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 open the week commencing 7th December 2020 and will close on Friday 15th January 2021. The programme will start on 24th February 2021. 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

To apply, please contact the PWAP lead at Preston Hospital, Jacqueline Higham ( for further information.

This information is correct as of November 2020 and is subject to change.