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
- 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
- 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 Y10 will open on 4 November and close on 6 January 2022. Please see information below on how to apply.
Programme dates for 2021/22 academic year:
- Thursday 10 February 2022 – Evening Launch event
- Saturday 19 February 2022
- Tuesday 5 April 2022
- Saturday 21 May 2022
- 9-11 August or 16-18 August – Non-residential summer school. Each student will attend on three consecutive days
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.
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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.
How to apply
Applications for Y10 students will be open between 4 November and 6 January 2022.
Applications for Y12 students are currently closed and will open again in September 2022.
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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.
We look forward to seeing applications from Year 10 students who have a passion for STEM subjects.
To apply for the STEM Potential programme, you must be:
- in Year 10 at the time of application;
- attending a state-funded, non fee-paying school or college;
- and willing to travel to Imperial College London for the scheduled programme dates.
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
To be eligible for this programme, you should:
- Expect to study STEM subjects in your post-16 options
- Be studying at least eight GCSEs (or equivalent)