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Admissions advice for teachers and schools

The application process and advising your students

Entry to LSE is highly competitive and only a small proportion of applicants are successful. This means that every year, many students do not receive an offer of a place, despite predicted grades which satisfy our standard minimum entry requirements.

The following advice will help teachers, advisers, counsellors and tutors to ensure that students are well prepared, giving them the best possible chance of success.

Entry requirements and the application process

The application process

All students must submit applications via UCAS, the centralised admissions system for UK universities. 

The application deadline is 15 January in the year of study (for example, 15 January 2019, for students applying to start in September 2019.)

Applications arriving at UCAS after this date are only considered if there are places remaining on the relevant programme, which, given the level of competition at LSE, is unlikely.

Find out how to apply to LSE, and read our guidance on completing the UCAS form.

Read our guidance on writing a reference.

Entry requirements and subject combinations

We welcome applications from all prospective students and want to recruit students with the very best academic merit and potential, irrespective of their background.

We consider all aspects of a student's UCAS application (achieved grades, predicted grades, personal statement and your reference) before we make our decision.

On our programme pages you will find detailed information about the type of student we are looking for each individual programme, including their academic achievement, subject combinations, personal characteristics, skills and attributes.

You can also view our general entrance requirements information, and our entry requirements for students studying outside of the UK.

Read our blog post about choosing your A levels.

Personal statement

The personal statement is an important part of a student's application, particularly as we don't interview applicants. Make sure you read our personal statement guidance when helping your students prepare.

What happens when?

Our admissions calendar will give you an indication of the timeframe from the time of application through to decisions and registering.

An LSE education

An undergraduate education at LSE is designed for students who are keen to engage critically with their chosen discipline and who want to apply their learning to real world situations.

As well as formal contact time, which is made up of lectures and classes, there is a strong emphasis on independent study. More about teaching and assessment at LSE.

For some students, it is possible to study abroad during their undergraduate degree. Find out about our study abroad opportunities.

Student support

LSE offers a full range of support services and facilities to help ensure students have the best possible experience during their time at the School.

This includes academic guidance from teachers and academic advisers, academic, personal and professional development through LSE LIFE and Language support, as well as advice and pastoral care through services such as the Faith Centre, Disability and Wellbeing Service, Student Counselling Service, LSE Careers, and the Students' Union.

Read more about support available for LSE students.

Student life

LSE students are based in the centre of London, an exciting, vibrant and colourful city. Our compact campus is packed full of facilities and services to make sure our students make the most of their time here, while also giving easy access to all that London has to offer.

Outside of study, there are a lot of extracurricular activities to get involved in, from sports and cultural clubs, to volunteering, arts and music, and public lectures. This can help students feel connected to the LSE community, establish a friendship group, explore new or previous interests and gain new skills.

The campus has a real community feel, and it offers a full range of facilities for studying, sport, wellbeing and more.