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Welcome to Oxford School of English

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Located in the very heart of the university city of Oxford, OSE (Oxford School of English) provides high-quality courses in English language and associated examinations. OSE is accredited by the ISI and the British Council.

See our latest ISI inspection report here.

English language courses


Our General English and Intensive English courses are designed to help students make rapid progress in English, and focus on the four key language skills – reading, writing, listening and speaking – with lots of additional work on vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation.

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IELTS exam courses


Our 4-week intensive IELTS preparation courses run throughout the year.

This course focuses specifically upon the exam itself and includes substantial work on academic reading, listening, writing and speaking, and frequent practice tests. Classes are small (maximum 8 students).

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Cambridge exam courses

Examination courses

Students in our Cambridge First Certificate (FCE), Advanced (CAE) and Proficiency (CPE) exam courses, take the exams here in Oxford, close to our college.

The courses include tutorials and practice tests, exam writing tasks, practice tests and full mock exams, with new afternoon classes focusing on exam writing and speaking.

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Academic Year Programme

Academic Year

Our Academic Year programme enables students to significantly improve their English level, study skills and their chances of entering a UK university.

This course is very flexible with a range of different options, and is always tailored to the needs of the student. For example, if a student already has a good level of English and wants to focus on academic skills (perhaps Writing or IELTS), these study elements will be built into the student’s individual programme.

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Business English for Executives

Business English for Executives

This course has been designed for business professionals who use English at work, are already at B2 level or higher in English, and need to expand their knowledge and ability.

  • 2 weeks
  • Designed for business professionals
  • Strategic boost to English usage in the workplace
  • Range of study options available
  • Specialist business areas covered by request
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Excellent and outstanding!

ISI inspection

For the sixth successive year, The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) awarded Oxford School of English (OSE) the highest grade in every inspection category in their most recent inspection.

The ISI says that OSE exceeds expectations for the quality of education, and marks our college as excellent in nine different categories, and outstanding in quality assurance. The report states that our premises are of high quality.

The ISI inspects more than 1,300 independent schools in England, including Eton, Harrow, Cheltenham Ladies' College and most of the UK's top schools. 80% of all children in independent education in England attend schools inspected by the ISI.

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Junior Summer School

Junior Summer School

The OSE Junior Summer School (operated by OSE (Juniors) Ltd) provides a memorable experience for students from all over the world, blending first-class English language tuition with masses of fun in a unique environment.

Now in its fifteenth year the Summer School has been hugely successful, gaining an international reputation and each year attracting hundreds of students from across the world.

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Teacher Refresher courses

Our 2-week teacher refresher courses are for overseas teachers of English who would like to update their knowledge of methodology and teaching materials, and to broaden their linguistic and cultural awareness.

The course explores recent and current theory and practice, focusing on methodology, materials and advanced language analysis. It also includes a range of social and cultural activities. The training style is interactive, with workshops as well as presentations, and intended to promote discussion.

This course is aimed at non-native speakers who have experience of teaching English and hold a teaching qualification from their own country.

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The best school of English. Thank you Oxford School of English... Always in my heart! ❤

Barbora Koutníková

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I spent 6 months in this school and it was so difficult to say goodbye.

This school is just great!! So nice, kind and professional teachers. I love them all. All staff is great there. Always ready to help you!

If you donť speak English- go there, if you do- go there anyway. It is a really good experience, you can find new friends from the whole world and have a great time!!

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It was a good experience for me.Teachers ,staffs are very helpful and students are good.I recommend this school for everyone who wants to study in oxford and improve their english as well.

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Awesome school, great teachers!

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The best school in Oxford! Had a lot of fun there :) highly recommend it

Daniele Marini

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Una scuola simpatica e accogliente, a prezzi decisamente accessibili. Persone e luoghi che porterò nel cuore per sempre, come la bellissima ragazza italiana che suonava il pianoforte durante gli intervalli delle lezioni. Insegnanti e personale sempre disponibili, grandi lavoratori. Ciao, Oxford School of English,

If everything will go well, I'll come next year to complete my course and take the CAE Exam. I wrote that you'll be in my heart foreveer, and I realized only after that a lot of people wrote "heart" in almost all the comments. It's not a concidence.


Townhouse apartments

Kennett House

Our townhouse apartments are spacious, stylish and extremely comfortable.

