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University Summer Courses 2018 GBP 3375.00 for 2 weeks - all inclusive

Overview

Our 2-week University Summer Courses 2018 on the Oxford University campus include Medical Biology, Law, Philosophy, Politics and Business (see the full list here), and are for students aged 16-18.

All summer course teaching and accommodation is in the University of Oxford, so you will live and study in an Oxford University college, just like an Oxford University undergraduate.

Our summer courses employ the unique Oxford and Cambridge University system of small-group teaching. The tightly-packed schedule also includes university-style lectures, dynamic skill-building workshops, and an exciting social and cultural activities programme.

This is your opportunity to discover more about yourself, to experience life as an Oxford University student, and to develop skills you may never have known you possess!

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

University Summer Courses at 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.

University Summer Courses 2018

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: 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

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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Building personal strengths

The first-rate academic content of our courses is designed to expand knowledge and understanding, and enhance critical thinking. Our programmes combine academic, cultural and social activities to generate significant attainments in a two-week period. Demonstrable outcomes include:

  • increased self-confidence and ease when meeting new people
  • greater independence
  • better understanding of different cultures

In short, the Oxford OSE experience gives students the opportunity to achieve substantial personal development in a very short time.

Extra-curricular programme

Punting on river Cherwell

Our programmes are intensive and ensure that our students are challenged and engaged throughout their stay – but we haven't lost sight of the fact that their visit should be fun too! This is work and pleasure combined, and in addition to the academic courses, our programmes include:

  • guided tours to key Oxford places of interest
  • a full-day excursion to London (by private coach)
  • a half-day excursion to Blenheim Palace (by private coach)
  • punting on Oxford's River Cherwell (chauffeur supplied if required!)
  • fun-filled evening activities (quiz night, film night, fancy-dress party etc)

Graduation ceremony and party

On the final afternoon of the course, we hold a graduation ceremony for all students. The Course Director and tutors give presentations and assessments of the students' work, praising outstanding efforts, and students themselves are invited to put into practice some of their new skills and to make their own short presentations. It's time to be proud of your achievements!

The Gala Dinner follows the graduation ceremony and, after that, there is a graduation party.

Meals & Gala Dinner

Hall set for banquet

Breakfast and dinner are taken in a university college dining hall, when students can dress informally. The Gala Dinner at the end of the course is a formal affair, however, and students should aim to bring formal clothes with them for this event (jackets and ties for men, dresses for ladies).

Course materials

All course materials are included in the programme fees, including textbooks, notebooks, maps, timetables and ID lanyards.

Safeguarding

At Oxford OSE, the health, safety and well-being of each of our students is our highest priority. We go to the greatest lengths to achieve these aims, and in addition to constantly monitoring all aspects of the programme, we follow strictly all recommended and legal guidelines to ensure that all our staff meet our high standards.

OSE Oxford staff

In addition to our first-class teaching faculty (see below), you will be supported and cared for by a small dedicated team of staff, always on hand to help you out, throughout the day. A member of staff will also be very close at hand in your accommodation, should you need anything during the night.

Oxford OSE Academy Faculty

Course Director

Dr Sarah Ekdawi is a Faculty Research Fellow at the Oxford University. She holds degrees from Oxford (D.Phil.), Trinity College Dublin (M. Phil.) and King’s College London (B.A.) as well as diplomas in teaching and translating. Dr Ekdawi has been involved in university teaching (lectures, tutorials and seminars) since 1989 and is also a regular invited speaker at national and international conferences. In the current academic year, she has taught and given public lectures at both Oxford and Cambridge.

Tutors: overview

The OSE Academy team has been hand-picked by Dr Ekdawi and trained in Oxford tutorial teaching methods. All the tutors have excellent subject knowledge and relevant degrees from top universities but, unlike most university lecturers, they are also qualified teachers. Furthermore, the members of this team work together year round and are subject to rigorous quality control, not only by our college management team but also by external inspectorates. As regular contributors to the OSE staff, they have been assessed in the most recent external inspection (full details) as “exceeding expectations” and have been awarded the highest available grades for their teaching skills and subject knowledge.

Tutors by Subject

  • Creative Writing: Dr Sarah Ekdawi
  • Law, Medical Biology and Essay Writing: Sage Stevens
  • Business: Rosalind Farrell
  • Politics and Leadership: Alan Townsend
  • Philosophy: Daniel Weller
  • Politics, English Literature and Drama: Tom Hare Duke
  • Drama: Daniel Irving
  • Drama: Jeremy Wynne

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