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How The Aspire Programme benefits students

Taking part in The Aspire Programme will help you gain specialist skills, knowledge, and experience that aligns with your career aspirations. The programme aims to propel your professional journey, providing the key to future success in your chosen field.

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Placements involve working on a project or specific duties within a company. It’s an excellent opportunity to develop professional skills, sector-based knowledge and relevant industry experience.

Featured placement: Anna’s placement with creative marketing agency Morgan Branding included obtaining real-world experience through development of a TikTok presence. Anna was responsible for increasing weekly engagements by 415%.

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An e-portfolio is a purposeful collection of your work and achievements. This evidence can then be used to demonstrate professional skill development and display competencies to potential employers.

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A group of animation students creating CGI

Taster sessions

Taster sessions will provide the opportunity to explore various graduate-level roles, helping you make better-informed decisions on your future career pathway.


Simulations help bridge the gap between classroom learning and real life industry processes. They will improve your critical and evaluative thinking skills through the creation of real-life scenarios.

Featured simulation: Policing and law students analyse evidence and practice interview techniques in the Police Training and Simulation Facility (Crime House).

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Live briefs

Live briefs will present a real-world problem and challenge you to work independently or as part of a dynamic team to devise creative solutions that benefit the company and develop your skillset.

Site visits

Gain exclusive access and valuable insights into the daily workings of a company while touring their facilities. From studios to laboratories to offices, you’ll be introduced to industry experts and develop your understanding of how theory is put into practice.

Featured site visit: Professional Policing students meet Judge Steven Everett at Chester Crown Court, as part of their third year work experience module.