Bachelor’s ADMISSIONS
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The process
Our admissions process

We believe in breaking away from the traditional approach and taking a fresh perspective on selecting our students. Unlike many other institutions, we don't solely rely on grades, and we don't require personal statements. Instead, we prioritise your interdisciplinary potential and the unique qualities you bring to the table. At LIS, we see the admissions process as an opportunity to truly get to know you as an individual.

We invite all eligible applicants for an interview, where we explore your passions, motivations, and aspirations. This allows us to understand your potential for interdisciplinary thinking, problem-solving, and collaboration – qualities that we value highly in our diverse community.

We’re committed to delivering a fair admissions system that admits students of outstanding achievement and potential, irrespective of their background.

Applicants can apply via UCAS (the UK-based admissions system), or directly via our website.

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Application process
How to apply

Please note: Whilst we don't require personal statements from Home students, international students will be asked to submit a short account during their application detailing their motivation to study at LIS.

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1

Apply

Applicants can apply via UCAS (the UK-based admissions system), or directly via our website. Please note that we operate a rolling admissions process, so we still accept direct applications past the January UCAS deadline.

UCAS course code: BA5C
UCAS provider code: L58

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Selection Day Interview

All eligible applicants will be invited to interview during one of our Selection Days. This is a chance for you to meet the team, and explore a real-world problem with one of our faculty.

3

Offer

We’ll review your Selection Day performance together with your full application. Successful applicants will receive personalised offers that take into account their background and context.

4

Accept

Offer holders are able to attend a number of events, both on campus and online, before deciding whether LIS is right for them.

5

Enroll

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What we offer
Key information

We do things a little differently. Take a look below for the key information you need when applying.

Minimum entry requirements

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None.

We do things differently here at LIS. That’s why we focus on what’s really important. We want to hear about your passions, your motivations, and your drive to make a difference. Come and show us what you’ve got.

Qualifications

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We accept A Levels, Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers, Irish Leaving Certificate, Welsh Baccalaureate, French Baccalaureate, German Abitur, Italian Diploma di Esame di Stato, and International Baccalaureate, and many more. Please get in touch if you’re unsure whether your qualifications will be accepted.

International students

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We have a sponsorship licence which means we’re able to welcome international students onto the course, provided that your visa application is approved by the UK Home Office.

English language requirements

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The LIS programme is taught in English. If English is not your first language, you may be required to have an English Language Qualification. Further information can be found in our Admissions Regulations and Procedures for Students.

Regulation

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We’re the first institution in over 50 years to be able to award our own degrees from the start, having been awarded top marks in every area of academic standards and qualities by the Office for Students.

Student Finance

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Find out more about our course fees, financing options (including Student Finance and borrowing from the Student Loans Company), and support available through bursaries, scholarships and grants here.

You can view all policies relating to our Admissions process, including our English Language Requirements, in the ‘Admissions Regulations and Procedures for Students’ policy on our main Policies page.

Frequently asked questions

Do you accept applications through UCAS?

We are now accepting applications through UCAS. Applicants can apply via UCAS (the UK-based admissions system), or directly via our website.

We operate a rolling admissions process, so we still accept applications past the January UCAS deadline. However, we still encourage you to apply as soon as possible to secure your place at LIS.

Please note: At LIS we believe in a more holistic admissions process that goes beyond grades and personal statements. As a result, we don't require a personal statement for either UCAS or direct applications. We value getting to know each candidate individually through our interview process, Selection Days.

What are Selection Days and what do they involve?

We invite all eligible applicants for a Selection day, our take on interviews, where we explore your passions, motivations, and aspirations. This allows us to understand your potential for interdisciplinary thinking, problem-solving, and collaboration – qualities that we value highly in our diverse community.

Your Selection Day will consist of two interviews: one where we get to know you, and one where we get to know how you think. We know that sometimes 'interviews' might feel scary or intimidating, but at LIS, we want you to think of our Selection Days as something different entirely — it is an opportunity to meet some of our team, to explore real-world problems with our incredible faculty, and an opportunity for you to tell us all about your passions, interests, and reasons for applying to LIS.

What qualifications are acceptable?

We welcome A-levels, Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers, Irish Leaving Certificate, Welsh Baccalaureate, French Baccalaureate, German Abitur, Italian Diploma di Esame di Stato, International Baccalaureate and more!

We also welcome applications from students at any stage in their higher education journey, including students who already have their grades and mature students. Please get in touch if you are unsure whether your qualifications will be accepted.

When do applications open and how do I apply?

Applications for 2024 will open in September. There are no application fees. Applicants can apply via UCAS (the UK-based admissions system), or directly via our website. Please note that we operate a rolling admissions process, so we still accept applications past the January UCAS deadline. When you apply, we’ll ask you for some background information including your contact information, education, and predicted grades.

Please note: At LIS we believe in a more holistic admissions process that goes beyond grades and personal statements. As a result, we don't require a personal statement for either UCAS or direct applications. We value getting to know each candidate individually through our interview process, Selection Days.

All eligible applicants will be invited to a Selection Day. These days will consist of interviews and have been designed in line with how the world's leading companies are recruiting their employees today. No preparation is required.

Why is your admissions process so different to other universities?

At LIS we believe in a more holistic admissions process that goes beyond grades and personal statements. As a result, we don't require a personal statement for either UCAS or direct applications. We value getting to know each candidate individually through our interview process, Selection Days.

This is an academically rigorous course, yet we know you’re more than your grades. We are curious about who you are as a person—what motivates and inspires you—and grades can’t tell us the full story.

Instead, we’ll look at your academic achievements in the context of your educational, familial, and personal background. We want to understand what you've achieved academically given your starting point in life.

Can I request feedback on my application, and can I reapply if I am unsuccessful?

Yes, of course. Simply email admissions@lis.ac.uk if you would like to request feedback on your application. If your application is unsuccessful you may reapply to LIS either the following year or in a future year. We strongly advise that you request detailed feedback on your original application if you are unsuccessful and wish to reapply.

You can appeal an admissions decision if you feel that it was not made fairly on the basis of the evidence you originally submitted.

However, you cannot appeal against admissions decisions based on the academic judgment of LIS staff about your suitability for entry to the degree. More information can be found in our Applicant Complaints and Appeals Procedure in the policies section on our website.

Will you take my background or personal circumstances into consideration?

It is our goal to ensure that no applicant is disadvantaged due to their background or personal circumstances.

We will take your personal and family background into account when considering your academic attainment. This will not impact the likelihood of your being made an offer. Only where we consider that you show strong academic attainment given your personal background will this have any bearing on our decision-making.

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