Thank you for your interest in our BRAND NEW essay and design prizes. The competitions are for Year 12 (or equivalent) students, and prospective mature applicants (21+ years old) who intend to apply to university for 2021 entry. It will run every year, with questions released in January and the deadline for entries falling at the beginning of April. Each of the two competitions has a prize pool of £200.

The essay & design prizes are a great way to explore your subject of interest in greater depth and allows you to develop and experience independent study skills which are needed in order to do well at A level and university. 

This year’s essay and design prizes can be found below. Instructions for entrants and essay questions can be found on the individual competition documents (click on the below prize names). Guidance for teachers/tutors and mature students can be found at the bottom of this page.

We are pleased to announce the release of the following Essay and Design prizes:

​​​How to submit

*New deadline* The submission date for all competitions is now midnight on 30th April 2020. You are required to submit your entry here.

Information for teachers/tutors

  • All submissions must be verified by a teacher or tutor. Students must gain permission from their teacher or tutor, before providing their personal information on the online submission form.
  • Following the competition deadline the teacher or tutor named on the online submission form will be contacted by Lucy Cavendish College to confirm the student’s eligibility and verify their work - this must be done by midnight on the 30th April 2020. This can be done by simply responding to the verification email confirming that the essay was written by the student.
  • Essays which have not been approved by a teacher or tutor will not be considered for the competition.
  • There is a strict limit of five entries per prize per school or college, unless your school requests extra entries before the closing date of the competition. Extra entries are granted at the discretion of the College and must be arranged in advance by contacting:
  • Due to the limit on entries per school or college, we would recommend asking students to let a nominated teacher know in advance if they wish to take part in the Competition so your school can gauge an idea of submission numbers

Information for mature students

We understand that as a mature student you may not have a teacher or tutor that can verify your submission. If this is the case, please contact us and we will discuss your application further.

Contact us

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