Accelerate in Maths and Science
Accelerate into Maths and Science (AIMS) is an after school programme for Y12 and Y13 students, run in collaboration with academics from the departments of Physics and Chemistry. It aims to give students an insight into how maths is applied across different science disciplines studied at university-level.
Initiated in 2016, the programme was originally targeted at schools in the White City area only. From autumn 2018 applications will be open to students from all state schools.
What does AIMS involve?
Following a launch event at the beginning of January, students attend ten after school tutoring sessions during the spring term. The programme sessions take place at the South Kensington campus on Wednesday’s between 17:00 and 19:00 (term time only) and are run by Imperial academics and current undergraduate students.
When students are in Y13 they will be invited back for a further eight tutoring sessions during the autumn term.
Eligibility criteria and applications
Students need to meet the following academic criteria:
- Are in Y12 or Y13 at the time of application
- Are studying STEM A-Level subjects (one of which must be Maths)
- Are predicted B or above in core STEM subjects
- Are able to travel to our South Kensington campus for the scheduled dates of the programme
This programme aims to support students from backgrounds under-represented in Higher Education. We will assess your eligibility for the programme by asking if any of these circumstances apply to you:
- You are receiving free school meals or pupil premium
- Your family income is below £46,350/year
- Your parents do not have a university degree
- You have been in care or are a young carer*
- You are studying in a school in the UK that has below average attainment or with a high percentage of students receiving free school meals**
- You live in a neighbourhood with low overall progression rates to higher education (we use ACORN data to assess this)
Eligibility will be verified separately by your parent and teacher so please ensure you have their current email address at hand before you start the application.
* A young carer is someone under 18 who helps look after a relative who has a condition, such as a disability long term, illness, mental health condition, or a drug or alcohol problem. They do extra jobs in and around the home, such as cooking, cleaning, or helping someone to get dressed and move around.
**If you are studying in an independent school in the UK and are in receipt of a full bursary, your application will be considered
How do I apply?
Students can apply to the AIMS programme through the online application portal Aspire.
Please note: We recommend applicants 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 prevent applicants from receiving emails from Aspire.
|Cohort||Applications open||Applications close||Teacher reference deadline|
|Y13||Monday 3 September 2018||Thursday 20 September 2018||Tuesday 25 September 2018|
|Y12||Monday 1 October 2018||Sunday 18 November 2018||Sunday 25 November|
If you have any questions about the programme please email the team.