Progression Hub

Welcome! Here's your dedicated Progression Hub.

This hub if here to provide you with information, advice and guidance on everything from research to results, giving you easy access to the resources you need to prepare, apply and progress to higher education or university.

How student finance works

Get ready to apply for your student finance for 2022 and 2023 entry

Student finance can be confusing but the thought of taking out a student loan shouldn't be a daunting thought.

Student loans are very different from a personal loan, and are set up so that you only begin to pay your loan back when you're earning over the current threshold, this year that's £26,575 per year.

While it's still a loan, the benefit of studying a degree's include: higher earning potential, access to specailist industry roles as well as transferable skills like critical thinking, problem solving, independance and many more.

As you start on your higher education journey, the Future U team will be offering tutorial sessions to explain all things student finance, including financial support offered by UCEN Manchester.

Ask your tutor to book your session via HUB.

Read more about how student finance works

Click here to visit our fees and funding page

Why attend an Open Day or UCAS event?

Part of your research into higher education providers and universities should include visiting Open Events and UCAS fairs, whether these are taking place online or on-campus.

These events are an excellent opportunity to ask questions, see the best of student work, meet potential tutors and find out more about student life.

We've compiled the top questions to ask at events, including:

  • How practical is the course?
  • How will the course be assessed?
  • What sort of student support is there?

Read the full blog

Want to attend the next Manchester UCAS event in March?

Book now

Join the Insight Mentoring Scheme

Are you thinking about your next steps and would be interested in receiving the following:

  • 1-1 advice from a professional industry mentor
  • Insight into a career and sector of interest
  • Support with finding work experience
  • Guidance to develop your employability skills
  • Confidence in your next steps after sixth form/college

Don't miss this great opportunity!

What previous Insight mentees had to say:

“Really useful in helping you decide what direction to go in after college.”

“It has improved my confidence in knowing what I need to do to achieve my goals.”

“My mentor was really friendly and welcoming and motivating.”

Click here to get involved

Mentoring runs from: 7 February - 27 March 2022

How to choose a degree

Choosing a degree when there are so many options available can seem a little daunting, especially as you want to make the right decision on what you’ll be studying for the next few years.

If you are heading into higher education but are not sure what to study, here are a few top tips to help you seal the deal.

  • Identify your learning preference
  • Assessment style
  • Start with your career aspirations

Read the full blog

How to make a UCAS Application

How to apply

It's time. You've done your research, attended open days, you've made a shortlist and you're ready to start your applications.

If you've not started this yet, here's our timeline of what you should be doing ahead of making an application.

Read our step by step guide

Download the slide deck from our recent How To Apply event

1. September - Research

2. October - Attend Open Days and start your application

3. November - Write your Personal Statement

4. December - Complete and proofread your application

5. January - Submit your application using UCAS

How to write a personal statement

Personal statements, where to begin...

Writing about yourself can feel really challenging, especially when you're not used to it.

So to help you out, we've outlined exactly how to approach writing a personal statement and what you should cover to make it as amazing as you are.

Get the step by step guide to writing your personal statement.

Download the slide deck from our How To Write a Personal Statement event

  • Give yourself plenty of time
  • Plan the structure
  • Make it all about you
  • Stand out from the crowd
  • Proof, proof and proof again

What to look for in a new town or city

While your choice of university will be heavily influenced by your course options, there are other factors to consider when choosing where to live, potentially for the next three years or more.

Whether you're looking at moving away or staying close to home here's what to consider when looking at locations.

  • How close it is to home
  • The living costs
  • The culture - what's there that suits your interests and hobbies
  • Student reviews

Read the full blog

How to prepare for an audition or interview

University interviews can be a daunting prospect but they are nothing to be worried about. Whether they take place face-to-face or virtually this year, follow these three simple steps and you’re sure to make a good impression, while also finding out if the course is right for you!

  • Plan ahead
  • Be yourself
  • Ask questions

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How to get a head start on your degree

The best time to get a head start on your university course is after you’ve completed all your final year assignments and exams.

You’ll have received your offers and will likely have an idea of where you want to study come September, so it’s a great opportunity to look ahead to your first semester.

Here are four simple ways to give yourself the best chance of starting your course on the front foot.

  • Speak to your tutors
  • Explore the reading list
  • Brush up on your study skills
  • Gain work experience

Read the full blog

How to make the most of a virtual open day

While touring your shortlist of universities aren’t possible, virtual open days are the next best thing and may even continue once restrictions are lifted.

One of the big advantages of virtual open days is that you can attend as many as you like, without the hefty travel expense. You’ll hear from tutors and current students, tour campus facilities, ask questions and download useful resources.

As you’re seeing what universities have to offer and narrowing down your choices, it’s vital you take maximum advantage of this resource. Here are a few tips on how to make to most of virtual open days.

* Register early

* Ask questions

* Picture yourself there

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More about UCEN Manchester

Congratulations! You are about to embark on an important stage in your journey. This is an exciting time for you and at UCEN Manchester we are here to support you as you take your next steps, helping you to build the skills you need and to achieve the qualification that will shape your future career...

Find out more about UCEN Manchester.

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Why Choose UCEN Manchester

TEF Silver status for teaching excellence
Multi-million pound campus developments

graduates progress to work or study within 6 months of graduating

Catch up on the UCEN Manchester Open Events

You can now catch up on our October season of Online Open Events by watching the recordings.

Each session looks at a different topic, giving you an insight into what you'd study.

Catch up now

Subject area tasters

Want to know more about what it's like to study a certain subject at university level.

The Team and UCEN Manchester have a range of subject tasters available on demand to give you an idea of the kind of content you may study at university. Sessions are between 10 minutes and an hour on a range of topics. Explore them now.


What else can we help with?

Before you apply

Everything you need to know ahead of making an application. Explore key information on how to apply, what courses we offer, support available, entry criteria and more.

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Apply now for 2021

There's still time to join us this year, whether you've started elsewhere and found it's not for you, or your personal circumstances have changed, our close-knit community is ready to welcome you. Secure your place now.

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How you'll be taught

Find out more about our plans for blended learning and see what campus looks like.

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Future U: Student Support Services

Future U are your dedicated support team here at UCEN Manchester. They provide a wide range of services including careers advice, disability support, accommodation and finance advice, counselling and more. You can even access some of these before you start.

For advice or to discuss your options, you can email careers&

Accelerator Award

Take your next steps with a degree at UCEN Manchester and you could receive £1000 cashback in your first year of study.

Simply apply to study with us and cashback will be awarded once enrolled. Terms and conditions apply.

Find out more below.