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Academic Programme

Our Oxford College Summer School academic programme is designed to help students develop their subject knowledge and English language skills as they prepare for further study.  Our students receive 22 hours tuition per week.  This consists of 15 hours subject specific tuition, and 7 hours of university preparation workshops and seminars.  At the end of their course, all students will deliver a group presentation.  Students can choose to study one two-week course from 10 different options.

To see what a typical day looks like, please view our Sample Timetable here.

General English

Our General English course is designed to improve students’ language skills and academic study skills, in an engaging and student-centred environment. Through its topical content and with a focus on presentation skills, students will develop key 21st century skills, as well as their vocabulary, fluency and confidence in English.

Business & Leadership

Through a variety of engaging projects and assignments, students will develop their understanding of business and business English in the areas of finance, sales, marketing and leadership. At the end of the course students will have the opportunity to present their very own sales pitch for their own product and start-up company. 

History of Art

A course perfect for students with a passion for art in all of its visual media; from painting and sculpture, to architecture and design. Students analyse a series of artistic movements, from the early Renaissance to the present day, to understand the significance of art in its historical and cultural context. This engaging course will develop key critical thinking, visual literacy and research skills.


A comprehensive, interactive course for any students wishing to pursue a career in medicine. Students will develop their knowledge and theoretical understanding of medicine. With a focus on human biology, symptom analysis and ethical debates, students will also develop their analytical and communication skills.


Students will study a range of philosophical themes, examining both classical and contemporary concepts and dilemmas, to develop vital analytical skills. Thought-provoking discussions will also help students develop their ability to think and reason critically, as well as forming and presenting clear, cogent arguments.


The perfect choice for aspiring solicitors and barristers, our Law course will develop key skills in critical thinking, debating and legal argumentation. Students will also explore different areas of law, such as criminal, familial and contract law, through the analysis of case studies, before developing their own case for a mock trial.

Natural Sciences

An ideal course for any students wishing to broaden their understanding of the sciences, this course will develop students’ knowledge in the key concepts and theories of chemistry, physics and biology. Students will also develop vital skills to enhance their future learning, through project tasks requiring independent research and presentation skills.

English Literature & Creative Writing

Students will analyse a diverse range of classic and modern literary works and complete practical writing activities to ignite their imagination. This will encourage students to develop their ability to form critical response to a variety of texts, as well as improve their own creative writing techniques.

Politics & Economics

A course for the political leaders of tomorrow. Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of key political and economic concepts, international geopolitical trends and discover how governmental policies change over time. Students will also improve their communication and presentation skills, through political campaign projects.

International Relations

An exciting and dynamic course focusing on developing our students’ knowledge and understanding of global powers, international policy and diplomacy.  Students will further develop their critical reasoning, negotiation and presentation skills, through a series of debates and conference scenarios.

University Preparation

An integral part of the Academic Programme at Oxford College Summer School is our aim to help students prepare for academic success at university. Students will have 6 hours of additional University Preparation tuition on 2 afternoons per week, which include a series of study skills seminars and guest lectures. These afternoons will assist students in building key learning strategies, broaden their education and provide them with an authentic university lecture and seminar experience. In addition, students are provided with practical advice and guidance on the university application process, centred around personal statements or the interview stage of their application.

Guest Lectures
Academic Workshops
University Applications

Social and Wellbeing Programme

A happy and healthy body and mind allows our students to perform at their best during their studies. Our wellbeing programme provides opportunities for students to exercise, relax, be creative and re-energise.  Our dedicated and imaginative staff provide a varied programme of activities and events, taking into account the city, the Academic Programme and the input of the student council. All of this together makes sure that there is something for everyone at the Oxford College Summer School!

Cultural Tours
Team Sports
Yoga & Mindfulness
Art Workshops
Inter-College Competition
Graduation Ball


Start Date End Date Duration Price
Monday 2 July, 2018 Monday 16 July, 2018 2 Weeks £3,700
Monday 2 July, 2018 Monday 30 July, 2018 4 Weeks £7,400
Monday 2 July, 2018 Monday 13 August, 2018 6 Weeks £11,100
Monday 16 July, 2018 Monday 30 July, 2018 2 Weeks £3,700
Monday 16 July, 2018 Monday 13 August, 2018 4 Weeks £7,400
Monday 30 July, 2018 Monday 13 August, 2018 2 Weeks £3,700