Preston Widening Access Programme for Medicine

Preston Widening Access Programme for Medicine (PWAP) is aimed at supporting students who aspire to enter the medical profession and who live or study in the Preston area to attain a place on the Medical MBChB Undergraduate programme with The University of Manchester. PWAP is coordinated and delivered by Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust at the Preston site.

This year, PWAP will be delivered remotely to applicants from January 2021 to enable us to continue to support access into Medicine for those who meet the eligibility criteria. Applications will open at the beginning of October 2021 and will close 6 weeks later. Places will be allocated by mid-December for a January 2022 start. PWAP welcome applications from eligible students across Lancashire.

PWAP aims to support entry to The University of Manchester through the completion of a portfolio of work that demonstrates specific knowledge and skills to support each student becoming successful at university. Places on the PWAP are limited and are subject to an application process.


Benefits of the Preston Widening Access Programme can include:

  • Advice and guidance for UCAS application and personal statement;
  • Advice and support to prepare for the interview process;
  • A reduced offer of up to two A-level grades (or equivalent) below the standard entry offer (e.g. AAA could become ABB) upon competition of PWAP.

How to apply

For any programme enquiries and to request application forms, please contact

This information is correct as of September 2021 and is subject to change.