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Undergraduate Study


Developing super-curricular engagement in the Arts & Humanities

Corpus is excited to announce that nominations are now open for this year's Pelican Programme. These programmes are for Y12 students (Y13 in Northern Ireland/S5 in Scotland) from widening-participation backgrounds and have been designed to facilitate super-curricular engagement, to improve discussion skills, and to build confidence in handling academic texts. The programmes will help prepare students to make a competitive application to Oxbridge by developing and practising the academic skills that the Oxbridge admissions process requires.

Last year we worked with over 100 students across the six subject streams with over 70% going on to successfully complete the programme and 42 applying to Cambridge or Oxford. 

There are seven subject streams:

  • Architecture (new this year)
  • Classics
  • English
  • History
  • Law
  • Modern and Medieval Languages (French & Spanish)
  • Philosophy

Due to the nature of the targeted support and level of interaction, there are only 20 places per programme. The programme will run from January to July, with an hour long session every fortnight. Students will meet online as group with their subject tutor and sessions will be run like university seminars. Students can only be involved in one subject stream, and we encourage students to pick the one that most closely links to the subject they wish to pursue at university.

For more information about the Pelican Programme, eligibility criteria, and how to be nominated for a place, please visit our website



Date and time

Monday, 22 January 2024 (5:00pm)


Year 12 (Y13 NI / S5 Scotland)
State school only
Eligibility criteria applies

Online event
College event


Deadline: Friday, 22 December 2023 (5:00pm)

Contact and more info

James Davies-Warner