Reaching applicants from all backgrounds
Each year, we aim to admit students who can make their own unique contribution to our learning community.
Achieving this means looking beyond purely academic achievements and considering the performance of each applicant in context during the admissions process – taking into account factors such as their economic, social and education background.
Changes to our admissions systems
From 2020 entry, we will be piloting changes to our admissions systems for Home applicants who are identified as widening participation applicants.
This does not involve you doing anything extra; simply apply to Imperial in the normal way through UCAS and we’ll do the rest.
See below which changes apply to the department you're considering applying to.
The following departments* will guarantee interviews for widening participation applicants whose 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/expected standard to do well on our programme (applicants should still register and take MAT if they apply before 15 October).
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 a contextualised BMAT score.
Widening participation applicants who meet the minimum score will be invited to interview.
Successful widening participation applicants at interview will receive a contextual offer of AAA at A-level or an equivalent level qualification, including Chemistry and Biology.