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National psychology competition

National psychology competition

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.

To enter the competition, students answer the competition question with a two-minute video (submitted before the event) and a corresponding poster (to be presented at the on-campus 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.


The competition question

Check back for the competition question for 2023! 


Rules and regulations

Teachers can register one team of 2 to 5 students from your school.

Submission deadlines, rules, and regulations for the last competition can be found here.



To register your team(s) for the competition, please complete the registration form (registration will open in March 2023).

Please note that team places for this event fill up fast and registration is first-come, first-serve.

If you are an A-level teacher and would like receive updates about future event registration dates, please join our mailing list.


The prizes

For the past few years our competition event has been generously sponsored by Oxford University Press (OUP). The OUP provided £100 of book vouchers to the winning school and £75 book vouchers to the runner-up school and audience favourite. Winning team members also received a share of £100 in gift vouchers, courtesy of the Department of Psychology, Royal Holloway University of London.


Previous winners

Our 2022 competition theme was “How can psychology help solve societal and global problems?” Watch the video from the winning team from Peter Symonds College.

Our 2021 competition theme was “How can psychology help us to create a better future?” Watch the video from the winning team from Hazelwick School.

Our 2020 competition theme was “How can psychology help us to understand current events?”. Watch the video from the winning team from Lady Eleanor Holles School.

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

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

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