  • 2 bedrooms (double beds), 2 bathrooms (one en suite)
  • very large kitchen, dining and sitting room
  • free WiFi
  • washing machine and drier
  • oven and grill
  • dining table and chairs
  • lovely vibrant area with lots of shops and cafes
  • only 15 minutes from the city centre
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Homestay accommodation

Homestay example

Most of our students choose our homestay option. Living with Oxford residents is a great way to learn more about the UK and British culture, and of course it's a lot easier in many ways than living in an apartment, as the host does all the food shopping and cooking, the cleaning, and even your laundry!

We have some 400 homestay families in and around Oxford. Every homestay is different and we always do our very best to place students in a homestay that matches their needs as closely as possible – though of course, to do this we need clear and accurate information from students at the time of booking.

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  • Dear Sir/Madam,
    I am interested in a 2 week intensive English course starting in early July. Can you offer a suitable course?

  • Dear Lucy,

    Thank you for your submission and interest in our school. We can certainly offer a suitable course for you.
    Our Intensive English 30 course is designed for students who wish to make rapid progress in their language through total immersion in an English speaking environment.
    The course focuses on the four main language skills, reading, writing, listening and speaking, with work on vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation. The course aims to improve a student’s level of English in all areas, rapidly and effectively.

    Your 2 week Intensive Course will cost 328 GBP per week, plus a 65 GBP per week. In total, this will cost 721 GBP.

    If you require accommodation, we have homestay and residential options available. A standard homestay costs 175 GBP per week plus a 25 GBP accommodation finding fee.
    You will have your own room and share the bathroom with others. The residence costs 250 GBP per week plus a 250 GBP residential deposit and a 25 GBP accommodation finding fee. You will have your own room and bathroom. The kitchen and living facilities are shared with another student from our school.
    Please note that we currently have only 2 rooms available in the residence at the beginning of July.

    Kind regards

    from Oxford, UK
  • Dear Sir/Madam,
    I would like to improve my English and I want to study a 2-week Intensive English course from March 12 to 23.
    For accommodation, I would prefer to stay in a single room (homestay). How much does the course and accommodation cost?

    I look forward to hearing from you.
    Yours faithfully,

  • Dear Domingo,
    Thank you for your submission and interest in our school. I can confirm we have availability for your course and accommodation choices.
    Your 2 week Intensive Course will be 328 GBP per week, plus a 65 GBP registration fee. In total, this will cost 721 GBP.
    Regarding accommodation, a standard homestay (single room) will cost 175 GBP per week, plus a 25 GBP accommodation finding fee. In total, this is 375 GBP.
    If this sounds good to you, please can you let me know and I will send you an invoice.
    Kind regards

    from Oxford, UK
  • Dear Pavel,
    Thank you for your message.
    We can certainly offer you a 2-week Intensive English course. The Intensive course is 30 hours per week, Monday to Friday. The cost of this depends on whether you pay for the booking this year or in 2018.
    If you book in 2017 we can offer you the 2017 price of 295 GBP per week plus a 55 GBP registration fee.
    If you book in 2018 the price will slightly increase to 328 GBP per week plus a 65 GBP registration fee.
    The Fluency course does not run all year round, and students must be a minimum of a high B2 level in English to take this course. If you are Elementary / Pre-Intermediate level, the Intensive English course is best for you.
    All students take an English test on their first day at school, and from the results the Director of Studies will place them into the correct class for their level.
    Kind regards

    from Oxford, UK
  • Hello,
    I would like to take a course at OSE next January and I wonder if you have an Intensive course in your General English course for 2 weeks (for Elementary and Pre-Intermediate as well). If yes how much is it; is there any difference in price of both (General vs Intensive)? What is the difference between Intensive General English and Fluency Skills course. If you have a description of the program for Intensive (General) and Fluency course please send me to my email. Also we want to know if you have any tests to prove our current level of EFL knowledge before we apply. Thanks in advance!

    Comment last edited on about 1 year ago by Super User
    from Nakhabino, Moscow Oblast, Russia
  • Hello,
    Have you got any courses for 8-years kids?

    from Russia
  • Unfortunately not. The minimum age is 16.

    from Oxford, UK
  • Dear sir / Madame:

    How are you? This is Grace from China.

    Susi ,who works in British Council introduced your school to me.

    I wanna cooperate with you about the summer camp on hand,

    where the children's ages range from 10 to 18.

    Could you please provide me with a two-week schedule?

