The Access Project is looking for volunteers to support disadvantaged young people aged 14-18 for 1 hour a week from Sept 2020 with their academic studies, through our easy-to-use dedicated online platform.

  • Support a young person in a school subject to achieve the GCSE / A level grades they deserve and to fulfil their potential
  • Inspire, motivate and raise aspirations towards further education & the world of work
  • Students supported by The Access Project typically achieve a grade higher at GCSE and are four times more likely than their peers to progress to a top-third ranked university.

No prior experience necessary, full training included over the summer and autumn with start dates throughout the autumn term.

Interested? You’ll need to:

  • Either have an undergraduate degree / equivalent qualification or be currently studying for an undergraduate degree at a UK university
  • Have an A Level in the subject you wish to tutor at GCSE or an undergraduate degree in a subject you wish to tutor at A level
  • Be able to spare 1 hour a week in school term time over the next academic year to tutor (starting between Sept-Nov 2020), plus approx 30 mins a week preparation time
  • Be prepared to undertake an enhanced DBS check (criminal records check) and provide two references (personal or professional)

How does it work?

1. Sign up at

2. Training: We’ll then invite you to choose any of our 2.5hour training sessions between July- Dec 2020 that suits you. During this session you’ll learn everything you need to know for your weekly 1 hour tutoring sessions.

3. You’ll complete a DBS check (criminal records check) and an online safeguarding course

4. We’ll match you with a student who is looking for support in your subject.  In particular, we are seeing high demand from our students for support with sciences and maths so volunteers who are able to support in those subjects would be particularly welcome. There are also many opportunities for volunteer tutors in other subjects including humanities, social sciences and languages.

Questions? Please email We would also be very happy to send over posters or flyers if you’re able to share this opportunity with colleagues or your community.

More about The Access Project:

The Access Project is an education charity supporting young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in London, Birmingham and the Black Country, and the East Midlands. The programme provides in-school support which includes 1 to 1 mentoring, university trips and workshops as well as personalised academic tuition, to help disadvantaged young people gain places at top-third ranked universities.

At the moment, young people in the UK from disadvantaged backgrounds are six times less likely to progress to a top-third university compared to their peers working at a similar academic level,  so The Access Project seeks to change this. We help these young people to see university as something that is ‘for them’, to support them to make competitive applications and to get the grades they deserve so that they can fulfil their potential.