Applying to the First Generation Scheme

Develop Your Confidence; Reach Your Potential

At Manchester Metropolitan University we are committed to providing young people like you with the support and encouragement you need to succeed, and the First Generation scholarship scheme aims to do just that – and more. 

This new and exciting programme focuses on supporting those from backgrounds who do not usually enter higher education to access University, and to succeed once here.

Available to college students studying and living in the Greater Manchester area, the scheme provides continued financial, professional and personal support throughout your studies and into employment.  Helping you to break down barriers before, during and after university to ensure you achieve your ambitions and reach your potential! 

You will find below further information on what the scheme offers and the application criteria.  

Benefits of the programme

  • A place on our Year 12 Summer School. The Summer School will give you an insight into what University life is like, both academic and social, and will help you develop the skills you need to succeed at university. We are offering two options as follows, and it will be compulsory to attend one of these if you wish to remain on the programme:

    2nd – 4th July 2019 – Non-residential Summer School
    28th – 30th August 2019 – Residential Summer School (staying on-campus in University-owned accommodation)

    Watch our video of the 2017 Summer School to give you a real insight into what to expect!

    The Summer Schools are delivered on the main Manchester campus, and the costs of all food, social activities and accommodation (for the residential) are covered by the University.
  • Access to pre-entry guidance to support your university application, and peer mentorship from students with similar life experience.

Should progress to a full-time undergraduate degree at Manchester Metropolitan, you will also be eligible for:  

  • A First Generation Scholarship of £1000* when you progress to a full time undergraduate degree at Manchester Metropolitan University.
  • The option to participate in part time work as a Student Ambassador, enabling you to develop valuable experiences and employability skills (dependent on your eligibility to work).
  • A place on a fully funded 3 day, two night residential experience to London at the end of your first year.  The residential will offer the opportunity to visit businesses to develop your networks and gain an insight into various industries, experience of navigating the capital, and the chance to meet some of our London-based Alumni. 
  • Academic and professional (graduate) mentoring to support your development and prepare you for employment at the end of your degree.
  • Plus many more opportunities which will support your journey at Manchester Metropolitan, and develop your employability. 

*in addition to other financial support you may be entitled to. This will be paid directly to you by bank transfer at a date specified by the University and is dependent upon further terms and conditions.

Essential criteria

  1. You are in Year 12 (lower sixth) or Year 13 (upper sixth) in a state maintained post-16 institution at the point of application.
  2. You are a Home (UK) student, or expect to be by the time you apply for higher education.
  3. You live in Greater Manchester or you study at an institution in Greater Manchester.
  4. You attended a UK state high school (i.e. you did not have to pay for your education).
  5. You are currently studying a two-year Level 3 qualification. This could mean A-levels, a BTEC qualification etc.
  6. Neither your parent(s) or guardian(s) have attended university and obtained an undergraduate degree or equivalent level qualification in the UK or abroad.
  7. You have at least eight A* to C grades at GCSE (or equivalent, e.g. GNVQ, BTEC Certificate) including English Language and Maths. Of these, a minimum of four should be at grade B or above. Under the new system this would be eight GCSEs graded between 4 – 9, at least four of which should be 5 – 9.  If you don't quite meet these qualifications it will still be worth submitting an application, as we look at a range of other factors which may mean we can accept you.
  8. We receive a satisfactory reference supporting your application.

Additional criteria

In the event of being over-subscribed, we will prioritise applicants according to the following criteria:

  1. Applicants who are, or have been, looked after by their Local Authority.
  2. Applicants who are estranged from their families.
  3. Applications who live in a 'low participation' neighbourhood. These are areas where low numbers of young people progress to university (you can check your postcode at Priority will be for those in the lowest POLAR3 young participation quintile).

Terms and conditions

  • It is the responsibility of all students to inform Manchester Metropolitan University of any change in circumstances that might impact their application.
  • By submitting an application, successful applicants are giving their consent to Manchester Metropolitan University to hold and process their data in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. Your details will not be used for commercial purposes.
  • By submitting an application, successful applicants agree to their name and photograph being published as being on the First Generation scheme and to undertaking any associated promotional activity by the University. If you do not give your consent to your data being used in this way, you must let us know in writing at the time of the submission of the application form.
  • This application will be subject to the provision of a satisfactory reference.
  • If you are successful in gaining a place on the programme, your progression on the programme will be monitored and may be shared with the link member of staff at your current school or college. We may also pass your data to UCAS or HESA in order to track your progression to Manchester Metropolitan University or other Higher Education Institutions. The information gathered would be used solely for research purposes to provide statistics for the evaluation the programme.
  • The University will be the Data Controller for the information you give us on your application form and any personal data you disclose or we collect during the First Generation scheme. Manchester Metropolitan University needs to collect, maintain and use personal data relating to you to allow us to process your application for the First Generation scheme (FGS). If you are successful in gaining a place on the scheme, the details you have provided in this form will be used for the purposes of registering you as a First Generation student and maintaining your FGS record, providing facilities during your time on the scheme and evaluating the demographics of our participants. Your personal data will be used in accordance with the University’s Data Protection Policy: The University may retain your personal data for up to 7 years. If you subsequently apply to and/or study at the University your personal data will be retained in accordance with the University’s Records Retention and Destruction Schedule. The University may share your personal data with your college in order to track and monitor your progress on the scheme. You have a range of rights in relation to your personal data, including the right of access, the right to request we stop processing your data, that your data is amended or updated. Please refer to our Data Protection website for further information on how to exercise those rights.

We are now open for applications to the scheme from current Year 12 (first year) college students from Greater Manchester.

 Submit an application

Applications to the scheme for Year 13 students have now closed. 

If you have any queries, please contact the scheme Manager, Helen Lord, on, Tel: 0161 247 2980.

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