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Bookings must be made either by emailing the school at info@oxfordschoolofenglish.com or by completing the online application form (top right of the home page) on the school's website https://oxfordschoolofenglish.com

The school reserves the right to refuse admission to any student, at the absolute discretion of the school managers. If a booking is refused, all fees paid will be refunded.


All fees must be received in full a minimum of two weeks before the course and/or accommodation starts (unless agreed otherwise by school management). If fees are not received by this time, the course and accommodation is cancelled. It is not possible for students to start a course or move into accommodation if fees have not been received by the school.

Under 18s

The minimum age for entry into our school is 16. For all students below the age of 18, a copy of our Parental Consent Form signed by a parent or guardian must be provided to the school upon or before arrival.

Please note that students are largely unsupervised except during lessons.


Students are expected to attend 100%of their lessons. If a student is ill or cannot attend for any other reason, he or she must call the school to inform staff. In any case, students must attend a minimum of 80%of their lessons. Failure to do so could result in the school cancelling the course.

Students with an attendance record below 80% will not receive an end-ofcourse certificate.

Courses and classes

The school reserves the right to cancel or alter a course in exceptional circumstances. In such cases, the school will either offer a refund or an alternative course. The school reserves the right to change teachers during courses. Such changes are always kept to the minimum, but are unavoidable when teachers are on holiday or sick.

Very occasionally, the stated maximum class size of 15 may be exceeded. Such occurrences are for short periods only. In the case of a single student enrolled on a group course, the school reserves the right to offer the cost-equivalent number of individual one-to-one lessons. If the student’s level is inappropriate for the course booked, the school reserves the right to move the student to a different course or, if preferred, to cancel the course and to refund all tuition fees.

Homestay accommodation

Students can usually arrive at their homestay accommodation on either Saturday or Sunday, but must depart on Saturday (please check first). Students can not arrive at their homestay accommodation between 23:00 and 07:00. Any student arriving in Oxford between those times must book a room elsewhere (for example, a hotel or guest house).

Many homestay hosts work full-time and are not in the house during normal working hours. Students arriving in Oxford during the day may be asked to come to school first, and to travel from the school to the homestay in the early evening. A supplement of £35 per week applies to any homestay booking over the two-week Christmas period.

A supplement of £25 per week applies to any request for a special diet. Twin rooms are available only for two friends booking together. Executive homestay differs from standard homestay in having a private bathroom for the student's sole use.

All homestay is half-board (breakfast and evening meal, plus lunch at the weekends).

In exceptional circumstances (for instance, illness) it may occasionally be necessary to change homestay provision at the last minute. In such circumstances the school will always do its very best to inform the student in advance and to ensure that the student's original preferences are met. Homestay accommodation can be provided only to students following courses in the school. Accommodation bookings must start immediately before the course starts, and must end when the course ends.

Residential accommodation and apartments

The minimum age for students booking residential accommodation or student apartments is 18.

Accommodation in a university residence is available during July and August only. Accommodation in our student flats is available all year. Students can check into summer residential accommodation on Saturday or Sunday between 12:00 and 20:00 hrs. Students can check into student flat accommodation on a Sunday only, between 08:00 and 20:00, at an agreed time. Please contact us to arrange check in at the student flats. All students in residential accommodation or apartments must check out between 08:00 and 09:00 on a Saturday.

A refundable deposit of £150 is required for our university residence accommodation, and a deposit of £250 for our student apartments.

Accommodation in our residence and apartments can be provided only to students following courses in the school. Accommodation bookings must start immediately before the course starts, and must end immediately after the course ends.


The school reserves the right to cancel a student's course and/or accommodation in the event of misconduct or unsatisfactory attendance. Cancellations by students or their representatives must be made to the school in writing.

Cancellations of homestay accommodation must be received a minimum of 14 days before the accommodation start date, in order to qualify for a full refund. Cancellation of residential accommodation must be received 28 days before the accommodation start date, in order to qualify for a full refund.

Students cancelling accommodation without giving the required notice (above) will be charged for any accommodation they have booked and already missed, plus either 1 week’s homestay accommodation (if they have booked homestay) or 6 weeks residential accommodation (if they have booked a residence).

Students cancelling and giving the required notice (above) will receive a refund of all fees, less the £65 enrolment fee.

No refund will be given for any cancellations after the course start date unless in exceptional circumstances, at the absolute discretion of school management.

Any refunds of payments made to the school by credit card will be subject to the deduction of any credit card charges incurred by the school at the time of payment.


The school does not accept liability for injury, illness, accident, damage to or loss of property and/or personal effects when on school premises except where such liability is imposed under British law.

We strongly recommend students to ensure they have appropriate travel, medical and personal property insurance for their visit.

Force majeure

The school is not liable for failure to perform its duties as a result of events beyond the school’s reasonable control such as fire, flood, war, acts of terrorism, storms, the outbreak of infectious diseases, government sanction and other instances that constitute force majeure. In such instances no refunds can be made for services not received nor for any that are cancelled.


The school will be closed on UK public holidays, on the following dates: 30 March, 02 April, 07 May, 28 May, 27 August No refund can be given for lessons missed as a result of this.

The school will also close for a two-week period over Christmas, on the following dates:

  • from Saturday 16 December 2017 to Monday 01 January 2018 (inclusive)
  • from Saturday 22 December 2018 to Monday 07 January 2019 (inclusive)

Students are not charged for courses during this time. Students on long-term courses are able to take short holidays but must discuss this with management staff and obtain permission before they book the holiday.

The holiday allowance is usually 1 week per 12 weeks studied.

Photographs and film

At times the school may photograph or film students in classroom settings or on school activities, or may make use of such photographs and/or films made by students, for marketing and promotional purposes. Students objecting to this (or their parents/guardian if they are below 18) must inform the school in writing at the time of booking.


Payment can be made by bank transfer to the school’s account (details below), or by credit card. If paying by credit card, please make this clear at the time of booking. All payments must be made in UK£ (GBP).

With all payments, youmust quote the invoice number and the name of the student.

Account holder Oxford School of English
Bank NatWest
Branch address 121 High Street, Oxford OX1 4DF, UK
Account number 84324325
Sort code 60-70-03
IBAN GB43NWBK 607003 84324325

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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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