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The Access Project at HSC

Hornsey Sixth Form College realises the power of partnerships and is dedicated to developing a network of partners, making links with universities, employers, charities and sporting organisations …… to name just a few.

The Access Project has been a key partner working with students from Year 10 – 13. As an award winning charity set up by a Teach First Ambassador, its aim is simple but sincere - to support students from disadvantaged backgrounds gain places into top universities.

A simple mission? Yes. Easy to achieve? Not really.

So what happens?

The Access Project assigns a tutor to every student on the programme who has a degree in the subject they want to improve. Students then meet their tutors at their place of work for tutorials allowing them to gain an insight into more than their subjects alone. With most of the tutors working in high profile organisations such as Lloyds of London, PWC, The Welcome Trust – just being in these environments is an education in itself. We are also lucky to have a dedicated member of The Access Project staff based at Hornsey who provides 1 to 1 advice and guidance to students, ensuring that their university application is on point and that they are applying for a course right for them. Plus all of this at no cost to the student!

We caught up with Amy, a Year 13 Hornsey student about her time with The Access Project or TAP as we often refer to it and asked her what her experience had been...

"It’s been great! I’ve had the same tutor for three years. She’s helped me to develop my answers and has just been supportive. She texts me good luck before all of my exams and afterwards asked how they have been. We’ve just become good friends and definitely will keep in touch. She’s helped me with more than just Geography – although this is still what I love as I will be studying this at uni.”

(Amy, Year 13 Hornsey Sixth Form student.)


With 95% of all Hornsey student progressing to their first choice university, 21% of which will attend the top third universities it is clear that Hornsey students are ambitious and driven to achieve.

30 seconds with Project Co-ordinator 

What is it like to work with Hornsey students?

Working with Hornsey Sixth form students is fantastic! They are enthusiastic and hardworking young people who make the most of the opportunities that The Access Project offer. For example, a number of HSC students attend out of school Law, Medicine and Oxbridge events.

Where are some of these students going to this summer, now that they have benefitted from free tuition and tailor made UCAS support and guidance?

  • Freya Williams is going to The University of Sheffield (Japanese Studies)
  • Lizzie Peters if off to The University of Leeds (Biology)
  • Ebi Shehu, is on her way to UCL (Maths)
  • Elifcian Yazgun is going to The University of the Arts London (Film – with an unconditional offer!)
  • Amy Garrad is off to The Univeristy of Lancaster (Geography – with an unconditional offer too!)

Tell us a bit about your academic background?

I received a BA in Cultural Studies from The University of Leeds and an MA in Postcolonial Studies/Global Policy from Goldsmiths, University of London. I started my professional life as a Support Manager for The Key (a support service for school leaders and governors in England and Wales). I then volunteered for several charities including IntoUniversity and Team Up, and then went on to volunteer as a GCSE English tutor with The Access Project before I joined the team here at Hornsey as the Programme Coordinator in August 2014.