Frequently asked questions


What A-levels will you accept?

We accept A-levels across every subject, including native languages. We encourage applications from students from a wide range of academic backgrounds.

Will you accept my results if I have to resit any of my exams?

We will accept resit examinations. We understand that students resit exams for a variety of different reasons and we will not increase our entry requirements as a result.

I have a grade C in GCSE Maths. Will I still be considered?

If you have not met our GCSE requirement for Maths we can still consider your application if you are studying Accounting, Economics or Maths at A-level. If you are studying Maths at AS-level you will need to achieve a grade C in order to meet our entry requirements.

Do you accept Maths and Further Maths as two separate subjects at A-level?

As our A-level requirements are not subject-specific, we will accept Maths and Further Maths as two separate subjects at A-level.

What subjects should I study at A-level / which subject should I drop at AS-level?

We do not ask for specific subjects at A-level in order to gain entry to our degree programmes and will not make judgements on the subjects taken when we consider your application. However, please note that General Studies, General Paper and Critical Thinking A-levels are only accepted if one of four A-levels passed in the same sitting - and are not accepted for BSc (Hons) Accounting.

I have been told that some universities do not accept Economics and Maths together as they are similar subjects. I am currently studying Economics, Maths and Business Studies. Do you accept this subject combination?

We do not ask for specific subjects at A-level in order to gain entry to our degree programmes and will not make judgements on the subjects taken when we consider your application. We would accept all of the subjects you are currently studying at A-level.

What does “is accepted if one of four A-levels passed in the same sitting” mean?

Upon receipt of your A-level results we will look at your academic grades first. For example, if you achieve ABB in your three other A-level subjects and a grade A in General Studies we will take the A in General Studies as compensation. You must be studying three full A-levels in addition to General Studies in order for us to accept your grade in General Studies.

I have already achieved ABC / BBB at A-level - is it worth applying?

In order to gain entry to this course we require:

  • Grade B GCSE English Language
  • Grade B GCSE Mathematics (A at GCSE Mathematics for BSc Accounting)
  • Three A Levels at grades AAB (AAA for BSc Accounting)

As your a-level grades are below our minimum requirements, it is unlikely that we will be able to consider your application. However, until we receive a complete UCAS application from you, our decision may change due to various factors affecting the UCAS application cycle. Each application is considered on its own merit in line with our entry requirements and alongside the strength of your personal statement, previous academic standing and academic reference. If you are not offered a place initially, it may be worth applying to us through Clearing if your chosen course becomes available later in the cycle.

I don’t think I am going to achieve AAB - I’m more likely to achieve ABB. Can you lower my conditions?

I am afraid it is not possible to lower our AAB requirement as it is important for us to retain a fair and consistent approach to admissions. We would still recommend you apply, as every year some students exceed their predicted grades and we do make offers to students predicted BBB or above provided they submit a strong UCAS application.

We may on occasion still be able to accept applicants who subsequently miss the conditions of their offer, however this is a decision which we can only make towards the end of each cycle in August.

Do you offer a foreign language as part of the BSc Management / International Management degree programmes?

We do not currently offer foreign language study on our BSc Management degree programmes, however we understand that some students are keen to develop their language skills during their studies. These students could consider studying a paid-for LEAP course offered by the University outside your regular studies. Further information about LEAP courses can be found online at www.langcent.manchester.ac.uk/foreign/leap/

What do you look for in a personal statement?

We advise that you show in your personal statement why you have applied for your chosen degree programme and your motivations for choosing this subject. What have you studied previously and what experiences have you had both in and outside school or college that have led you to this decision? Please visit ucas.com/students/applying/howtoapply/personalstatement for more information.

When should I send my IELTS results in by?

We require a copy of your IELTS results by 1st August at the latest each year. We need your results as a matter of urgency if you rely on a visa to study with us. The longer you take to send us your results, the longer it will take for us to process your CAS - so please do not delay in sending your results to us.

Do I still need an IELTS if I take a pre-sessional English course?

We require a copy of your IELTS results by 1st August at the latest each year. We need your results as a matter of urgency if you rely on a visa to study with us. The longer you take to send us your results, the longer it will take for us to process your CAS - so please do not delay in sending your results to us.

If you are eligible for one of our pre-sessional English courses, you may be given the option of either retaking the English test or not. The Senior Admissions Officer must have authorised your request to study a pre-sessional English course and we DO NOT automatically offer this option. Requests must be received in writing from the student and once verified all responsibilities regarding booking the course lies with the student and not with Alliance MBS. The student will need to apply and pay for the course before the deadline advertised on the University Language Centre (ULC) website at www.langcent.manchester.ac.uk/english/full-time/pre-sessional

If you choose to complete the pre-sessional course and this is not specifically included as part of your conditional offer, there is no guarantee that we will accept the course in lieu of an IELTS test.

I have completed a year (or 2 years) at another university and would like to transfer onto one of your courses - am I able to do so?

If you wish to transfer to any of our courses you will generally only be considered for the full 3-year degree programme (or 4-year if you choose a programme with a placement or exchange year).  We will not normally be able to accept you as a transfer into the second year due to the assessment and study options followed by our first-year students - you would need to have studied an identical programme of study in your first year in order to transfer into the second year.

Do you offer a foundation year course?

We do not offer a foundation course at Alliance MBS however we do accept selected foundation courses for direct progression onto our degree programmes. For a list of courses we accept please see our list of foundation courses. If you choose to complete a foundation year that is not listed, please contact us to ensure we can accept your qualification and to advise you of the grades you will require.

Do you accept BTEC towards your entry requirements?

We accept BTEC qualifications either on their own or in conjunction with A-levels dependant on which BTEC you are studying - see full details

My qualifications aren’t listed within your entry requirements; does this mean they are not accepted?

We may still accept your qualifications even if they are not listed on our website; please send a copy of your syllabus and grading scheme along with timetable and assessment criteria to us so that we can advise you on whether your course is suitable for direct progression onto one of our degree programmes.

Do you have a January intake?

We do not currently offer a January intake for our undergraduate degree programmes; all of our programmes commence in September each year.

Do I need certain grades to be eligible to apply for work placement positions?

Yes - the requirements vary depending on which degree you would be studying. Please visit our online handbook for full details.