How to get into LSE for Accounting and/or Finance BSc

LSE is renowned as one of the best universities in the world, especially for its Finance courses. The Complete University Guide ranks LSE as the number one university in the UK for Accounting and Finance (2025).

Not only is it competitive to gain a place at LSE, but the Finance course is especially difficult to get into. In 2020, LSE’s Admissions Statistical Report revealed that the acceptance rate for its Finance BSc is 20% and just 17% for Accounting and Finance BSc. 

If you’d like to get into LSE for Finance or you’re just curious about what it takes to get into one of the most globally acclaimed universities in the UK, then read on. This guide contains everything you need to know – from entry requirements to tips on what you need to do to get into Finance at LSE.

The Profs’ Finance tutors have first-hand experience with the admissions process and what is required to succeed at each stage. 

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Also, check out our previous blogs on how to get into LSE, LSE’s courses and entry requirements and what to do if you don’t meet LSE’s requirements.

What is the Finance course at LSE like?

Why should I study Finance at LSE?

LSE consistently ranks highly for Finance in the UK and worldwide. According to the QS World University Rankings, LSE is frequently listed in the top 10 for economics and finance.

LSE’s Department of Finance is renowned for its rigorous curriculum and distinguished faculty. It offers exceptional resources, such as the extensive collection at the LSE Library, which is one of the largest social science libraries in the world. Students have access to Bloomberg terminals and other financial databases, enabling hands-on learning with real-time data. The Financial Markets Group (FMG) and Systemic Risk Centre (SRC) at LSE are leading research centres that host seminars, and conferences, and provide opportunities for students to engage with innovative research.

LSE’s diverse student body and numerous finance-related societies, such as the LSE Finance Society and LSE Investment Society, offer platforms for students to collaborate, exchange ideas, and develop professional skills. Events such as the LSE SU Alternative Investments Conference, the largest student-run conference on hedge funds and private equity, attract prominent speakers from the finance industry and provide invaluable learning and networking opportunities.

A great way to check out everything for yourself is to attend one of LSE’s open days.

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What is the Finance course like at LSE?

There are two undergraduate Finance courses available at LSE:

  • BSc Finance: This programme offers an in-depth study of finance techniques, financial decision-making, risk management, and the behaviour of financial markets. The curriculum emphasises developing analytical thinking, evaluating financial issues from multiple perspectives, and applying analytical methods to real-world problems. LSE’s Finance course is designed to prepare students for careers in investment banking, sales, trading, investment management, management consulting, start-ups, research and academia.
  • BSc Accounting and Finance: The Accounting and Finance programme at LSE focuses on building core financial knowledge while examining how institutions and organisations handle calculation, reporting, and evaluation. It covers the interdependencies between accounting and accountability, financial management and risk, performance management and sustainability, governance and regulation, policymaking, and change. The programme explores the significant roles accounting and finance play in societies, economies, institutions, markets, organisations, and individual behaviours. This interdisciplinary approach ensures that graduates are highly sought-after in fields such as professional accountancy, investment banking and analysis, management consulting, and financial management.

Both courses equip students with quantitative skills and financial knowledge. LSE claims that it takes advantage of its proximity to the city and financial districts and students benefit from LSE’s links with industry practitioners, regulators and policymakers.

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What does LSE look for in its Finance applicants?

When considering applicants for its Finance programme, LSE looks for students with strong analytical, quantitative, and critical thinking abilities. These skills will be further developed and honed throughout the course and can be applied to a range of career paths, including roles in investment banking, financial analysis, risk management, consulting, and corporate finance.

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What are the entry requirements?

The entry requirements to study Finance as an undergraduate degree at the University of LSE are high, as LSE is one of the most competitive universities to get into. 

If you’re considering LSE, take a look at the table below detailing the entry requirements for both of LSE’s undergraduate Finance courses:

Finance BSc

QualificationGrades required
A levelsA*AA.
IB38 points – 766 in higher level subjects, including 7 in higher level Maths.
International qualificationsCheck LSE’s international page to find specific entry requirements relevant to your home country.

Accounting and Finance BSc

QualificationGrades required
A levelsAAA.
IB38 points – 766 in higher level subjects, including 6 in higher level Maths.
Other international qualificationsCheck LSE’s international page to find specific entry requirements relevant to your home country.

