The John Locke Institute, based around the universities of Oxford and Princeton, runs the world’s largest essay competition with entrants from over 100 countries.
All of the essay prizes are judged by senior academics from the University of Oxford.
The competition challenges A Level students to broaden and deepen their knowledge through independent research and refine their writing skills and scholarship – the perfect preparation for undergraduate study.
Charlotte’s entry considered the question “Are the psychological differences between gender greater or smaller than those between sexes?”
Charlotte said: “I was so happy when I found out I was shortlisted in July and then when the results came out it was just amazing. I’m applying for Human, Social and Political Sciences at Cambridge so the competition was a great way to show that I can do my own research and present it as you would in a dissertation.”
“The EPQ has been so much help to prepare for this and the support for my application to Cambridge has been great, everyone has been amazing. The teachers have made us their top priority. We’ve been having extra lunchtime lessons for Psychology, doing revision sessions with the English team and lots of extra support for Geography investigations which is just great.”
Charlotte currently studies A Level Psychology, English and Geography as well as undertaking an EPQ focussed on sports psychology. Her ultimate goal is to study at the University of Cambridge before working for a non-governmental Think Tank.