Book a Runshaw Horizons Masterclass 

Our Horizons Programme for Year 10 is designed to provide challenging and thought provoking sessions for students from our Partner High Schools who want to extend their learning outside of the school curriculum. This gives students the opportunity to stretch themselves and explore different subjects they may want to pursue in their future.

We’re thrilled to be able to offer a full programme of exciting and engaging Masterclasses for students with a passion for learning. These events will take place on campus being led by our fantastic course leaders. 

Please use the booking slots below to register your students for these events. 

PLEASE NOTE: this booking page is intended for the use of Teachers and Staff Members of our Partner High Schools. If you are currently a student, please speak to your subject teachers about the possibility of booking on to an event.

If you have any additional questions, please contact the Schools Liaison Admissions Team on 01772 643000 or email

  • December 2023

    Challenge History: Power, Propaganda and Persecution  *NEW!* 

    A Level History

    Interested in History? You are sure to learn something new in this session which will explore the themes of Power, Propaganda and Persecution during three exciting and very different historical periods – the rule of the Julio-Claudian emperors of Ancient Rome, Russia and the Soviet Union during the 19th and 20th century and the Witchcraze in Europe 1560-1660. We will also consider how these themes relate to the modern world.

    Booking deadline: Monday 20th November

    Ideal for: Historians, opinion-formers, and young activists

    Find out more   Tuesday 5th December  10:00-12:00 


    The Business Ethics Challenge 

    A Level Business Studies & Accounting

    Every day in the highly dynamic and complex world of Business, entrepreneurs and large corporations are challenged by ethical business dilemmas while balancing the need to make a profit. For many companies, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is at the heart of their decision-making process on many daily business issues. Yet it is not always easy to ‘do the right thing’ or to act ethically when stakeholders may have very different views about how a business should act. For example, a customer may require something very different to an employee or an investor. Eventually, business must balance the needs of its stakeholders with the benefits to the business of acting responsibly. To demonstrate this, you are invited to participate in an exciting board room simulation event in the hope of generating discussion and making strategic decisions focused on some typical everyday dilemmas a business might face. The issues it raises are guaranteed to provoke debate amongst teams of players who act as different stakeholders.

    Booking deadline: Tuesday 21st November

    Ideal for: Public speakers, debaters, and decision makers.

    Book Now   Wednesday 6th December  10:00-12:00 
  • February 2024
    Find out more   Friday 2nd February  09:30-14:00 


    Forensic Psychology: Offender Profiling, Understanding Offenders and Psychopathy

    A Level Psychology

    Are psychopaths born or made? How do psychologists help the police catch offenders through profiling? How do psychologists help understand why offenders commit crimes? If you are interested in these questions, then you will love this interactive session! You will understand how the UK and the USA use psychological profiling to catch offenders, looking at how these techniques were used with serial offenders like Ted Bundy. We will investigate how psychologists can help the criminal justice system by assessing the reasons why serial killers like Edmund Kemper committed their crimes, making recommendations for treatment programmes and parole. Finally, we will look at whether psychopaths are born that way or created by the environment, using an example of a real life ‘psychopath’. Bring your detective skills super sleuths!

    Booking deadline: Wednesday 17th January

    Ideal for: Those interested in criminal investigations and Psychology

    Find out more   Tuesday 6th February  10:00-12:30 


    The Goddess Athena and the Panathenaic Festival *NEW!*

    A Level Classical Civilisation

    Come and spend a morning looking at the stories surrounding the goddess Athena in Greek mythology as well as exploring her main sanctuary on the Athenian Acropolis through the use of VR technology. We will delve more deeply into the Panathenaic festival held in Athens and explore primary literature and key material culture such as the Parthenon frieze and Panathenaic amphorae.

    Booking deadline: Thursday 18th January

    Ideal for: Historians and Literacy Lovers!

    Book Now   Wednesday 7th February  10:00-12:30 


    The Full English 

    A Level English Language, English Literature & Combined English

    Students with a passion for English are invited to a morning devoted to celebrating its rich variety. Focusing on a chosen theme, students will participate in three diverse sessions exploring the worlds of literature and language. There will be something for everyone, from modern poetry and an array of fictional and nonfictional narrative voices to lively discussion, intense analysis, and creative writing. Hence the title: if students love English, our ‘Full English’ will whet their appetite for more!

    Booking deadline: Monday 5th February

    Ideal for: Writers, Readers, Poets and Creatives

    Find out more   Tuesday 20th February  10:00-12:30 


    Sociological Dragons’ Den 

    A Level Sociology

    The session will cover the crime and deviance topic from A-Level Sociology. We will focus on crime prevention strategies and techniques used to investigate the issue of youth gangs and youth crime in society. By the end of the session, you will have produced a strategy designed to reduce gangs / gang related crime, in inner city Manchester. A panel of ‘Dragons’ Den’ judges will choose the group with the best crime reducing strategy!

