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Salford Alternative Entry Scheme

At the University of Salford we believe that everyone should be able to achieve their full potential.

If you’ve been out of education for a while, want to further your career or simply want to study in a field that you’re passionate about, the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES) could be for you.

How can I apply?

  • Submit your course application as you would normally through UCAS.
  • We will then recommend you to SAES if you’re eligible (you’ll be notified of this recommendation via UCAS or by our admissions team getting in touch with you).  

Successful applicants will be contacted through SAES about an assessment. There are two different entry routes depending on your course. If the course you’re studying is related to Business and Law, Health Sciences, Environment & Life Sciences or Arts & Media, you will be assessed through Accreditation for Prior Learning. 

Accreditation for Prior Learning

We learn in a variety of places. Learning may be certificated - but learning at work, at home or in the community often is not. The Accreditation of Prior Learning or APL can give value to your experience by helping you to recognise what you have learnt. As well as having value in its own right, your learning could form the basis of your application for a place on the right course for you or, it could lead to credit towards part of a degree or other qualification and you then have to complete the remainder of the award before you achieve the final qualification.

The APL process could support you to put together a claim for entry or credit from a course by matching your prior learning against the specific requirements of a particular course and presenting evidence to support this.

For further information please contact Ruth Potts on

If the course you’re studying is related to Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences, Computing, Science & Engineering or the Built Environment, you will be assessed through a MSAP-UK test.In this test, you will take a combination of two modules from a possible three:

  1. Written English: One hour
  2. Reasoning in Humanities and Social Sciences: One hour.
  3. Reasoning in Sciences, Maths and Social Sciences: One hour.

Visit the MSAP-UK website for more information on the MSAP-UK test, modules and how to book.