Ancient Worlds Programme

Being Human: Ancient and Modern Perspectives on Humanity

A free six-part university preparation programme for Year 12s considering studying humanities at degree level

The Faculty of Classics, Corpus Christi College and Worcester College invite students in Year 12 at state schools in the North West, Yorkshire and the Humber to join Oxford academics in thinking through some of the modern world's biggest questions - by looking back to the ancient world. 

The programme events are listed below; please scroll down to find further details, dates and how to register.

  1. Five seminar discussions led by Oxford academics; all five are run both in Manchester AND in Huddersfield. Monthly, November 2019 to March 2020.
  2. A Three Day Residential in Oxford. All costs covered, including travel.
  3. Personal Statement and University Application Support.
    There is an additional event in the September of Year 13 for those aspiring to study a Classics related degree at Oxbridge.

Students cannot register to attend individual events: students register themselves for the entire programme. There are 60 places available, 30 in Manchester and surrounding area and 30 in Huddersfield and the surrounding area.

Applications are open from June 17th to October 21st. Before applying, please check with your school and parent(s)/guardian(s) that you would be able to travel to the seminars and attend the March residential. If you are successful in gaining a place, you and your nominated teacher will be contacted with the full details of the programme.


Develop the critical thinking and problem-solving skills you will need for your humanities degree! Each session will be led by an Oxford academic and run by a minimum of two Oxford staff. The sessions will be discussion based and will involve tackling engaging big questions through a mixture of philosophy, linguistics, literature, history, art and archaeology.

Manchester Seminars will take place at Loreto College and Huddersfield Seminars will take place at Greenhead College. Parent(s)/guardian(s) and teachers are invited to the Launch Seminar, which will include an overview of the programme and time for questions. The Launch Seminars will run from 17:00 – 18:15; all subsequent seminars will run from 17:00 – 18:00.


1. Is a robot a human?  Wednesday 6th November 2019 Manchester // Thursday 7th November 2019 Huddersfield

2. What happens after we die? Wednesday 4th December Manchester // Thursday 5th December Huddersfield

3. Why do humans tell stories? Wednesday 8th January Manchester // Thursday 9th January Huddersfield

4. Would you rather be free or safe? Wednesday 5th February Manchester // Thursday 6th February Huddersfield

5. Would it be better if we all spoke the same language? Wednesday 4th March Manchester // Thursday 5th March Huddersfield



Being Human: a three day residential stay                                         Wednesday 18th - Friday 20th March Oxford

Experience life as an Oxford student, staying at an Oxford college and being taught in the style of a university student. Develop your knowledge and skills working on a group project and gain insight into university and Oxford admissions. You’ll also get to know a like-minded group of students from across the North West and Yorkshire and the Humber through social activities.



Personal Statement and Application Support                                   Tuesday 30th June 2020 Oxford

Students on the Being Human programme will be offered priority booking for the night before the Oxford University summer Open Day on July 1st (free; dinner and breakfast provided). On the day of arrival, Tuesday 30th June, the Being Human staff (Oxford academic, admissions and outreach staff) are able to offer bespoke Personal Statement support, regardless of the subject/university the student is applying to.



Additional support for Classics applicants in Year 13                   Early September 2020 Oxford

The Being Human programme is led by Classics academics and as such we are able to offer specific, tailored support to those in the programme cohort who decide to apply to a Classics or Classics-related degree at Oxbridge. This will involve help with personal statements, preparation for admissions tests and practice interviews.  



If you …

  • Are in Year 12 at a UK state-maintained school and are able to attend the after-school sessions in Manchester/Huddersfield from where you live;
  • Are interested in studying ancient or modern humanities at university;
  • Have read all the above information carefully;
  • Have spoken to the relevant teacher(s) and your parent(s)/guardian(s) to check you will be able to attend the above events (as a minimum you should have confirmed you will be available for the March residential dates and the Seminar Series dates)

… then please apply to participate in the Being Human Programme !

Go to where you will find a link to the application form, together with details regarding our agreed selection process for applicants and privacy notices.


If you have any questions regarding the event before or after applying, please don’t hesitate to contact the Being Human core staff team:

Qasim Alli, Faculty of Classics:

Suzie Giles, Corpus Christi College:

Chella Ward, Worcester College:



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