STEM enrichment students in the Reach Out Lab

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.

STEM Potential is a multi-year programme of activities and support for young people, developed to help you to discover the wide range of subjects within STEM studies and to aid your progression to university.
The programme has entry points at Y10 and Y12 of your studies and the programme is designed to support you at the relevant point of your school studies. Please see the sections below for more information on each stage of the programme.

What does STEM Potential involve?

STEM Potential takes place over two or four years of your school studies, and during your time on the programme, you will  attend around five days of events each academic year at our South Kensington Campus, including subject focused sessions, university preparation workshops, taster events and lectures.

During 2020-21, we will utilise a hybrid approach to delivering STEM Potential due to the continuing situation with Covid-19; providing a combination of online and, where possible, on-campus events and activities.

KS4 (Y10/Y11) students

During Y10 and Y11, the programme will focus on providing you with experiences in different fields of science, technology, engineering and maths to help you gain a better understanding of the wide variety of subjects STEM offers. Working closely with our academics and students, you will also gain a feel for university life and gain valuable understanding of the journey to university.

In the August after your Y10 studies, you will also get to take part in a non-residential summer school.

KS5 (Y12/Y13) students

During Y12 and Y13, you will undertake subject specific workshops relevant for the science and maths subjects you are studying at A-Level. Working with our academics and students, you will also get lots of opportunities to explore Imperial as a place to study and lots of invaluable advice about university life.

At the start of Y13, there is an intensive university preparation weekend, building on the university application support sessions provided during Y12 and you will be paired with a current Imperial undergraduate e-mentor to provide you with 1-2-1 support during the application process.


For more information about STEM Potential please email the STEM Potential team.

Prospective applicant information

Year 10 applicant information

Applications for Y10 students will open later in the Autumn. Please ensure you sign up to our newsletter so you do not miss hearing when this opens. 

Year 12 applicant information

Year 12 applicant information

Programme schedule – 2020/21 cohort

Please see a provisional outline of core events and activities for our 2020/21 cohort. Please note that we will be providing a combination of online and, where possible, on-campus events and activities and information on the event format will be sent to you if your application to the programme is successful.

Year 12
 Welcome event 9 December 2020; 18:00 to 19:00
First event 12 December – time tbc
 Other workshops We will run four further events during 2020/21 academic year with dates to be confirmed

We will continue working with you if your application is successful during Y13 and those dates will be shared with you at the start of your Y13 studies.


Am I eligible to apply?

Please read the Outreach programme eligibility 2020-2021.

In addition to meeting the Outreach eligibility criteria, you must also meet the following programme specific criteria:

  • Are in Year 12 at the time of application
  • Be studying Maths (compulsory) and at least one science (Biology, Chemistry or Physics) at A-level
  • Be willing to travel to Imperial College London for the scheduled programme dates

We recommend that you use our Eligibility Checker tool to see if you are eligible to apply.

How do I apply?

Applications are made through Aspire (our online application system). You must first create an account before completing an application.

Please note: 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.

Before you start your application on Aspire you will need to complete the Pre-application information.   

For more information please see our FAQs at the bottom of this page.

Application dates 2020-21
Applications openApplications closeTeacher and Parent/Guardian reference deadline
 21 August 2020  20 October 2020 at 23.59  10 November 2020 at 23.59

Unfortunately, we cannot accept late applications.

We aim to inform you of the outcome of your application on 20 November 2020. The welcome event will be held (virtually)on 9 December 2020 and if your application is successful, you will be expected to attend.

For more information about STEM Potential please email the STEM Potential team.

Further info

Eligibility criteria

Please check the Outreach programme eligibility 2020-2021 (pdf) before submitting your application. 

You can also use our Eligibility Checker to see if you are eligible to apply

How to apply

Please read Application FAQs Autumn 2020-2021 (pdf) ‌ carefully before applying. 

Applications are now open to apply