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University Summer Courses Enrol now Read more GBP 3,375 for 2 weeks - all inclusive

Overview

Our university summer courses are for students aged 16-18. They include Medical Biology, Law, Politics, Business, English literature, Philosophy and IELTS.

For young adults planning to apply to university, these two-week summer courses are offered in a wide range of subjects. All teaching and accommodation is provided in the University of Oxford campus at the heart of the historic city of Oxford itself.

Students experience the unique Oxford and Cambridge system of small-group teaching, attend lectures by experts and participate in dynamic skills-building workshops. The tightly-packed schedule also includes a varied and exciting social and cultural activities programme.

All classes and lectures, all accommodation and all meals are provided in one of the Oxford university colleges, enabling our students to experience life as it lived by the select few in one of the greatest and longest-established universities in the world.

In brief

  • All accommodation, meals and teaching in an Oxford University college
  • 2-week or 4-week programmes
  • 16 – 18 years old
  • Exploring new opportunities and expanding minds
  • Wide range of course subjects to choose from
  • 20 hours tuition per week, with first-rate tutors
  • Maximum 8 students per class (morning classes)
  • Fully supervised, extensive activity programme
  • 2 excursions by private coach
  • Graduation ceremony and party

The all-inclusive fees cover all teaching and study materials, workshops, accommodation, breakfast and dinner in Hall, the activity programme (including excursions), and the graduation certificate, dinner and party.

Teaching Faculty

Brasenose College

Our tutors are experienced professionals, dedicated to their particular field, with degrees from top universities. Passionate about their subject, they carry their enthusiasm into every aspect of their teaching and ensure that each student rises to the challenge and achieves their full potential.

Our faculty is described in greater detail here.

Academic content

Students on our Oxford University-based Expanding Minds programmes follow a tightly-packed schedule, comprising 23 hours academic content per week (including breaks, see below).

You are required to choose one subject option from the Option A (mornings) list, another different subject from the Option B (mornings) list, and a third subject from the Option C (afternoon workshops) list. You will follow courses in these subjects for the full two weeks of your course. Students taking our four-week courses are required to select two subjects from each of the lists.

The morning classes are small – a maximum of eight students per class, enabling your tutor to give individual attention to each class member and to ensure that students derive the greatest benefit from their study.

09:30 – 11:00
Morning subjects Option A (includes a 10-minute break during the lesson)

11:30 – 13:00
Morning subjects Option B (includes a 10-minute break during the lesson)

14:00 – 15:00
Afternoon workshops (includes a 15-minute break: Monday, Wednesday, Friday)

14:00 – 16:00
Special guest lecture, with Question Time (Tuesday only)

14:00 – 17:00
Half-day excursion (Thursday only)

Option A - mornings

Option B - mornings

Option C - afternoons

Learning targets

The aims of each of the courses in the three option lists above have been developed and set by our team of experienced academic professionals. A summary of these can be found simply by clicking on the course title in the option lists below.

Course dates & fees

Timetable week 1

Week 1: Sunday

  • Arrival at your Oxford University accommodation
  • Informal greeting and settling in
  • Dinner
  • Evening welcome reception with induction and 'getting-to-know-you' activities

Week 1: Sunday

  • Arrival at your Oxford University accommodation
  • Informal greeting and settling in
  • Dinner
  • Evening welcome reception with induction and 'getting-to-know-you' activities

Sunday

  • Arrival at your Oxford University accommodation
  • Informal greeting and settling in
  • Dinner
  • Evening welcome reception with induction and 'getting-to-know-you' activities

Week 1: Monday

  • Breakfast
  • 09:00 – 13:00 Morning lessons
  • Lunch
  • 14:00 – 15:00 Afternoon workshop
  • 15:30 – 17:30 Orientation tour of Oxford city centre, including Oxford University colleges and historical perspectives
  • Dinner
  • University Challenge: our own version of the long-standing quiz

