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.

The Access Project

At The Access Project we believe that every young person regardless of background can make the most of education, unlocking their potential and creating a fairer society.

Our volunteers are trained and supported to be effective tutors who work with our students for an hour a week to raise their grades. In addition, a dedicated school-based staff member mentors the students so they have the knowledge and support to make strong university applications. Our results show this approach works.

Did you know?

Disadvantaged young people are five times less likely to go to a top university in comparison to more advantaged students, according to the Department for Education.

That’s why 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.

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Our programme makes a real difference

  • Students with The Access Project are more than twice as  likely as similarly disadvantaged students to attend top universities. 
  • The charity helps more students access top universities every year. 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.
  • The Access Project is committed to working with the teenagers who need us most. This year we ensured that 96% of our students came from the most disadvantaged backgrounds.

Our latest news

Paying it back: why Josh has tutored in Physics for almost three years

Paying it back: why Josh has tutored in Physics for almost three years

Josh is one of our volunteer tutors - and has been tutoring in Physics for almost three years. As a clinical scientist at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust his knowledge and expertise has been enormously useful to the young people he tutors - including his current...

“The legacy of The Access Project tutor will be felt by these students in the short term, measured by the students in the medium term as they reach their aspirational grades, but really understood and recognised in the long term as these students start careers in places they never thought they could access or even dreamed existed.”

Esther Holland, Headteacher, Central Foundation Girls’ School, London

The legacy of The Access Project tutor will be felt by these students in the short term, measured by the students in the medium term as they reach their aspirational grades, but really understood and recognised in the long term as these students start careers in places they never thought they could access or even dreamed existed.
Esther Holland, Headteacher, Central Foundation Girls’ School.

Get In Touch

    Contact info

    128 Aldersgate Street
    Barbican, London
    EC1A 4AE

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

    020 4513 5999
    info@theaccessproject.org.uk

    Media enquiries:
    07767 100 581
    media@theaccessproject.org.uk

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

    NSPCC 24 hour line:
    0808 800 5000

    Get in touch

      Contact info

      128 Aldersgate Street
      Barbican, London
      EC1A 4AE

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

      020 4513 5999
      info@theaccessproject.org.uk

      Media enquiries:
      07767 100 581
      media@theaccessproject.org.uk

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

      NSPCC 24 hour line:
      0808 800 5000