(b) Academic profile (predicted and achieved grades)
Successful applicants for these degrees are, typically, predicted to achieve, or have already achieved at least AAA in their A level examinations (or a minimum score of 38 out of 45 for the IB diploma, with higher level subjects and scores as indicated above). In addition the majority of applicants have already achieved excellent GCSE (or equivalent) grades including a significant number of top A and A* grades. In terms of GCSE grades, the selectors consider not just the number of top GCSE grades that you have been awarded, but also your overall subject profile (in particular Maths and English Language GCSE grades should be no lower than a B).
If you are currently completing an A level or IB Diploma programme but have not previously followed a GCSE curriculum, you still list your most recently completed school leaving qualifications (e.g. O Levels, IGCSEs, national qualifications, etc.) in the relevant section of your UCAS application.
Your AS grades are also taken into consideration as these give the selectors a clear indication of your ability to attain the minimum A level entry requirements. Thus the higher your AS grades (achieved at the first attempt) the better chance you will have of being made an offer.
Please remember, however, that the information above relates to minimum entry standards. Applicants who are predicted or who have already achieved grades of AAA (or above) at A level or a total of 38 and above points for the IB Diploma are not automatically guaranteed an offer; much will depend on other factors, such as motivation and commitment to further academic study, relevant wider reading and other activities which demonstrate interest in your chosen LSE degree programme. These should be outlined in your personal statement, which is your opportunity to convince the selector of your suitability for a specific programme.
The selectors have the discretion, in exceptional circumstances, to vary the standard A level or IB offer, if they feel it is appropriate to do so.
Entry profiles for the five Government degree programmes are available on the UCAS website by following the link to 'Course Search'