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Access and Participation


London School of Management Education (LSME) Access and Participation Plan aims at removing barriers to Higher Education and raising aspiration of our target groups to succeed in their life. The Plan has been developed to attract under-represented populations of the local community, particularly the younger, white and BAME disadvantaged learners, who may want to progress towards Higher Education, yet may not have access to the information or the support to overcome the barriers or may lack in motivation and aspiration. The Plan focuses on identifying these under-represented and disadvantaged students and young people by working directly with the local and regional FE Colleges, Sixth Form, Secondary Schools, Communities, Charities, relevant organisations and the local Councils within the geographical area of East London through networking and outreach programmes.

The projects developed as outreach projects target disadvantaged young people from the backgrounds of white British, Black ethnic minorities, Asian under-represented groups, and Caribbean diaspora. Our outreach programmes also provide opportunities for young people who have dropped out of schools with no prospect of employment, individuals from low participating neighbourhoods, some ethnic minority groups such as the Black Caribbean and Asian students, Care Leavers, refugees and disabled learners. These young people could be in secondary or Sixth Form or Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET) from low-income backgrounds or from specific target groups.

LSME would support the young people taken into the programme by providing tutoring in the academic programmes, mentoring, career guidance and raising their aspirations etc to succeed and improve academic performance. It would pave their way to Higher Education and better employment prospects in the future. Information on specific projects is as below.

LSME-Inspire Project

LSME-Inspire Project is designed to support younger students in the year groups 10 to 13 with low attainment, especially in English, Maths and Science by providing one-to-one support, mentoring and tuition. This support does not target the most gifted and talented but all students of a low socio-economic background who wish to progress to further or higher education regardless of their ability. The LSME-Inspire aims to work closely with the partner schools to provide tailored support to enhance aspirations and improve GCSE and A-level outcomes for selected students. We work with Secondary and Sixth Form schools and relevant organisations to identify and support the students under this category.

Participating students will get inspired through:

  • 1:1 Tutoring
  • Career Guidance and Advice
  • HE Taster Sessions
  • Interactions with the Potential Employers


LSME, “Not Too Late to Learn” (NTLTL), is an initiative aimed at providing assistance and reintegrating into the educational system individuals such as care leavers, refugees, those categorised as NEET, and economically marginalised young people aged 18 and above. This effort is particularly focused on supporting White British young males and various other black minority ethnic groups, including individuals of Caribbean descent, who have disengaged from the education system.

The project aims to provide potential learners within the target population with academic support in a Foundation Year and support their progression to higher education. The eligibility to a contextual offer is made based on the information from the LSME APP Referral Form or the LMSE Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form or after an initial assessment.

The support available for students taken under the NTLTL project includes: 

  • Additional tutoring
  • Mentoring
  • Career Guidance
  • Employer Engagement
  • Transferrable Skills Development
  • Training sessions to raise aspiration and build confidence
  • Scholarships and bursaries
  • Tailor-made Individual Support

Disability Outreach Project

LSME offers personalised support to young people with disabilities and additional needs within a mainstream environment. LSME Disability Outreach aims to provide potential learners with contextualised admission, academic support in a Foundation Year and support their progression to higher education. We make reasonable adjustments where possible to accommodate the students with disabilities to succeed in higher education along with their colleagues in the same learning environment.

Disability refers to health conditions that last or is likely to last over a year or more and have a negative impact on your studies. Long-term health conditions, sensory impairments, mobility difficulties, mental health difficulties (such as anxiety and depression), and autistic spectrum disorder are examples of such conditions. Specific learning difficulties, such as ADHD and dyslexia, are also included.

Any disability disclosure will be dealt with confidentially and if you wish to discuss this confidentially with the relevant person, please do let the Admissions team know about it. If you tell us what your difficulties are, then we can discuss suitable support.

If you believe you need a ‘reasonable adjustment’, please discuss this during the admission stage. Also, there are certain benefits, such as bursaries, you might be eligible for due to your disabilities or special needs.

Additional support available include:

  1. Student-centred learning environment
  2. Individual attention and one-to-one support if required
  3. Easily accessible location – Gants Hill Underground and Bus stations
  4. Bursary and Hardship funds financial support available based on individual needs
  5. Support to accessing student finance
  6. Fee-waivers for the eligible students for the Foundation Year
  7. Employability and employer engagement support

Contextualised Admissions

Some of the AP target group students’ enrolment is through a Contextualised Admission process. Contextual Admissions can positively reduce the gaps in admissions between the least and most represented groups of students. The contextual admissions form part of the LSME’s commitment to ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed have equal opportunity to enrol in the academic programmes of LSME.

