STEM Potential supports you through years 10 and 12 with insightful lectures, subject-specific workshops and a non-residential summer school.
At a glance
- For students from backgrounds under-represented in higher education looking to study STEM at university
- Applications for year 12 students are now open and will close on 10 October 2023
- Applications for year 10 students will open in November 2023
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
- 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.
Applications for Y12 are now open and will close on 10 October 2023. Please see information below on how to apply. Please see the programme dates for 2023/24 academic year:
- Wednesday 6 December – Evening launch event
- Saturday 9 December – Workshop 1
- Saturday 10 February – Workshop 2
- Friday 5 April – Workshop 3
- Saturday 18 May – Workshop 4
- Wednesday 28 and Thursday 29 August – University Preparation Event
These events will run in-person at our London South Kensington Campus. Our workshop days usually run between 10:00 and 16:00. Please ensure you can attend these events if applying to our programme. We will continue working with our students through Y13.
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
In addition to meeting the Outreach eligibility criteria, you must also meet the following programme specific criteria:
- Be in Year 10 or Year 12 at the time of application;
- Be studying Maths (compulsory) and at least one science subject (Biology, Chemistry or Physics) if you apply during Year 12
- Have achieved a minimum of eight GCSEs with at least five at grades 7-9, including maths and sciences if you are applying during Year 12
- Have achieved a minimum of a grade 5 in GCSE English Language if applying during Year 12
- Be willing to travel to Imperial College London for the scheduled programme dates.
How to apply
Applications for Y12 are now open and will close on 10 October 2023.
Applications for Y10 are now closed. We will open applications to new Y10 students in November 2023.
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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.
For more information about STEM Potential please email the STEM Potential team.