Coronavirus (COVID 19)

Due to the challenges associated with the pandemic, we will continue to provide STEM support through our dedicated online platforms. Our first priority remains the safety and well-being of our staff, students and programme participants.

Enrolment for our programmes this Autumn will continue as usual but there will be no face to face or on-campus visits until it is deemed safe to do so. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause but we will continue to do the best we can to safely support all of our programme participants. Please contact the programme manager / Imperial visitor if you have any questions or concerns and check the website for updated information.

AIMS students in tutoring session

Accelerate into Maths and Science (AIMS) is an after school programme for Y12 and Y13 students, run in collaboration with academics from the Faculties of Natural Sciences and Engineering. It aims to give students an insight into how maths is applied across different science disciplines studied at university-level.

Initiated in 2016, the programme was originally targeted at schools in the White City area only. From autumn 2018 applications will be open to students from all state schools.

What does AIMS involve?

Year 1

Following a launch event at the beginning of January, Year 12 students attend ten after school tutoring sessions during the spring term. The programme sessions take place at the South Kensington campus on Wednesday’s between 17:00 and 19:00 (term time only) and are run by Imperial academics and current undergraduate students.

Year 2

When students are in Y13 they will be invited back for a further eight tutoring sessions during the autumn term.

Eligibility criteria and applications

Academic requirements

Students must meet the following academic criteria:

  • Are in Y12 at the time of application
  • Have achieved eight GCSE's, with a minimum of six GCSE's graded at 6-9 (or A* to B). This must include a minimum of Level 6 in English Language
  • Are studying at least three A-level courses (or equivalent) including Mathematics and at least one other STEM A-level from the following: Biology, Chemistry and Physics
  • Are predicted B or above in all STEM A-level subjects
  • Are able to travel to our South Kensington campus for the scheduled dates and times of the programme

Eligibility criteria

This programme aims to support students from backgrounds under-represented in Higher Education. We will assess your eligibility for the programme by asking if any of these circumstances apply to you:

  • 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 IMD and POLAR4 data to assess this)

Eligibility will be verified separately by your parent and teacher so please ensure you have their current email address at hand before you start the application.

* A young carer is someone under 18 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 problem. They do extra jobs in and around the home, such as cooking, cleaning, or helping someone to get dressed and move around.

**If you are studying in an independent school in the UK and are in receipt of a full bursary, your application will be considered

How do I apply?

Applications for 2019/20 entry to the AIMS programme are now open.

Applications are made through Aspire (our online application system). Potential applicants must first create an account before completeing an application.

Please note: We recommend applicants 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 prevent applicants 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. 

Application deadlines 2019/20
Entry pointApplications openApplications closeTeacher reference deadline
 Y12  Monday 30 September 2019  Monday 18 November  Monday 25 November 2019
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If you have any questions about the programme please email the team.