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National psychology competition

Please note that the 2020 Psychology Competition is now fully booked. For all registered teams, given ongoing social distancing rules, this year’s competition will now be run as an online competition. See further information below.

The competition

We run a national Psychology competition for schools, enabling Year 12 students to pit their psychology skills against pupils from across the UK.

Rules and Regulations

Teachers can register a maximum of three teams of 2 to 5 students, from your school.

To enter the competition, students answer the competition question with a three-minute video (submitted by 12th June, 2020) and a corresponding poster and audio summary (to be submitted by 29th June, 2020). Winners and runner-up teams will be announced on Wednesday 1st July, 2020 (the day of the original event!)

Students may want to look at findings from psychological studies, think about the implications of a psychological theory, or approach it completely differently. It’s an opportunity for you to showcase your understanding of Psychology.

Further rules and regulations can be found here.

The competition question

The competition question for 2020 is:  “How can psychology help us to understand current events?”

To answer the question, teams must submit both a 3-minute video and a PowerPoint poster + audio summary of their poster.


Registration for this year’s competition is now closed.

Please note that team places for this event fill up fast and registration is first-come, first-serve. Registration for the 2021 event will open in January 2021. Please check back at a later date for further information.

The prizes

Our event this year is sponsored by Oxford University Press. The OUP will provide £100 of book vouchers to the winning school and £75 book vouchers to the two runner-up schools. Winning team members will also receive a share of £100 in Love2Shop vouchers, courtesy of the Department of Psychology, Royal Holloway University of London.

Previous winners

Our 2018 competition theme was "How can Psychology make the world a better place for future generations?" Watch the winning video from Hugh Baird College here.

Our 2019 competition theme was: “How can psychology be used to promote equality and greater acceptance of diversity?” Watch the winning video from Dame Alice Owens School below.

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