LSE CHOICE (Years 12/13)

LSE CHOICE is an enrichment programme aimed at identifying the most talented young people from London state schools and colleges and giving them the tools they need to successfully apply to LSE and other competitive universities.

LSE CHOICE aims to recruit up to 180 pupils per year from London state schools with preference given to those performing below the national average/with Free School Meals at 35% or above. 

There are two main elements to the programme: a week-long Summer School and 16 Saturday morning sessions.  Pupils will have the opportunity to study one of the following five subjects:

  • Economics
  • Government & Politics
  • History
  • Maths
  • Sociology

Summer school

The week long, non-residential summer school takes place at the end of August, offering deep study in a chosen subject, together with cross-group sessions aimed at developing key skills and critical thinking. The programme is designed to stretch pupils' academic ability and enrich their understanding of their chosen subject.

The summer school will involve external speakers/lecturers together with LSE staff.   During the week, lunch and refreshments will be provided.

The summer school runs from 09.00-16.00 daily and is non-residential.

Saturday sessions

Saturday sessions will be delivered by external teachers and will enhance knowledge and understanding of certain topics relevant to the A Level curriculum.

16 Saturday sessions run from September - March, 10.00 am - 12.00 pm.

Travel expenditure and attendance allowance

All travels costs for LSE CHOICE (summer school & Saturday sessions) will be reimbursed.  In addition, pupils will be paid a Saturday attendance allowance of £12 per session.


LSE CHOICE has 180 places available for students in London. In order to be eligible for the programme students must:

  • Attend a state school or college in London (preference is given to schools performing below the national average or with FSM at 35% or above)
  • Study their chosen CHOICE subject at A2
  • Have an excellent GCSE profile of mainly A*-B grades at GCSE and be predicted A*-B for AS

We also look specifically for pupils to meet at least one of the following:

  • In receipt of free school meals
  • Looked After Child

 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.

Application Information

Applications for the LSE CHOICE programme will open in January 2016.