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 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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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 2021-22 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.

Year 12 and year 13

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.

Applicant information

How to apply

Applications for this programme are currently closed and will open for year 10 and year 12 in the 2021/22 academic year.

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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.