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Essay Prize

Dukes Plus Essay Competition 2024

Showcase your academic talent and critical thinking in fields like education, law, healthcare, and more. Prizes include £300, a consultation with an education advisor, and publication in Insight magazine. Submit your essay by August 14th, 2024.

Why Apply?

  • Win a £300 prize or magazine publication
  • Showcase your academic talent & critical thinking
  • Write about field such as education, law, healthcare, and more
  • Open to students aged 15-17
  • Submit your essay by August 14th, 2024

Dukes Education has held an annual essay prize since 2015. Open to students 15-17 years old, the prestigious competition provides a platform for students to showcase their academic prowess, creativity, and critical thinking.

We anticipate that some students will use the experience of entering the essay competition as evidence of their super-curricular engagement and plan to profile it on their future university applications. With that in mind, this year we are running four essay competitions, aligned to our four university consultancy brands. Whilst all students are welcome to enter, we particularly encourage those who are considering university applications in the following fields to enter the competitions:  

Describe and justify what the ideal schools, existing in the year 2100, would be like

Useful for those students who are planning an application to a US university; this title encourages entrants to consider what makes an institution special and how that might change in the future. The competition is a great warm-up for the supplemental essays students will write when applying.

“Essays no longer demonstrate a student’s academic potential.” Discuss. 

Useful for those students who are considering a competitive UK university pathway, such as Oxford or Cambridge.

To what extent is there a legal justification for extreme climate change protest? 

Useful for students who are planning to apply for Law as their undergraduate degree. 

Identify the world’s best healthcare system and justify your choice. 

Useful for students who are applying to the medical field.

Details of the competition 

Submission Guidelines 

Marking Criteria 

This competition is a fantastic opportunity for students to engage in thought-provoking topics, enhance their writing skills, and gain recognition for their efforts. We look forward to receiving your insightful essays! 

Submit Your Essay

Please note: Essays will be run through plagiarism and AI-detection software. AI-written essays will not be considered.
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