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

At a glance

  • 12-16 July 2021
  • Non-residential
  • For year 12 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.

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

About the 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. You can apply to one of the following departments:

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.

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

Academic requirements

For this programme, you should:

  • Expect to study a science, technology, engineering or maths degree 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 a grade 5 in GCSE English Language
  • Be on track to achieve at least two A grades out of a minimum of three subjects at A-level (or equivalent)

Please note that there are specific A-level (or equivalent) subject requirements for each department 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 Life Sciences and 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.


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 for WE - laptop or computer

MS Teams Participant Guide for WE - phone or tablet