Year 10 Insights into Science students using equipment in the lab.

This action-packed summer school takes you deeper into your favourite science subjects and helps you look at them in new ways. 

At a glance

  • 4-7 August 2021
  • Residential
  • For year 10 students
  • Applications are now closed - we will let you know if your application was successful through our application portal by 23.59 on 28 April 2021

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Please be aware that due to COVID-19, all our programmes and summer schools 2021 are currently running through our dedicated online platforms. Our first priority remains the safety and well-being of our staff, students and programme participants.

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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About Insights into Science and Engineering

This year 10 residential summer school aims to encourage participants to continue studying science and engineering subjects through offering taster sessions of different science and engineering disciplines. 

For the scientists among you, get ready for an action packed four days that will take you deeper into the realms of the subjects you know including biology, chemistry, physics and maths, looking at them in new, exciting ways. You will be taking part in hands on practicals and workshops in real undergraduate labs with some of Imperial’s finest academics and students. 

For the budding engineers, you’ll be amazed at how many different disciplines of engineering we can fit into four days. You will try your hand at a number of different disciplines, and you will also take part in several hands on activities, be introduced to some core concepts in engineering and witness first hand exciting technology that is being developed in our research labs. 

What to expect

Students on both strands will experience university life in London through working closely with undergraduate mentors and staying in university halls during this residential summer school. The course will feature a number of social activities in the evenings both in South Kensington and central London. 

At the end of the week there will be an academic-style conference where students in groups will present a poster explaining a concept they learned during the week to their peers, workshop leaders and invited guests.

Y10 Insights into Science and Engineering promo

Students in Year 10 science summer school

"To anyone who would consider applying, it is definitely something you should take part in. You learn so much more than what you’d learn in school. You receive so much insight into how things could go for you in the future, and people are there to answer all the questions you have, from accommodation to degree options. You also get to meet new people, share your interests and make new friends."

— Abigail, year 10 student, Insights into Science and Engineering 2020

Applicant information

Academic requirements

For this programme, you should:

  • Expect to study science and maths in your post-16 studies
  • Be studying at least eight GCSEs (or equivalent)
  • Be on track to achieve a minimum of five GCSEs at grades 7-9, including maths and sciences
  • Be on track to achieve a minimum of a grade 5 in GCSE English Language 

Eligibility criteria

This programme is funded by Imperial College London. It aims to support students from backgrounds under-represented in higher education. We are looking for applicants who meet the following criteria. The more of these criteria that you meet, the more likely you are to secure a place.

  • You are entitled to receive free school meals or pupil premium
  • Your family income is below £50,000/year
  • Your parents/ guardians do not have a university degree•
  • You have been in care or are a young carer*
  • You are studying in a school in the UK that has below average attainment or with a high percentage of students receiving free school meals
  • You live in a neighbourhood with low overall progression rates to higher education (we use ACORN and POLAR3 data to assess this)

* A young carer is someone under 18 years of age who helps look after a relative who has a condition such as a disability, long term illness, mental health condition, or a drug or alcohol dependency. They do extra jobs in and around the home, such as cooking, cleaning, or helping someone to get dressed and move around.

Good luck with your application!

How to apply

Applications are now closed.

All applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application by 23.59 on 28 April 2021.

For information about the application process, please see our application FAQs.

Contact us

For more information, please see our Outreach Programme FAQs.

If your query is not answered in the FAQs, please email us via outreach.scienceactivities@imperial.ac.uk or phone +44 (0) 20 7594 7328.

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MS Teams guides for use during summer 2021

MS Teams Participant Guide 2021 - laptop or computer

MS Teams Participant Guide 2021 - phone or tablet