Please note: For both courses, you need to be proficient in English, so make sure you acquire the correct certification if English is not your first language. More information on this is available here.

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What subjects are recommended?

LSE deems Maths an essential A level or IB Higher Level to hold. A level students are expected to have an A* in Maths or Further Maths for the Finance BSc and an A in Maths for the Accounting and Finance BSc. 

For the Finance BSc, it is also preferred that students have studied Further Maths. However, LSE states that you will not be disadvantaged for not studying Further Maths if it’s not offered at your school. Similarly, both Finance courses accept Further Maths as one of your 3 A levels

LSE favours a broad mix of traditional subjects for both courses (including A level Accounting for the Accounting and Finance course, although Accounting as a previous subject is not a requirement). LSE writes: “We’re looking for subject combinations that demonstrate your analytical and writing abilities”. Consequently, for both courses, it is recommended that you have one A level or IB Higher Level in Economics, Physics, History, Chemistry or Government and Politics etc. 

You should especially study an essay-based subject if your only other A levels are Maths and Further Maths (this is explicitly said by the Accounting and Finance course).

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What admissions tests are there?

Both undergraduate courses at LSE do not require an admissions test.

However, if you come from a non-traditional education background you might be invited to a mandatory Undergraduate Admissions Assessment (UGAA) to decide whether you’re to be offered a place at LSE.

More information on this is available here.

Don’t forget our expert undergraduate admissions team is here to help you craft a winning application for Finance at LSE. 

How hard is it to get into Finance at LSE?

Applying for Finance at LSE is no easy feat. 

If you’re thinking about applying to LSE, take a look at the table below to get an idea of the competitiveness surrounding this undergraduate degree: 

CourseApplicationsOffersRegistrations
Finance67814271
Accounting and Finance1788310146

The table is based on the 2020/2021 cycle.

The Profs’ undergraduate admissions team can help maximise your chances of getting into LSE to study Finance. Thanks to our network of experienced tutors, many of whom are LSE graduates and ex-admissions officers themselves, we have the very latest and best knowledge on what LSE is looking for in their Finance applications. Get in touch with us today to chat with a member of our team about how we can help with your application to LSE.

What are the fees for Finance at LSE?

Tuition fees vary depending on whether you’re a national student or not. The table below shows the annual course fees for LSE’s Finance students (2024/2025 onwards):

Home StudentsInternational Students
£9,250£26,280 (Finance BSc)

£28,176 (Accounting and Finance)

You can find out more information about what fees you will pay on LSE’s page for 2024-2025 undergraduate fees. You can also use LSE’s fees and funding page to see the funding options available to you.

4 tips on how to get into Finance at LSE 

1. Prepare thoroughly for each stage of the admissions process

When applying to study Finance at LSE, there are many stages of the admissions process to consider. You should prepare for each one thoroughly if you’re set on being offered a place.

Your grades – preparation for your LSE application starts from secondary school. Excellent A level grades (or equivalent) are essential to be considered for a place to study Finance at LSE, so you should be aiming for AAA-A*AA in your A levels (or equivalent) as a minimum. Also, ensure that your GCSEs don’t let you down. Again, high grades are important – and at least a 6 (B) in English and Maths could prove important. Here at The Profs, we have excellent GCSE and A level tutors who can help you attain your goal grades!

Your UCAS application – the first official stage of your LSE application is completing your UCAS application online. As well as your grades, this includes your personal statement. This is the first chance you’ll get to showcase your suitability for Finance at LSE and prove that you are interested and committed to the subject areas. Find out how to write a stand-out personal statement in this helpful guide. We have expert personal statement tutors who can help you maximise your success!

Note that all students applying for university in 2023 for courses beginning in 2024 will be required to submit a UCAS personal statement as normal. However, from 2024/25 onwards, there will be changes to the UCAS application process and students will no longer be required to write a personal statement. Instead, all applicants will answer a series of shorter, more tailored questions provided by UCAS.

