Courses for 15-18 year olds

Business & Management Preparation Academy

Your opportunity to prepare for life as a business student and increase your chance of getting into your first choice university.

The Best Courses

Get prepared for Business at university – hands-on classes and interactive challenges. Maximum of 15 students per class.

The Best People

Be taught by the best – world class tutors from universities such as Oxford and Cambridge. 

Your Future Success

Be awarded a graduation certificate at our Graduation at the Saïd Business School, and a written report from your tutor.

Get the Oxford Experience

Study on the historic Oxford University campus and experience Oxford’s magic.

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Business & Management Preparation Academy students aged 15-18 years old
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Business & Management

What to Expect

Prepare for your life as a future business student while studying on the famous Oxford University campus this summer.

Our Business & Management Preparation Academy is designed for students aged 15-18 who are certain they want to apply to university to study courses related to business, management or economics.

You’ll come away with knowledge about the requirements for business degree applications, and develop your academic skills for studying university-level business or management courses.

The course will support you to select the right option from the variety of business-related courses offered in the UK and around the world. You’ll try out realistic business school activities for yourself, from analysing case-studies to creating strategic financial and marketing plans. You’ll develop your own venture in our incubator, and consult clients on real-life problems in our Business Consultancy Challenge. You’ll also have the opportunity to publish a Mini-MBA project report in our Journal of Business.

Through experiencing all modes of university learning and assessment (from lectures, seminars and tutorials, to independent research projects, presentations and essays), you’ll have many opportunities to develop your understanding of business success.

The Business & Management Preparation Academy will enhance your self-confidence when discussing economics, enterprise and management with teachers, lecturers and fellow students, will expand your skills for studying business, and will provide the motivation you need to prepare a compelling application to your chosen university.

You’ll achieve all of this while studying and socialising on the famous Oxford University campus and experiencing the very best of what Oxford has to offer.

The Best Courses

Students on our Business & Management Preparation Academy participate in a series of nine modules and a Challenge afternoon:

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Business & Management Degrees (UK & Worldwide)

Understand how business-related degrees differ across universities in the UK and the rest of the world, and learn how to decide on your future course and how to fulfil your potential with your university applications
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University Skills

Identify the most valuable skills for a business degree, and then practise them on the course. Your very own Independent Study Project will train these academic skills, and is your opportunity to uncover and pursue your personal business interest
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Economics & Financial Analysis

Investigate case studies of business successes and failures that demonstrate core economic & financial concepts in action. Create your own analytical reports and improve the financial plans of these businesses

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Entrepreneur Incubator – Create Your Own Venture

Develop your own idea for a business in our mock incubator, a core university experience for any business student. Be prepared to show how your enterprise will succeed, while fulfilling corporate social responsibility
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Sales & Marketing Competition

Take part in a pitching competition, and present your business idea to mock venture capital investors. Plan an Instagram takeover and practise your ability to identify and communicate the strengths of your product using up-to-date social media marketing techniques
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Complex Management Simulation

Effective management is key to business success so delve into the complexities of organisational management. Apply these key principles in our management simulation scenarios, and improve your own management skills along the way
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Mini-MBA Defence Tutorials

Present the findings of your Mini-MBA Project in personal tutorials with your tutor. Improve your verbal and written communication confidence by preparing to publish your report in our Journal of Business

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Your Future in Business

Look into the future of business, get personal support on how to use your Academy experiences to prepare for your future in the field, and find direction on how to succeed in your next steps
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Business Field Trip

Business affects our everyday lives, well beyond the classroom. We’ll take you on a field trip to broaden your awareness of real-world business practice and problems

Be Published in our Journal of Business

You’ll be able to submit your work which may be selected to be published in our Journal of Business. This will help you demonstrate your passion for Business in your university or college applications.

The Business & Management Preparation Academy is perfect for 15-18 year olds who are certain they want to do a business degree. The course will give you a true experience of what studying business at university-level entails. It will help you to narrow down which course is suitable for you, enhance your business knowledge, consultancy skills and confidence, learn more about the university application process and be motivated to fulfil your potential in your university applications.

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Our Business & Management Preparation Learning Philosophy

During your time on the programme you will Learn the subject, See it in action and Do it yourself through an exciting Challenge:

Learn

Learn like you’ve never learnt at school before. Explore the key concepts, history and theory behind business and management in a hands-on, interactive way. You’ll take part in small, dynamic classes led by our brilliant tutors who are subject experts from world-class institutions.

Do

On your “Challenge” you’ll put all the theory you’ve learned into practice and apply your knowledge to a real life problem. It’s not the only practical activity you’ll do on your course – the course is full of opportunities to apply your skills – but for many of our students, it’s their highlight!

