University essay competitions are aimed at Sixth-form students.
Essay competitions are an important means by which you can expand your knowledge and hone your learning. If you are applying for a particular subject at university, undertaking an essay competition is a good way to deepen your understanding of a field. If you are applying to Oxbridge, essay competitions are essential. The majority of essay competitions are indeed run by Oxbridge colleges, although other universities are following suit, so do give one a go!
Don’t forget to talk to the subject specialists in your department who will be able to offer advice on reading. Moreover there are often limits on the number of essays the College can submit for individual competitions—especially in the case of Oxbridge colleges—so make sure that you consult your department in advance.
Photo: Katie Cook and Lord Walker at the Trinity Law Essay Prize Competition, 2015, in which Katie achieved joint second place.