University of Salford Manchester

Applying for Salford Alternative Entry Scheme

You should first apply for your chosen course through UCAS. Please note you must have applied to the University of Salford through UCAS and have successfully received an offer before you can proceed with this scheme.

The How to Apply section provides more details on applying for the scheme.

Applicants are recommended for Salford Alternative Entry Scheme on the basis of their application submitted via UCAS.

How to Apply

How do I know if I am recommended onto the scheme?

Those applicants recommended for the scheme will be notified via the offer received on UCAS, or via communication from our admissions team.

What if I have already applied through UCAS?

If you have already applied through UCAS, you will receive a decision on your offer letter via UCAS Track, or via email communication from the admissions team.

The offer letter will detail if you are eligible for the scheme, and what to do next. The offer will also detail which route you need to take, which would either be the APL assessment or MSAP-UK test.

If you have any questions about your current UCAS application, please contact the University of Salford admissions department on ug-admissions@salford.ac.uk.

Route 1: Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

You will receive communication via your offer, on what to do should you be recommended for the APEL route of the Alternative Entry Scheme.

Route 2: MSAP-UK test

A brief description of the test modules can be seen below. You can find out more and book your test by visiting the MSAP-UK website.

MSAP-UK has a Written English module, and two different multiple-choice modules. You will sit module three, the Written English test, and one of the other modules dependent on the course you are applying to. Details are available from MSAP-UK.

The test (MSAP-UK ) is administered by our partners, ACER (Australian Council for Educational Research).

A brief description of the test modules can be seen below. You can find out more and book your test by visiting the MSAP-UK website.

MSAP-UK module information

Module one – Reasoning in the Humanities and Social Sciences: One hour

There are 35 questions in multiple-choice format with four responses to choose from. There is only one correct response. The questions focus on your understanding of ideas in language. Some questions will ask candidates to identify the main idea in a passage, or interpret specific words and phrases.

Module two – Reasoning in the Sciences, Mathematics and Social Sciences: One hour

There are 35 questions in multiple-choice format with four responses to choose from. There is only one correct response. The questions focus on comprehension, application, decision making and solving scientific and mathematical information. Some questions require candidates to interpret figures, identify connections, relationships and patterns. Other questions will require basic calculation, estimation and application of equations.

Module three – Written English: One hour

This module involves two writing tasks. The responses will be assessed on:

  • The content of the piece of writing
  • The structure and organisation developed
  • The language used to organise and present what is said