LSE Compass student

LSE Compass: Year 11 Summer School

LSE Compass offers year 11 leavers the opportunity to spend a week at LSE.

All of the classes were interesting and helped me to understand current issues with the world such as Brexit
Summer School participant


We're currently conducting a review of our widening participation programmes. Some programmes are on hold to enable us to do this. Unfortunately, this means we're not planning to run the LSE Compass year 11 summer school in 2021.

For updates on our future offerings, please keep an eye on our webpages. You may also wish to look at ways you can experience LSE from home.


When and where does the scheme run?

LSE Compass is a five-day, non-residential summer school that traditionally takes place on the LSE campus during the summer after GCSEs (although it took place virtually during 2020). it usually runs from 9.30am until 4:00pm each day.

Participants must attend all dates of the summer school.

What activities are included?

Participants meet LSE academic staff and students and find out how different subjects are taught at university. They study alongside students from schools across London, giving them the chance to make new friends and exchange ideas. 

Previous summer schools have included workshops in economics, history, law, sociology and politics. They have looked at topics such as modern day slavery, the link between wealth and happiness, and culture and identity.

The week usually consists of:

  • classes, lectures, workshops and group discussions
  • opportunities to develop team work, problem-solving, project and presentation skills
  • an off-site trip
  • advice on applying to university
  • a closing ceremony, where participants receive a certificate

Are there any costs involved?

There is no cost for LSE Compass. Lunch is available free of charge each day. All course materials are provided and travel costs are refunded at the end of the week.

What training do LSE staff receive?

All LSE staff and students involved in delivering Compass receive appropriate training. Staff or students working directly and regularly with young people attend specific training in line with our Safeguarding Guidance and Procedures. They also undergo an appropriate level Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.



Who is eligible?

We are looking for students who are expected to achieve at least five GCSEs graded 6-9. Please also see our core eligibility criteria.

How can I find out more and apply?

Applications for LSE Compass are currently closed.

If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact


"I met so many like-minded young people who I will keep in contact with for the distant future. Thanks to all the lecturers for providing a fascinating insight into their respective subjects. You’ve facilitated a space for young people to interact and explore and I’m genuinely so grateful."

LSE Compass participant

Cancellation Policy

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

In the event of a cancellation, 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.