We will use the information supplied in your teacher’s reference to find out more about your educational and social circumstances, as well as details of any extenuating circumstances.
Home UK students: contextual information will be used to gain a more thorough understanding of your individual circumstances and the educational context you are studying in. This information includes school/college performance, home postcode, participation in an LSE Widening Participation programme, participation in a Sutton Trust Pathways programme, time spent in local authority care and any other extenuating circumstances.
This information can be used to:
- make an applicant a standard offer where the applicant’s academic record or personal statement may be marginally less competitive than the cohort overall
- to make an applicant a standard offer where the applicant is predicted marginally below the usual entry requirements
- when making confirmation decisions for offer holders that have marginally failed to meet the entry criteria (usually this means one grade below the standard entry requirements).
Eligible students (students flagged with a home postcode that is classified as POLAR4 Quintile 1 or IMD Quintile 1, as a care leaver, or a participant in a specified LSE WP programme or a Sutton Trust Pathways programme), may be considered for a contextual offer, where the contextual offer is one or two grades lower than the standard offer for the programme. Any Mathematics requirement must still be met.
All academic departments are participating in the contextual offer scheme.
The contextual offer grades are listed alongside the standard offer A-level and IB entry requirements on the relevant programme pages.
Further contextual admissions information.