LSE Compass student

LSE Compass: Year 11

The Year 11 LSE Compass offers 110 students the opportunity to spend a week at LSE after their GCSEs.

All of the classes were interesting and helped me to understand current issues with the world such as Brexit
Summer School participant

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.

When and where does the scheme run?

LSE Compass 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. 

What activities are included?

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.

Are there any costs involved?

There is no cost for LSE Compass. Lunch is available free of charge each day, all course materials are provided and travel costs are refunded at the end of the week.

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?

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.

How can I find out more and apply?

Applications for LSE Compass 2019 will open in January 2019.

If you have any questions or would like further information, contact


"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."

LSE Compass participant