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Salford Alternative Entry Scheme - Unleash your potential

The University of Salford is committed to providing opportunities for all those with the potential to succeed in higher education.

There are many reasons for wishing to return to education, be that to start a new career or change career direction, learn more about a subject of interest or to develop new skills and confidence. Whatever the reason, continuing with your education is an important decision and not one to be taken lightly.

The Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES) is specifically designed for people who would welcome the chance to study for an undergraduate degree (and all the opportunities associated with it) but who have not gained the traditional entry qualifications.


If you wish to be considered for entry through SAES you will first need to apply for your chosen course through UCAS. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend you for SAES if you are an eligible candidate. Applicants who are recommended for the scheme will be notified via the offer received through UCAS, or via communication from our admissions team. 

If you receive an offer through SAES you will also receive detail regarding how you will be assessed. There are two different routes and applicants will be directed to the appropriate one for their course. Assessment will either be through accreditation of prior learning or through the MSAP-UK test and further details of both can be found on our Entry Routes page.

*Some courses will still have minimum entry requirements attached to them, such as GCSE grades and applicants will require these in order to proceed with access via Salford Alternative Entry Scheme.

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme is designed to assess applicants’ experiential learning. We recognise that certain experience can provide prospective students with the expertise and knowledge required to succeed on a course at the University of Salford. This can be deemed a viable alternative to formal entry qualifications.

The SAES provides a cost-effective and less time consuming alternative to undertaking an Access to Higher Education course at your local Further Education College.

This scheme offers a great opportunity to UK/EU applicants who do not hold traditional qualifications, and is most likely to be used by mature students wishing to return to study. It also provides an opportunity to those school/college leavers who, through extenuating circumstances, fail to gain the grades they had expected at A-Level.

Support throughout the process

We appreciate that it may have been a while since you last undertook an assessment, and we recognise that the transition to university life can appear daunting. We will offer support and guidance throughout the process, and the opportunity to come onto campus, explore our facilities and meet with current students to get a feel for student living. We want to ensure that you have a successful start to life at Salford.