Preston Widening Access Programme for Medicine

Please note that the below information is correct as of December 2022. Details of PWAP 2024 will be published in Autumn 2023.

Preston Widening Access Programme for Medicine (PWAP) aims to support students aspiring 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. The programme comprises of a range of activities and study which will support students to enhance their application to the University.

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

What will I actually do in PWAP?

You will attend timetabled sessions that will be useful during your application to study Medicine at The University of Manchester. These sessions will include taster sessions of learning clinical skills, mock OSEC’s, communication skills, ethics and will be delivered from 3pm on Wednesdays from February 2023 to August 2023. The programme requires 100% commitment and attendance.


Benefits of the Preston Widening Access Programme can include:

  • Lower academic entry criteria upon completion: A minimum of 6 GCSEs at grades A*/A with a minimum ABB prediction at A-level. Along with a lower UCAT threshold: PWAP applicants must place in the top 75% of scorers with their overall UCAT score and not have a band 4 SJT.
  • Guaranteed interview if the above UCAT criteria have been met.
  • Lower offer grades: if successful at interview, based on meeting the required contextual criteria
  • PWAP is recognised by UKWPMED, a collection of medical schools that recognise each other’s access programmes (which includes The University of Manchester).

How to apply

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

Applications are available from the 1st November 2022 and should be returned and completed by Wednesday 4th January 2023.