You’ll be given the chance to put your knowledge and business instincts to the test during the Business Consultant Challenge. Just like in real university consultancy projects, you’ll experience the challenges of liaising with an external client and delivering workable solutions to real problems. On this fast-paced day, you’ll have the chance to get to grips with the client’s problem and collaborate with your team on a winning research strategy. Demonstrate your complex problem-solving abilities and ingenuity by creating innovative recommendations for your client. Feel the anticipation of high-stakes consultancy work by presenting your findings in a client meeting.

See

You’ll meet our “Heroes”, young professionals who have studied business and gone on to build a successful business-related career. Discover what steps they took to realise their potential, and how you can too.

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Course Outcomes

What You’ll Experience

Completing our Business & Management Preparation Academy is an ideal next step for students wanting to pursue Business, Economics or Management-related degrees at university. You will: 

  • Benefit from expert tuition from our tutors from leading universities such as Oxford and Cambridge
  • Master a range of aspects of business such as economics and financial analysis, complex management simulation and complete a mini-MBA project
  • Test out realistic business school activities for yourself, from analysing case-studies to creating strategic financial and marketing plans
  • Experience all types of university learning and assessment – from lectures to seminars and tutorials
  • Put your knowledge, entrepreneurial instincts and teamwork skills to the test in our Business Consultant Challenge, where you’ll undertake a mock university consultancy project and experience the challenges developing workable solutions to real business problems
  • Meet a successful entrepreneur and learn their lessons of success
  • Develop important skills in high demand by universities and employers such as public speaking, critical thinking and teamwork, via our Masterclass series
  • Build your global professional network by meeting students from all over the world and joining our alumni community
  • Graduate at our Graduation Ceremony held at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School
  • Gain clarity on your future direction – we have a proven track record of successfully preparing thousands of students for future success. Our students leave us equipped with subject knowledge which puts them ahead at college and university, and invaluable insights and experiences to help them with their university and college applications.

The Best People

On the Business & Management Preparation Academy you’ll be taught by the best tutors, supported by the best staff and meet the best students.

The Best Tutors

We select world class tutors who are passionate, inspirational and love teaching young talent. Our faculty are the best: academically outstanding role models from leading universities who are at the cutting edge of research in their fields.

The Best Students

Oxford Scholastica students are special. They are keen to gain experiences, interested in learning, and want to make the most of their summer. Join students from nearly 100 different countries this summer in the most memorable summer of your life.

The Best Staff

You’ll be mentored by our bright undergraduate team who are students at Universities such as Oxford and Cambridge, who love to share their experiences of university life. Our leadership team have run summer schools for many years, while our Matrons are skilled and experienced in looking after young people.

Meet our Business & Management Preparation Tutor and Hero

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Joanna Cruse B.Com

Jo studied Politics, Philosophy, and Economics at the University of Cape Town. She was awarded an academic scholarship and was selected as a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society. Jo has taught A-level Economics and Politics at one of the UK’s top schools. She also acts as a communications consultant to a range of social enterprises and start-ups.

Please note, our Tutors & Heroes are subject to change.

Ben, Hero at the Oxford Scholastica Academy

Ben Wilkins MA

You’ll have the opportunity to meet our Hero, Ben, a local Oxford entrepreneur. Ben studied Osteopathy at Oxford Brookes University. He is the founder of Sustainabus, which converts decommissioned city buses into solar-powered hotels. Ben was Santander Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2014.
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Meet Students from Around the World

This past summer, students from 85 different nationalities chose to experience our summer school:

out of 10 students said our courses were one of the most memorable summers of their life

out of 10 students said that our courses gave them greater certainty about their future direction

out of 10 parents said they would recommend our courses to other parents

Business & Management Preparation Testimonials

Staff and teachers are excellent and are very helpful with helping students to perform to the best standard possible. Furthermore, teachers made great efforts with providing the students with knowledge about university applications and how to adapt to daily life at university.
Khalifa Al Mehairi

UAE

It just surpassed our expectations in every way – pre-attendance organisation, facilities, high level of the programme, challenging course, interesting and diverse attendees from all around the world, dedicated creative teachers, great balance of time working and time for personal endeavors and friend making, supportive staff, teamwork oriented, family-like atmosphere, caring and nurturing environment, academically and personally challenging, true college campus experience…in short, just exceeded all expectations.
Bill & Tanya Mateo

Russia, Parents of Paulina

I have taught with Oxford Scholastica for a number of years and am consistently impressed by the excellent experience students are offered. As both a former teacher and university admissions advisor at a leading UK school, I can say with confidence that OSA students are offered an invaluable opportunity to explore what really interests them, and prepare for their path to university. It really does give students an advantage.

Jo Cruse

Tutor, and former teacher at leading UK school

Your Future Success

Rooted in Oxford’s spirit of academic excellence, OSA’s courses will enable you to master your subject, gain clarity on your future and prepare for a changing world

Certificate

Each student who successfully completes the course will receive an official Oxford Scholastica Academy graduation certificate at our Graduation Ceremony held at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School

Report

You will receive a written report after the summer school, containing feedback on your performance in the classes as well as practical advice on how to continue exploring the subject.

