Become a volunteer tutor

Help a bright student from a disadvantaged background beat the odds and get to a top university by signing up as a volunteer tutor with The Access Project. 

  • Tutor online for an hour a week during term-time, in a subject you are passionate about
  • Support someone else to get as much out of the education system as you have
  • Be a positive role model: make a significant, lasting impact on a young person’s future
  • Gain valuable tutoring experience and enhance your CV
  • Enhance your communication, mentoring and planning skills

You are only a few clicks away from transforming a young person’s life as a volunteer tutor. 

Become a volunteer tutor

Help a bright student from a disadvantaged background beat the odds and get to a top university by signing up as a volunteer tutor with The Access Project. 

  • Tutor online for an hour a week during term-time, in a subject you are passionate about
  • Support someone else to get as much out of the education system as you have
  • Be a positive role model: make a significant, lasting impact on a young person’s future
  • Gain valuable tutoring experience and enhance your CV
  • Enhance your communication, mentoring and planning skills

You are only a few clicks away from transforming a young person’s life as a volunteer tutor. 

“My ability to digest and explain complex ideas in simple terms has improved dramatically. There are definitely times when I think I’ve learnt just as much, if not more, than my student!”

Samuel, Access Project Tutor

“My ability to digest and explain complex ideas in simple terms has improved dramatically. There are definitely times when I think I’ve learnt just as much, if not more, than my student!”

Samuel, Access Project Tutor

Why become a volunteer tutor?

“I am feeling more confident in English and will become even more confident in the future. This is a great opportunity and should be taken immediately as it will benefit anyone; I am and always will be very grateful for it.”
Emre, Year 10 Access Project Student

“You tutoring our students makes a world of difference to them. It is not just about what you explicitly teach them, but the journey you have been on to get where you are. This is highly inspirational and motivational for our students and helps to set them on the path to their own journey. Do not underestimate your influence in transforming our students’ lives. You matter. Thank you.”
Su Wardrop, Deputy Head, Lilian Baylis Technology School

Join over 100 people like you who are volunteering with us across the UK right now. Opportunities are filling up fast so start your volunteer tutor journey today!

Frequently Asked Questions.

Where does The Access Project operate?

We work in over 30 schools in London and the Midlands, supporting over 1500 students. In 2020/21, as a response to the COVID-19 situation, all tutoring will be delivered online. We hope to be able to resume face-to-face tutorials for students based in London and Birmingham in the future, as well as continuing the online support for East Midlands students. 

How do I help?

As a volunteer tutor, you’ll be paired with a 14-18-year-old student to support them to achieve their potential in one of their GCSE or A-Level subjects.  In a weekly tutorial session, you will address the topics that their teacher thinks would be most helpful for them.

What qualifications do I need?

You need to be either a graduate or studying at university to tutor.

You can tutor at GCSE if you have an A-level (grade B or higher) in the subject.

If you want to tutor at A-level, you’ll need an undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification in the subject. You can also tutor a subject if your degree is in a related field (e.g. you can tutor English if you studied Law).

 

How does online tutoring work?

We want to make online tutoring as similar to the face-to-face experience as possible. You’ll use our dedicated online platform so that your sessions can be engaging and interactive whilst keeping you and your student safe. You’ll be able to talk with your student using your webcam, share documents and work collaboratively using a virtual whiteboard.

We offer training to ensure that you and your student are both comfortable using the platform. We also provide students with any hardware they need to make the most of online sessions.

How much time does it take?

You’ll need to be able to tutor for an hour a week during a school year. We also recommend that you prepare for at least 30 minutes ahead of each tutorial. Obviously, holidays and illness mean sometimes you will have to postpone a session, but the aim is for one a week.

Will I get any training?

We’ll make sure that you’ve got all the information you need to feel confident when you start tutoring. You’ll need to complete a Safeguarding Children course and we will also invite you to attend our online training session. We’ll guide you through lesson planning, show you where you can find resources and share tips to make your sessions fun, engaging and effective.

How do I get started?

It’s really easy to get started All you need to is:

  • Fill in our sign-up form. You’ll need to tell us a bit about your education and employment and your reasons for volunteering.
  • Supply 2 character references. Your referees can’t be family members and should know you in a professional capacity, but don’t need to have line-managed you.
  • Complete our online safeguarding course. You will receive a CPD accredited certificate upon completion.
  • Attend a 2.5-hour online training session. This will introduce you to the programme, good tuition practices and the practical aspects of volunteering.
  • Complete a DBS check organised by The Access Project. You’ll need to fill out an online form and provide 3 forms of ID for verification at the online training session.
When can I apply?

You can apply at any point during the year, but as we try to match all our students at the start of the school year, we train the majority of our volunteers in Summer and Autumn. If you apply outwith these times, we will keep your application ready for the start of the next training cycle.

Can I apply if I don't have a degree?

We welcome applications from students currently at university to tutor at GCSE. However, as so much of our programme is focussed on university entry, we feel that having this experience is really important for our tutors. We won’t be able to accept your application if you are currently on a gap-year, but we’d love to hear from you once you start your university course!

Can I volunteer if I don’t live in the UK?

At this time, we can’t accept applications from volunteers who live outside the UK. We need all our tutors to have a DBS certificate, for which you need to have lived in the UK for at least 3 months. We would love to hear from you again if you move to the UK in the future.

Contact info

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

The Big Peg, 120 Vyse St
Birmingham, B18 6NF

0203 960 6592
info@theaccessproject.org.uk

Media enquiries:
07767100581
media@theaccessproject.org.uk

Safeguarding number:
07542 881 501/020 3960 6592

NSPCC 24 hour line:
0808 800 5000

Contact info

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

The Big Peg, 120 Vyse St
Birmingham, B18 6NF

0203 960 6592
info@theaccessproject.org.uk

Media enquiries:
07767100581
media@theaccessproject.org.uk

Safeguarding number:
07542 881 501/020 3960 6592

NSPCC 24 hour line:
0808 800 5000