    On weekdays, the children have English courses in the morning and outdoor activities in the afternoon. They have mixed classes with the students from other countries from Monday to Friday. What's more, they have a tour on weekends. London is a necessary station, and they all live in homestay families. Could you plz send me the schedule and quotation?


    Best wishes


  • Dear Grace, thanks for your request. Our office will be in touch with you very soon. Meanwhile you might like to check our Junior Summer School homepage for more information about our summer camp.
    Kind regards

    from Oxford, Oxford, UK
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Medical Biology

Course content

The conventional way of looking at Medicine is through the diagnosis of illness and the prescription of drugs. This course approaches medical biology through one of its major fields, toxicology, taking drugs as the starting point rather than the 'cure'.

Toxicology is the scientific study of adverse effects in living organisms due to environmental agents and chemical compounds found in nature, as well as pharmaceutical compounds synthesized for medical use by humans. It involves observing and reporting on the symptoms, mechanisms, detection and treatment of toxic substances in relation to the poisoning of humans; producing toxic effects such as disturbance in growth patterns, discomfort, disease and death. It focuses on the adverse effects that can occur in living organisms that come into contact with chemicals.

Course outcomes

By the end of you will become aware of the pathologies associated with toxicology and the risk assessment work of toxicologists. You will learn about current debates centered on drug abuse and will discuss recent high-profile cases.


Course content

This course explores key concepts in Business, including management, marketing, communication, negotiating and presentations. In today’s global economy and increasingly competitive world, good communication is vital and this involves language skills as well as personal resilience. Students on this course have the opportunity to fine-tune their negotiation and public speaking skills through group project work and presentations.

Students explore the world of business in some detail, examining a range of concepts, from the importance of mission statements to managing finances, and discuss how recent local and world events have shaped today’s ever-changing business world.

Course outcomes

By the end of the course students will be able to plan and present an effective presentation in small groups, have learned how to work effectively in a group, practiced and fine-tuned their negotiating skills and have discussed a variety of business-related topics.

English Literature

Course content

What is style? Why do we like some pieces of writing but find others dull? Are there any objective techniques for evaluating written texts? This course is built around a selection of classic and modern texts, representing a range of genres within the broad categories of prose, poetry and plays. Students will be taught how to analyse and comment on texts, developing their critical skills and knowledge of literary devices and terminology.

Students will also have the opportunity to engage in class discussions and debates.

Course outcomes

By the end of the course, students will have gained confidence in their skills for literary analysis and in their own judgements and their ability to defend them.


Course content

Focusing on criminal law, this course will provide a grounding in the idiosyncrasies of the UK common law system, which can be unpredictable and inconsistent in its application; the criminal court system (magistrates’ courts, crown courts and the supreme court, formerly the House of Lords) and the key concepts underpinning criminal law (actus reus and mens rea). Students will learn about, discuss and come up with defences for a series of fascinating real life cases, each of which illustrates a different aspect of UK law in action.

Course outcomes

By the end of the course students will have gained an overview of the criminal justice system, and an understanding of its key legal concepts and an ability to debate and comment on real life cases and their outcomes.


Course content

Students following this course are instantly plunged into the world of politics, exploring deep below the surface to discover exactly what it is, examining the figures who populate it, and exploring the political systems of different countries. Ultimately, the course defines the importance of politics globally, and also in our own personal lives.

The course will look at political events on a global scale and how they permeate our day-to-day lives. The course will also demonstrate how different definitions of politics are formed, with students analysing concepts in the social sciences and how they are contested. Students will have the opportunity to evaluate different political perspectives and allow their own views to flourish, and be challenged by discussing significant political events of the twenty-first century.

Course outcomes

By the end of the course students will be able to interpret different definitions of politics, and to understand both the people who are involved and how different countries use it. Students will evaluate the importance of politics and how it affects everyday life.

Writing for University

Course content

Essay writing skills are a major part of a university education. Expressing your ideas, formulating a structured argument or even thinking of ideas to include can be very challenging. In this course you will learn how develop critical and creative thinking skills and to plan, organise and write first-class essays for study purposes. Being able to write well improves all areas of study skills, including effective reading, following lectures and note-taking.

Course outcomes

By the end of the course students will be able to plan and write a structured essay, have had extensive practice in persuasive writing and have acquired practical knowledge of how to make their essays stand out from the crowd.


