The Homerton College Essay Programme

Challenge your thinking by participating in Homerton College's new essay programme


Applications for The Homerton College Essay Programme are currently closed. Applications will reopen in Spring 2023.

The programme is aimed at students in Year 12 (or equivalent) during the 2021-2022 academic year and is intended to equip participants with key skills that are considered highly desirable by university admissions tutors such as critical reading, research design and essay writing. The programme is designed to be cross-curricular and multidisciplinary so we welcome applications from interested students studying any combination of subjects who are keen to engage with the theme of this year's programme: 'Building a Sustainable World'.

By signing up to the programme, you will have access to a selection of subject-specific and skills-based webinar workshops from May to July. These workshops will provide you with the grounding to devise and produce your own essay in response to a choice of questions on this year's theme.

We would encourage all participants in the programme to submit a final essay in July. Those who have participated in the programme and submitted an essay will be invited to attend a celebration event at Homerton, with those who are awarded 'Highly Commended' also being invited to an interactive and immersive residential which will delve deeper into the theme of 'Building a Sustainable World'. Prizes and awards will be given to the most impressive entries. All accommodation and food costs will be covered for Student Conference attendees with travel bursaries also available.

To apply for this programme you must be:

  • Thinking of applying to Cambridge (or another competitive university)
  • Be able to achieve the University of Cambridge entrance requirements
  • Be interested in planning and writing your own essay

Students who meet any of the below criteria will be prioritised in selection for the programme and may be eligible for extra support and guidance:

  • No parental history of higher education
  • Current state school student
  • Currently or previously living under local authority care
  • Eligible for Free School Meals (currently, or in the previous six years)
  • IMD deciles 1-3
  • Low school/college progression rates to higher education
  • Disability/extenuating circumstances which have affected study
  • Ethnicity: students who identify as from a racially marginalised group
  • Young carers
  • POLAR 4 classification 1 or 2

If you have any questions about the programme please email us:

Students - keep an eye on this page, or follow our Admissions and Outreach Twitter account to be notified of updates to the Essay Programme.

Teachers and HE Advisors – subscribe to our teacher newsletter to be notified of updates to the Essay Programme, as well as other Access and Outreach activities being run by Homerton College.


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