Our Network

Gain membership of our global alumni community of over 2000 students from over 100 countries.

OSA Foundation

You’ll have the opportunity to apply for funding from the OSA Foundation for charitable projects you set up, or for causes you support or volunteer for.

Graduation Certificate

Each student who successfully completes the course will receive an official Oxford Scholastica Academy graduation certificate at our Graduation Ceremony held at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School

Tutor Report

You will receive a written report after the summer school, containing feedback on your performance in the classes as well as practical advice on how to continue exploring the subject.

Be Part of Our Network

Gain membership to our global alumni community of over 2000 students from over 100 countries.

OSA Foundation

You’ll have the opportunity to apply for funding from the OSA Foundation for any charitable projects set up, support or volunteer for.

Get the Oxford Experience

The Oxford Experience

Oxford is a world famous centre of academic excellence, and Oxford’s tradition of excellence underpins our summer school. Whether it’s the city’s academic prowess, cultural delights like punting on the river, or rich history that appeals to you, Oxford is a place unlike any other. The Oxford experience truly is extraordinary.

Join us and live it for yourself. Here are five key reasons to choose Oxford Scholastica.

Gain Clarity About Your Future

We’ll help you to discover, experience and prepare for your successful future.

Discover Oxford

Explore the city of Oxford, home to brilliant architecture and historic traditions such as “punting”.

Experience University life

Follow in the footsteps of famous scientists, authors, political leaders and more.

Make International Friendships For Life

Go home with a network of friends from around the world.

Prepare for A Rapidly Changing World

Develop the knowledge, skills and confidence you need to thrive.

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Experience

Accommodation & Classrooms

You’ll get a taste for student life, staying in your own safe and secure en-suite room at one of our five campuses in the centre of the city.

You’ll study in classrooms on the Oxford University campus, and get to experience the best of the old (such as debating at the historic Oxford Union) and the best of the new (such as the Saïd Business School and the Blavatnik School of Government).

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Your Business & Management Preparation Timetable

Here’s an example of your Business & Management Preparation timetable – you can hover your mouse over parts of the timetable to get more information. 

Your Business & Management Preparation Timetable

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First week

8am‑9am 9am‑10am 10am‑11am 11am‑12pm 12pm‑1pm 1pm‑2pm 2pm‑3pm 3pm‑4pm 4pm‑5pm 5pm‑6pm 6pm‑7pm Evening
Sunday ArrivalOur team will be ready to help you settle in at the accommodation. If you are coming from abroad we can happily help to arrange a transfer from the airport Dinner Icebreaker eveningAn evening of fun introductory games designed to get you to know your new friends and our staff team
Monday Breakfast Welcome and Introductory ClassYou'll be introduced to Oxford Scholastica, and get your first chance to meet your Tutors who will talk you through the course outline and answer any of your questions LunchYou'll have the opportunity to visit one of Oxford's many tasty, healthy cafes/restaurants for your lunch each day Oxford TourWe'll be taking you around the most famous landmarks in Oxford, from the colleges which inspired Harry Potter to the historic city buildings Scavenger HuntPut your new found knowledge to the test in our Scavenger Hunt competition, and discover Oxford's secrets Dinner Ice CreamRelax after your first day with a sociable dinner, and some of Oxford's famous George & Danver's (G&D's) ice cream!
Tuesday Breakfast Classes and Independent StudyOur small-group courses are conducted by our hand-picked tutors. Each day you'll have a two hour class and be given some reading or work by your tutor to complete in your two hours of independent study. Just like a university student, you'll be trusted to work independently or in groups in your rooms. Lunch Failure to Success or How to Be Great MasterclassesLearn the secrets of successful people, as we explore the tips and tricks to become successful, and discover how experiences of failure have driven successful people to stellar achievements. Dinner Outdoor ShakespeareTonight we'll be watching a Shakespeare play in the beautiful surroundings of the city.
Wednesday Breakfast Classes and Independent Study Lunch PuntingA punt is a flat-bottomed, square-ended boat which is powered by submerging a long pole onto the bank of the river and pushing the boat along - or as some people put it, pushing a boat with a stick! It is most commonly seen in Oxford and Cambridge, and is a favourite summer activity of students at Oxford. We'll teach you how to punt along the beautiful banks of North Oxford, and this is one of our students' favourite events each year Picnic Dinner Parks' GamesAfter our punting afternoon we'll spend the evening having a picnic and playing games by the banks of the river in the Oxford University Parks, arguably the most beautiful park in Oxford
Thursday Breakfast Classes and Independent Study Windsor TripWe're off to visit Windsor Castle today - the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world and the Official Residence of Her Majesty The Queen.
Friday Breakfast Classes and Independent Study Lunch Applications MasterclassMany of you will be thinking about your future life after school. In this interactive afternoon, we'll guide you through the job applications process, or the process for applying to UK universities for further study Dinner Active ActivitiesJoin our Activities Coordinators as they lead active activities outside, to make the most of the summer. Choices have previously ranged from yoga to rugby, dancing to football, frisbee to zumba, and many more!
Saturday Breakfast Classes and Independent Study Lunch The Oxford Scholastica Challenge Afternoon!This is the moment you've been waiting for, as you'll get the chance to apply the knowledge you've learnt so far. From designing and marketing an App (Enterprise and Computer Science) to a Mock Clinic (Young Doctors) to a Model United Nations (Leadership and Debate) to designing a Magazine (Creative Writing) to a mock trial (Law), your teamwork skills will be tested to the max in our afternoon of fun Challenges Dinner Film NightAfter a hard day of putting your learning into practice, chill out in your accommodation with your friends and watch a film. Popcorn provided!

