Students on the LSE CHOICE Widening Participation scheme

LSE CHOICE: Years 12-13

LSE CHOICE gives high-achieving young people from state schools and colleges the tools to successfully apply to LSE and other highly selective universities.

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LSE CHOICE participant

In 2021/2, we plan to deliver CHOICE in a mainly virtual format. This follows the success of our 2020/1 programme, which was delivered in an entirely virtual format.

LSE CHOICE stands for:

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

In 2021/2, LSE CHOICE will offer places to 120 students from backgrounds that are under-represented in higher education. Students can apply for a place on one of five LSE CHOICE subject streams:

  • Economics
  • Government and Politics
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Sociology
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 programme will consist of:

  • a launch event on Wednesday 18 August 2021 (from 7pm)
  • a series of summer sessions during August and September on topics such as study skills and applying to university (details and dates TBC)
  • twelve subject-based masterclasses – these will take place on Saturday mornings between 25 September 2021 and 5 February 2022
  • a final graduation event on Saturday 5 February 2022


Most activities will take place virtually, but we hope to hold the graduation event on the LSE campus, if safe to do so at the time.

What activities are included?

Details of the summer sessions will be confirmed shortly, but these will be aimed at preparing young people for highly selective universities such as LSE. It’s likely they’ll include:

  • support with UCAS applications and future pathways
  • information about LSE student life, including support available
  • tips on studying at university level

The Saturday masterclasses will be delivered by experienced, qualified teachers. They’re designed to broaden and enrich participants’ knowledge of their subject, as well as to develop critical thinking skills. Each masterclass focuses on a different area of the chosen subject.

Participants will also have regular opportunities to interact with current LSE students. 

In addition, CHOICE participants will get free access to Sutton Trust Online. This is platform aimed at year 12-13 students interested in applying to competitive universities. It will include a comprehensive library of resources, webinars, support with writing UCAS personal statements and the chance to engage with student ambassadors from LSE and other universities. 

Are there any costs involved?

It’s free to take part in LSE CHOICE. Students will be reimbursed for any travel to campus for the graduation event, if required.

What training do LSE staff receive?

All LSE staff and students involved in delivering CHOICE 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?

To be eligible for CHOICE, applicants must: 

attend a state school/college

  • be in year 12 (and about to progress to year 13)
  • live in Greater London, Essex or Kent
  • not be participating in LSE Pathways to Law or LSE Pathways to Banking and Finance

Academic requirements vary according to subject choice.

Economics and Maths streams

  • GCSE grades: mainly 7-9, including 6 in English and maths
  • Minimum A-level predicted grades: AAA, including A*- A in maths and studying further maths, where possible

Government and Politics, History, and Sociology streams

  • GCSE grades: mainly 7-9, including 6 in English and maths
  • Minimum A-level predicted grades: AAB, including at least one essay-based subject, which should also be an LSE preferred subject

In addition, the Widening Participation team use the following additional criteria to prioritise applicants (these are listed in order of importance, but applicants meeting multiple criteria will be given higher priority also):

  • care-experienced young people
  • currently living in a postcode area of low progression to higher education (as defined by POLAR4 quintile 1 or 2)
  • currently living in a postcode area of deprivation (as defined by IMD 2019 quintiles 1 or 2
  • from ethnic minorities under-represented at LSE, ie black African/Caribbean and Pakistani 
  • disabled young people
  • eligible for free school meals and/or pupil premium now or in the last six years
  • young carers
  • estranged from family
  • forced migrants, refugees or asylum seekers 
  • from a Gypsy, Roma, or Traveller community

How can I find out more and apply?

CHOICE applications will open during the Summer Term (exact date TBC).

The link to the application form will be available on this page.

For further details, see our CHOICE FAQs document.


If you have any questions, please contact

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.