A student smiles at the camera as she uses a piece of machinery.

This programme will give you an insight into the exciting world of study and research on offer at Imperial College. 

At a glance

  • 4 - 8 July 2022
  • Non-residential
  • For year 12 students
  • Applications will open on 11 January 2022

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.

Please join our mailing list or check back here for updates.

About Work Experience Programme

This non-residential programme aims to provide participants with an insight into the exciting world of study and research that we are proud of here at Imperial College London. In summer 2021, the following departments took part:

What to expect

During the five day programme participants will get an insight into studying their chosen subject at Imperial College London and be introduced to current research being conducted within their chosen department as well as meeting the researchers involved.  They will have access to research and teaching laboratories, workshops and specialist technical suites.

Please note that each department runs their own timetable and the content of each stream varies.

As well as experiencing the world of academic research, students will also be given talks relevant to applying to university covering topics such as writing effective personal statements and interview skills.  Students will also meet undergraduate students studying within their department of choice.

At the end of the week there will be an academic-style conference where students will work in small groups to present a poster and short oral presentation about their time on the programme to their peers, leaders and invited guests.

This summer school is fully funded (free to successful applicants), which includes all course fees, materials as well as lunch. Travel is not included however we may be able to offer successful applicants  financial assistance for their travel.

Year 12 Work Experience promo

Students doing group work

"I would 100% recommend the programme to anyone considering applying, because you gain a lot of advice from both people who have been through the admissions process recently and the admissions tutors themselves and you learn more about your subject in a more interactive way than you would at school."

— Siyani, year 12 student, Work Experience Programme 2020 (life sciences stream)

Applicant information

Eligibility criteria

We look forward to seeing applications from Year 12 students who have a passion for STEM subjects.

To apply for the Y12 Work Experience Programme, you must be:

  • in Year 12 at the time of application,
  • 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

Academic requirements

To be eligible for this programme, you should: 

  • Expect to study a science, technology, engineering or maths subject at university
  • Have achieved a minimum of eight GCSEs with at least five at grades 7-9, including maths and sciences
  • Have achieved a minimum of grade 5 in GCSE English Language

Please note that there are specific A-level (or equivalent) subject requirements for each department. In 2021 these were as follows:

  • To apply for Bioengineering you need to be studying Maths and either Chemistry or Physics.
  • To apply for Earth Science and Engineering you need to be studying any two of Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Geology, Maths or Physics.
  • To apply for Materials you need to be studying Maths and either Chemistry or Physics.
  • To apply for Mathematics you need to be studying Maths and Further Maths.
  • To apply for National Heart and Lung Institute you need to be studying Biology.
  • To apply for Physics you need to be studying Physics and Maths.

Placements within the National Heart and Lung Institute are aimed at those wanting to study Life Sciences (e.g. biology, biochemistry, biological sciences, ecology and microbiology) and not prospective medical students. This work experience programme will not aid an application to study Medicine and guidance on finding appropriate work experience placements can be found on the Medical Schools Council website.


How to apply

Applications for summer 2022 will open on 11 January 2022.

The link to the application portal will be posted here.

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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