Courses for 15-18 year olds

Experience Psychology  & Neuroscience Academy

Your chance to learn more about Psychology & Neuroscience, be taught by the very best and spend your summer on the historic Oxford University campus.

The Best Courses

Be inspired by psychology – 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.

Experience Psychology & Neuroscience students at the Oxford Union
Experience Psychology & Neuroscience students aged 15-18 years old

Psychology & Neuroscience

What to Expect

Imagine spending your summer exploring the workings of the human mind and learning more about the brain while studying on the famous Oxford University campus.

On our Experience Psychology & Neuroscience Academy you will get an authentic university experience and an invaluable head start in understanding the big questions, such as what makes you an individual, the connection between language and thought and more.

In addition to developing your knowledge of psychology and neuroscience, you’ll be equipped with important skills such as how to research effectively, how to think critically and how to communicate your findings.

You’ll learn more about yourself and your fellow humans. Above all, you’ll leave this Oxford experience with the knowledge and confidence to make the right decision about your future education and career path.

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The Best Courses

On our Experience Psychology & Neuroscience Academy you will cover a range of engaging and challenging topics across nine classroom sessions, including:

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Discover Personality

Does your personality impact your success? You’ll discover how psychologists define and measure personality. We’ll also explore how a person’s personality impacts their success in life
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Explore Love & Attachment

Do we really know what love is?  We’ll explore different types of love that humans can have and discuss how children’s attachment to important people in their life can impact their development

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Imaging the Brain

What is the link between the brain and behaviour? Can we ever use technology to truly “read the mind”? Learn how modern neuroimaging techniques have helped us understand the mind, and explore the limitations of these methods
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Creativity

How creative are you? Measure your own creativity and devise an intervention for enhancing an individual or company’s creativity
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Language & Thought

How might your language affect how you think? We’ll explore how languages differ and discuss how difference in language can impact the way we think and approach problems
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Intelligence

What does it mean to be ‘intelligent’? You’ll have the chance to look through different types of intelligence tests, and we’ll discuss the validity of these tests. We’ll also investigate some alternative views on what intelligence is
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Explore Memory

What can you do to improve your memory? Discover the neuroscientific evidence of how memory is organised in our minds and look into some strategies that can be used to enhance memory
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Investigate Mood

Why do some people have mood swings? How do we diagnose a mood disorder? Explore how mood can be tested and affected, whether mood is related to personality, and how mood disorders are treated by clinical psychologists

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Class X

Your final class is called “Class X”, and will be based on your tutor’s personal expertise, focusing on cutting-edge research in their field that they are really passionate about.

The Experience Psychology & Neuroscience Academy is perfect for 15-18 year olds interested in exploring the world of psychology. You might be thinking of studying psychology, neuroscience or medicine in the future, or another going into a career involving psychology. Or you may just be curious about how psychology and the brain works.

Fees and Dates

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Our Experience Psychology & Neuroscience 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. Discover the key concepts and theory behind psychology 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 learning to the test in the Research Challenge. You’ll be tasked with designing a research question to further our understanding of an aspect of individuality – whether it’s creativity, mood or personality. You’ll then have the chance to interview and collect data from others to uncover the answer. You’ll present your findings at the end. Can you contribute to our knowledge of individuals and what makes people tick?

See

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

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Graduation at the Oxford Scholastica Academy
Graduation at the Oxford Scholastica Academy
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Students at the Oxford Union

Course Outcomes

What You’ll Experience

Completing our Experience Psychology and Neuroscience Academy is an ideal next step for students who are keen to explore these fascinating subjects. You will:  

  • Benefit from expert tuition from our tutors from leading universities such as Oxford and Cambridge
  • Learn crucial practical skills such as how to devise and interpret primary research
  • Deepen your understanding of key topics including love and attachment, mood and intelligence
  • Develop important skills in high demand by universities and employers such as public speaking, critical thinking and teamwork, via our Masterclass series
  • Meet a successful young professional from this field to learn about their journey and the lessons of their success
  • Put your skills and ability to work in a team to the test in our Psychology Challenge, in which you’ll develop a research study, collect data from other students and present your findings
  • 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 of their peers

The Best People

On the Experience Psychology & Neuroscience 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 Experience Psychology & Neuroscience Tutor and Hero

Alix tutoring at the Oxford Scholastica Academy

Alix Hibble BA, MSc (Oxon)

Alix studied Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford, where she was awarded First Class Honours. She stayed at the University of Oxford for an MSc in Psychological Research, and is currently working towards a DPhil in Experimental Psychology.

Alix’s research focuses on perception and consciousness – she previously worked on the effect of different lighting in how we perceive beauty, and is now focusing on time perception. She conducted a workshop last year on how to manipulate lighting in order to create the “perfect selfie”

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

Mona, Hero at the Oxford Scholastica Academy

Mona Sakr

After studying Experimental Psychology at Oxford, Mona now works as an educational researcher. Mona worked as an English teacher in a challenging school in London, then completed a PhD focusing on the way that young children express themselves through their artwork. She currently works for the Institute of Education focusing on children’s learning with digital technologies.
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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

Experience Psychology & Neuroscience Testimonials

I was able to learn, apply as well as discuss more than I imagined I could on the Psychology summer course. Studying here really made me appreciate learning much more, and I was excited every morning for class. Activities allowed us to participate in a wide range of interesting and fun experiences whilst giving us students enough free time to just relax with some friends. The friendships I made here were unforgettable.
Olivia Kon

Hong Kong

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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Students at the Saïd Business School

Your Experience Psychology & Neuroscience Timetable

Here’s an example of your Experience Psychology & Neuroscience timetable – you can hover your mouse over parts of the timetable to get more information. 

Your Experience Psychology & Neuroscience 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 Experience Psychology & Neuroscience 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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