The Access Project 

                            Supporting disadvantaged students to get to top universities.

How we help

The Access Project

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.

How The Access Project makes a difference​

At The Access Project we believe that every young person, regardless of background, should be able to make the most of education. We work with students from disadvantaged backgrounds to unlock their potential by: 

    • Placing mentors in schools to work with students so they have the knowledge and support to make strong university applications
    • Training tutors to boost grades.

This doubles their chances of getting into a top university.

 

Education in the UK today

In the UK today disadvantaged young people are five times less likely to go to a top university than their more advantaged peers. That means each year 17,500 miss out on a place which their talent warrants, and all the opportunities a top education brings.

The pandemic was particularly hard for disadvantaged students, and many hours of learning were lost. Research has shown that disadvantaged pupils are further behind their peers as a result of learning lost during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This is reflected in GCSE grades. According to the latest government figures, the difference in GCSE attainment between disadvantaged students and their more affluent peers widened in 2021 for the first time in ten years. It is clear that the access gap is expanding…

That’s why our work is so important now. 

Our programme doubles a student’s chances of getting into a top university

  • Students with The Access Project are more than twice as likely as similarly disadvantaged students to attend top universities
  • 67% of our students placed at top universities in 2021
  • GCSE students with The Access Project make on average half a grade more progress than their peers, in their tutored subjects. That’s equivalent to four months more progress
  • The Access Project is committed to working with the teenagers who need us most. This year 96% of our students came from the most disadvantaged backgrounds.

Latest news

The whole scheme makes you think about what kind of aspirations you have, and how to be realistic about what you want. Tutoring isn’t just beneficial for your grades, it’s about being aware of your goals so you’re more likely to achieve them.
Chriso, one of our former students who is now studying Law at King’s College London

“The whole scheme makes you think about what kind of aspirations you have, and how to be realistic about what you want. Tutoring isn’t just beneficial for your grades, it’s about being aware of your goals so you’re more likely to achieve them.”

Chriso, one of our former students who is now studying Law at King’s College London

Get In Touch

    Contact info

    The Dock, Tobacco Quay,
    Wapping Lane,
    London,
    E1W 2SF

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

    020 4513 5999
    info@theaccessproject.org.uk

    Media enquiries:
    line: 020 4513 5999 (available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5:30pm)
    media@theaccessproject.org.uk

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

    NSPCC 24 hour line:
    0808 800 5000

    Get in touch

      Contact info

      The Dock, Tobacco Quay,
      Wapping Lane,
      London,
      E1W 2SF

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

      020 4513 5999
      info@theaccessproject.org.uk

      Media enquiries:
      line: 020 4513 5999 (available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5:30pm)
      media@theaccessproject.org.uk

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

      NSPCC 24 hour line:
      0808 800 5000