We provide career development programmes, tailored to your needs, which includes comprehensive application support at every stage, exclusive opportunities and expansion of professional networks. This personalised support is delivered by a dedicated Programme Coordinator in partnership with universities and top employers. Our Associates are more likely to receive offers from our partner employers, achieve higher job security and earn more than the average graduate.

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Contextualise your grades

Find out how employable you are


It is never too early to explore your career options, develop skills employers are looking for or gain valuable work experience. Our aspire programme gives you a headstart to explore your options. You can also register interest in our programme of support - we will be in touch shortly before you start university so you can hit the ground running!

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What are your post-18 options?

median salary of our 2018 graduates who secured highly skilled employment, £4,000 higher than the average university graduate.

of our 2018 graduates were in highly skilled employment or further study 15 months after graduation.

upReach Associates are typically five times more likely to be successful when applying to one of our partner employers than the average applicant.

of the Times Top 100 Graduate Employers have made offers to upReach Associates.

of Associates who had a Mock Interview said it helped them feel more prepared for employer interviews.

of upReach Associates would recommend upReach support to a friend.

Our Programmes


Rise is typically a three year programme of personalised career support designed to help undergraduates explore their career options and enhance their employability to achieve their career ambitions with application support for any employer in any career sector. This programme is sponsored by our partner universities or foundations, which determines eligibility.

Partner universities

John Lyon's Charity - NW London postcodes

Building Success (N/NW London & Birmingham Residents)

A&O - Smart Start participant


RISE Excel


Aim is a targeted professional development and application support programme, available to undergraduates from all universities looking to make applications to our partner employers.

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Sector Springboard

A Sector Springboard is a sector targeted professional development and application support programme, designed to support undergraduates who are interested in joining a particular sector or industry. Current Sector Springboards include: Banking & Finance, Investment and Savings, Law and Technology.

General Overview



upReach Tech 500

Banking and Finance

Being an Associate helps you set out your career goals and builds your confidence to apply.

- Alfie, Senior Associate at KPMG


Students must satisfy the following criteria:

    • Household income below £42,620.
    • Attended UK state schools only (or since age 14 if educated abroad before then).
    • Achieved at least BBB in top 3 A-Levels on a contextualised basis (*see below) or an equivalent qualification.
    • Achieved at least a C in GCSE Maths and English.
    • Currently an undergraduate over the age of 18 that is in full-time study at a UK university**.
    • Should not be studying social work, nursing, dentistry or medicine.

There may be additional eligibility requirements depending on the Programme. Learn more about these requirements in our programme descriptions.

Unsure about whether to apply? Feel free to get in touch or apply and we can assess your eligibility.

*Your REALrating gives you a better indication of your academic capabilities, taking into account factors such as schooling that can affect grades. To find out more, please visit

**If you have completed your undergraduate course of study, or will graduate as of July 2021, then you are not eligible to apply.


    • We expand professional networks by connecting students to top employers, providing them with access to exclusive opportunities - professional networking, insight days, work experience weeks, internships and mentors.

    • We provide end-to-end application support to support the development of commercial awareness and technical knowledge through CV and written application reviews, online test support, mock interviews and assessment centre prep. Our experience working with prestigious firms will help you improve your chances of success.

    • Career Academies, Skills Workshops and Video Forums are designed to be both practical and interactive, to support your development of the essential skills you need to succeed in the graduate labour market. You will be able to track your progress through our Graduate Employability Framework assessment tool, getEmployable.

    • As a part of our Associate community, you will meet hundreds of like-minded students and build your network.

We have over 650 events a year.

Our events include:

Hosted by our partner employers, these events offer an insight into their culture, work, opportunities and application processes through presentations and networking.

Events featuring sector insights and skills development sessions delivered by the upReach team and partner employers. Sessions are designed to be both practical and interactive, engaging Associates in sectors and skill areas.

Work experience opportunities, delivered by our partner employers exclusively for upReach Associates. Successful Professional Experience Week applicants attend a 2-5 day programme run by the employer, which tends to include workshops, shadowing opportunities and networking events.

Skills sessions based around the ten graduate employability skills evaluated in the Graduate Employability Framework. These are delivered at our partner universities, primarily for Rise Associates, but are open to all Associates at that university regardless of programme.

Online mini skills workshops - the opportunity to learn about skills, sectors and employers in an interactive group setting that enables peer support and discussion.