Week 1: Monday

  • Breakfast
  • 09:00 – 13:00 Morning lessons
  • Lunch
  • 14:00 – 15:00 Afternoon workshop
  • 15:30 – 17:30 Orientation tour of Oxford city centre, including Oxford University colleges and historical perspectives
  • Dinner
  • University Challenge: our own version of the long-standing quiz

Monday

  • Breakfast
  • 09:00 – 13:00 Morning lessons
  • Lunch
  • 14:00 – 15:00 Afternoon workshop
  • 15:30 – 17:30 Orientation tour of Oxford city centre, including Oxford University colleges and historical perspectives
  • Dinner
  • University Challenge: our own version of the long-standing quiz

Tuesday

  • Breakfast
  • 09:00 – 13:00 Morning lessons
  • Lunch
  • 14:00 – 15:00 University-style lecture
  • 15:30 – 17:30 Visit to the Oxford University Museum of Natural History & the ethnographic/ anthropological Pitt Rivers Museum
  • Dinner
  • Murder Mystery: light-hearted detective fun

Wednesday

  • Breakfast
  • 09:00 – 13:00 Morning lessons
  • Lunch
  • 14:00 – 15:00 Afternoon workshop
  • 15:30 – 17:30 Visit to Oxford's famous and historic Bodleian Library, dating from 1320 (the present building opened in 1602)
  • Dinner
  • Ice skating at the Oxford ice rink

Thursday

  • Breakfast
  • 09:00 – 13:00 Morning lessons
  • Lunch
  • 14:00 – 17:30 Half-day excursion to Blenheim Palace, the home of the Duke of Marlborough and birthplace of Winston Churchill
  • Dinner
  • Film night

Friday

  • Breakfast
  • 09:00 – 13:00 Morning lessons
  • Lunch
  • 14:00 – 15:00 Afternoon workshop
  • 15:30 – 17:30 Visit to Christ Church College, built by King Henry VIII in 1524 and used for the Harry Potter films
  • Dinner
  • An evening in Oxford's Board Game Cafe

Saturday

  • Breakfast
  • Full-day cultural excursion to London, including a cruise down the River Thames, a guided tour of Westminster Palace, a visit to the National Gallery and free time for shopping!
  • Dinner
  • Fancy dress party
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Timetable week 2

Sunday

  • Breakfast
  • Free morning to spend time with your classmates and to explore Oxford - and also for self-study and homework completion!
  • 15:30 Workshop / lecture, on a subject chosen by students from a list of options
  • Dinner
  • Oxford architecture challenge: develop your knowledge of Oxford's heritage

Monday

  • Breakfast
  • 09:00 – 13:00 Morning lessons
  • Lunch
  • 14:00 – 15:00 Afternoon workshop
  • 15:30 – 17:30 Visit to the Ashmolean Museum, dating from 1678 and housing some of the world's finest collections
  • Dinner
  • 'Colleges' – a riotously funny competition on campus

Tuesday

  • Breakfast
  • 09:00 – 13:00 Morning lessons
  • Lunch
  • 14:00 – 16:00 Preparation for the evening theatre
  • 16:00 – 17:30 Free time
  • Dinner
  • Shakespeare: an evening outdoor performance

Wednesday

  • Breakfast
  • 09:00 – 13:00 Morning lessons
  • Lunch
  • 14:00 – 15:00 Afternoon workshop
  • 15:30 – 17:30 Punting on Oxford's River Cherwell (it's not as easy as it looks!))
  • Dinner
  • Cultivated charades: a high-brow version of the traditional game

Thursday

  • Breakfast
  • 09:00 – 13:00 Morning lessons
  • Lunch
  • 14:00 – 17:30 Half-day excursion to and guided tour of Windsor Castle, the spectacular home of our Queen and of her forebears for the past 1,000 years.
  • Dinner
  • Mini-theatre: students devise and perform 5-minute plays

Friday

  • Breakfast
  • 09:00 – 13:00 Morning lessons
  • Lunch
  • 14:00 – 15:00 Afternoon workshop
  • 18:00 Graduation ceremony
  • Gala dinner
  • Graduation party

Saturday

  • Departure
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