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Check if you are eligible to take part in our outreach and widening participation programmes

Our fully-funded outreach programmes support young people from under-represented groups to access STEM degrees at universities like Imperial. 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.

To be eligible for any of our programmes you must be attending a state-funded, non fee-paying school or college in the United Kingdom. If you attend an independent school you may still be eligible if you receive a full bursary that covers your fees.

Your family background

We will also prioritise you as a candidate if: 

  • You have been in care 
  • 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
  • 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
  • Your family income is below £50,000 each year
  • You are eligible for free school meals
  • Your parents/guardians do not have a university degree
  • You live in a neighbourhood with low overall progression rates to higher education or high levels of deprivation (we use POLAR4 and IMD data to assess this)

Your school

We will also prioritise you as a candidate if: 

  • Your school has a high percentage of students receiving free school meals
  • You are studying in a non-selective state school that has below average attainment

Your academic potential

Each programme may also have specific academic requirements, such as actual or predicted grades or a requirement to be studying certain subjects to participate.

Please check the page for your programme carefully for any extra criteria before applying.

School visits and in-school activities

We look at your school location and data on deprivation, disadvantage and likelihood to enter higher education to assess whether your school can take part. Please contact to find out more.

What if I am not eligible for an outreach programme?

Our outreach programmes are for specific groups who are under-represented groups at university and in STEM subjects. We receive many more applications than we have places available for most programmes.

If you are not eligible to take part or your application is unsuccessful there are still plenty of ways to explore our campuses, meet current students and staff, and find out if Imperial is right for you. See information on open days and opportunities to visit or find out about our Global Summer School.