Post-16 learners

The Faculty of Humanities welcomes applications from all prospective students and offers a variety of events designed to support A-level students, students on Access to HE courses, and adults returning to education.

We aim to provide information, advice and guidance to prospective University students from diverse educational backgrounds and to help and support students in overcoming any personal or institutional barriers that they may face. 

The University's sixth form and access initiatives are designed to assist prospective students with the process of applying to University and in making choices that are right for them. 

Many of our events are useful to both A-level and access students. 

Key programmes 

Discover Days 

The University of Manchester's Discover Days are informative, interactive events for aspiring undergraduate students who are interested in certain subject areas, but may not know exactly which course to choose. They are ideal for Year 12 students, or for other people applying to university through UCAS and considering Manchester. 

Discover Days give you real, in-depth insight into the unique features and opportunities of degree courses that you might study at Manchester. You’ll gain first-hand experience of university study, learn more about Manchester student life and be able to make informed decisions about your university choices before the UCAS application process starts. 

Academic guest lecture series 

The University of Manchester is home to world-class experts in a wide range of academic fields. In order to share our expertise and enrich your curriculum, we offer subject-specific lectures to students in local schools and colleges in a range of academic disciplines. 

Where: Most lectures take place in your school or college.

When: You can arrange a date and time that are mutually convenient for you and our academic.

Duration: The guest lecture is approximately one hour.

Cost: All lectures are free of charge.

Location: Schools and colleges must be based approximately one hour’s travelling distance of The University of Manchester. We will try our best to meet your request.

Group size: Minimum 20 students. 

'Why Study?' talks 

Our 'Why Study?' series of presentations provides up-to-date information, advice and guidance (IAG) to young people, so that they can make informed decisions about their future. They aim to raise awareness of, and aspiration to, some of the most competitive and demanding subject areas in higher education.

We can deliver these presentations at schools based within one hour's drive of The University of Manchester. Talks are flexible and may last from 30 to 45 minutes.

Pre-university classes (Social Sciences) 

The pre-university classes offer a 10-week long pre-university course, which introduces students to the Social Sciences as potential areas of future study through the discipline of economics. Based in-house, the course offers students from local colleges some experience of the University and its facilities whilst at the same time providing them with the quantitative skills necessary to progress to undergraduate level.

For more information, please visit the School of Social Sciences website: 

Pathways to Law (Law)

Pathways to Law is an innovative and ambitious programme running at seven universities across the UK, and offers a wealth of opportunities to school/college students wishing to enter the legal profession. The North-West Pathways to Law programme is delivered by The University of Manchester, and provides ongoing support to its students during Years 12 and 13, through a structured series of information, advice and guidance sessions. 

The aim is to encourage and support young people in applying to study Law at university and we will be supporting pupils through a variety of activities. These activities will include, UCAS application advice sessions, careers days, parents information sessions, mentoring from current University of Manchester Law students along with local legal professionals and organised legal work placements, all of which will increase a student’s chances of being successful in their applications to study Law.