Reaching applicants from all backgrounds
Each year, we aim to admit students who can make their own unique contribution to our learning community.
Achieving this means looking beyond purely academic achievements and considering the performance of each applicant in context during the admissions process – taking into account factors such as their economic and social background.
Changes to our admissions systems
From 2020 entry, we will be piloting changes to our admissions systems for Home applicants who are identified as widening participation applicants.
This does not involve you doing anything extra; all you need to do is apply to Imperial in the normal way through UCAS and we’ll do the rest.
See below which changes apply to the department you're considering applying to.
The following departments will guarantee interviews for widening participation applicants whose predicted grades meet the minimum College entry standard of AAA (in the correct subjects for the course)*:
- Chemical Engineering
- Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Dyson School of Design Engineering
- Earth Science and Engineering
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
*These Departments may choose at their discretion to interview widening participation applicants whose predicted grades are below AAA.
The Department of Life Sciences and our BSc Medical Biosciences courses within the School of Medicine will make offers to all widening participation applicants who:
- have predicted grades that meet the minimum College entry standard* of AAA
- demonstrate motivation to study within the specific subject area
* These Departments may choose at their discretion to consider widening participation applicants whose predicted grades are below AAA
Guaranteed standard minimum offer
The Department of Mathematics will guarantee a standard minimum offer of A*A*A offer to all widening participation applicants who meet the contextualised MAT score.
The Department will also consider making offers including STEP instead of MAT for widening participation applicants (applicants should still register and take MAT if they apply before the MAT registration deadline).
The School of Medicine invites applicants to interview on the basis of predicted grades and BMAT scores.
Widening participation applicants with predicted grades of AAA (including Chemistry and Biology) will be considered on the basis of a contextualised BMAT score.
Widening participation applicants who meet the minimum score will be invited to interview.
Successful widening participation applicants at interview will receive a contextual offer of AAA including Chemistry and Biology.