Participants meet LSE academic staff and students and find out how different subjects are taught at university. They study alongside students from schools across London, giving them the chance to make new friends and exchange ideas.
Previous summer schools have included workshops in economics, history, law, sociology and politics. They have looked at topics such as modern day slavery, the link between wealth and happiness, and culture and identity.
The summer school takes place on the LSE campus the summer after GCSEs. It is non-residential, running from 9:30am until 4:00pm each day. Participants must attend all five days of the programme.
The week consists of:
- Classes, lectures, workshops and group discussions
- Opportunities to develop team-work, problem solving, project and presentation skills
- An off-site trip
- Advice on applying to university
- An LSE certificate presented in a closing ceremony.
There is no cost for the summer school. Lunch is available free of charge each day, all course materials are provided and travel costs are refunded at the end of the week.
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.
We are looking for students who are expected to achieve at least five A*-B grades at GCSE. Please also see our core eligibility criteria.
"I met so many like-minded young people who I will keep in contact with for the distant future. Thanks to all the lecturers for providing a fascinating insight into their respective subjects. You’ve facilitated a space for young people to interact and explore and I’m genuinely so grateful."
Summer School participant