The 2020-21 aspire guide will be launching this month!
Pre-register by clicking here to be notified when the guide is released.

The upReach guide to your post-18 options

Are you ambitious, but unsure what opportunities are out there? Find out what people just like you have gone on to achieve, and hear their top tips.

Discover how some graduates earn over £50,000 in their first year after university, while the average is £20,600… and most importantly, start exploring your options to find the right career for you.

Download a free copy of the aspire guide now

The aspire guide cover

Inside the guide:

  • Myth-busting advice about universities, school leaver programmes, and apprenticeships
  • Inspirational stories and tips for success from students just like you
  • Three top tips for dealing with exam stress
  • The tuition fee and student loans system explained
  • How some graduates start on over £50,000, and in some careers you can earn six figures in your thirties!

Watch the aspire videos

9 students discuss their journeys to university

9 key insights into what university life is like

10 top tips for tackling university applications

6 students’ advice: when should you start thinking about careers?

Teachers: download your free aspire toolkit

aspire is designed to encourage sixth form students to aim high, stretch themselves and achieve their potential.

The aspire resources pack contains everything you need to deliver an effective and engaging session about university and careers. By clicking on the button above and registering, you will be sent:

  • A 15 minute Assembly Presentation
  • A shorter, 5 minute version also suitable for Daily Notices
  • An easy-to-use Teacher Guide and Script
  • A free, electronic copy of the aspire guide, an invaluable 36-page careers resource for your students

The aspire resources provide information about a range of post-18 options, from university to school leaver programmes and apprenticeships, as well as careers advice and inspiration. They also provide important role models: students who have come from less-advantaged backgrounds and broken into careers that can otherwise seem hard to reach. The presentations include links to our videos of high-achieving students talking about their experiences and their tips for sixth formers.

The 15 and 5 minute versions of the assembly mean you have flexibility to extend or shorten the presentation according to your needs. The presentations can also be lengthened by playing more of the aspire videos above. Please feel free to pass on the teacher resources to Year 12 and 13 tutors at your school. The aspire guide itself cannot be redistributed without upReach’s permission.

Parents and guardians: download your free aspire guide

Research shows that parents are the number one source of information for most young people. The aspire guide will help you understand the range of post-school/college options out there, enabling you to help guide your son or daughter through an important decision. By clicking on the button above and registering, you will be sent your own free copy.

aspire contains everything you need to encourage your son or daughter to aim high, stretch themselves and achieve their potential.

About aspire

At upReach we work with some amazing undergraduates, and in 2018 we celebrated student achievement at the inaugural Student Social Mobility Awards. The nominees and winners had overcome huge barriers to achieve great success academically, professionally and personally. We wanted to share their stories and their tips for sixth formers, to inspire other young people to think about their future and work to realise their potential.

These students inspired the aspire project. As well as the guide and resources for teachers, we recorded videos of the Student Social Mobility Award nominees discussing their experiences and answering our questions about university and careers. We hope that this project will inspire sixth formers all over the UK to aim high, stretch themselves and realise their potential.

You can find out more about the Student Social Mobility Awards at

About upReach

upReach works to create the conditions for less-advantaged undergraduates to access and sustain top jobs. We passionately believe in empowering young people through education, networks and skill sharing.

To this end, upReach delivers a free, comprehensive professional development programme to undergraduates from less-advantaged backgrounds. Students who receive upReach’s support who leave university with a graduate job start on a mean salary of over £5,500 more than the average graduate!

Check if you’re eligible to receive upReach’s programme of support by clicking here.

If you are eligible, and you’re currently in Year 12 or 13, you can register your interest in receiving upReach’s support once you get to university by filling out this short form. Follow the instructions at the top of the page, and we will contact you in late August with further instructions.

To find out more about upReach, including how you can get involved as an individual, university or employer, visit


We would love to hear your feedback about aspire. All feedback will be personally read by the CEO of upReach.

To provide feedback or contact us about anything else, including purchasing a hard copy of the aspire guide, please fill out this form.

Thank you for your interest in aspire.
John Craven, Chief Executive, upReach