Cambridge Summer School Essay Competition

The Immerse Education Essay Competition

Are you interested in attending the Immerse Cambridge Summer School?

We offer a variety of summer programmes, from Architecture to Physics, and if you’re looking to showcase your academic skills then this is the essay competition for you! The Immerse Education Essay Competition offers applicants the opportunity to win a 100% scholarship to participate on an Immerse summer programme.

Details of the competition, the guidelines, the prizes and important competition dates for your diary are outlined below.


What is the Immerse Education Essay Competition?

What is the Immerse Education Essay Competition?

The Immerse Education Essay Competition provides the opportunity for students aged 13-18 to submit essay responses to a pre-set question relating to their chosen subject.

Who can apply?

Students of all nationalities who will be aged 13-18 during the summer of 2020.

What should I write about?

Our essay questions are pre-defined according to your age group and preferred subject. You are encouraged to tailor your essay response to reflect your interest in your chosen subject.

A full list of questions can be found here.

What are the prizes?

Overall winners will be awarded a full scholarship, covering 100% of the participation fee to study their chosen subject with Immerse.

Runner up prizes include a £200 voucher to spend on, and scholarships to Immerse.


Why apply to the Immerse Essay Competition?

Who is our competition open to?

Our Essay Competition is open for students interested in all subjects, from Architecture to Veterinary Medicine.

Are you…?

Are you a budding architect looking for the best architecture summer school?

Perhaps you’re looking to hone your programming skills on our computer science summer program?

Maybe you’re a motivated economist looking to enhance your knowledge on our economics summer school in Cambridge?

Or perhaps, spending 2 weeks living in colleges of Cambridge University, meeting international friends, and learning from expert tutors, sounds like an inspirational experience?

With 20 subjects to choose from, take your chance to win a 100% academic scholarship to our Cambridge Summer School.


Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to pay or enrol in the programmes in order to enter the competition?

No, there is no entry fee and you do not need to have already enrolled in our programmes to take part.

When is the deadline for entries?

All entries must be received by 23:59 (BST) on Monday 20th January 2020. We are unable to accept late entries.

Can I submit more than one entry?

You can enter one entry per subject. For example, you could enter an essay for Medicine, and a separate entry for Biology.

Where can I find the list of essay questions by subject and age group?

Please find a full list of the questions here.

I’m turning 16, which age group should I enter for?

If you will be or turn 16 during the programme, please enter the competition for 16-18 year olds.

Are references necessary?

References and/or a bibliography are not necessary but they are recommended (with the exception of the Creative Writing 13-15 Essay Question). There is no particular referencing style that we recommend, but if you do choose to reference, please be consistent. Any references, bibliography and title do not count towards to the word count.

How many words should my essay be? 

The maximum word limit is 500 words with a 10% threshold (i.e. the absolute maximum is 550). There is no minimum word count but entrants are encouraged to aim for 500 words. Titles, captions, references, bibliography and appendices do not count towards the word count where used appropriately.

Can include images, diagrams and tables?

You are welcome to include images, diagrams, tables and other visual elements in your essay as long as they are relevant to the content of your essay. Captions or labels are encouraged and do count towards the word count.

Do you have a past example of a winning entry for reference?

The Immerse Essay Competition changes each year, however a winning entry from our 2019 competition can be found here.

Have you received my submission?

You will receive an email confirming that your entry has been received shortly after completing our online entry form. Please allow 24 hours for this to arrive and ensure your have checked your spam folder.

What are the marking criteria?

The marking criteria vary by subject and age group. Various elements of the essay are assessed and the following indicates the relative weighting applied to most essays:

Content – 40%
Research – 25%
Structure – 20%
Grammar – 15%

Do you have any advice about the Essay Competition?

Our main advice would be to think about the question. Take some time to consider what the question is actually asking and plan your response. Ensure that you remain focused on the question throughout your answer and try not to stray into tangential topics.

Our second piece of advice would be to proofread your work before submission.

Further advice can be found here.

Receive guidance and further updates

Interested in entering the Immerse Education Essay Competition? Enter your email below to receive further guidance on what our judges will be looking for.

Will we be seeing you at the Cambridge Summer School 2020? Submit your entry to the Essay Competition by 20th January 2020.