stem futures

Supporting students from Black backgrounds in years 10 and 12 to explore STEM degrees & careers through lectures, subject-specific workshops and sessions around careers, personal development, and study skills.

Coronavirus (COVID 19)


Please be aware that due to COVID-19, this programme is currently running through our dedicated online programmes. Our first priority remains the safety and well-being of our staff, students and programme participants.

Enrolment for our programmes will continue as usual but we cannot yet confirm whether this programme will be run in-person or online in the future. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and will continue to do the best we can to safely support all of our programme participants.

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About STEM Futures


STEM Futures is a new multi-year programme of activities and support for students of Black heritage* who are interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine). Black people are currently underrepresented in STEM so it can be difficult for young Black students to find out first-hand what their next steps should be. This programme has been developed to support you to discover the wide range of subjects within STEM studies and to help you to get into university.

You can join the programme in either year 10 or year 12 and the programme is designed to be relevant at whatever point in your school studies that you start. Please see the sections below for more information on each stage of the programme. 

*This includes Black or Black British- African, Black or Black British- Caribbean, Other Black Background, Mixed- Black African and White, Mixed- Black Caribbean and White, or Other Mixed background (including Black African, Black Caribbean or Other Black background).

What to expect on the programme


You will attend around five events each academic year. We aim for these to be delivered in person at our South Kensington and White City campuses, including:

  • Masterclasses in science, engineering and maths subjects to support you with revision
  • Lectures
  • Advice and guidance on studying STEM subjects from university students of similar backgrounds and interests studying a range of degrees
  • Study skills workshops
  • Personal development workshops
  • Careers sessions

What to expect

Year 10 and year 11

You will experience different fields of science, technology, engineering and maths to gain a better understanding of which subjects you may want to study at A-level.

During on-campus events you will gain a feel for university life, working closely with Imperial academics and students. In August of year 10, you will take part in a residential summer school.

Students stay on the programme for two years. After year 11, students who meet eligibility criteria can progress to years 12 and 13.

Applications for Y10 students will open 8 November 2021 and will close on 5 January 2022.

Year 12 and year 13

You will take part in subject-specific workshops relevant to the STEM subjects you are taking at A-level.

You will also receive support with your university applications and attend workshops on personal statements and university interviews.

Applications for Y12 are now open. Please see information below on how to apply.

Please see the programme dates for the 2021/22 academic year:

  • Thursday 17 February 2022 – Launch Event*
  • Friday 18 February 2022*
  • Wednesday 2 March 2022- evening event*
  • Saturday 26 March 2022*
  • Monday 4 April- Friday 8 April 2022- Work Experience Week
  • Wednesday 11 May 2022- evening event*
  • Saturday 21 May 2022*
  • Thursday 28 July 2022*
  • Thursday 1 September & Friday 2 September 2022*- University preparation event

*These dates are provisional and might change

We will continue working with students during Y13.

Applicant information Y10

How to apply

Applications for Y10 students will open 8 November 2021 and will close on 5 January 2022.

Please sign up to our newsletter so you do not miss any opportunities.

Applications are made through Aspire (our online application system). You must create an account with Aspire before you can fill out your application.

We recommend you use a personal email address, as opposed to a school email address, when creating an Aspire account. Security settings used in some school email servers will prevent you from receiving emails from Aspire.

As part of your application, you will be asked to provide details for a parent/guardian and a teacher. Both your parent/guardian and your teacher will be contacted to provide a supporting reference and verify some of the information you provide.

We will ask for the subjects you are currently studying. If you do not have predicted grades for your current subjects you can type NPG or N/A in the grade field.

For more information about applying, please see our Outreach FAQs. Unfortunately, we cannot accept late applications.

For more information about STEM Futures please email the STEM Futures team.

Eligibility criteria

Applications for Y10 students will open 8 November 2021 and will close on 5 January 2022.

To apply for the STEM Futures programme, you must be:

  • Black or Black British- African, Black or Black British- Caribbean, Other Black Background, Mixed- Black African and White, Mixed- Black Caribbean and White, and Other Mixed background (to include Black African, Black Caribbean or Other Black background)
  • in Year 10 at the time of application;
  • attending a state-funded, non fee-paying school or college in London;
  • and willing to travel to Imperial College London for the scheduled programme dates. Please check your distance using Google Maps.

We recommend that you use our eligibility checker tool to see if you are eligible to apply.

This outreach programme is funded by Imperial College London, and aims to support students of Black heritage to access STEM studies at Higher Education. We use the criteria below to assess who is eligible to participate. The more criteria you meet, the more likely your application will be successful.