Course content

In this course, students will be introduced to philosophical stuctures through classic texts, contemporary thought and popular culture. Lessons will focus on the nature of reality, not just through the eyes of Descartes and Hume, but as depicted in films like The Matrix and Blade Runner. Students will learn about and discuss ethics, though they will not be confined to the ideas of Plato and Aristotle. They will also engage with the contemporary bioethics of Peter Singer and examine the crucial role of ethics today in business and politics. The aim of the course is not simply to familiarise students with the history of philosophy, but to encourage them to engage with ideas and see that philosophy is all around and more than a worthwhile endeavour.

Course outcomes

By the end of the course students will have acquired valuable transferable skills including the recognition of fallacies in argument, debating and discussion skills and increased their confidence in expressing their opinions cogently and respectfully in front of a group with divergent views.

Creative Writing

This course helps students develop their expressive skills by looking at the techniques used in a wide variety of texts whilst also developing their critical reading skills. It gives students a taste of some of the processes involved in becoming a writer, from reading more insightfully to recording their own ideas and experiences in more interesting and original ways. It also helps them to access reference materials, so that they can find out more about writers and language for themselves.

During the course students are given a wide range of long and shorter writing exercises and are encouraged to experiment with many different forms and styles, in order to identify and develop their own writing strengths and preferences.

Course outcomes

By the end of the course students have learned how to observe and comment on points of style, and to identify confidently what makes a piece of writing original. They will have engaged in critical thinking, which involves noticing things about written texts and pinpointing how effects are produced; a key skill for any serious writer.

Introduction to IELTS

Course content

Any non-native speaker of English planning to study at an English-speaking university will need to take an IELTS exam, which assesses whether you are ready to study on a programme taught in English. Our Introduction to IELTS course introduces students to all four parts of the IELTS exam, teaching them how to approach each part most effectively, to give them the best possible chance of getting into the university of their choice. This course has been developed in collaboration with IELTS examiners and includes detailed instruction in the very best exam techniques and model answers for writing tasks prepared by examiners.

Course objectives

By the end of the course students will have acquired the exam techniques to confidently sit for the exam and have had extensive practice in all four parts of the IELTS exam.

Acting & Performance Skills

The Acting & Performance Skills workshop introduces students to a range of performance methods and techniques which are challenging and fun at the same time. Students will explore movement, voice control and acting skills through a variety of drama techniques including improvisation, building confidence and creativity and developing a practical working knowledge of performance methodology indispensable to any future career. The afternoon workshop will follow on to scenes or monologues chosen from classical or modern theatre.

Leadership & Teambuilding

This afternoon workshop will provide an introduction to the basic skills and knowledge you need to become an effective manager and leader. Key concepts of management and leadership will be defined and discussed and different management and learning styles will be evaluated. Students will be given the opportunity to consider what it means to work in a team, and to be in a position of leadership.

Brasenose College

Brasenose College is one of the constituent colleges in the University of Oxford and is located in the very heart of the city, adjacent to the Radcliffe Camera, Oxford’s most iconic landmark. Although the college is generally regarded as having been founded in 1509, its history stretches back much further, as the site was occupied by Brasenose Hall, one of the mediaeval Oxford institutions which began as lodging houses and gradually became more formal places of learning.

Brasenose alumni include UK Prime Ministers David Cameron and Henry Addington, Australian Prime Ministers Malcom Turnbull and John Gorton, the comedian Michael Palin, the authors John Buchan and William Golding, England cricketer Colin Cowdrey, William Webb Ellis (credited with the invention of rugby football), Douglas Haig and Robert Runcie.

We are both fortunate and delighted to be able to use the facilities of Brasenose College for our courses and students during the summer.

Classical Civilization

Course Content

The ancient world is the source of many aspects of present-day culture and politics. Greek and Roman art, architecture, myths, philosophy and literature have profoundly influenced our world view. Through an exploration of topics ranging from the honour codes of Ancient Greek and Roman heroes and the representation of women in Ancient Greek drama to the philosophy of Plato and the best-known myths, this course highlights the impact of classical civilization on modern thought systems, culture, politics, gender roles, architecture and art.

Course Outcomes

This course will help students to develop their critical and analytical skills. Close readings of selected texts will also expand their understanding of different thought systems and moral codes. Students will learn about the influence of classical art on later art, architecture and even dance and gain an understanding of how classical stories have been used in painting, sculpture and even dance to challenge the social ideas of different historical periods, such as the Victorian Age.

