There are a range of post-16 access programmes on offer, regionally – the University of Manchester run The Manchester Access Programme (MAP) for local year 12 students and Manchester Metropolitan University run the First Gen scheme for first-generation university students. There are also programmes on offer delivered by the University of Leeds, Sutton Trust and the Social Mobility Foundation, all of which are working towards widening participation.
Manchester Access Programme
This programme aims to support students, who meet specific academic and background criteria entry to The University of Manchester, or another research-intensive university, through the completion of a portfolio of work demonstrating specific knowledge and skills.
Find out more: https://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/aspiring-students/map/what-is-map
This scheme targets first-generation university students helping them to secure an undergraduate place at Manchester Met. First Gen provides young people with financial, professional and personal support throughout their studies and career.
Find out more: https://www.mmu.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/how-to-apply/first-in-your-family-to-university
Access to Leeds
This programme guarantees special consideration for applicants whose personal circumstances have affected their ability to demonstrate their talent and potential through grades alone. It supports students on an alternative offer for the course, support to prepare for university and special consideration for financial support.
Find out more: www.leeds.ac.uk/A2L
Their work and research is designed to support high achieving state school students from across the UK to gain better opportunity to access higher education and career pathways.
Find out more: https://www.suttontrust.com/
Social Mobility Foundation
This charity is supporting high-achieving students from low-income backgrounds across the UK into top universities and careers. running their successful Aspiring Professionals Programme (APP), which is carefully designed to open up professions for those with the ability to join them.
Find out more: https://www.socialmobility.org.uk/programmes/