We will prioritise your application if:

  • You have been in care
  • You live independently (estranged), meaning you no longer have the support of your family due to a breakdown in the relationship which has led to ceased contact

We will also assess whether:

  • You are a young carer and have caring responsibilities for a close relative with a disability, long-term illness, mental health condition, or drug or alcohol problem that is a significant demand on your time
  • Your family income is below £50,000 each year
  • You are eligible for free school meals and/or pupil premium
  • Your parents/guardians did not attend university
  • You live in a neighbourhood with low overall progression rates to higher education (POLAR4 Quintile 1 or 2 areas) or high levels of deprivation (IMD Quintile 1 areas)
  • Your school has a high percentage of students receiving free school meals
  • Your school has below average attainment

    Academic criteria

To be eligible for this programme, you should:

  • Expect to study STEM subjects in your post-16 options 
  • Be studying at least eight GCSEs (or equivalent)

Applicant information Y12

How to apply

Applications for Y12 students are now open and close on 22 November.

Please sign up to our newsletter so you do not miss any opportunities.

Applications are made through Aspire (our online application system). You must create an account with Aspire before you can fill out your application.

We recommend you use a personal email address, as opposed to a school email address, when creating an Aspire account. Security settings used in some school email servers will prevent you from receiving emails from Aspire.

As part of your application, you will be asked to provide details for a parent/guardian and a teacher. Both your parent/guardian and your teacher will be contacted to provide a supporting reference and verify some of the information you provide.

We will ask for the subjects you are currently studying. If you do not have predicted grades for your current subjects you can type NPG or N/A in the grade field.

For more information about applying, please see our Outreach FAQs. Unfortunately, we cannot accept late applications.

For more information about STEM Futures please email the STEM Futures team.

Eligibility criteria

To apply for the STEM Futures programme, you must be:

  • Black or Black British- African, Black or Black British- Caribbean, Other Black Background, Mixed- Black African and White, Mixed- Black Caribbean and White, or Other Mixed background (including Black African, Black Caribbean or Other Black background);
  • in Year 12 at the time of application;
  • attending a state-funded, non fee-paying school or college in London;
  • and willing to travel to Imperial College London for the scheduled programme dates. Please check your distance using Google Maps.

We recommend that you use our eligibility checker tool to see if you are eligible to apply.


This outreach programme is funded by Imperial College London, and aims to support students of Black heritage to access STEM studies at Higher Education. We use the criteria below to assess who is eligible to participate. The more criteria you meet, the more likely your application will be successful.

We will prioritise your application if:

  • You have been in care
  • You live independently (estranged), meaning you no longer have the support of your family due to a breakdown in the relationship which has led to ceased contact

We will also assess whether:

  • You are a young carer and have caring responsibilities for a close relative with a disability, long-term illness, mental health condition, or drug or alcohol problem that is a significant demand on your time
  • Your family income is below £50,000 each year
  • You are eligible for free school meals and/or pupil premium
  • Your parents/guardians did not attend university
  • You live in a neighbourhood with low overall progression rates to higher education (POLAR4 Quintile 1 or 2 areas) or high levels of deprivation (IMD Quintile 1 areas)
  • Your school has a high percentage of students receiving free school meals
  • Your school has below average attainment

Academic criteria


To be eligible for this programme, you should:

  • Expect to study a science, technology, engineering or maths subject at university
  • Have achieved a minimum of eight GCSEs with at least five at grades 7-9, including maths and sciences
  • Have achieved a minimum of grade 5 in GCSE English Language

  • Be studying Maths (compulsory) and at least one science (Biology, Chemistry or Physics) at A-level

OR

  • Be studying both Biology and Chemistry or Physics A-levels

OR

  • Be studying Maths A-Level and no other STEM subject. However, you must check that you would meet the entry requirements for the degree programme at Imperial that you are interested in as your degree options may be limited to the following departments:

Department of Mathematics
Dyson School of Design Engineering
Department of Computing
Department of Earth Sciences*

*Please note: A-level Maths is not required for some of these degrees but please check you are studying the required combination of A-levels that mean you're eligible to apply.

Please email the STEM Futures team for guidance if you are studying alternative qualifications. Full entry requirements to our undergraduate degree programmes can be found in our Undergraduate prospectus on pages 73-77. Before you apply for the STEM Futures programme, please make sure you are studying a combination of A-Level subjects which would make you eligible to apply for the undergraduate degree programme you are interested in. 

Contact us

For more information, please see our Outreach Programme FAQs or email the STEM Futures Cohort Programme team.

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