Online Courses

Our live online courses offer students the unique opportunity to get the Oxford Scholastica experience, from anywhere.

Our programmes combine the city of Oxford’s spirit of excellence with the very best in future-focused learning.

Over 2,500 students from 85 different countries have experienced our online courses since they launched.

The Bridge of Sighs on the Oxford University Campus, where our online classes are hosted
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Join students from all over the globe to master your subject, gain clarity about your future, and prepare for a changing world – all while experiencing our inspirational and rigorous teaching.

Along with a small group of students (maximum of 12) you’ll learn about your subject through discussion, research and debates.

You’ll join a class with students from around the world, and will have two hours of live contact time per day, plus independent study to maximise your learning.

With one and two week courses throughout the summer, this is your opportunity to get the Oxford Scholastica experience, from anywhere.

Key Facts

Location: Online (live, not pre-recorded)
Class size: Maximum 12 students
Ages: 12–14 and 15–18
Fees: £695 (1 week) or £995 (2 weeks)
Dates: Register your interest for 2024
Timings: Our live tutorials take place at a range of times to suit time zones from around the world (choose your times here)

Subjects offered online

Ages 12-14



 Politics & Debate

 Technology & Coding

Ages 15-18

Architecture & Design
Biology & Life Sciences

Business & Enterprise

Computer Science & Coding
Creative Writing
Economics & Finance
International Relations, Politics & Debate
Psychology & Neuroscience
World History & Philosophy

20 hours of live teaching (10 hours on the one week course)

12 students maximum per class

2,500+ students since launch, from 85+ countries

Oxford Scholastica’s online programmes are brought to you by OxBright, the home for our online learning.

OxBright combines the best of our history of academic excellence with a future-focused online curriculum to give students the edge for their future.

Join 2,500+ students from over 85 countries

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Online courses for ages 12-14

A student taking notes on a laptop for their online business course


Are you interested in learning about the world of business, or hoping to run a company yourself one day? This course will introduce you to important business concepts, help you learn about marketing and branding, and challenge you to take on the role of an entrepreneur to create a plan for your own business.

In our online business programme, you’ll learn about:

  • The basics of economics
  • Marketing and branding
  • What makes a business successful
  • Persuasive pitching and public speaking



If you’re aged 12-14 and have an interest in Medicine, this course is for you! You’ll learn about human anatomy, the systems of the body and common diseases. With your classmates and your tutor, you’ll discuss what makes a great doctor and how to talk sensitively to patients. Finally, you’ll get to meet some real patients, learn about their medical history and their symptoms, and try to diagnose their conditions!

In our online medicine programme, you’ll learn about:

  • Human Anatomy
  • The Respiratory and Cardiovascular Systems
  • Taking a Medical History
  • Common Diseases and Symptoms


A tutor taking medicine samples for a live online medicine class
A student speaking into a microphone for an online debate class for teens

Politics & Debate

Do you have an interest in the news, current affairs and the world around you? This course is for 12-14 year olds who want to learn about politics, international relations, and systems of government. Along the way, you’ll practise your debating skills, writing speeches and debating with your peers about political ideas that interest you. You’ll leave the course with more confidence in your public speaking abilities and with a greater understanding of government and politics.

In our online politics and debate programme, you’ll:

  • Practise debating and public speaking
  • Learn about key ideas in political theory
  • Understand how countries work together in international organisations
  • Be “Prime Minister for a day” and make a plan for tackling issues you care about


Technology & Coding

On this exciting course, you’ll be introduced to some of the most important concepts in Engineering and Computer Science — and you’ll learn how to build your own website! With your tutor and classmates, you’ll also explore how the practical applications of Maths and Physics work in the real world.

In our online technology and coding programme, you’ll learn about:

  • Electronics
  • Photonic systems (the science of light)
  • Coding in HTML and CSS
  • How to build your own website

As we have small class sizes, the course suits both students who have no prior experience of technology, as well as students who have previous experience.

A computer chip being disassembled for an online technology class

Online courses for ages 15-18

Architecture online course

Architecture & Design

Are you interested in the world of Architecture, or keen to explore a future in Design? This course will introduce you to the history and principles of architecture and the design process. Along the way, you’ll put your own creativity into practice by creating both functional and aesthetically pleasing designs.

In our architecture and design programme, you’ll learn about:

  • The history and influences of key architectural styles
  • The role of architecture in daily life
  • The design process and basic drafting skills
  • Sustainable design and the future of architecture


Biology & Life Sciences

Are you fascinated by Biology and the natural world? This course will deepen your understanding of biological and life sciences, taking you beyond the school curriculum and introducing you to university-level concepts. You’ll get to grips with advanced concepts in biology, ecology, evolution and genetics, and you’ll explore the future of biology.

