The essay competition is now closed
The competition will re-open on 1st October 2021.
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 (equivalent to Year 12 in the English education system).
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: Should the West return cultural artefacts to their former colonial territories?
Creative Writing: It is 2120. There is no longer any such thing as poetry, or poets. What happened?
Data Science: What is the importance of ethics in data science?
Economics: How relevant is economics during a pandemic and in what way might economists make things better?
English: Is literature always a force for good?
History: Will the Covid-19 pandemic change human history?
Law: When, if ever, should one be criminally liable for infecting another person with a disease?
Philosophy: Should robots have rights? Why or why not?
Politics and International Relations: Is democracy experiencing a setback worldwide?
Psychology: Discuss the sources of mental health issues in the modern world.
The following prizes will be awarded for each subject:
First place – £1000
Second place – £500
Third place – £250
How to enter
1. Register for the competition – After registering you will be emailed detailed instructions.
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 1pm GMT Monday January 1st 2022.
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 in England) 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.
The essay competition is now closed. It will reopen again on 1st October 2021.