Courses for 15-18 year olds

Medicine Preparation Academy

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

The Best Courses

Get prepared for Medicine 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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Medicine Preparation students aged 15-18 years old
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Medicine Preparation

What to Expect

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

Our Medicine Preparation Academy is designed for students aged 15-18 who are certain they want to apply to medical school. You’ll come away with a much clearer understanding of how to prepare for medical school, having mastered key undergraduate medical concepts and been prepared to tackle university-level learning.

Above all, you’ll leave with the knowledge and confidence to take the next steps towards applying to university for Medicine.

The course will give you a realistic and authentic insight into what to expect at medical schools in the UK and across the world, and you’ll have the chance to try out all types of university teaching and learning (from lectures, seminars and tutorials to independent research, presentations and essays). You’ll deepen your scientific knowledge of how the body works, interact with real patients, conduct clinical examinations and develop your research skills.

You’ll also have the opportunity to submit your work to be published in our Journal of Medicine. This, along with your other experiences, will help you to get a headstart for when you write your university applications.

The Medicine Preparation Academy will help you feel confident discussing medicine with your fellow students and tutors, will enhance your skills for studying medicine and will make you more motivated to prepare a compelling application to medical school.

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

The Best Courses

Our Medicine Preparation Academy consists of a series of nine modules and a Challenge afternoon, based on the curriculum below:

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Medicine Degrees (UK & Worldwide)

Uncover the different types of medicine degrees offered by UK institutions, and universities worldwide. You’ll get advice on choosing the best course for you, and learn how to fulfil your potential when you come to applying for university
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University Skills

Gain insight into what study skills are necessary to thrive at medical school, and practical advice on how to use your Academy experiences to master these skills. You’ll also start planning your Independent Study Project, which gives you an opportunity to go into depth in an area of medicine that fascinates you

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Pre-Clinical Knowledge of Medical Sciences

The foundation of a good doctor is strong scientific knowledge, critical to showing you’d make a great medical student. Experience the traditional pre-clinical style of teaching medical systems, to deepen your understanding of the anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pharmacology, and pathology of a major system of the body

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Clinical Skills

Crucial to all medical learning is the ability to conduct important clinical examinations, so get ahead of the curve by learning how to perform key procedures and how to take into account a patient’s medical history when considering their results

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Problem-Based Learning

A popular style of medical education focuses more on a patient-oriented “problem-based learning” approach. Find out if this is right for you, and make yourself stand-out in applications by practising your investigative skills on patients’ medical cases, and working as a team to understand and resolve your patients’ issues

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Investigative Skills

Not all of medical school will be patient-facing, so you’ll need to hone your investigative skills too. Learn how to interpret scans, blood tests and more, and improve your decision-making skills by suggesting next-steps

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Personal Tutorials and Journal Publication

You’ll meet with your tutor to share the findings of your Independent Study Project, which will boost your confidence expressing medical ideas. Increase the reach of your research and demonstrate your improved academic writing by publishing in our Journal of Medicine 

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Your Future in Medicine

Reflect on what you have most enjoyed on the course, and what this means for your next decisions. Gain further advice in how to continue preparing for a future in Medicine, and be motivated for your upcoming success

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Medicine Field Trip

Step outside of the classroom and observe the applications of medicine in the wider world. We’ll be taking you on a field trip to further your understanding of medicine in practice.

Be Published in our Journal of Medicine

You’ll be able to submit your work which may be selected to be published in our Journal of Medicine. This will help you demonstrate your passion for Medicine in your university or college applications. You can read last year’s Journal here:

The Medicine Preparation Academy is perfect for 15-18 year olds who are certain they want to do a medicine degree. You might be thinking of becoming a doctor or are interested in going into another medical profession such as medical research. The Medicine Preparation Academy will help you to discover how to choose the perfect medicine course, enhance your medical knowledge and confidence discussing medical issues, develop key medical skills, experience what life as a medical student is like, and learn how to fulfil your potential in your university medicine applications.

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Our Medicine 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 like you’ve never learnt at school before. Discover the key concepts, history and theory behind medicine 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.


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 experience our Mock Clinic Challenge where you’ll visit the famous John Radcliffe Hospital and interact with real patients with chronic medical conditions. You’ll be judged on your clinical examinations skills, like real medical students are at university. You’ll get to understand the responsibilities of a medical student and doctor as you present the patients’ cases and make recommendations for their future care, and you’ll act out delivering news and information and experience difficult (but realistic) communication challenges. You’ll get to experience what it’s like to be a doctor for a day which will help when you come to write your university application.


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

Medicine Preparation Academy course for 15-18 year olds
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Course Outcomes

What You’ll Experience

Completing our Medicine Preparation Academy is an ideal next step for students wishing to pursue Medicine. You will: 

  • Benefit from expert tuition from our tutors from leading universities such as Oxford and Cambridge
  • Master key medical topics such as introductory clinical and diagnostic techniques and hone your problem based learning through the examination of patients’ medical cases
  • Develop your knowledge of pre-clinical medical sciences like biochemistry and pathology
  • Uncover the different types of medicine degrees offered by UK institutions, and universities worldwide – you’ll get advice on choosing the best course for you, and learn how to fulfil your potential when you come to applying for university
  • Meet a successful young doctor to learn about their journey into Medicine and the lessons of their success
  • Develop important skills in high demand by universities and employers such as public speaking, critical thinking and teamwork, via our Masterclass series
  • Put your knowledge, skills and ability to work in a team to the test in our Mock Clinic Challenge
  • 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 Medicine 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.

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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

Medicine Preparation Testimonials

Oxford Scholastica was one of the best experiences of my life. Not only does it broaden your perspective of the world and its inhabitants, the academic part of it proves to be really helpful in professional life as well. I am now a first year medical student and am able to put the knowledge gathered at Oxford Scholastica to good use at university, and this is what sets me apart from the rest of my fellow university students. Our tutor, Dom, was an amazing teacher and taught us medical concepts really well and in a way that will remain with us throughout life. I wish I could do OSA all over again. Plus they take really good care of you and make you feel like you’re at this home away from home.

Muhammad Huzaifa Zafar


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


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


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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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 Medicine Preparation Timetable

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

Your Medicine 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


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.

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Inspected and Accredited

Our Medicine 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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