Inspire the next generation by becoming a volunteer tutor

Sign up as a volunteer with The Access Project to help a student from a disadvantaged background beat the odds and go to a top university.

  • Tutor online for an hour a week during term-time in a subject you are passionate about
  • Help students to catch up on learning lost during the pandemic
  • Be a positive role model: make a significant, lasting impact on a young person’s future
  • Gain valuable tutoring experience and enhance your CV through developing transferable skills, such as communication, leadership and planning.

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

The Access Project student on Oxford trip 2022

Become a volunteer tutor

Help a 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 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, The 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, The Access Project tutor

The Access Project student Suzana with her University Access Officer Beth

Why become a volunteer tutor?

Volunteer tutors have never been more needed. The most disadvantaged young people in England are five times less likely to go to a top university in comparison to more advantaged students. Inequality in the UK’s education system existed prior to the pandemic, however this is at risk of growing further due to the cost of living crisis.

By tutoring with us you will:

  • Help tackle inequality in the education system 
  • Give disadvantaged young people a better chance at getting into one of the country’s leading universities
  • Inspire the next generation to reach their potential
  • Work one-to-one with a student – tutoring and guiding them during their studies.

You may be asking: why is attending a top university so important? Research shows that graduating from a top university can quadruple a young person’s chances in terms of gaining employment and earning a good income. 

Students on one of our enrichment events at Oxford University in 2022.

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 student

Join over 1,600 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 35 schools in London, the West Midlands, East Midlands and West Yorkshire, supporting over 1,900 students. All tuition is delivered online via our online tuition platform, so volunteers can be based anywhere in the UK.

How do I help?

As a volunteer tutor, you’ll be paired with a 14 to 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?

All volunteers 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 (for example, you can tutor English if you studied Law).

 

How does online tutoring work?

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 and see 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.

Do I need specific equipment to tutor online?

Our dedicated online tutoring platform can be accessed via your internet browser and we will provide you with complete user guides, access to webinars and more information at your training session. 

We recommend you have the following to be able to tutor online: 

  • Access to a PC, laptop or tablet
  • A stable internet connection
  • Be familiar with using video chat or online conferencing platforms, and how to share documents online
  • A quiet space without distractions (you may wish to use headphones)
  • For optimal experience, we recommend using Google Chrome as your browser when tutoring.

Our dedicated team will be there to support you with any questions or issues you have when tutoring.

What subjects can I tutor in?

We are looking for volunteer tutors in the following subjects, to coincide with the subjects taught at our partner schools:

GCSE and A level: Biology, Chemistry, English, French, Geography, History, Maths, Physics, Spanish

A level only: Economics, Politics, Psychology

We currently have a high demand for English, Maths and Science tutors at both GCSE and A level. 

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 do is:

  • Fill in our sign-up form online and tell us a bit about your education and your reasons for volunteering
  • Supply two character references
  • Complete our online safeguarding course. You will receive a CPD accredited certificate upon completion
  • Attend a 2.5 hour online training session
  • Complete a DBS check, which is organised for you by us.
When can I apply?

You can apply at any point during the year, but tutoring takes place between September and July. We train the majority of our volunteers in summer and autumn.

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! Find out more: Volunteering for University Students.

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 three 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

    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

      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