Students on the LSE CHOICE Widening Participation scheme

LSE CHOICE: Years 12-13

LSE CHOICE gives talented young people from London state schools and colleges the tools they need to successfully apply to LSE and other highly selective universities.

You learn a lot of new things which actually are relevant and help you in not only your A Levels but throughout your life
LSE CHOICE participant

Plans for recruitment of new cohorts for this programme during 2020/21 are currently on hold due to the pandemic. We aim to review our resourcing and update the website as soon as plans for the programme are formalised in due course.

LSE CHOICE stands for:

LSE Challenge
LSE Higher
LSE Opportunity
LSE Investment
LSE Commitment
LSE Excellence

Each year, LSE CHOICE works with 180 students from under-represented backgrounds. Students apply for a place on one of five LSE CHOICE subject streams:

  • Economics
  • Government and Politics
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Sociology

See our FAQs document for more information about LSE CHOICE and the application process.


My experience on LSE CHOICE My experience on LSE CHOICE
Join Rebecca as she reflects on her time on the LSE CHOICE programme for Year 12/13 students


When and where does the scheme run?

The scheme consists of a week-long summer school from 24 - 28 August 2020, followed by 16 two-hour Saturday sessions during the autumn and spring terms of Year 13, ending in March 2021. Activities are based at LSE.

What activities are included?

Summer School

The non-residential Summer School lasts for five days from 24 - 28 August 2028. Participants study a subject of interest to them, and take sessions designed to develop their key skills and critical thinking.

Current LSE academic staff and research students, external speakers and experienced subject teachers deliver subject enhancement sessions. University information sessions are delivered by staff from the LSE Recruitment and Admissions teams.

Saturday sessions

The two-hour Saturday sessions run on 16 Saturday mornings during the autumn and spring terms of Year 13. Each focuses on an important area of the subject, encouraging students to think more broadly about the topic.

Participants are expected to use the LSE Library and are also encouraged to attend LSE public lectures.

Are there any costs involved?

Participation is free of charge and lunch is provided on each day of the Summer School. Students are given an attendance allowance of £20 for each Saturday session, which includes a contribution towards transport costs.

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 Procedure. They also undergo an appropriate level Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Who is eligible?

Students are required to have an excellent GCSE profile of mainly grades 5-9, and predicted A*-B grades for A-level. Please also see our core eligibility criteria.

How can I find out more and apply?

Applications for LSE CHOICE 2020-21 are now closed. Applications for the next scheme will open in early 2021.

NB: The deadline for teacher references (for existing applicants) is Sunday 22 March. 


Useful Resources:

CHOICE Leaflet 2020/21 

Teacher reference guidance

• CHOICE FAQs for successful applicants 2020/21


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

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.