Second week

8am‑9am 9am‑10am 10am‑11am 11am‑12pm 12pm‑1pm 1pm‑2pm 2pm‑3pm 3pm‑4pm 4pm‑5pm 5pm‑6pm 6pm‑7pm Evening
Sunday Breakfast Hero SessionYou'll get the opportunity to meet your course Hero, a young professional who has studied your subject and has gone on to some impressive things in his/her early career. You'll be inspired to discover a possible career you might like to go into, and what a day-in-the-life in this line of work entails. You'll also do a hands-on task related to the typical work you might do in this career, as well as the opportunity to ask your Hero lots of questions. BrunchYou'll eat a delicious brunch in the beautiful dining hall of Corpus Christi College Free TimeYou'll have free time this afternoon, giving you the opportunity to explore some of Oxford's famous museums including the Ashmolean, the world's first university museum, go shopping or alternatively relax and have some downtime Dinner OSA International BallJoin us for the much anticipated Oxford Scholastica Ball. Put on your finest clothes, represent your country in national dress, and experience a magical evening cruising down the river with your friends
Monday Breakfast Classes and Independent Study Lunch Debating MasterclassIn the famous surroundings of the Oxford Union, sharpen your debating skills and put them to the test against your peers Dinner
Tuesday Breakfast Classes and Independent Study Lunch Change the World MasterclassDo you want to make the world a better place? Our Change the World Masterclass will introduce you to the best ways to go about putting your ideas into reality and inspire you with stories of our alumni who have done just that! Dinner Conquering HappinessLearn from an expert exactly what it means to be 'happy' and how we can apply these ideas in our own lives
Wednesday Breakfast Cambridge TripSee the UK's other famous university city - Cambridge. Take a relaxing punt down the college backs, while learning about the town's history, and take the opportunity to visit some of its beautiful colleges.
Thursday Breakfast Classes and Independent Study Lunch Bicester Village, Football Tournament or Free TimeYou'll have the opportunity to go to Bicester Village, Europe's luxury shopping capital, or take part in our football tournament at the famous Iffley Road Sports Centre (where the first sub four minute mile was run by Roger Bannister in 1954), or alternatively you can take the opportunity to have some free time and relax. Dinner Oxford's Got TalentTonight you'll get to show off your skills in our talent show, and be amazed at the amazing skills of your friends.
Friday Breakfast Classes and Independent Study Lunch Packing and Feedback GraduationWe'll be celebrating your achievements at our Graduation and Prize Giving Ceremony and dinner at the famous Saïd Business School, where you'll also receive our Yearbook which you can get your friends to sign. Parents and friends are very welcome to attend! BBQ and CeilidhDress up and see out our final evening in style with a ceilidh. A ceilidh is a traditional Scottish Dance, and local band Swinging Molly will be present to play the summer school out
Saturday Breakfast Departures

Please note this timetable may be subject to change.

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Matron Kit Anderson with students at Oxford Scholastica

Experience

Pastoral Care

Ensuring that each student has the very best experience possible is our absolute priority.

We understand that a summer away from home can be daunting for parents and students. That’s why all our students also have 24-hour support, security and care from our specialised staff. To help you prepare for joining us in the summer, our Community Team will be in touch to answer any questions and send you some helpful material you might want to look at before you come along.

Like all of our core team, our Community Team will also be on-site over the summer in case students need any help or support.

We also organise group welcome calls before the course where you can meet our team face-to-face, and start to get to know some of the other students who will be your classmates.

Graduation at the Saïd Business School

Inspected and Accredited

Our Business & Management Preparation courses have been independently accredited by the British Accreditation Council as a short course provider for Independent Further and Higher Education. The BAC have assessed our teaching quality, pastoral care, and overall standards.

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