2. Show evidence of your love for Finance 

With such a low success rate, it’s important that you do everything you can to make your application stand out from the crowd. Your academic ability might get you on the shortlist, but it’s not what secures your place. LSE particularly looks for applicants with academic ability, potential, and genuine enthusiasm for Finance. There are many ways you can show this, such as:

Conduct wider reading, beyond your school syllabus

Self-learning demonstrates a desire to learn about Finance at a higher level. Reading about Finance will allow you to draw from a wider bank of knowledge than your standard curriculum. This should demonstrate excellent capability and genuine interest in Finance, which will help you to stand out. Try to delve into something specific and niche e.g. international taxation or regret theory within behavioural finance.

Better yet, research your specific department, and discuss how you would contribute to their existing published research or accomplishments. If you really want to impress LSE, you could study the first 2-3 weeks of a 1st-year module for your chosen course and talk about this in your application to show that you are ahead of the competition.

Our tutors can help you to understand where the ‘sweet spots’ are and what to read in order to stand out in your application. Reading as extensively about your subject as possible will help to prove that you’re proactive and engaged and that, most importantly, you would make an outstanding LSE student.

Take on relevant extracurricular activities

With the competition so high, academic excellence is not enough. Stand out by showing initiative and interest beyond your curriculum. For LSE Finance, this could look like being part of your school’s entrepreneurship, charity fundraising events, taking a quantitative course at summer school, or even being a cashier at your local supermarket. Maybe you’ve got a blog on tax evasion cases within the media that you’d like to reference during your interview. It’s also a good idea to express an interest in joining or leading one of LSE’s relevant societies e.g. Accounting, Organisations and Institutions.

Find relevant work experience

Relevant work experience will help you to demonstrate your ambitions and genuine fascination for Finance, as well as your commitment to it. Show that you have the X factor by demonstrating an entrepreneurial spirit. Being able to say that you started your own business, even if it was a small side hustle, will give you an edge.

If you know someone who works at a bank, in stocks, accounting, or something else relevant, ask them if you might be able to help out or shadow for a week or two. It’s great to show you’ve seen finance in practice. 

Even if you don’t know anyone, have a look online for local opportunities and reach out. There are lots of quantitative internships available at renowned financial institutions, such as JP Morgan and KPMG. 

Consider completing extra qualifications

If you have dropped a few grades in core subjects, such as Maths, it is important to bolster your academic record in other ways during your application, such as skills you demonstrated during your work experience or additional achievements. For example, you might consider taking the TMUA, MOOCs, or UK Maths Challenge to demonstrate your mathematical ability and bolster your application. 

3. Have a 5-year plan

Another factor that can set you aside from other applicants is having a 5-year plan – LSE in particular really values forward-thinking students with ambition. You don’t necessarily have to stick to your plan – in fact, it is expected that your interests and ambitions change as your knowledge and experience grow. Having a plan is simply a great way of demonstrating to LSE that you are committed to the subject and that you are motivated to succeed at your degree, and thus would be a valuable LSE student.

The first step to having a plan is to develop an understanding of the industries a Finance degree can lead to and the specific areas you can specialise in. Make sure you outline your future intentions with an LSE Finance degree, whether that includes embarking on a PhD in Finance, working as a financial analyst, or investment banker, or pursuing roles in corporate finance. However, you need to be specific about your goal title and company.

It is good to show your goal as well as prove your motivation to show you are a forward-thinking candidate who is serious about your career. Relating your areas of study, activities and personal passions back to potential careers is essential to presenting a targeted, future-focused candidate profile in just a few sentences. 

4. Seek help from an expert undergraduate admissions tutor

If you have your sights on LSE it’s important to consider how competitive it is. Meeting the entry requirements for Finance will not guarantee you an invitation to an interview. You must stand out!

Your application requires you to perform well in multiple stages to be in with a chance of securing an offer. Shortlisted candidates can often fall at the last hurdle of admissions. Unfortunately, schools and colleges are often not equipped to provide specialist preparation for top UK universities due to a lack of experience, expertise or resources. As a result, we advise seeking a professional admissions tutor to help you through the process.

85% of our students who apply to LSE get in! The Profs’ admissions tutors have many years of experience helping students develop their academic profiles, tailor their application to different universities’ admissions criteria, ace assessments, and excel in their admissions interviews. 

At The Profs, you’ll gain invaluable independent study skills along with a deeper, broader understanding of the knowledge needed to study Finance as a degree at a prestigious UK university. Reach out to our experienced team today to get started.