Political Science & International Relations

Course content

Students following this course will have the opportunity to study international relations and combine this with the study of political theory and the national politics of a variety of countries. This course will look at the origin of politics, forms of government in various countries, the various rights of people in a country, and the role of the ruling party and the opposition party in different countries. It will also allow students to examine major problems being faced by the international community today focussing on the political, military, economic, and cultural interaction at a global level.

Course outcomes

By the end of the course students will have the knowledge and the analytical tools required to evaluate problems in the world today.

Experimental Psychology

Course content

Students following this course will be focussing on contemporary psychological research rather than focusing on the history of psychology. This course will look at, inter alia, the importance of ideas that are testable and driven by hypothesis in order to reach an understanding of the mind and human behaviour.

This course will look at the experiments behind the research studies that influence change in the social sciences. It will also look at the importance of following the ethical guidelines of human experimentation, avoiding biases, and collaborating as part of a team and how such research can be quantitatively studied.

Course outcomes

By the end of the course students will have an understanding of how crucial the impact of a psychological experiment is in the social sciences and of the varied experimental processes used in conducting introspective research.


Course content

Students following this course will look at the operation of markets and market failure with particular attention given to economic methodology, competitive and concentrated markets, and market behaviour. Students will look at how national economies perform in a global world. This will include the study of how the macro economy functions and how its performance is measured.

Course outcomes

By the end of this course students will gain an overview of the interrelationship between microeconomics and macroeconomics and will have an insight into economic theory and how to analyse current economic issues.

Academic Writing and Critical Thinking

Course Content

Academic writing and critical thinking skills are a major part of university education. Students following this course will refine and improve their academic writing by covering a broad range of key functional and textual areas. In this course students will learn how to plan, organise and write excellent essays for academic purposes and develop critical and creative thinking skills. Students' critical thinking skills will be developed by exploring current controversial issues with international appeal.

Course Outcomes

By the end of the course students will be able to plan and write a structured academic essay. Furthermore, students will start to re-evaluate their assumptions and form their own points of view as they develop their critical thinking skills.

Teacher Refresher course - sample timetable
Sessions Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Methodology 09:30-10:45
Approaches to teaching & learning
Teaching speaking
The lexical method
Teaching listening
Task-based teaching
Advanced Language Awareness 11:15-12:30
How the tense system works
Speaking activities
Idioms and collocations
Focus on pronunciation
Practical ideas for teaching writing
Practical Classroom Activities 12:45-13:45
Bringing British culture to the classroom
Materials workshop
Vocabulary – building exercises for students
Songs and games in the classroom
Creating grammar tasks from children's story

16 and 17 year olds on adult courses – GUIDELINES and ADVICE

Dear student,

Oxford School of English wish you a safe and rewarding time during your stay in Oxford. You will be supervised most of the time you are here, but there will be times when you will not be supervised. We want you to feel safe at all times so please follow these guidelines and take our advice:

  • Please sign-in every day. The 'sign-in' book is at reception.
  • Please call the school if you are ill, you will have to come into school if your host family is not home.
  • Please call the school if there is any other reason for which you cannot come to school.
  • Please respect the host-family's and schools curfew time. Please make sure you are home no later than 10:30pm.
  • Always travel with in pairs or in a group for safety especially in the evenings or late at night.
  • Always carry the bus time-table or download the app so you know what time the buses are due.
  • Always use the main roads when walking home in the evenings and do not use short-cuts.
  • Always use the pedestrian crossings when crossing the road. Remember we drive on the left-hand side of the road in the UK!
  • Always carry your Student Card with your host-family’s telephone number and the school's emergency numbers with you and not just in your phone.
  • Do not accept lifts from people you do not know or anyone who claims to know you through a friend or your host-family.
  • Do not accept any alcohol from anyone and do not offer to carry any alcohol or drugs from anyone.
  • When you are given free time during an excursion make sure you know the meeting time, place and have the emergency telephone numbers.
  • If you are allowed to make your own way home from a weekday excursion, always travel in pairs or groups and always inform the school at the end of the excursion and when you have arrived home.
  • If you know you will be arriving late from a weekend excursion organised by our tour operator, e.g UK Study Tours, ask reception for the telephone number for the local taxi company.
  • If you have any questions or problems, please speak to our U18s welfare officer or anyone at the school.
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