Students on the ACE LSE Widening Participation scheme

ACE days: Years 7-9

Students on ACE days spend time on campus exploring higher education and finding out about student life.

I learned that you have to work hard to get what you want, but you can have fun in the meantime
ACE participant

Plans for delivery for this programme during 2020/21 are currently suspended due to the pandemic.

In the meantime, there are other opportunities to experience LSE and its campus from school or at home, including blogs, vlogs, videos and an interactive map. 

Our Aiming for a College Education (ACE) days encourage Year 7, 8 and 9 students to start thinking about the possibility of going into higher education. The half-day, activity-based sessions give students an insight into university life, the opportunities available in higher education, and the options attending university can open up to them.

LSE has decided to postpone all public events from 23 March until further notice. Therefore, we have taken the difficult decision to cancel any remaining ACE events. We apologise for the inconvenience this cancellation will cause but we hope that you understand our reasons for this.

Information about LSE’s response to coronavirus can be found online here.

When and where does the scheme run?

Sessions take place on the LSE campus. Schools can book either a morning session or an afternoon session, each lasting two and a half hours.

ACE days are now all fully booked. 

What activities are included?

Pupils will participate in a range of activities designed to get them thinking about progression routes in to higher education, financial responsibility, research skills and the balance between work and social life.

A typical session looks at:

• Perceptions of university

• Student life: studying, the Students’ Union, accommodation and independence

• An LSE student’s perspective: Q&A session with LSE Student Ambassadors.

During these interactive sessions participants work in small groups led by LSE students. As part of the day they are also taken on a tour of the LSE campus. 

Are there any costs involved?

There is no charge for the scheme, but schools need to arrange and pay for transport to / from the LSE campus. Lunch is not provided.

How many school staff should accompany the pupils?

We ask for at least two members of staff to accompany a group of 30 pupils.

What training do LSE staff receive?

All staff and students involved in the sessions receive appropriate training before the event. Staff or students working directly and regularly with young people on activities receive specific training on working with children, in line with our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy. They also undergo an appropriate level Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Who is eligible?

Please see our core eligibility criteria.

How can I find out more and apply?

We are now taking school booking requests for dates in January, March, April, May and June 2020. Please see the 'When and where does the scheme take place?' tab for a full list of available dates.

To request a date, please click here to complete a school application form. Please note, we will be offering sessions on specific dates only, so please do not request dates other than those listed.

"I think the day has been inspiring to the point where I would like to study at LSE. The team have been so welcoming and the guided tour was a delight, entertaining and informative."

Teacher attending ACE Day

Cancellation Policy

Please note that as a result of circumstances or events outside of our control (known as a Force Majeure event), which includes but is not limited to industrial action, official government advice, fire, flood or other environmental or physical damage to premises, we may need to cancel an event at short notice.

In the event of a cancellation, a change of venue or date, we will endeavour to notify attendees wherever possible through the contact details given at the time of booking. For the avoidance of doubt, the School will not be liable for any costs you may incur as a result of any cancellation, change of venue or date.