41 Super Curricular Competitions that you may want to enter


  • Bank Of England Target Two Point Zero (in conjunction with The Times)
  • The Marshall Society (Cambridge University Economic Society) essay/article competition
  • Young Economist of the Year (Royal Economic Society) 16-18 years


  • Christopher Tower Poetry Competition (run by Christchurch College Oxford). 16-18 year olds
  • Fitzwilliam College Cambridge Annual Essay Competition (different subject each year)
  • Royal Commonwealth essay competition (under 18)
  • Connell Guides Essay Prize (open to all sixth formers)


  • Classics and Ancient History essay competition (run by St John’s College Oxford). Open to year 12 students.
  • Young Geographer of the Year (Royal Geographical society) 16-18 years
  • St Hilda’s (Oxford) History Essay Prize. Open to Year 12 students
  • Girton College (Cambridge) Humanities Writing Competition for lower sixth form students


  • Hans Woyda Maths Competition
  • National Cipher Challenge (organised by University of Southampton).
  • UKMT Maths Challenge


  • French Film Competition (Oxford University). Open to students in years 10-13.
  • Guardian Student Media awards
  • London School of Journalism creative writing competition
  • The Wellcome Trust Science writing Prize in conjunction with The Guardian and The Observer.


  • Edgar Jones Philosophy Essay Competition (St Peter’s College Oxford) open to year 12 students.
  • Lloyd Davis Philosophy Prize (run by Oriel College Oxford). Year 12 students


  • C3L6 competition (Cambridge Chemistry Challenge)
  • Royal Society of Chemistry, Bill Bryson Prize
  • Royal Society of Chemistry Analyst Competition (first year sixth formers studying chemistry)
  • Royal Society of Chemistry Top of the Bench competition
  • RSC Chemistry Olympiad
  • Schools Science Prize (Biochemistry and chemistry). Run by Corpus Christi College Oxford. Open to year 11 and 12 students
  • British Biology Olympiad run by the Society of Biology.
  • Cascades Of Particle Physics (run by Birmingham University for A ‘level and GCSE students)
  • British Science Association Crest award
  • National Science and engineering competition: UK scientist of the year and UK engineer of the year. (11-18 year olds).
  • The Big Science Challenge (11-16 year olds) with Rolls Royce & the British Council
  • UK Space Design Competition (years 9-13)
  • Annual Sixth Form Medical Writing Prize – run by Elite Academic Medical


  • Psychology AS Level Essay Competition. (University of Cambridge Department of Social and Developmental Psychology)


  • Schools Debating Competition (various locations)
  • ESC Schools Mace competition (debating).
  • International Competition for Young Debaters (under 15)


  • DHL innovation award
  • Benedictus: a liberal arts college offers a competition for 16-19 year olds. You can write on any subject but must connect to their forum theme

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