Our flagship program aims to prepare you for life after college. Through seminars and lectures given by leading university professors, you will experience university life on a subject strand that you are most interested in. You will also get to visit universities across the country too!

This year (2017/18), the Realising Aspirations programme worked with: 

  • 6 x Russell Group universities: University of Oxford, University of Manchester, University of Leeds, Newcastle University, Durham University, University of York
  • 4 x specialist universities: Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, Leeds College of Art, National Youth Film Academy, and the Courtauld Institute of Art in London
  • 13 x other universities: Manchester Metropolitan University, Leeds Trinity University, Coventry University, Salford University, Huddersfield University, Keele University, Bradford University, Bolton University, Lancaster University, Stafford University, Edge Hill University, Liverpool John Moores University and Leeds Beckett University

“It’s a helpful way to make decisions regarding university choices. It allows you to experience parts of university education that will guide you to a decision that suits you.”


Each student who signs up to the programme, chooses a particular subject strand to focus on. You will then visit a university that ranks highly or specialises in that area, as well as attending in-college sessions with guest lecturers. The aim of the programme is to allow you to try university-level teaching and explore the opportunities at degree-level. 

Previous pathways include:

  • Business management & accountancy
  • Computer Science & Mathematics
  • Criminology
  • Design: Photography
  • Digital technology & Multimedia
  • Engineering
  • Healthcare
  • History of Art
  • Language & Linguistics
  • Law
  • Liberal Arts
  • Life sciences
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Sport
  • Working with Young People

“I have been to a taster law lecture at Nottingham University which gave me an experience of how different it is to college as well as enabling me to find out more about university in general.”


By bringing in lecturers and guest speakers from universities across the country, students who haven't enrolled on the programme or those who want to also try out other subject strands have chance to take part in in-college sessions. They are a great opportunities to try an alternative subject and learn something new. 


“It will allow you to decide if a subject/career is for you and even if you decide it isn't, you'll meet lots more people at college who have the same interests as you.”


Find out more about the programme by speaking to the Realising Aspirations Co-ordinator, Katie MacKissack, based in Student Services. 

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