LCA Business School


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Overall ranking: LCA Business School does not feature in the Complete University Guide rankings, but is officially a branch campus of Anglia Ruskin University, ranked 105th out of 124 for 2014.

History: LCA Business School was founded in 2000 as the London College of Accountancy. As the former name suggests, the initial focus of the School was to offer part-time and full-time professional courses to students studying for the ACCA exams. In 2007 LCA Business School entered into a partnership with Anglia Ruskin University and launched a range of both undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes. It has been recruiting UK undergraduate students since 2011.

Address: A single campus at 19 Charterhouse Street, moments from the historic Smithfield and Leather Lane markets in the City of London.

Ambience: More business school than traditional university. Students can take full advantage of the eclectic mix of attractions offered across the UK’s capital city.

Who’s the boss? David Sexton, a former group accountant, and head of department at Anglia Ruskin University, is principal.

Prospectus: 020 7400 6789 or request one online here.

UCAS code: L63

What you need to know

Easy to get into? LCA’s standard requirement is 260 UCAS points, however students are assessed on an individual basis. Mature applicants without the standard enquiry requirements are assessed on their experience and are often called to interview.

Vital statistics: There are currently around 1800 students, of whom about one third are undergrads.

Added value: LCA is expanding its links with industry and is now able to offer an increasing number of integrated paid part-time internships to students from their second year. As LCA does not have the same overheads as a traditional university it is able to charge lower fees.

Graduate prospects: LCA’s employability data contributes to Anglia Ruskin University statistics. Anglia Ruskin is ranked 70th out of 124 for graduate prospects in the Complete University Guide, with 61.4 per cent finding graduate level employment.

Any accommodation? No halls of residence to call its own, but LCA can provide a list of private providers of student accommodation in London, together with general advice on finding somewhere to live.

Cheap to live there? Unfortunately, there is no getting away from it, London is an expensive place to live- expect to pay at least £100 a week for a room in a shared flat. Alternatively, if you live close to LCA’s campus, you could consider saving money by staying at home.

Transport links: The close proximity of both Chancery Lane and Farringdon stations make LCA very easy to get to from all areas of London and outside the capital. 

Fees: £5,750 per year for full-time home and EU undergraduate entry in 2013.

Bursaries: None offered at present.

The fun stuff

Nightlife: London’s nightlife needs few introductions- LCA is moments from bars in trendy Clerkenwell; about 20 minutes’ walk from Covent Garden; and a short tube journey from bars, clubs, eateries, cinemas, theatres and a wealth of music venues right across London.

Price of a pint: The Sir John Oldcastle, a J D Weatherspoons pub within 50 yards of LCA, can always be relied upon for great drinks offers.

Sporting reputation: New this academic year, LCA’s football squad has scored a series of victories against other London universities, including Westminster and Anglia Ruskin University.

Notable societies: The LCA Student Society puts on parties and arranges guest lectures.

Glittering alumni: Too new an institution, but watch this space!

Alternative prospectus: Find out more and post a question on The Student Room, or visit to get the low-down first-hand from current students.