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Pathways to Banking and Finance (London): Years 12-13

Pathways to Banking and Finance is a financial access scheme which takes place across two years and supports Year 12 and 13 students who are interested in studying finance or a career in the financial sector.

Students join the scheme at the start of Year 12 and throughout the scheme they will be invited to attend a regular, engaging and hands-on programme of activities including lectures, seminars, an insight day and university guidance sessions. Students will also have the opportunity to apply for an undergraduate mentor, a residential conference in the summer and for an insight programme at a financial firm.

The Pathways to Banking and Finance scheme is run collaboratively with the Sutton Trust and is supported by Deutsche Bank.


When and where does the scheme run?

The scheme runs annually. Students take part in activities from the November of Year 12 through to early in Year 13. Activities are held on the LSE campus, offsite around London and at the University of Warwick.

What activities are included?

Finance taster sessions and university support

These are a combination of academic and university support activities. Delivered by LSE’s leading academics and professionals in the field, the sessions cover different areas of finance and related fields. Activities may also include an off-site visit such as an insight day at a financial service provider, and the opportunity to “shadow” a university student and attend one of their lectures.

Residential conference

Pathways to Banking and Finance students from LSE and the University of Warwick have the opportunity to come together to attend a summer residential conference at the University of Warwick. The conference provides students with an experience of university life, allowing them to meet other students and take part in in-depth finance related sessions.

Work experience

Pathways students will be able to apply for an insight programme at one of London’s leading financial service providers during Year 12 or Year 13. Insight Programmes normally take place during school holidays, and last year students undertook them at Deutsche Bank, Rothschild & Co, Pricewaterhouse Coopers and Ernst & Young.

E-mentoring

All students on Pathways to Banking and Finance are offered an undergraduate mentor. Using the Brightside Trust’s e-mentoring platform, students receive regular guidance and support from their mentor.

Are there any costs involved?

There is no cost to attend and travel reimbursements are available to cover the costs to and from sessions.

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 our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy. They also undergo an appropriate level Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Who is eligible?

The LSE Pathways to Banking and Finance scheme is available to selected Year 12 students in London who are interested in following a career in the financial sector.

Please see our core eligibility criteria and the Pathways to Banking and Finance website (external).

How can I find out more and apply?

Applications for the 2019-21 cohort are now open. Please visit the Pathways to Banking and Finance website (external) to find out more. Applications close on Sunday 13th October 2019.

If you have any further questions please email ard.pathways@lse.ac.uk