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Information for older applicants

LSE welcomes applications from older students and values the contribution they make to the School community. LSE also has a large proportion of postgraduate students. This means that the student population at LSE is rather older on average than at many other universities; older undergraduates should not feel out of place.

In considering a degree at LSE, you will no doubt want to think about adapting to new patterns of work, as well as the financial and social commitments involved. The information and links below, should help you with these choices.

Application and entrance requirements

You should read the information on How to apply| and Entrance requirements| and apply to LSE in the normal way through UCAS| by 15 January. It is essential that your reference is provided by someone who knows your studies and/or employment record well.

You and your referee may also wish to send extra information about your work, your experience and your plans and aspirations for university study. If you start an Access or other course in October, your referee will be unable to say much about your progress in time for the UCAS deadline for applications. In that case, you should apply in the normal way, ie, by 15 January, and your referee should send a further, more detailed report in February. Please remember to quote your Personal ID number on additional correspondence so that we can match it to your UCAS form.

We are looking for evidence of recent study, ie, during the last two or three years, and both the ability and the motivation to study at a fairly demanding level. Some older students will have done A/AS levels after a break from study. Relevant study can consist of two subjects from the generally preferred list of A levels here,| technical or vocational qualifications, Open University credits, Access or Return to Study courses.

In considering applications from Access course students we will look at the number of contact hours a week between teachers and students, how much written work the course requires of students, and whether the course ends in a formal written examination. Standard offer conditions for students taking Access courses can be found here|.

If you have taken a course which was not formally examined, we would not normally make an offer of admission without asking you to take LSE's UG Admissions Assessment (UGAA) test|. If you have had a break from study after taking a course which was formally examined, we would not normally make an offer of admission without asking you to sit the UGAA test. Even for a degree which may not appear to be in a quantitative subject, you may need to be able to deal with statistics. The UGAA will test relevant mathematical understanding.

Support for older students

At LSE, teaching and learning depend very much on your own study and contributions to class discussions and debates: you have to be a self-starter, willing and able to take initiatives in your own studies. Assessment is based more on traditional unseen examinations than in some other universities. The School offers several sources of advice and guidance to support you in your transition to academic life, your study throughout the degree programme and in preparation for examinations. The academic adviser, as well as your tutors and lecturers, can help with a range of issues, while study skills support is available from the Teaching and Learning Centre.|