David Tyoumber in the Enterprise Lab

Our admissions schemes are for applicants with a Home fee status. When Home students apply to Imperial, our admissions system assesses their application against three contextual factors (described below) to identify whether they are eligible for our admissions schemes.

These schemes are aimed at ensuring that our admissions processes fairly measure the ability and potential for academic success of students from underrepresented groups at the College in the context of their background.

As an applicant, you do not need to do anything extra to be considered; our system will automatically assess your application based on information you provide when you apply via UCAS.

Contextual data

We consider three types of contextual data to decide whether you are eligible for our admissions schemes:

Care background

We will consider whether you have spent time in care or a local authority, or had primary carer responsibilities whilst completing your secondary education.

This will be based on information in your UCAS application, but may be subject to verification checks.


Educational background

We will consider:

  • the Key Stage 5 (A-level) performance of your school or college using data from the Department for Education in England or equivalent data from Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
  • the higher education background of your parents/legal guardians and whether you are the first in your family to go to university.

Undergraduate students

Residential postcode

We will consider the postcode that you provide as your home address using a range of measures such as:

  • ACORN – a postcode-based tool which analyses significant social factors and population behaviour to categorise areas by level of socio-economic advantage.
  • POLAR – which classifies local areas into five groups – or quintiles – based on the proportion of 18 year olds who enter higher education aged 18 or 19 years old. Quintile one shows the lowest rate of participation. Quintile five shows the highest rate of participation.
  • Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) – the official measure of relative deprivation for small areas in England. It ranks every small area in England from 1 (most deprived area) to 32,844 (least deprived area).