CHESS

UNIVERSITY OF LONDON PROGRAMMES

The ‘Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences’ (CHESS) is a qualification in its own right. It provides an entry route to the Economics, Management, Finance and Social Sciences degrees offered through the International Programmes with academic direction from LSE.

By successfully completing the programme, you will develop analytical competence allowing you to undertake further undergraduate study.

Awarding Body

University of London

Lead College

LSE. Part of the suite of programmes referred to as Economics, Management, Finance and the Social Sciences, or ‘EMFSS’.

Programme and Course Levels

The programme and all the courses available are placed at FHEQ Level 4. Courses at this level in the EMFSS suite of programmes are referred to as ‘100 courses’.

 

Enterance Requirements

  • Age Requirements:

    Students must normally be aged 18 or above before 31 December in the year they first register.

  • Entrance Qualifications:

    One GCE/A level (or equivalent) and 4 GCSE/O levels (or equivalent as set out in the Qualifications for Entrance PDF on the International Programmes website) including Mathematics OR

  • Six GCSE/O levels (or equivalent) including Mathematics.
  • Maths Requirements:

    GCSE/O level Maths with a grade C or above or equivalent.

  • English Language Proficiency:

    IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each sub-test) or equivalent, as set out on the International Programmes website.

  • University of London International Foundation Certificate.

Process Of Admission – Admission Criteria

In addition to meeting the general entrance requirements set out in the regulations for the Diploma in Economics/Diploma in Social Sciences, two criteria that are especially important for institutions when selecting students are:

  • That the students have the necessary academic skills and ability after one academic year of full time or two years of part-time study, of achieving a standard qualifying them to proceed to the second year of a degree course in the social sciences; and
  • That students can demonstrate that they have the motivation to sustain the effort needed to pass the Diploma.

The Selection Process

The selection process includes three elements: an application form; an interview and written tests.

Application form

All applicants must complete a written application form.

Interview

All applicants must attend an interview held by two members of staff, including a senior academic. In addition to providing the opportunity to assess a candidate’s motivation for wishing to study for the Diploma, interviews can be used to determine an applicant’s grasp verbal English.

Written Tests

All applicants must take a test in mathematics and English language. Testing should be done under controlled conditions. Once all conditions of entry criteria are fulfilled, the candidate is a part of the Programme.

Programme Structure

AC1025 Principles of accounting

SC1179 Contemporary sociology in a global age

EC1002 Introduction to economics

FN1024 Principles of banking and finance

ST104A Statistics 1 (half course)

ST104B Statistics 2 (half course)

MT105A Mathematics 1 (half course)

MT105B Mathematics 2 (half course)

MN1178 Business and management in a global context

Note:

Indicates that:
  • MT105B can only be taken at the same time, or after, MT105A, not before.
  • ST104B can only be taken at the same time, or after, ST104A, not before.

*Indicates that students can take a maximum of two of these courses.

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