Year 12 NCH Essay Competition

Register now to enter the NCH Essay Competition. NCH is inviting competition essay entries from students who are currently in their penultimate year of secondary education (Y12 equivalent in the UK).  Our selection of essay titles engages across a broad range of humanities and social sciences topics and we look forward to receiving entries from talented and intellectually curious students who show passion and academic potential in the humanities and social sciences. We welcome entries from students located anywhere in the world.

Choose your essay title

Art History:

‘Discuss the potential consequences of de-contextualisation for the art-historical study of a work of art’


‘Which problems will economists need to solve within the next 20 years and will artificial intelligence help them?’


‘We should not judge past literature by the standards of the present’. Discuss.


‘How does knowledge of the past help prepare us for the challenges of the twenty-first century?’


‘Should the law allow government to strike special tax deals with certain companies in order to attract foreign investment?’


‘Are we morally responsible for our actions, even if they are ultimately caused by factors beyond our control?’

Politics & International Relations:

‘How has warfare changed since WWII?’


There will be the following prizes awarded for each subject:

First place £1,000 cash prize

Second place £500 cash prize

Third place £250 cash prize

How to enter

1. Register for the competition – After registering you will be emailed more information

2. Choose one of the essay titles

3. Write your 1,500-word essay

4. Submit your essay via our online form (URL will be emailed to you after you register) by 12:00 pm (Midday) Friday 31st January 2020


If you have any further questions please see our FAQ page before contacting us.

Who can enter

The NCH London Essay Competition is open to students who are currently in their penultimate (second to last) year of secondary education, year 12, and who are interested in studying humanities or social sciences at university. This is a global competition, so we encourage entries from those studying anywhere in the world. Find full competition rules here.

Register here

This competition is now closed. Those who have been shortlisted will be notified in June 2020.