The Department of History Y12/L6 History Essay prize

The Department of History is proud to sponsor a Y12/L6 History essay prize competition. The competition is open to Year 12 or Lower Sixth students from schools and colleges anywhere in the UK (a maximum of two applicants per school/college per year).

There is a prize of £50 for the winning essay, and two runner-up essays will receive commendations.

The essays, of up to 1,500 words, must be on topics from the list provided.

The intention behind the prize is:

  • to give A-level History students an opportunity to write about a topic that interests them;
  • to encourage them to develop independent study skills;
  • to provide schools and colleges with a ‘stretch and challenge’ exercise for their most talented students;
  • to recognise the talents of aspiring History students.

Please note that we are unable to provide feedback on unsuccessful entries. Entrants must be in Y12 or Lower 6th, and be studying A-level History or equivalent.

Please see here for more details, how to apply and the essay questions: