Volunteer With Us

  • Help a bright student from a disadvantaged background beat the odds and get to a top university
  • Support someone else to get as much out of the education system as you have
  • Make a significant, lasting impact on a young person’s future
  • Gain valuable tutoring experience and enhance your CV
  • Grow in confidence and be a positive role model
  • Enhance your communication, mentoring and planning skills
  • Give back to your community

Volunteer With Us

  • Help a bright student from a disadvantaged background beat the odds and get to a top university
  • Support someone else to get as much out of the education system as you have
  • Make a significant, lasting impact on a young person’s future
  • Gain valuable tutoring experience and enhance your CV
  • Grow in confidence and be a positive role model
  • Enhance your communication, mentoring and planning skills
  • Give back to your community

“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

Young people from the most advantaged backgrounds were 9.8 times more likely to get a place at a top university than the least advantaged.
Source: UCAS – 2017

Why Volunteer?

Our volunteer tutors are at the heart of everything we do at The Access Project. The weekly sessions you will have with a student will not only raise their grades but improve their confidence and encourage their aspirations.

You can make a real difference – a young person on our programme is more than twice as likely to go to a top university than another student with the same academic track record and background.

At the same time you’ll be developing your own communication, coaching and planning skills and getting real job satisfaction. Our volunteers often say tutoring is the most rewarding hour of their week.

You don’t need any teaching experience. You’ll attend a three-hour training session before you begin volunteering and you’ll receive ongoing support with lesson planning, topic guidance and resources from our team.

“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

Frequently Asked Questions.

Where does The Access Project operate?

We work in London and Birmingham and the Black Country for face-to-face tutoring. We provide online tutoring in the East Midlands towns of Ashfield, Mansfield and Shirebrook. If you want to tutor online you can be based anywhere, as long as you can travel to one of the locations above for the initial training session.

How do I help?

As a tutor you’ll be paired with a 14 to 18-year-old to support them to achieve their potential at GCSE or A-Level. In a weekly tutorial session you will address the topic/s that their teacher thinks they need most help with.

What qualifications do I need?

You need a degree in a subject to tutor it to A-Level and an A-Level in a subject to tutor it to GCSE.

Subjects sought: Maths, English, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geography, History, French and Spanish. At A-Level only: Economics, Psychology and Politics.

Where can I tutor?

You can tutor in person in a public place convenient to you, like your office, a cafe or library. Alternatively there is the option to become an online tutor for a young person in a different area which can be done from anywhere where you have access to a laptop and the internet.

Can I tutor online?

Yes. Some of our tutors find online tutoring really convenient. (Please be aware that at the moment you either have to choose face-to-face tutoring or tutoring online – you can’t mix and match.)

How much time does this involve?

An hour a week across the school year plus preparation time in advance. Obviously holidays and illness mean sometimes you will have to postpone a session, but the aim is for one a week.

Contact info

The Dock
Tobacco Quay
Wapping Lane
London E1W 2SF

0203 960 6592
info@theaccessproject.org.uk

Contact info

The Dock
Tobacco Quay
Wapping Lane
London E1W 2SF

0203 960 6592
info@theaccessproject.org.uk