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Completing the UCAS form

Guidance on completing the UCAS application form. 

It is very important that you complete your UCAS application form fully and accurately. This is the main document on which the Admissions Selector bases their admission decision. If you are an overseas applicant your personal details (including your name and qualifications) are also taken directly from the form for your visa application. We recommend that you familiarise yourself with the LSE application process and programme-specific criteria before you apply.

Below is a brief overview of each section of the UCAS form. This is not a complete guide and therefore it is important to also refer to guidance from your school and on the UCAS website.

General information

The UCAS code number of this institution is L72 LSE - this should be entered clearly on the application form. There is no campus code for this institution.

Applicants are expected to ensure that their UCAS application is complete before submitting it to the School. Where the application is being submitted on your behalf, please ensure your representative (referee) has included your predicted grades (unless post-qualified).

Please be aware that you may only submit an application without a reference when we have given you permission to do so in writing (email). If you intend to submit a reference after submitting an application, you must inform us in writing as soon as your application has been acknowledged by us.

Where we receive an application without a reference or notification that you intend to supply a reference, your application will be considered as incomplete and will become unsuccessful as a consequence.

Personal information

You must ensure that you provide accurate information on your UCAS application. Your name should be as it appears on your passport and your contact details up to date, to ensure that we can send you information pertaining to your application.

The Undergraduate Admissions Office will also make a fee assessment based on the information in this section according to the guidance disseminated by UKCISA (UK Council for International Student Affairs). You can find out more about fee status classifications here.

Relevant criminal convictions must be declared on your UCAS form. The School's Admissions Policy states our procedure in this area.

If you have a disability, you should disclose this as early as possible during the application process. This will have no bearing on your admission decision, which is made solely on academic merit/potential. However, early disclosure does allow the School's Disability and Wellbeing Service to make 'reasonable adjustments' for Open Days and Registration, should you be offered a place. It will also allow you to talk to them in confidence, before you decide which university you would like to attend, if you so wish. This is a good opportunity to inform us of any additional support you may require if you have special needs from dyslexia to a physical disability.  

You may find it useful to list a parent or teacher as your nominated contact on UCAS. This will allow us them to speak to us regarding your application on your behalf. LSE cannot provide details to third parties without the permission of the applicant.

Please note, LSE does not take the following information into consideration when reviewing your application:

  • ethnic origin and national identity
  • activities in preparation for higher education
  • parents' experience of Higher Education

Further information regarding how your application is assessed can be found in our Admissions Policy.

Your five choices on the UCAS form

Applicants are allowed a maximum of five choices in each UCAS cycle. LSE can only view the programme you have applied to at this institution.

Your personal statement should be relevant to your chosen programme, therefore we encourage students to research our degrees carefully before applying.

You are welcome to apply to more than one programme at LSE; however you should ensure they are fairly similar to keep your personal statement relevant. We advise students to be cautious as those applying to more than one programme at LSE may find it difficult to effectively demonstrate their academic interest in the limited amount of space available on UCAS. You should also note that applying to more than one programme does not increase the likelihood of your being made an offer.

Your education history

Applicants are expected to provide a full educational history on their UCAS application by listing previous and current places of study. All previous qualifications should be declared completely and accurately to ensure our Selectors are able to fully assess your application. Students who have completed GCSEs or the Middle Years Programme should ensure these are listed, as well as any international qualifications which are the equivalent of GCSEs.

If you are re-taking any part of a qualification, such as an individual unit or module, in order to improve your overall final grade, you should include those details as well. Please be aware that competition for places at the School is intense, so it is important that you achieve consistently high grades throughout both years of your A level studies. Whilst grades can be improved by re-sitting modules, we prefer applicants who have achieved high grades in their AS and A2 examinations at their first attempt.

Post-qualified applicants

If you have already completed your qualifications (eg, A levels) and are no longer in education you should outline what you have been doing since you left school or college. Brief details of your gap year, travel, voluntary work, placements, employment or other experiences should be included in your personal statement.

If you are in full or part-time education, for example enrolled at another university or college, please remember to include the relevant dates in your education history on UCAS and state the programmes or courses that you have taken or will be taking in the qualification section. You must also supply the Undergraduate Admissions Office with a copy of your most recent transcript as soon as possible after submitting your application to UCAS. If you have already completed a first undergraduate degree, you should supply a copy of your final transcript, as above.

Please be aware that the majority of offers for undergraduate places are made to applicants who have not yet experienced university education; thus there are no guarantees that applicants who have already completed or who are nearing completion of a first undergraduate degree will be made an offer of a place on one of our undergraduate degree programmes. LSE does offer a wide range of taught MSc programmes which may provide a suitable alternative.

Changing programme

Any offer of admission that the School issues to you is only valid for the specific programme for which it is made. Where an applicant has applied to multiple programmes, they will only be eligible to receive one offer. It is not LSE policy to make more than one offer to applicants in the same admissions cycle.

You can only request a programme substitution if one of the following conditions applies:

  • you have not yet received a decision from LSE (in which case it is a relatively straightforward substitution of one programme for another)
  • you have been unsuccessful on the programme to which you originally applied BUT you have not used all your five programme choices (in which case it is an additional programme choice)

Please note, however, that it is not possible for us to re-consider your application in the same admissions cycle for a programme for which you have already been unsuccessful that year. Neither is it possible for you to make a substitution if you have already been rejected by LSE for your original programme choice and you have used all your five programme choices.

If you satisfy the above criteria you should submit your application via UCAS before 15 January and your application will be considered alongside all other on-time applicants for that programme. If your request to change programme arrives after 15 January, your application will be classed as late. Once this programme change has been made and a decision issued, you cannot then revert back again to your original choice.