You could boost your university philosophy application by receiving a commendation from, or even winning,
one of the various philosophy essay prizes that are available for pre-university students to enter.
If the university you're applying to requires a sample of writing, as some Cambridge colleges do for example, then your prize entry could also supplement your university application.
Here are the prizes that I know of, arranged in order of entry deadline.
If you're thinking of entering, I offer a philosophy-essay writing masterclass, which might help get you started.
If you know of other prizes, not listed here, then by all means let me know, and I'll add them to the page.
The competition is open to all those studying for any AS or A2-level examinations (or equivalent) in 2013.
Entries should be no longer than 1500 words including footnotes but excluding references and can take any form e.g. essay, dialogue, etc. All sources must be referenced.
The deadline is 5pm on Friday 30 March 2013.
The titles for 2013 are:
Essays will be accepted from any student at a UK school or college studying for AS or A2 levels
or qualifications at the same level (eg intermediate 1, intermediate 2, higher, advanced higher etc)
who is 19 or under on 1st April 2013.
Essays must be no more than 1,500 words; and the deadline
is April 1st.
The title for 2013 is:
No moral system can rest solely on authority. It can never be sufficient justification for performing any action that someone commands it. (A J Ayer, 1910-1989) Discuss.
Entrants must be in Year 12 (Lower Sixth) of their school or college; and
your essay must be between 2,000 and 4,000 words.
There are eight essay titles, mainly around the theme of philosophy of religion.
The 2013 deadline is May 31st.
Entrants for the Lloyd Davies Philosophy Prize must be in Year 12 (Lower Sixth) of their school or college.
Your essay must be between 2,000 and 5,000 words.
The 2013 titles are:
The 2013 deadline is June 8th; and the results are announced in time to be included in your UCAS application personal statement.
Entrants for the Edward Craig Philosophy Prize must be Year 13 (Upper Sixth) or lower, of their school or college.
Details of this year's prize have not yet been released. In 2011 the limit was 1,000 words; there were various titles to choose from; and the deadline was September 1st, which was in time for UCAS application personal statements.
Entrants for the Edgar Jones Philosophy Prize must be in Year 12 (Lower Sixth) of their school or college.
Your essay must be a maximum of 2,000 words.
The 2013 titles are:
The 2013 deadline is September 14th; the College hopes to announce the results by the beginning of October, which would be in time for your UCAS application personal statement.