Office for Students Transparency Information

The information published on these pages shows:

The number of applications for admission on to recognised, undergraduate higher education courses that we have received from UK domiciled applicants.

The number of offers we have made in relation to those applications.

The number of those offers accepted and the number of those who have registered with us.

The number of students who attained a particular degree or other academic award, or a particular level of such an award, on completion of their course with us.

It also shows these numbers by reference to:

The gender of the individuals to which they relate

Their ethnicity

Their socio-economic background.

It is important to note that the data presented has not been contextualised. This means, for example, that you will not be able to see from this data how many of those applying to courses met the entry criteria. It is also the case that universities and colleges will often receive many more applications than they have spaces on courses and so offer rates will necessarily be lower than application rates in those circumstances.


N/A – not applicable as no applicants to this mode of study
N – 24 or fewer students in this population
DP – data suppressed for data protection reasons.

Contextual narrative

UCEN Manchester is firmly committed to providing college-based higher education to all who seek to improve their skills and knowledge, regardless of background or socio-economic status. We are proud of our inclusive tariffs and open approach to applications and enrolment.

At UCEN Manchester we have a diverse student population in terms of access and participation. We enrol a higher proportion of students who are from underrepresented groups compared to the national average. The data shows that UCEN Manchester have a high number of students from low participation neighbourhoods, neighbourhoods with a high level of deprivation, ethnic minority groups,  mature students and students with a disability.

We offer a range of bursaries and financial support to individual students to enable them to access higher education and achieve successful outcomes.

We recognise that the journey to higher education is different for everyone, therefore, work to support access to higher education begins at an early stage. UCEN Manchester runs a comprehensive programme of outreach activities and sessions with schools, sixth forms and colleges to help young people think not only about higher education but also about their future careers. At the same time, we work extensively with FE Colleges across Greater Manchester to attract mature students, including a growing number progressing from Access to HE diplomas. Our support helps students from many and varied backgrounds to make informed choices.  

Table 1a: Summary of applications, offers, acceptances and registrations for 2018-19 entrants

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Applications, Offers, Acceptances and Registrations

In terms of widening access and participation UCEN Manchester’s investment includes a wide range of activities for schools, sixth forms and colleges, which includes taster days, campus tours, mentoring etc. To view our engaging offer visit: Schools, Sixth form and Colleges Outreach Offer. We also have in place an Internal Progression Agreement with The Manchester College, offering a comprehensive programme of outreach activities for students studying on level three programmes. At the same time, we are able to offer a wide range of courses to students who do not have the qualifications or experience to enrol directly onto a higher education programme, including Access to HE diplomas delivered within UCEN Manchester.

UCEN Manchester plays a key role in working with a number of partners and stakeholders to ensure that students recognise and engage with the range of activities available to them through The National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP). NCOP brings together 29 partnerships of universities, colleges and other local partners to deliver outreach programmes to young people in years 9 to 13. As part of the Greater Manchester Higher Consortium, UCEN Manchester hosts the Manchester Hub. Our work is focused on local areas where higher education participation is lower than might be expected given the GCSE results of the young people who live there.

Table 2a: Percentage of first degrees at grade 2:1 or above by characteristic for 2017 - 18 qualifiers

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Our aspiration is for all students to achieve to the best of their ability and attain the highest possible classification in their particular award. It should be noted that a significant proportion of our students undertake programmes such as Foundation Degrees and Higher National Diplomas, and so first degree classifications such as 1st or 2:1 only reflect a proportion of our student outcomes.

While we are proud of the achievements of all our students, we recognise that attainment gaps do exist and the most significant we need to address is around ethnicity. We are working hard to address this and through our Access and Participation Plan have put in place a range of measures and initiatives to close this gap. We are also currently reviewing our Teaching, Learning and Assessment policy to ensure our approach meets the needs of all our students.

The Personal Tutorial Model

Our commitment to students is reflected in Personal Tutorial model, which we believe plays a vital role in enhancing students’ academic, personal and social development. Personal learning and support is essential in ensuring that students make the most of their time in higher education and achieve the best possible academic outcomes. The Personal Tutor here at UCEN Manchester is a key first contact for students and is here to establish proactive, effective and long-lasting student partnerships that promote positive engagement within the academic community. Find out more about the Personal Tutor Model here

The Personal Tutorial Model works in tangent with Future U, our Student Support Service, in ensuring that students have access to the support, advice and guidance needed to be successful. This service is broken down into six key areas which we believe are crucial in supporting students to succeed: Advice and Guidance; Welfare; Employability; Student Voice; Academic Support; and Health and Wellbeing. Find out more about the Future U.


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