It’s been another successful year for disadvantaged young people on The Access Project. They continue to beat the odds to secure places at some of the country’s leading universities.

Disadvantaged students secured places at top universities

Early indications show that 67% of The Access Project’s students secured places at top universities in 2021. Our numbers will still need to be ratified by UCAS in the coming months, and may well change – but early findings suggest that we have maintained high placement rates of our students at leading universities.

Other early findings from our own internal research include:

  • 10% of our students placed through clearing – down from 19% last year and 25% the year before – very much in line with trends across the country
  • 4% of our students placed at Medicine and Dentistry courses – up from 3% last year
  • 52% of our female students are going on to study a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) subject at university.

Nathan Sansom, Chief Executive, said: “Well done to our Year 13s who did amazingly this year! Learning during a pandemic has not been easy, particularly for our students who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. To get the grades to go to leading universities in such a challenging environment is an enormous feat and deserves a huge round of applause – not only to the students but also to the hardworking tutors and mentors who have made this possible.” 

Image of Jakaria, who is going to UCL to study Medicine

Jakaria got five A*s and is going to UCL to study Medicine

Jakaria is one of the 4% of our Year 13s who secured a place on a Medicine or Dentistry course. He went to George Green’s School and joined our programme four years ago. On A level results day Jakaria got an incredible five A*s and secured his place to study Medicine at UCL.

Speaking about his time on our programme, Jakaria said: “The last four years have enabled me to be more ambitious and aim for the top grades that The Access Project believed I could achieve.”

“When I signed up I just thought we would receive tutoring, but it is so much more. My University Access Officer is incredibly helpful and she will always make time for me. She helped build my confidence and if I hadn’t had her, getting through the pandemic and A levels would have been a lot harder.”