LSE Springboard is open to selected Year 12 students.
- Be currently in Year 12
- Have always attended a UK state-funded, non-fee-paying school/college/sixth form
- Live outside London or the South East of England
- Be considering making an application to undergraduate study at LSE
- Be on track to attain the contextual entry requirements for their course(s) of interest at LSE. The contextual offer grades for the degree programmes are listed alongside the standard offer A-level and IB entry requirements on the relevant programme pages
- Be available for the duration of the programme (January – November).
Applicants should also belong to one of our geographic widening participation target groups, namely:
- Those living in postcode areas of historic low progression to higher education. This is determined by home postcode, which must be in POLAR4 quintile 1 or 2.
Check your postcode (selecting MSOA) to see if you have ‘Quintile 1’ or ‘Quintile 2’ next to POLAR4 in the table. More information about POLAR.
- Those living in postcode areas of historic deprivation as defined by the Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD), which must be in IMD quintile 1 or 2 (deciles 1-4) or regional equivalent*.
Check your postcode in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales.
* Ranks 1-356 in Northern Ireland IMD
Overall Decile 1 or 2 in Scotland
Ranks 1-764 in Wales IMD
We would also particularly encourage applications from students who belong to one (or more) of our other widening participation target groups, namely:
- Those who identify as having a disability or specific learning difficulty**
- Those who identify as care-experienced (i.e. those who have been in the care of the local authority)
- Those who identify as Black British African, Black British Caribbean or those of mixed Black British heritage
- Those who identify as British Pakistani
- Those who identify as British Bangladeshi.
More information about how LSE uses widening participation data during the admissions process can be found under the contextual admissions section of this admissions information page.
**Have a disability or specific learning difficulty as defined by UCAS:
- You have a social/communication difference such as autism/Asperger's
- You are blind or have a serious visual impairment uncorrected by glasses
- You are deaf or have a serious hearing impairment
- You have a long-standing illness or health condition such as cancer, HIV, diabetes, chronic heart disease, or epilepsy
- You have a mental health condition, such as depression, schizophrenia or anxiety disorder
- You have a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia, dyspraxia or AD(H)D
- You have physical impairment or mobility issues, such as difficulty using your arms or using a wheelchair or crutches
- You have a disability, impairment or medical condition that is not listed above.
In the circumstance that the programme is oversubscribed, and places need to be allocated, applicants will be considered for places based on the extent to which they meet our widening participation criteria.
Those applicants who meet all the priority criteria and one or more of our additional criteria will be prioritised for places.