Claire is a Year 13 student who has been on The Access Project for the past two years. I asked her about her time on the programme.

What have the benefits been of being part of The Access Project?

“My grades have definitely improved since I started the project as my tutors have helped me develop the skills needed for A-Levels such as understanding texts. The Access Project has also given me a better understanding of university and opened my eyes to things I didn’t know before, for example, the full cost of going to university, all the different course options and how the application process works. “

“What have been the challenges of being part of The Access Project?

“The main challenge of being part of The Access Project for me was the commitment of going to tutorials twice a week when sometimes I wasn’t feeling too great. After I left my tutor though, I always felt much better! It feels great to get feedback from someone who has specifically dedicated their time to you, as compared to a teacher who has to split their time between the large numbers of students they teach.”

What has your tutor been like?

“My tutor has been great — especially in the run up to exams! She was there when I had any last-minute questions and definitely made me feel more confident going into the exam. She’s currently helping me on my coursework –, making sure every last detail is as good as it can be! This is really helpful as again she is able to give my work her undivided attention and really makes sure I’m producing the best piece of coursework I can.”

What are your plans for the future?

“My plans for the future are to go to university and study English with creative writing – I’m hoping to study at The University of Sussex, Birkbeck, University of London or Middlesex. Writing has always been something I’ve enjoyed doing and something I would like to continue to do in the future!”

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