Who we are
One Degree works directly with youth who are at the margins of society. A focus on building stronger communities by overcoming isolation and fragmentation and encouraging inclusion, connection and integration. We have become embedded in some of London's most deprived communities and can identify and channel the potential within students of struggling schools.
We do this by creating a personal and academic journey designed to support, guide and inspire our struggling youth.
Basit Hashmi joined One Degree in 2010. He was failing his English and Math’s GCSE’s. With low predicted grades, he needed some guidance to achieve his unrealised potential. Through the dedication and perseverance of the One Degree volunteer mentors, he not only passed his exams but he achieved a B in English and B in Maths.Basit is now studying Aerospace Engineering with Pilot Studies at University, something that simply would not have been possible without these grade improvements.
This example proves that the unrealised potential of our students can be re-directed and set GCSE students onto a life changing path. We have opened a few doors, now the students can decide which ones to go through. One of the key defining aspects is that we believe an A-C grade in GCSE Maths and English are the "passports" that will change a student’s life direction by opening up possibilities. We achieve this with the help of volunteer mentors; learning through technology; inspirational and motivational guest speakers; a balance of group activities and team sports along with healthy energy boosting food; and qualified teachers.