University of Cambridge – STEM SMART: Application Deadline 31st October


STEM SMART (Subject Mastery and Attainment Raising Tuition) is a widening participation initiative from the University of Cambridge, in association with Isaac Physics, to provide free complementary teaching and support to UK (non-fee paying) students who:

  • have either experienced educational disadvantage or belong to a group that is statistically less likely to progress to higher education and
  • are considering applying to Engineering or Physical Science (eg Physics, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Materials Science) courses at university and are studying A levels (or equivalent) in maths and science.

STEM SMART is a free, 17-month programme* to support students in raising their attainment at school and develop their confidence to apply to study physical sciences and engineering at top universities. The programme starts in the January of year 13 (NI).


The University of Cambridge is committed to widening participation in higher education. As part of this work, we would like to work with and support students who may have experienced either educational disadvantage or belong to a group that is statistically less likely to progress to higher education. We hope to be able to offer all eligible students a place on Phase 1 of the programme and we are anticipating around 750 students will start in January, but this is the first year of the programme and places offered may need to be prioritised according to our eligibility criteria.

*The application deadline for the programme is 31 October 2021.

To apply for the programme students should complete the online registration. If you are studying at a school/college/or other educational institution, you will be asked to provide the name of a contact teacher at your school who we may contact to help us provide you with co-ordinated support during the programme or to confirm your examination results to date.

All applicants will be told whether they have been accepted on the programme by 17 November 2021.

All those who have been accepted on to the programme will be asked to complete a survey by the 24 November which will enable us to tailor the subject specific content and workload for the programme, which will begin in January 2022.


For full details, including eligibility criteria, please follow link: