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:
Government & Politics
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 will take place from Monday 22 - Friday 25 August 2016 from 09.00-16.00 daily and is non-residential.
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. To be eligible students must:
• Attend a state school or college in London
(preference is given to applicants attending schools/colleges performing below the national average or with FSM at 35% or above as defined in the DfE Performance Tables)
• Study their chosen CHOICE subject at A2 and have an excellent GCSE profile of mainly A*-B grades at GCSE and be predicted A*-B for AS
We will give priority to applicants who meet at least one of the following:
• In receipt of free school meals and/or pupil premium
• Looked After Child
Or two of the following:
• No parental experience of Higher Education (HE)
• Parents/carers employed in low socio economic categories
• Parents/carers in receipt of means tested benefits (details should be provided)
• Live in an area of low participation to HE as defined by POLAR 3 Quintile 1 (http://www.hefce.ac.uk/postcode/).
• Have a disability
• From an ethnic group which is under represented in Higher Education.
We review all applications in a holistic manner and whilst we prioritise students who meet the above criteria we will consider all the information contained in an application. We therefore encourage applicants to include any additional information in the application. Where teachers are required to provide a reference as part of the application process we request that this includes as much contextual information as possible to support us in our selection process.
Applications for the LSE CHOICE programme will be available to download from Monday 18 January 2016, and will be available in schools by Friday 29 January 2016.
The deadline is 25 March 2016. Applications should be returned to LSE CHOICE Coordinator, Widening Participation, TW1 5.01, The London School of Economics and Political Science, Houghton Street, London, WC2A 2AE.
LSE CHOICE Leaflet