The Access Project

The Access Project

The Access Project (TAP) supports students from disadvantaged backgrounds to access top universities, using personalised tuition and in-school mentoring.

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The Access Project (TAP) helps students make good applications, get the grades and transition to university. TAP partners with non-selective state schools with high numbers of students on Free School Meals, receiving Pupil Premium funding or with low levels of progression to top universities. With a decade’s worth of experience forming deep partnerships with schools we have proven impact. GCSE students with TAP make five months more progress than similar peers.

How many pupils and schools can we work with?

1,015 pupils in 38 schools.

How do we recruit our tutors?

Volunteers apply via an online form outlining their education history. It captures contact details, employment information, two referee contacts, and contains TAP’s Volunteering Agreement. Once confirmed as eligible, we request references and invite tutors to attend online training and safeguarding courses. 

TAP conducts enhanced DBS and Children’s Barred List checks.

How do we train our tutors?

Training involves an interactive online workshop delivered by TAP. It covers tutorial planning, our approach to pedagogy, the practicalities of delivery, accessing support and making tutorials safe. Tutors also complete an accredited online child safeguarding course. Our Quality Assurance Team delivers ongoing drop-ins’ on tutorials to offer feedback and support. 

How will we communicate with you?

TAP’s programme facilitates regular and effective communication with schools. Our University Access Officers, based in-school, liaise with staff. They also send weekly updates to their Programme Supervisor (a member of the Senior Leadership Team) on student attendance and engagement. TAP conducts termly meetings with schools to assess students’ progress. 

How will we keep track of pupil progress?

Student progress is tracked against target grades at termly meetings with schools. University Access Officers meet regularly with students to boost engagement, revision skills, and offer support. TAP analyses student attainment every year. Their performance relative to peers is also subject to independent analysis by FFT Education Datalab and UCAS.

More information about The Access Project can be found at:

The Access Project Summary
Online tuition:

Types of school:


Subjects covered:

EnglishMathsModern Foreign Languages


1-1 online
Cost to school of 15-hour block with subsidy applied: £195.00 
Cost to school per pupil for 15-hour block with subsidy applied: £195.00 

Problems or feedback? Get in touch with the NTP