The ONE+ group is formed of students who have achieved GCSE results that put them in the top 10% of their cohort nationally. Throughout the year students in the ONE+ group have benefitted from a number of activities and workshops designed to stretch and challenge. One of the events organised this year was a trip to the London School of Economics. Our visit took place on Monday 15th June accompanied by twenty two ONE+ students.
LSE is ranked third in the country and eleventh internationally (for social sciences), it is a highly prestigious university offering an outstanding opportunity for all who study there. Entry requirements range from A*AA-AAB, and for every place there are around thirteen applicants.
During the visit students received a talk from Liz King (admissions officer), where they received information about the history of the university, the wide range of courses on offer, and the research and career opportunities available.
Students gained invaluable advice and on how to write their personal statements: what to avoid, what to include and how to stand out among the thousands of applicants LSE receives each year. Students were also had the chance to question Liz about the application process for example:
Q: ‘How important is to get work experience before applying?
A: Beyond your grades the most important thing we look for in your personal statement is passion for your subject, we appreciate that not everyone has easy access to work experience opportunities and it would be unfair to place too much emphasis on this – for example someone whose parents are both lawyers would find it much easier to gain work experience in a law firm than someone whose parents are not. There are many other equally valid ways of demonstrating passion for your subject, we look at all of these.
Finally, our students broke into smaller groups and were given a tour of the university by undergraduate students. They gained an insight into what to expect when studying at LSE both academically and socially. Students also took the opportunity to ask lots of questions.
‘It gave me a great insight in to what it would be like to study in London’ (Rebecca Clarke – ONE+ member)
‘It was really useful - I could see myself studying here’ (Amber Heron – ONE+ member)