British System


Grade: AAA with A in Mathematics

Contextual admissions A-level grades*: AAB with A in Mathematics


  • A strong set of GCSE grades including the majority at A (or 7) and A* (or 8-9)
  • GCSE English Language and Mathematics grades should be no lower than B (or 6)
  • We also consider your overall GCSE subject profile

IB Diploma

  • Points: 38 overall
  • 666 in higher level subjects, including 6 in higher level Mathematics

Advanced Placement (AP)

At least five Advanced Placement subjects taken over a maximum of three years.

English Language Requirement

All undergraduate students are required to be sufficiently proficient in the English language to benefit from their studies at the School. If you have applied for one of our undergraduate programmes, or received an offer, you can meet our language requirements in the following ways:

IGCSE English (Language) as a first language Grade B/6 with the following notes:

  • Pearson/Edexcel English Language A with Speaking and Listening component or five years education in English
  • Pearson/Edexcel English Language B has no Speaking and Listening component and is only acceptable with five years education in English
  • Cambridge CIE First Language English with Merit in Speaking & Listening test or five years education in English
  • Oxford AQA/IGCSE English Language with Merit in Speaking and Listening or five years education in English

International Baccalaureate English with the following notes:

  • English A + Literature
  • English A + Language & Literature
  • English A + Literature & Performance

Higher Level: any grade

Standard Level: at least 6

  • International Baccalaureate English B 7 points at Higher Level
  • IELTS Academic 7.0 overall and 7.0 in each component 
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic 69 overall with 69 in each component
  • TOEFL iBT (including Special Home Edition) 100 overall, with a minimum of 27 in Writing, 25 in Reading, 24 in Listening, 24 in Speaking 
  • Cambridge C1 Advanced  (CAE) 185 points overall and  a minimum of 185 points in each component
  • Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE) 185 points overall and a minimum of 185 points in each component

Personal Statement

Your personal statement should discuss for the most part your academic interest in the subject you wish to study. One way to think about the personal statement is to reflect on what we expect from LSE undergraduates: we ask them to learn about topics relevant to their course, through reading or other experiences, and then discuss the ideas they have encountered in academic essays.

Teacher Reference

The reference forms an important part of a student's UCAS application, alongside their achieved grades, predicted grades and personal statement. At LSE, we are looking for students who not only fulfil our academic requirements but also demonstrate the relevant skills, personal motivation and a genuine interest in the subject they are applying for. This can include details such as:

  • The student’s post-16 academic performance and their potential for success in higher education.
  • Why they are suited to their chosen subject (or subjects for joint programmes), plus their attitude, motivation and commitment.
  • Skills and qualities that are relevant to their chosen subject area.
  • Achievements, work experience, and extracurricular activities that relate to their chosen subject.
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