    Booking deadline: Wednesday 7th February

    Ideal for: Future Social Workers and Police Officers 

    Book Now   Wednesday 28th February  09:30-11:30 
  • March 2024
    Find out more   Tuesday 12th March  10:30-14:00 


    Design a Prison *NEW!*

    Level 3 Applied Diploma in Criminology

    Are prison sentences preventing future offending? Is the prison system achieving social control? Can we ‘design crime out’ of prison and prevent reoffending? If you are interested in discovering the answers to these questions and designing your very own ideal prison, join us for our design a prison masterclass. In this session we will study, how architects, planners and councils design the environment of an area to reduce crime. Some criminologists argue that the built environment can affect the level of crime in two ways: by influencing potential offenders e.g., presenting them with opportunities to commit crime and by affecting people’s ability to exercise control over their surroundings. We will also study Foucault’s Panopticon and will use his theory of self-surveillance within our own prison designs. In small teams, you will research the current issues within prisons and will use your knowledge of crime prevention through environmental design to create your own ideal prison. This is an opportunity to get creative, debate with other teams and to present an engaging argument supporting your prison design.

    Booking deadline: Friday 1st March

    Ideal for: Future Police Officers and Sociologists

    Book Now   Tuesday 19th March  10:00-13:30 


    Medical Marvels 

    The Medical Society

    This is an afternoon event for all budding Medics, Vets and Dentists! Spend an afternoon with our fantastic Medical Society students and teachers who will introduce you to life in these careers and give you the opportunity to take part in this amazing anatomical extravaganza! Learn how to carry out basic medical procedures, a dissection and draw your own anatomy! This is the perfect addition to your record of achievement to demonstrate your passion for these ever-changing professions. It is the ideal opportunity for students to extend their knowledge of the professions and gain some experience of what these professions entail. We will also talk to students about the opportunities they will receive as a member of the society, in making their medical ambitions come alive!

    Booking deadline: Thursday 29th February

    Ideal for: Keen Biologists who are on their way to Medical and Science schools

    Find out more   Wednesday 20th March  10:30-14:30 


    Maths Challenge 

    A Level Maths & Further Maths

    This well-established and popular competition for the mathematically gifted provides an opportunity for teams to compete for the prestigious Runshaw Maths Challenge Cup. There is a special cup for the winners but since most of the adults present would be stuck on task one, all teams will receive a medal in recognition of their prowess in this key subject. Maximum of 4 students per team. Depending on demand, we may be able to accommodate more than 1 team per school, please request this when booking.

    Booking deadline: Friday 1st March

    Ideal for: Your sharpest Mathematicians

    Book Now   Thursday 21st March  17:00-19:30 


    Creating Sustainability 

    A Level Geography

    Sustainability is a theme that runs through many contemporary geographical topics. This workshop seeks to explore some of the problems created by unsustainable activities, investigate what sustainability really means and evaluate how a school or college can become more sustainable. This will provide students with some case studies of sustainability in action and can provide opportunities for students to take some positive action of their own.

    Booking deadline: Monday 11th March

    Ideal for: Ecologists and Geographers

    Find out more   Tuesday 26th March  10:00-12:00 


    The Moral Side of Murder 

    A Level Law

    Is it ever morally justifiable or excusable to kill and eat a human being? This masterclass session will examine a hypothetical case, how the rescued survivors, who kill and eat one person in order to survive, should be treated by the law. Students will get a chance to solve a legal philosophy puzzle by going through different law theories and looking at different opinions of different judges and deciding what the law should do in these situations.

    Booking deadline: Tuesday 12th March

    Ideal for: Keen debaters and future Lawyers

    Find out more   Wednesday 27th March  09:30-11:30 


    The Big Debate 

    A Level Politics

    A chance for school teams to debate the big issues of the day – following the rules of the English Speaking Union – and to participate in the debate as part of the audience. A gala event of debate and discussion at Runshaw is planned with refreshments and rewards for all who want to take part. We will also be offering coaching sessions in debating to sharpen the public speaking skills of students who wish to participate

    Booking deadline: Tuesday 12th March

    Ideal for: Those with an interest in debate, politics, and public speaking.

    Book Now   Wednesday 27th March  17:30-20:00 
  • April 2024

    What Lies Beneath 

    Level 3 Applied Science

    An interactive activity investigating invertebrate populations in water. Students will explore pond habitats that are polluted and not polluted. They will then identify and record the different species in each ecosystem, then use this information to calculate the biodiversity index. The quality of the water will be investigated to determine the pH, nitrates, ammonium, and phosphorus levels in order to assess the how polluted each ecosystem is. The practical activities will then lead to discussions around the human impact on biodiversity in both aquatic and terrestrial systems. Students will explore ways in which they can increase biodiversity and create their own seed bombs to take away.

    Booking deadline: Friday 23rd February

    Ideal for: Biologists and Chemists with an interest in practical investigations

    Book Now   Wednesday 17th April  11:00-14:30