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Academic competitions for schools and colleges

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

Preparing an entry for one of these competitions is a valuable experience for academically motivated students, so please do encourage your students to enter. There are also some exciting prizes to be won.

Competitions with up-coming deadlines:

College / Department


Target Group

Deadline for entries

Further details

Exeter CollegeKey Stage 3 Essay CompetitionAnyone aged 11-14 (or in Years 7-9, or equivalent)5pm, Friday 9 July 2021KS3 Essay Competition
Exeter CollegeSummer Essay CompetitionAnyone aged 16-18.8pm, Sunday 1 August 2021Summer Essay Competition
Oxford German NetworkGerman Classic 2021UK resident students aged 16-18, beginning their final year of full-time study at a secondary school in the UK in September 2021. Students must have a GCSE or equivalent in German. 12 noon, Wednesday 15 September 2021German Classic 2021
Department of Computer Science and Faculty of PhilosophyUK Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge

UK students in Years 2-13 (or equivalent)

You must register your school by October. The Challenge will take place in NovemberUK Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge
Faculty of ClassicsThe David Raeburn Prize

Any participant aged 11-18 (or Years 7-13 or equivalent)

6pm, Thursday 2 December 2021The David Raeburn Prize

More competitions will be published here throughout the year.