I think it is important for all students who have the ambition, together with academic ability, to have the opportunity to go on and study in further education, regardless of their situation or background.
Catriona Vick, Access Project Volunteer Tutor

Do you believe that every child deserves the chance to reach their full potential?

  • Help socially disadvantaged students
  • Support us in combating educational inequality
  • Help students gain the opportunities they deserve
  • Gain valuable tutoring experience and enhance your CV
  • Make a significant, lasting impact on a local child’s future
  • Grow in confidence and be a positive role model
  • Learn new skills & gain useful training
  • Give back to your community

Do you believe that every child deserves the chance to reach their full potential?

  • Help socially disadvantaged students
  • Support us in combatting educational inequality
  • Help students gain the opportunities they deserve
  • Gain valuable tutoring experience and enhance your CV
  • Make a significant, lasting impact on a local child’s future
  • Grow in confidence and be a positive role model
  • Learn new skills & gain useful training
  • Give back to your community

I think it is important for all students who have the ambition, together with academic ability, to have the opportunity to go on and study in further education, regardless of their situation or background.
Catriona Vick, Access Project Volunteer Tutor

Volunteer as a tutor with The Access Project.

Less affluent students are underrepresented at top universities – and there has been no improvement in this over the last 10 years. Socially disadvantaged students are less likely to attain the grades needed to apply to a selective university. What’s more, even high-achieving students from less affluent backgrounds are less likely to apply to selective universities – and if they do apply they are again less likely to be accepted than their more affluent peers. You can help us change this.

Join our growing community of volunteers to support socially disadvantaged students who have the academic ability to go far. Every child in the UK should have an equal opportunity to achieve their academic ambitions. With your help, students in need of your support can boost their grades and apply to top-tier universities.

You are six times less likely to make it to a top third university if you are from one of the UK’s least affluent households.

UCAS – 2015

Our Students Need Volunteer Tutors Like You.

As an Access Project Tutor, you will directly help high potential students achieve their university goals and aspirations for the future. Do you:

  • Have a degree?
  • Have a passion for the subject you studied?
  • Have just one hour per week to support a student?
  • Live or work in London or the Midlands?

Then we need YOU!

We provide training and resources to help you tutor and our University Access Officers are on hand to support you every step of the way.

You can also find out what other volunteers think about their time with The Access project below:

What Our Volunteers Think

Providing an opportunity – Catriona Vick, (Maths)

“I think it is important for all students who have the ambition, together with academic ability, to have the opportunity to go on and study in further education, regardless of their situation or background.”

Growing in confidence – Béatrice Taylor, (French)

“The most fulfilling part of being a tutor is seeing how students really grow in confidence over time and aim high in all aspects of their lives and not just their studies.”

Passion for education – Cameron Mckelvie, (Maths)

“Tutoring has provided me with a connection to my passion for education which I can flexibly fit around my busy career.”

Challenging views – Daniel Whitelock, (English)

“My tutee is very intellectually curious and it is great to see him challenge things I’m saying and test them against his own views.”

Fascinating perspective – Adrian Johnston, (Maths)

“I tutor GCSE Maths but the conversation often veers into politics and philosophy. It is fascinating to hear a teenage perspective on the big issues.”

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How Does Tutoring Work?

    The Access Project works with partner schools across London and the Midlands. Students are paired up to a trained volunteer tutor for one hour-long academic tutorial once a week during term time. The student will travel to meet their tutor either at their place of work or at a coffee shop or library. The Access Project will provide guidance on topics to cover and access to online resources.

  • What Subjects Can I Tutor In?

    Maths, English, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geography, History, French, Spanish, Psychology (A level only), Politics (A level only).

  • It’s Been A Long Time Since I’ve Studied, Is This A Problem?

    No. For many of our first time volunteers, this will be their first tutoring experience. All our tutors attend an initial training session, and we also provide optional webinars giving more information on key areas such as the UK school system. You will also receive training in child safeguarding and pedagogy.

  • I’ve Never Tutored Before, Is This A Problem?

    Not at all. Our tutors come from a variety of backgrounds and age ranges, many haven’t attended universities for some years. As well as having a degree we also value life experience. If you are confident in your chosen subject, we want to hear from you.

We are currently accepting new volunteer applications for a September 2018 start in both London and the West Midlands, and for an immediate start in the East Midlands.

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