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Promoting Potential Programme (Year 8)

The Promoting Potential programme provides 50 places for boys from African-Caribbean backgrounds to learn about the range of subjects available to them at university.

The programme aims to stimulate interest in the social sciences as well as encourage excitement and debate, support formal and informal learning and reach new audiences not normally engaged with higher education.

The course is non-residential, runs from 10.00am to 3.30pm each day and there is no cost to the pupil. Lunch is available free of charge each day, all course materials are provided and travel costs are refunded.

The programme will take place on the following dates:

Promoting Potential Spring School: April 2018 (dates TBC)
Top Up Day 1: August 2018 (date TBC)
Top Up Day 2: November 2018 (date TBC)

Pupils have the opportunity to work closely with LSE’s African Caribbean Society, meet LSE academics and gain an insight into studying at university.  The programme consists of:

  • social sciences workshops and taster sessions
  • motivational workshops
  • opportunities to interact with LSE’s African-Caribbean undergraduates
  • an off-site workplace visit.


We are looking for African and Caribbean boys in year 8 who are attending a non-selective London state school, and who are expected to achieve at least 5 A*-B grades at GCSE.

We will prioritise students in the following groups:

  • Looked-after children or care leaver
  • Have caring responsibilities for family members
  • Have a disability
  • Eligible for free school meals and/or pupil premium now or in the last six years
  • Living in an area of low progression to higher education (as defined by POLAR3 quintile 1)
  • No parental experience of higher education
  • Parents/carers working in low socio-economic categories and/or on receipt of means tested benefits
  • From a Gypsy, Roma, or Traveller community
  • Meeting one or more criteria above and attending a school/college that is performing below national average and/or has a high proportion of students eligible for free school meals.

We review applications holistically; while we prioritise students who meet the above criteria, we will consider all the information contained in an application when making our decisions. For this reason, we encourage applicants and schools/colleges to include any further relevant details – such as any additional information or extenuating circumstances – that they feel ought to be considered to support their application.

How to apply

Applications for the 2018 Promoting Potential Programme will open in January 2018. Please see this page for the link to apply at that time.



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