LSE Widening Participation participants on a campus tour

ACE days: Years 8-9

Students on ACE days spend time on campus exploring higher education and finding out about student life.

I learned that you have to work hard to get what you want, but you can have fun in the meantime
ACE participant

Our Aiming for a College Education (ACE) days encourage Year 8 and 9 students to start thinking about the possibility of going into higher education. The half-day, activity-based sessions give students an insight into university life, the opportunities available in higher education, and the options attending university can open up to them.

When and where does the scheme run?

Sessions take place on the LSE campus during March, April and June. Schools can book either a morning session or an afternoon session, each lasting two and a half hours.

The following dates are currently available for 2017-18:

Two sessions will run on every day listed below from either 10am-12pm or from 2pm-4pm. 

March 2018
Wednesday 21 March 
Monday 26 March 
Tuesday 27 March 
Wednesday 28 March 

April 2018
Monday 16 April 
Tuesday 17 April 
Thursday 19 April 
Friday 20 April 

June 2018
Monday 11 June 
Wednesday 13 June 
Thursday 14 June 
Friday 15 June  

What activities are included?

Pupils will participate in a range of activities designed to get them thinking about progression routes in to higher education, financial responsibility, research skills and the balance between work and social life.

A typical session looks at:

• Perceptions of university

• Student life: studying, the Students’ Union, accommodation and independence

• An LSE student’s perspective: Q&A session with LSE Student Ambassadors.

During these interactive sessions participants work in small groups led by LSE students. As part of the day they are also taken on a tour of the LSE campus. 

Are there any costs involved?

There is no charge for the scheme, but schools need to arrange and pay for transport to / from the LSE campus. Lunch is not provided.

How many school staff should accompany the pupils?

We ask for at least two members of staff to accompany a group of 30 pupils.

What training do LSE staff receive?

All staff and students involved in the sessions receive appropriate training before the event. Staff or students working directly and regularly with young people on activities receive specific training on working with children, in line with LSE’s Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy. They also undergo an appropriate level Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Who is eligible?

Please see our core eligibility criteria.

How can I find out more and apply?

Applications open on Tuesday 14 November 2017. Please click here to apply. If you have any questions about this scheme please contact or call 020 7955 7645. You can also see the FAQs for more information.

"I think the day has been inspiring to the point where I would like to study at LSE. The team have been so welcoming and the guided tour was a delight, entertaining and informative."

Teacher attending ACE Day