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The Pelican Programme


What is the Pelican Programme?
  • A sustained super-curricular programme with subject specific streams.
  • Focus on discussion and oracy alongside the development of analytical and comprehension skills.
  • Small online groups (no more than 10 in each group) which meet once a fortnight in sessions led by a subject expert.
  • Set pre-reading for every session which is used as the basis of discussion.
  • Includes a residential event here at Corpus to celebrate those students who finish the programme. 
Which subjects are covered?
  • Architecture (new for 2024)
  • Classics
  • English
  • History
  • Law
  • Modern and Medieval Languages (French and Spanish)
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Sciences
Who is it for?
  • Students who are looking to make an application to highly selective universities.
  • Students who are enthusiastic about the offered subjects and who are thinking of applying for them at university.
  • Students who enjoy being academically stretched and challenged.


Are there eligibilty criteria?
  • Students have to be:
    • in Y12 (Y13/S5 in Northern Ireland/Scotland)
    • on course for  A*AA or higher (or equivalent)
  • And also meet at least one of our widening-participation criteria 
How can I apply?
  • There is no direct application process. Students have to be nominated by their school.
  • Schools can only nominate one student per subject stream. 
  • Nominations are now open!