Our impact on placement at top universities

We support students from disadvantaged backgrounds to access top universities, through a unique combination of tuition and in-school mentoring. We work with them to make good applications, get the grades and transition to university.

In 2021…

More of our students placed at top universities
  • The Access Project students that placed at a top university 67% 67%
  • Statistically similar students outside of our programme 35% 35%

Our students were more likely to apply to top universities

  • The Access Project students that applied to a top university 92% 92%
  • Statistically similar students outside of our programme 64% 64%
More of our students got offers to study at top universities 
  • The Access Project students that got offers from a top university 86% 86%
  • Statistically similar students outside of our programme 55% 55%

Our students were twice as likely to place at a top university, compared to statistically similar students.

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Attainment at A level

Our latest findings show that students who attend a high number (23+) of sessions achieve 0.72 of an A level grade more in their tutored subject than their peers. That is equivalent to six months more progress.


of our students met or exceeded 136 total UCAS points (AAB at A level) in 2021

Attainment at GCSE

Our findings also show that our students make 0.65 of a GCSE grade more in their tutored subject than their peers. That is equivalent to four months more progress.


of students achieved a grade 6 or above in their tutored subject in 2021

“The Access Project has helped to pick me up and guide me, and I believe every person, whether applying to Oxbridge or not, deserves that help.​”

Katie, The Access Project student, after receiving her offer to study Physics at University of Oxford

Our work in 2020/21

hours of tutoring

hours of mentoring

partner schools

Our students

Going to a top university gives students the best chance of social mobility. However most disadvantaged young people attend lower ranked universities or do not progress to higher education at all.

students took part in our programme during 2020/21


of our young people come from the most disadvantaged backgrounds


of our students felt supported by us during the COVID-19 pandemic


of our students felt more positive about their future since being with The Access Project


of our students agreed that being on the programme helped them to become more confident

“I couldn’t believe my eyes when I opened up my results on results day to see that I had jumped two whole grades after just seven weeks of hard work and determination.​”

Ayesha, The Access Project student in London

Our Impact report 2020/21

Launch of the UCL and Holte School partnership - with Andy Street, the Mayor of the West Midlands, in the middle.

The Access Project: Impact report 2021

View or download our latest Impact report.

Contact us

    Contact information

    128 Aldersgate Street
    Barbican, London
    EC1A 4AE

    Unit 302B, JQ Modern
    120 Vyse Street
    Birmingham, B18 6NF

    020 4513 5999

    Media enquiries:
    07767 100 581

    The Access Project safeguarding line: 020 4513 5999 (available Monday - Friday 9am-5:30pm)

    NSPCC 24 hour line:
    0808 800 5000