appreciate what an important role parents and carers play in helping young adults navigate their future once they leave school or college. Here, you can find more information about MAP and supporting a Year 12 student looking to apply.

Who can apply for MAP?

MAP is designed for Year 12 students in Greater Manchester who meet specific eligibility criteria.

You can find out more about MAP eligibility in our webinar for parents and carers (coming soon).

An overview of MAP for parents and carers

  • All MAP activities, workshops and events will be delivered online in 2021. MAP students will have access to Blackboard, The University of Manchester’s online teaching platform, and all interactive activities and events will be accessible to all students via video conferencing and webinar software. MAP students will be able to fully participate on the programme in a safe, accessible and engaging online learning environment.
  • The safeguarding of MAP students is our upmost priority. We use a dynamic risk assessment model to constantly review the safety of online platforms we use. We have a variety of measures to ensure the safety of your child whilst they are on MAP, including DBS checks for all relevant staff and additional safety protocols and guidance for using Zoom safely. The University’s Child Safeguarding policy has also been updated to take into account the new approach to online learning.
  • If a student becomes ill whilst on the programme we are able to offer flexibility to allow them to complete the programme once recovered.
  • If a student is successful in gaining a place on MAP, they will be expected to complete and pass all compulsory activities, and can take part in any optional events that they are interested in.
  • We try to schedule activities around school and college commitments. Where possible, we try to give students a choice of dates to attend any live online workshops or activities. We therefore do not expect students to miss classes for MAP.
  • Each school or college has a Link Coordinator who is in touch with the MAP team, and therefore knows what MAP entails.
  • Each student signs up to the MAP Student Charter at the beginning of the programme. This outlines our expectations of the students, and details the disciplinary procedures that we will put in place if a student does not adhere to the Student Charter.
  • Students will spend around 50 hours on MAP, including the independent study time taken to complete the academic assignment.
  • The Manchester Access Programme does not guarantee entry to The University of Manchester. If a student successfully completes MAP, they are eligible for a reduced offer of up to two grades, but they must still meet this reduced offer to gain entry to the University. If at confirmation of A-level results your child does not meet their reduced MAP offer, then they are not guaranteed a place at The University of Manchester. All decisions are at the discretion of the Admissions Tutors.

Further information

If you want to find out more about the Manchester Access Programme, please email

For general information for parents and carers of young people considering attending the University, explore our guide for supporters