ACE days (Years 9/10)

Available to: Year 9 and 10 pupils, London state schools.  Priority will be given to schools performing below the national average.

Schools are invited to send a group of students to spend half a day at LSE following a specially designed programme of activities that introduce the concept of higher education and the opportunities that attending university will open up to them.

Our Aiming for a College Education (ACE) days aim to encourage Year 9 and 10 pupils to start thinking about the possibility of going into higher education. We hope to give pupils an insight into university life, the opportunities available to them in higher education and teach them something about how it all works.

A typical ACE day timetable follows the structure below:

  • Drawing activity and idea storm
  • Activity - what do you know about university?
  • Quiz
  • Activity - what can you do at university?
  • Introduction to university presentation
  • Student panel - Q&A session
  • Campus trail

During these interactive sessions, pupils work in small groups led by LSE students.

Each ACE session lasts half a day and schools can book either a morning session (10am-12noon) or an afternoon session (2pm-4pm). LSE can accommodate up to 30 pupils at a time on ACE days.

ACE sessions take place in March, April and June 2015. 

Contact to discuss specific requirements.


London state schools that wish to apply for a place on the ACE programme must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Attaining below the national average at GCSE level.
  • Have over 35.1% of pupils on free school meals.

In addition, pupils selected by schools to attend the day should have at least one of the following:

  • In receipt of free school meals.
  • Looked after child (in care).

Or two of the following:

  • No parental experience of Higher Education (HE).
  • Parents employed in low socio economic categories.
  • Live in an area of low participation to HE.
  • Have a disability.
  • From an ethnic group which is under represented in Higher Education.

Students who are selected to participate should have the potential to go on to a Russell Group university.

Booking procedure
To book a session, please contact us by telephone or email.

Frequently asked questions can be found here.