Manchester Access Programme applications (or MAPlications as we like to call them!) are now open. But what does that mean for you? Well, if you’re in Year 12 and you live or study in Greater Manchester then you could be eligible to apply for the University’s flagship access scheme (check out the Students page if you’re not sure what an access scheme is yet). MAP supports hundreds of students a year in their journey to find out more about higher education and university life. It gives you the opportunity to take part in tons of workshops and activities designed to build on the skills you already have, and should leave you feeling more confident about applying to and studying at university. As if that wasn’t enough, if you successfully complete the programme you could receive a two grade reduction in the entry requirements to any course at The University of Manchester should you want to come here to study (and we would *really* love you to join us).
But enough about all of the benefits – you can find the full list of those over on the MAP page.
We wanted to use this blog post to tell you a little bit more about what MAP is, what students really think of the programme, as well as giving you some tips and tricks on mastering the MAPlication form.
The Manchester Access Programme is a skills-based programme designed to prepare Year 12s for university. It first started in 2005, but has grown and developed a lot over the last fifteen years. Last year the team received over 1000 applications for the programme, with about 640 students eventually being accepted onto MAP. Around 530 students completed MAP in 2020, and almost 240 students secured a place at UoM – the largest number so far!
MAP is designed to support you in your application to university. You complete a portfolio of work, and have the opportunity to take part in compulsory and optional events that include skills workshops, masterclasses, and an academic assignment to prepare you for the different types of teaching and learning at university. MAP 2020 was delivered virtually because of Covid-19, and the team worked really hard to ensure all of the activities remained engaging and supportive for participants. It will be delivered virtually again this year, and we’re expecting it to be bigger and better than ever.
This year was a really challenging one for students all over the country. With schools, colleges, and universities all closed because of Covid-19, we knew that it was more important than ever that MAP carried on in some way to give students a) something to do and b) some peace of mind that if they did complete the programme they could receive that lower offer as well as the MAP scholarship. And the students really appreciated it! You don’t just have to take our word for it though – we thought we’d let them do the talking below.
MAP, as a whole, has prepared me well for University life, choices, and work. The academic assignment taught me how to reference, structure an essay, and how to effectively evaluate my thoughts and opinions. A truly invaluable experience.
[My favourite part of MAP was] being able to talk to students freely about their experiences, researching and developing my own paper in a topic of my choice. The professional advice and guidance provided throughout the process helped me stay motivated and dedicated to my chosen subject choice.
MAP exceeded my expectations as the support was amazing during lockdown and we weren’t just given work to complete in silence at home. It was interactive with zoom sessions and quizzes to test our knowledge. I felt encouraged to achieve my full potential during this difficult period. There was a virtual sense of community which I didn’t expect to be achieved online.
MAP was extremely useful and provided me with a variety of useful material and resources to use, it has also equipped me with the skills that would be needed in higher education/university.
The Manchester Access Programme was very useful and has helped me to understand the different aspects of university life. The staff and mentors were approachable and gave valuable advice about both the academic assignment and getting into university. I am very thankful to have been given this opportunity.
Applications for the Manchester Access Programme have just opened and will close at 11.59pm on Sunday 13th December, so you still have plenty of time to send off your online form. It’s quite a long application, and contains a lot of important information so it’s really important that you take your time and don’t leave it until the last minute. Below Sophie, one of the MAP Coordinators, lists her top tips for acing the application.
Hopefully that’s given you a better overview of the Manchester Access Programme, students’ thoughts on the scheme, and an idea of what to remember when sending off your application. When you feel ready, you can apply here. Good luck, and we hope to see you on the programme soon!
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