If you come from a disadvantaged or underrepresented background, we believe you should have the opportunity to demonstrate you have the academic potential to succeed in your studies and benefit from studying at Imperial.
We want to ensure that you will not be disadvantaged in the application or selection process when you apply to the College.
What are the admissions schemes?
Our admissions schemes allow us to look beyond purely academic achievements and consider your performance in context – taking into account factors such as your economic, social and educational background.
In practice, that means guaranteeing you an interview or offer if you come from a disadvantaged background, show potential and could make a unique contribution to our learning community.
Who do they apply to?
If you are a student with Home fee status or an appropriate UK residential status, you may be considered under our schemes if:
- You are a care leaver or have spent time in care under a local authority, or
- Your home address* postcode falls into England’s index of multiple deprivation quintile one, or
- Your home address* postcode falls into POLAR4 quintile 1 or 2 and you also meet one of the following criteria:
- You are the first in your family to attend university
- You attend an English school where the key-stage 5 performance is below the College's percentile threshold of 20%
- You attend a school in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland where the Free School Meals percentile is above the College's percentile threshold of 80%
*Your home address is your place of permanent residence and not your school or boarding school.
How do they work?
See below which departments are offering which kinds of guarantees for students who meet these criteria.
How does it work?
The following departments will guarantee interviews for widening participation applicants if your predicted grades meet the minimum College entry standard of AAA at A-level or an equivalent level qualification (in the correct subjects for the course):
- Chemical Engineering
- Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Dyson School of Design Engineering
- Earth Science and Engineering
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
These departments may choose at their discretion to interview widening participation applicants whose predicted grades are below AAA at A-level or an equivalent-level qualification.
* The first stage of the interview in the Department of Computing consists of an online test. Only those applicants who successfully pass this test will progress to the second part: a face-to-face interview (currently conducted online).
The Department of Life Sciences, the Department of Physics and our BSc Medical Biosciences courses within the School of Medicine will make offers to all widening participation applicants who:
- have predicted grades that meet the minimum College entry standard* of AAA at A-level or an equivalent level qualification
- demonstrate motivation to study within the specific subject area
* These Departments may choose at their discretion to consider widening participation applicants whose predicted grades are below AAA at A-level or an equivalent level qualification.
Guaranteed standard minimum offer
In the Department of Mathematics, widening participation applicants who meet the minimum contextualised Maths Admission Test (MAT) score will be guaranteed an offer at the Department’s minimum of A*A*A at A-level or an equivalent level qualification.
The Department may still make offers including a Sixth Term Examination Papers (STEP) requirement in cases where the widening participation applicant has not taken MAT and their academic potential is indicative of the required or expected standard to do well on our programme (applicants should still register and take MAT if they apply before 15 October).
The Department of Chemistry is able to provide a guaranteed standard minimum offer to a large majority of widening participation applicants who achieve AAA at A-level. However, a small number may be made a standard or higher offer or not accepted, dependent on interview performance and applications. This is reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
The School of Medicine invites applicants to interview on the basis of predicted grades and BMAT scores.
Widening participation applicants with predicted grades of AAA (including Chemistry and Biology) at A-level or equivalent will be considered on the basis of an adjusted BMAT threshold score, which takes into consideration how personal and school circumstances may have impacted achievement.
Widening participation applicants who meet the adjusted minimum score will be invited to interview and those who are successful at interview will receive a contextual offer of AAA at A-level or an equivalent level qualification.
How do I apply?
If you meet the criteria you do not need to do anything extra — simply apply to study at Imperial in the normal way through UCAS. Our admissions teams will assesses your application against the criteria to see whether you are eligible.
Please be careful to supply all the correct information and declarations when you submit your application as we do not re-evaluate assessments. We reserve the right to request documentary evidence to verify any declarations you make on your UCAS application.
If you have any questions about this scheme, please contact the relevant admissions team.