News: realising aspirations
This year, the Realising Aspirations launch saw over 300 students enrol on the programme. The flagship university preparation programme prepares students for life after college, by allowing them to try out university through seminars, lectures and visits.
This summer, 11 Ashton Sixth Form College students joined a cohort of 100 participants from across the UK, India and the US at ‘Access Week’, an annual five-day residential at Pembroke College, Oxford. [Photo: Rob Judges]
Students spoke directly to universities across the UK via a webinar with Reading, Bristol and Sheffield University.
The Realising Aspirations programme at Ashton Sixth Form College offers all first-year Level 3 students the opportunity to ‘try out’ university study before begin making their applications. Nearly half of the first-year cohort enrolled this year across 15 exciting and wide-ranging subjects.
This year, five more students are joining the impressive roster of former Ashton Sixth Form College students that have progressed onto Oxbridge institutions securing places at the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge.
Students from our Performing Arts department travelled to the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts to gain an invaluable insight in to the audition process. Our dancers experienced life at LIPA and what it takes to get in a state of the art institution.
Julie Hesmondhalgh, best know for roles in Coronation Street, Happy Valley and the Royal Exchange Theatre, spoke to our students about her experiences in the Creative Arts industry. The visit was organised as part of the Realising Aspirations programme in collaboration with Arts Emergency.