The Oxbridge Launchpad is excited to announce that our annual essay competition is now up and running for 2024! We want to provide a writing opportunity with guaranteed feedback from Oxbridge students to help you on your way to making a strong university application, whether that be to Oxbridge or somewhere else. If you are 15-17 years old and attend a UK state school we would love for you to sign up!
How does it work?
What's in it for me?
We have provided a list of questions (see below) for a variety of different subjects. If you don't see one that inspires you, we encourage you to write your own to explore something outside of the usual curriculum - just email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know first and we can approve it.
Entries are open to UK state school students only, and we can only accept one entry per person.
Structure and style are up to you, no need to reference.
Suggested word count is ~1500 words, up to a maximum of 1750 words.
Please submit your essay as a pdf called 'FirstName_Surname_Subject' by emailing it to email@example.com by 6pm 1st April. We will review submissions in April and announce winner(s) in May.
If you'd like to register your interest and receive reminders, please fill out the form here
Please get in touch using the email listed above if you have any other questions and we will be happy to answer them. Happy writing!
The opportunity to research your subject in depth and practise your essay-writing
Material to talk about on your personal statement or in your interview
Written feedback on your essay from our team of current Oxbridge students
The winning essay(s) will be published on our website, along with the names of the authors of shortlisted essays
Strong candidates will have the opportunity to write other short essays to be published in our Oxbridge Intelligence blog, after an editing process with our team of Oxbridge students.
A free place on our summer programme for winning essay(s)!
COMPETITION QUESTIONS 2024
Anthropology - What do you think is the biggest challenge faced by modern anthropologists and why?
Biology - What do you think the biggest breakthrough in biology will be in the 21st century and why? Has it already happened?
Chemistry - ‘The field of chemistry will be essential in solving the world's energy crisis.’ Discuss.
Classics - ‘No other ancient culture has left a more notable impression on the culture of today than the ancient Greeks.’ Discuss.
Computer Science - Will digital intelligence ever replace biological intelligence?
Economics - ‘Billionaires should be banned.’ Discuss.
Engineering - ‘Engineers will be the ones to solve the climate crisis.’ Discuss
Literature - Should we study texts that offend?
Geography - ‘The study of geography is the key to solving the climate crisis.’ Discuss.
History - Can history be objective?
Law - Are there too many or too few laws in the UK today?
Linguistics/Philology - ‘There is no such thing as ‘universal grammar’. Discuss.
Management and Business - Pick an organisation you are interested in. What is the current culture and structure like, and how might this have to adapt to the current business environment?
Mathematics - ‘The opportunity to find absolute truths through mathematical proof makes mathematics a subject like none other.’ Discuss.
Medicine - What area of medicine do you believe is the most under researched? Why is this the case?
Philosophy - Does it really matter whether we have a free will or not?
Physics - ‘Developments in the field of quantum mechanics has the potential to fundamentally change the world in the near future.’ Discuss.
Politics - ‘Corruption will always be an issue in politics, there is nothing voters can do to prevent it.’ Discuss.
Psychology - ‘Emotion cannot be quantified.’ Discuss.
Theology and Religion - ‘It is arrogant to call oneself an atheist.’ Discuss.
Deadline is 6pm on April 1st, 2024, so get writing!
Any further questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org