Fair access for all young people to fulfil their academic potential

Our 10 month university preparation programme supports students from disadvantaged backgrounds to gain places and thrive at the most selective universities

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The Challenge

5% of disadvantaged sixth form students enrol at Russell Group universities compared with 44% of independent school students

Our Vision

Providing the guidance, support and challenge for students to stretch their potential in higher education

All students, regardless of background, with the potential to apply to the UK’s most selective universities, should have the opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to not only make a competitive application to such universities but also to form the foundations that allow them to achieve their academic ambition once there.

We believe our programme has more impact on students’ application success rates because:

  • It develops the skills and knowledge over the long term leading to real confidence
  • We are online and always have been, this allows us to reach more students
  • Our sessions are taught live
  • The programme is built on decades of expertise from Bonas MacFarlane Education and supported by 600+ exceptional tutors
Our programme

Our results

We are incredibly proud of the success of our scholars

Over the past 5 years we’ve been delighted by our scholars’ success and we are pleased to be more than doubling our reach with the 2022 cohort


100% Russell Group acceptance rate
40% Oxbridge acceptance rate


91% Russell Group acceptance rate
25% Oxbridge acceptance rate


100% Russell Group acceptance rate
32% Oxbridge acceptance rate


97% Russell Group acceptance rate
32% Oxbridge acceptance rate

Next Step Foundation has added challenge for our students. We've secured our first Oxbridge acceptance and we're delighted.

Ed Vainker, OBE
Executive Principal at Reach Academy

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How can you help?

As a young charity we are always looking for partners, donors and passionate people to join us in our mission.


We rely on extremely dedicated tutors donating their time and expertise and members of the public to donate whatever they can.

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