Contextualised information and data are used to assess an applicant’s prior attainment and potential, in the context of their individual circumstances. The aim is to form a more complete picture of the applicant. Contextual information relates to individual applicant circumstances such as educational, geo-demographic and socio-economic background data, disabilities, being in care, deprivation, underrepresentation etc.

At LSME, we have a proud culture of promoting and facilitating access to higher education for targeted under-represented groups in society.  LSME’s AP Plan aims to remove barriers to Higher Education and raise their aspiration to succeed in life and the specific target groups include disadvantaged young people from the backgrounds of White British, ethnic minorities including Caribbean, Asians, refugees, care leavers, disabled individuals and individuals with poor socioeconomic backgrounds, to progress to university or meaningful employment. This is formulated with the understanding that the disadvantaged individuals do not have the same opportunity to meet our entry requirements.

These eligible candidates will undertake our initial assessment test and may be offered admission to our Foundation year programme, if they do not meet our entry requirement. Furthermore, LSME offers, fee-waivers, bursaries and scholarships to the eligible AP Foundation Year students based on an assessment process.


LSME welcomes applications from refugees. Several challenges prevent many young refugee from accessing university or Higher Education. They need support to access the education system and learn to be part of and become a productive member of the community.

The four major challenges faced by refugee students include; finance, information, advice and guidance, and health and wellbeing. They are, sometimes unable to access student finance or any other locally available finances. Their unfamiliarity with the UK Higher Education system and ways to access education puts them at a greater disadvantage. Having left their friends and family behind, settling into a new culture, and dealing with language barriers, they are likely to experience emotional and mental health concerns. Hence, the LSME AP outreach projects aim to extend support to people with refugee status to access higher education, through our foundation and degree programmes.

AP Team together with the Admissions Team will offer the following support in this regard:

  • Provide clear and accurate information about refugees eligibility for courses and financial support,
  • Organize open days for refugees to visit campus and ask questions (pre-entry support),
  • Provide detain information about the additional academic support, fee-waivers and bursaries,
  • Apply Contextual Admissions Policy for the admission process to widen participation
  • Recognize individual circumstances and provide a customised support package
  • Regular interactions and follow-up to ensure attainment and progression.

Care Leavers

Through LSME-NTLTL project, LSME aims to provide Care Leavers (18+) with academic support in a Foundation Year and facilitate their progression to higher education.

The legal definition of a care leaver comes from The Children (Leaving Care) Act 2000, which states that a Care Leaver is someone who has been in the care of the Local Authority for a period of 13 weeks or more spanning their 16th birthday. A Care Leaver is a young person who at any stage in their life has been or is currently in care and/or is from a looked-after background.

Through the LSME-NTLTL project, LSME aims to provide Care Leavers (18+) with academic and financial support including a fee-waivers in a Foundation Year programme and facilitate their progression to higher education. They can either progress to our degree programmes or a university of their choice from there onwards. LSME recognizes that spending time in care can have an impact on the opportunities and outcomes and therefore LSME AP and Admissions Teams will provide pre-entry and on-course support to students who have spent time in care.

Care Leavers are encouraged to start a Foundation Year with us on Business Management or Health and Social Care or International Tourism and Hospitality Management if their academic qualifications do not meet the entry requirements for a full degree programme. The following information will give an idea of how the programme will help:

  • Foundation Year is an optional year at Level 4, which is a great opportunity if you are considering higher education as an option but may face academic barriers,
  • Successful completion of Foundation Year will meet the entry requirement for a full degree course
  • Foundation Year is a good start if you feel you are not yet ready for degree-level study
  • Foundation Year is for you if you are returning to study and feel you need some help to get up to speed with the demands of learning before embarking on a degree course
  • Foundation Year is a great way to build your skills, knowledge, and confidence to prepare you for a degree course
  • Foundation Year will help you remove academic gaps and improve your literacy skills
  • By starting a Foundation course, you will get the chance to experience University/College style teaching as well as you will gain practical experience to help you progress to undergraduate degree courses

You are invited to visit our LSME campus and seek pre-entry advice from our Admissions Team.

If you feel that you need any help with your studies or your mental health or well-being once you start your course, our Team will be here to help you throughout your course.

