LSE CHOICE (Years 12-13)

Programme Summary

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 will take place from Monday 21 - Friday 25 August 2017 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

A bursary of £20 is provided to students for each Saturday session attended, which includes a contribution to any related travel costs for attending CHOICE.


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)
  • Have an excellent GCSE profile of mainly A*-B grades at GCSE and be expected to achieve final A2 grades similar to the usual standard offer of their chosen LSE course.

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
  • 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.

Application Information

Applications for 2017 entry have closed. Applications for the 2018-19 scheme will open in early 2018.

For more information see the CHOICE FAQs.

Current CHOICE students

 Slides from the 2017-18 launch event can be viewed here.