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What would it be like to study at university?


University is open to all if people decide they want to go. Sometimes it can feel out of reach. Perhaps you don’t know anyone who has been to university, or you aren’t really sure if it will be right for you or not. You might have other responsibilities taking up your time, or wonder how you could afford to go to university.

The LSE Widening Participation team works with students from London state schools and colleges who might be interested in university and want to find out more about it. We show you what it’s like to be a university student, give you a taste of studying at a university, advise on your schoolwork and help you prepare to apply to the country’s top universities. It is free to take part in any of our schemes and we aim for them to be useful to your current and future education while you also have some fun exploring different opportunities.

You don’t have to know where you want to study, or even have made up your mind that you want to go. If you would like the chance to experience university while you’re still at school, check out our different schemes to find out more about them as well as our criteria for joining them.

Would you like to find out more?

Secondary school

In years 7 - 11, you can join an ACE day or ACE High day. Here you can visit LSE and look around with our staff, plus find out about changes, careers, and visiting London. You can talk to LSE students about university life, from study to independence. In years 10-11, you can also find out more about how to get into university, and start planning how to manage your money.

If you are of African-Caribbean heritage, you could meet LSE students, take part in workshops and visit a real workplace on our Promoting Potential scheme, for years 8-9.

Are you interested in law, banking or finance? Introduction to Pathways, for students in years 10-11, includes lectures, classes and advice. You can decide if you want to follow the full Pathways scheme when you are in years 12 and 13.

The Introduction to Social Science day for years 10-12 involves social science classes, games, a tour and the chance to ask LSE students questions. Students of African-Caribbean heritage and their family can attend the Black Achievement Conference, a day of talks and workshops for those in years 10-13, as part of Black History Month.

After your GCSEs, you can even spend a week at LSE, meeting students from other schools, developing your academic skills and finding out how different subjects are taught.

In years 9-12, you can also talk to an LSE student mentor, to improve your study and communication skills, or get help with school subjects from an LSE student tutor.

Sixth form and college

Do you know what you might like to study? You can experience studying economics, government and politics, history, maths or sociology at LSE. You could take a Masterclass in Management, attend a one-day Politics conference or commit to a two-year intensive Pathways programme in Banking and Finance or Law.

If you aren’t too sure what subjects to take yet, you can still take advantage of an LSE student tutor visiting your school to give you a hand with academic work. You can discuss your progress and set academic objectives with a student mentor each week. You can attend the Introduction to the Social Sciences day. Or you can experience life at LSE by shadowing an undergraduate for half a day.

We hope to meet you at LSE soon!