Academic competitions for schools and colleges | University of Oxford

Academic competitions for schools and colleges

Several colleges and departments of the University of Oxford run competitions which are open to students from all schools and colleges.

Please do encourage your students to enter. Preparing an entry for one of these competitions is great practice for any aspiring Oxford applicants. There are also some exciting prizes to be won.

College/DepartmentCompetitionTarget GroupDeadline for entriesFurther details
Corpus ChristiSchools Science Prize 2017UK students in Years 11 and 12Friday 5 May 2017Corpus Christi Schools Science Prize
KebleTheology & Religion Essay CompetitionUK students in Years 12 and 13Friday 12 May 2017Keble college outreach page
Oriel Lloyd Davies Philosophy PrizeStudents in Year 12 or equivalentThursday 15 June, 12pmLloyd Davies Philosophy Prize

More competitions will be published here as soon as they become available.

These competitions have closed for entries but should give you an idea of the competitions that often run throughout the year.

College / DepartmentCompetitionTarget GroupDeadline for entries
Further details
Q-Step Centre, DPIREssay Competition 2018UK students in Year 12Friday 23 February 2018Q-Step Essay Competition 2018
St John'sClassics and Ancient History Essay CompetitionUK students in Year 12Thursday 23 February 2017Classics and Ancient History Essay Competition
Christ ChurchChristopher Tower Poetry CompetitionAll UK students between 16 and 18Friday 17 February 2017Tower Poetry 2017 Competition
Corpus ChristiPhilosophy Essay PrizeUK students in Year 12Wednesday 11 January 2017Corpus Christi Philosophy Study Day
Department of OncologyScience Video CompetitionUK students in Years 10 to 13Thursday 1 December 2016Science Video Competition 2016
OrielLloyd Davies Philosophy PrizeYear 12Monday 20 June 2016Oriel
St Hugh'sJulia Wood Prize Historical EssayYear 12 or 13 Friday 29 July 2016St Hugh's
Corpus ChristiSchools Science Prize Years 11 and 12Tuesday 10 May 2016Corpus Christi 
KebleTheology and Religion essay competition
Students after GCSE (or equivalent) education and pre-university
Sunday 1 May 2016Keble 
Modern LanguagesFrench Film Competition 2016Years 7 to 13Thursday 31 March 2016Modern Languages
St Hugh's CollegeMary Renault Essay PrizeUK students  in Year 12 or 13, not studying Latin or Greek to A-level or equivalentSaturday 16 January 2016St Hugh's College