Teachers and supporters

Explore our resources, FAQs, and case study for teachers and supporters of students that live or study in Greater Manchester.


2021 to 2022 timeline

November 2021

Applications open.

MAP online recruitment talks take place.

You can email us to request a webinar and live Q and A session for your school or college.

December 2021 Applications close at 11.59pm on Sunday, 12 December 2021.
January to March 2022 Applications reviewed and places confirmed.
April to October 2022 Compulsory and optional events take place.
September to December 2022

Decision Manchester takes place.

Students will have the opportunity to get an early decision on their application to The University of Manchester.

Link Coordinators will be contacted about students' predicted grades.

October 2022 Completion of Manchester Access Programme.

MAP talks

Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, the MAP Team will not be visiting schools and colleges in person this year to deliver MAP talks, however, we will be providing a range of online resources for schools and colleges including:

  • live and pre-recorded webinars and videos;
  • downloadable resources, such as presentations (PDF versions) and information for your school/college newsletter or bulletin are also available on request.

Please email us if would like any other information about the programme for your pupils.

Frequently asked questions

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

Students need to meet all of the essential criteria at the point of application in order to apply.

However, in order to recognise the disruption to exams this year we will consider applications from students who are taking GCSE exams in the autumn exam series and who receive their 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 beyond this point we may prioritise those applicants who already meet the essential criteria.

Autumn exams refer to 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.

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

If students do not meet all of the essential 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.

Is COVID-19 considered an extenuating circumstance?

We are unable to consider the general disruption caused by COVID-19 as personal extenuating circumstances.

However, if you consider the impact of the pandemic on a student’s personal circumstances to be extreme then we may be able to make an exception, such as:

  • they have experienced serious illness and spent a prolonged period in hospital as a result of COVID-19;
  • they have suffered a close family bereavement due to COVID-19;
  • they have significant caring responsibilities as a result of COVID-19 (eg 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.

We will consider circumstances on a case-by-case basis. Please note, students must be willing to detail their circumstances and may be asked to provide supporting evidence to determine their eligibility.

Can students with alternative or foreign qualifications apply?

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

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

Recruitment talks run from October to early December.

If you would like a member of the team to deliver an online talk to your school or college, you will be able to book this from October by emailing us