Volunteering at Academic Support

We are seeking university students, corporates and members of the local community to volunteer as Academic Support Tutors to support primary and secondary students during our after-school sessions.

Our after-school Academic Support Programme provides free tutoring and support to young people in a stimulating classroom environment. Young people receive tailored help with homework, coursework, revision and study skills.

Volunteer tutors are an integral part of our centres. Volunteers act as role models, supporting academic progress and providing inspiration and encouragement to young people for whom university education is not necessarily a common expectation.

Please note that all of our volunteering appointments are subject to an enhanced DBS/PVG check and suitable references.

Who we are looking for

Our tutors must meet the following requirements:

- Minimum grade C or higher in GCSE Maths and English/National 5s or Standard Grade at Credit Level (grades 1-2) (or equivalent). 

- Enthusiasm for education

- Interpersonal skills

- Ability to act on initiative

- Patience


What is the time commitment for the Academic Support Programme?
At least one session per week, for at least 12 weeks over the academic year. Academic Support runs on a Monday and Thursday from 4.00pm to 5.30pm for secondary school students and on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3:45pm to 5.00pm. Each session runs for approximately an hour and a half.

Which age group will I support?
Volunteers are invited to indicate a preference for supporting a particular age group. Our sessions are separated into primary (age 7-10) and secondary (age 11+).

Where will I be based?
Depending on your preference you will either be based at one of our twelve centres in London or at our centres in Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Clacton-on-Sea, Coventry, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Norwich, Oxford, Southampton, Weston-super-Mare. Find out more about our education centres here.

Get in touch

If you would like to discuss this opportunity please email us at volunteering@intouniversity.org.


Next steps

Step 1: Apply

If you are interested in becoming an Academic Support Tutor at one of our centresplease apply here.

Step 2: Training

All tutors must attend a Training and Selection session. You will be given a list of training dates to choose from on the application form. The training session will include an introduction to IntoUniversity's programme, child protection and behaviour management training.

Step 3: Centre Induction

Within 10 working days of attending the session, you will be contacted by the Head of Volunteering who will let you know whether you have been successful. If successful, you will be allocated to an IntoUniversity centre where you will attend an induction session and meet the staff team.

Quotes from our volunteers

"If you want to help level the playing field for bright youngsters interested in university - and if you want to add a lot of fun into the bargain - you cannot do better than volunteering for Academic Support at IntoUniversity."

"The best thing about volunteering with IU is meeting the students, helping them, seeing them gain in confidence and rediscovering through the students' subject knowledge that  I thought I'd forgotten."