Students and teacher in lab

STEM Potential supports you through years 10 and 12 with insightful lectures, subject-specific workshops and a non-residential summer school.

Coronavirus (COVID 19)

Please note that our programmes are now running in-person where possible, but some activities may take place on our dedicated online platform. Our first priority remains the safety and well-being of our staff, students and programme participants. Where programmes and events take place at an Imperial campus, participants, staff and students are encouraged to wear face-coverings indoors, especially in enclosed or crowded places, unless exempt.

Our programme coordinators will provide full information about the location and delivery method of our programmes to those enrolled.

Enrolment for our upcoming programmes will continue as usual and further details can be found below.


At a glance

  • Non-residential
  • For students from backgrounds under-represented in higher education looking to study STEM at university
  • Applications will reopen during the 2022-23 academic year

About STEM Potential

STEM Potential is a multi-year programme of activities and support, developed to help you to discover the wide range of subjects within STEM studies and to help you 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.

What to expect

You will attend around five events each academic year at our South Kensington Campus, including:

  • Masterclasses in science, engineering and maths subjects
  • Lectures
  • University experience taster days

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 non-residential summer school.

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

Applications for year 10 are now closed we will reopen applications in November 2022. 

Year 12 and year 13

Please note applications to Y12 STEM Potential are now closed and will reopen in September 2022. We will also open applications to our Y12 Summer Schools in January.

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

You will take part in subject-specific workshops relevant to the STEM subjects you are taking at A-level. Online, you will be paired with a current Imperial undergraduate as a mentor, who will provide you with support and information.

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

 We will continue working with students during Y13.

Applicant information

Eligibility criteria

This outreach programme is funded by Imperial College London and aims to support state school students from backgrounds under-represented at university and 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.

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

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 requirements

In addition to meeting the Outreach eligibility criteria, you must also meet the following progrmme specific criteria:

  • Be in Year 10 or Y12 at the time of application;
  • Be studying Maths (compulsory) and at least one science subject (Biology, Chemistry or Physics) if you apply during Y12
  • Be willing to travel to Imperial College London for the scheduled programme dates.

How to apply

Applications for Y10 students are currently closed and will open again in November 2022.

Applications for Y12 students are currently closed and will open again in September 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.

We also invite you to watch the recording of our STEM Potential year 10 applications webinar and hope you find it useful. For more information about STEM Potential please email the STEM Potential team.

Contact us

For more information, please see our Outreach Programme FAQs or email the STEM Potential team or call us on 0207 594 7197.