LSME is a signatory to the Care Leaver Covenant and endeavours to provide necessary support to Care Leavers to attain a Higher Education academic qualification and progress to a graduate level job.

LSME Bursary and Scholarship Scheme

As part of the Access and Participation Plan for the period spanning 2020-21 to 2024-25, LSME implements measures to provide financial assistance to eligible students within the Access and Participation (AP) target groups. This assistance is offered through an internal assessment procedure. It includes discretionary bursaries, hardship funds, and scholarships for Foundation Year or fee waivers. Eligibility assessment primarily relies on the information and data submitted by students during registration or enrolment. Should a student’s circumstances change while studying, their eligibility will be reviewed, and support adjusted accordingly. LSME actively encourages students falling within the AP target groups to avail themselves of these benefits to support their academic endeavours at the institution.

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A Bursary is a financial support provided by the College to eligible students that they are not required to pay back. A scholarship is a grant or payment made to support a student’s education, awarded based on eligibility criteria aimed at improving student access, success and progress from higher education. The scholarship is often referred to as Foundation Year Fee-waiver. At LSME, our scholarships generally reduce the amount of tuition fee payable and may be aimed at diminishing the financial burden on students who intend to obtain a qualification but have limited means due to their social circumstances.

LSME Bursaries and Scholarships are discretionary and provided only to eligible students. Bursaries do not affect your student finances through SLC. Some may receive both the Bursary and Scholarship. Students may receive this Bursary for one year and it may continue for each year of their course depending on their eligibility. Bursaries and scholarships and their terms and conditions are subject to change.

Students eligibility for Bursary and Scholarships are assessed based on the details submitted by them during the admission process. Hence students do not need to apply for them, unless their circumstances have changed since their enrolment. If a student is eligible, we inform them via email shortly after they start their course to receive the awards detailed below.

Three award areas are as follows:

1. Discretionary Scholarships

There are two types of scholarships awarded in this category.

  • LSME Foundation Year Scholarship
    This scholarship or often referred to as Foundation Year Fee-waiver is awarded to students who are AP-eligible, UK-domiciled and full-time students registered on our Foundation Year programme. This may be full Foundation Year fee-waiver or discounted fees. The assessments are carried out by the AP Team based on their enrolment data. These scholarships are administered directly by LSME or through the SLC.

2. LSME Discretionary Bursary

AP eligible students enrolled in the Foundation, degree programme or Diploma in Education and Training may receive an annual discretionary bursary based on an internal assessment. It is received by all eligible students and supports the purchase of stationery or transport costs to the College. This Bursary is administered by LSME through the SLC.

3. LSME Discretionary Means-tested Hardship Funds

Students who are in the AP Target groups may be eligible to a one-off hardship fund in an academic year. It is means-tested and will also be subject to the nature of the hardship and the circumstances. Students who are not AP eligible may also be offered this hardship fund under certain circumstances, based on set assessments. This Bursary is administered by LSME directly or through SLC.

Bursary and Scholarships for Student Access and Participation (AP) Eligible Students

1. NEET Category (for discretionary bursary and fee-waiver)

Students admitted to LSME on a Foundation Year programme from the partnership referral organisations or through our external outreach programmes who are Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET) may be considered for bursaries, hardship funds and fee-waivers based on their internal assessments.

2. Disabled Students (for discretionary bursary, Hardship funds and fee-waiver)

Based on assessments students with disabilities and special needs, both seen and unseen disabilities are considered for financial under discretionary bursary and hardship funds and fee-waivers and they may include:

  • Cognitive impairments such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia
  • Mental health issues
  • Mild to moderate physical disabilities
  • Sensory disabilities including hearing and visual impairment
  • Chronic unseen disabilities

3. Refugees and Care Leavers (for discretionary bursary, Hardship funds and fee-waiver)

Refugee and Care Leaver students are eligible to financial support through discretionary bursary and hardship funds. The documents submitted at the time of enrolment will be assessed by the AP Team to check their eligibility.

4. Other students particularly Black Caribbean and Asians learners (for discretionary bursary and Hardship funds)

The students of Black Caribbean and Asian ethnic groups may be eligible to financial support through discretionary bursary and hardship funds. The documents submitted at the time of enrolment will be assessed by the AP Team to check their eligibility.

Fee Information

Summaries of the student fee information are provided below. This data is generated from predicted student numbers with the corresponding fees for all active programmes.

Fee Information 2024-25

Fee Information 2023-24

LSME Access and Participation Plans

Impact Reports

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