In our biology and life sciences programme, you’ll learn about:

  • Genetics, evolution and bioengineering
  • Ecology, biodiversity and the future of conservation
  • Microbiology, antibiotics and the rise of antibiotic resistance
  • Human biology and the role of genetics in disease


Biology life sciences online course
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Business & Enterprise

Do you want to know more about how businesses operate, or do you dream of becoming an entrepreneur one day? Led by an expert tutor, this course will give you practical skills and an insider’s view of running a business — all while letting you apply your ideas and knowledge to tackle real-life business problems.

In our business and enterprise programme, you’ll learn about:

  • How to create a successful business plan
  • Key theories in business and management, and how to apply them to case studies
  • Undergraduate-level business concepts, such as marketing and business strategy
  • Putting together a persuasive pitch


Computer Science & Coding

Interested in learning code? Python is widely regarded as an excellent first language to learn. This course will help you develop a functional level of ability in programming in Python, supported by independent coding projects. To further your knowledge, you’ll look more deeply at technical and practical topics in Computer Science.

In our computer science and coding programme, you’ll learn about:

  • Programming in Python
  • Building a website
  • The history and future of computing
  • The applications and potential of Artificial Intelligence

As we have small class sizes, the course suits both students who have no prior experience of technology, as well as students who have previous experience.

A teenager learning how to program in an online coding bootcamp
A high school student learning creative writing skills in an Oxford online class

Creative Writing

Do you enjoy reading, writing and using language to express yourself? Oxford is home to some of the most famous authors in history, and this online course will show you how to write for different audiences and in a variety of genres while analysing works that have stood the test of time. You’ll also learn how to create engaging content for online platforms and develop your own unique voice.

In our creative writing programme, you’ll learn about:

  • Learn about different genres and styles of writing, including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and online content creation
  • Dive into your favourite texts to find out what it is that makes them so compelling
  • Practise building fictional worlds, characters and dialogues
  • Develop your own personal writing projects, with feedback from your tutor and peers


Economics & Finance

Are you drawn to the world of Economics, markets and finance? With your tutor and classmates, you’ll learn about key theories in both Micro- and Macroeconomics, explore influential models, and understand the stock market.

You’ll discuss some of the emerging trends in the field of global finance, such as the rise of cryptocurrency, and you’ll debate the pros and cons of contrasting economic policies enacted by governments around the world. You’ll also learn about investment appraisal, acting as an investor and weighing up competing investment opportunities.

In our economics programme, you’ll learn about:

  • Key principles in Microeconomics, such as supply and demand, elasticity and opportunity cost
  • Market failures and externalities
  • The intersection of Economics and Politics, and the financial system that underpins this
  • The workings of the stock market (you’ll also get to experience a stock exchange simulation)


The New York Stock Exchange building being explained to an online finance class
A bridge used as an example for an online architectural engineering class


Does the world of engineering spark your interest? Guided by an expert tutor, you’ll explore key introductory engineering topics and work together to design your own models. You’ll learn how to apply Mathematics and Physics to solve problems, and discover how to prepare yourself effectively for future Engineering studies at university.

In our engineering programme, you’ll learn about:

  • Maths for engineers
  • Material efficiencies and construction
  • Electronics in engineering
  • Designing and building a tower from limited materials


International Relations, Politics & Debate

What does it take to negotiate the greatest challenges facing our world – from COVID-19 (Coronavirus) to poverty to climate change? What role do governments, international organisations and activists play? On this course, you’ll debate key issues, such as what you, your country and the global community can do to prevent and respond to catastrophes.

To further develop your debating and public speaking skills, you’ll discuss:

  • International Law and Organisations, such as the UN, NATO and the WHO
  • Political theory
  • Diplomacy and crisis management
  • Revolutions and political change


An international relation council used in our online international relations course
Mathematics equation on whiteboard


Do you enjoy solving mathematical puzzles and problems? This course will challenge you to improve your maths skills beyond the school curriculum. You’ll explore real-world applications of maths, as well as the concept of infinity from many perspectives, including real analysis, set theory, gravity and statistics. You’ll also work in teams to solve a mathematical code-breaking challenge.

On this course, you’ll:

  • Explore advanced Calculus and Algebra
  • Apply Probability and Statistics to real-world problems
  • Discuss economic models
  • Get to grips with infinity!



Are you interested in learning about the law, or considering a career as a lawyer? Our Law course is one of our most popular courses. You’ll explore legal concepts and develop your debating skills, then use your knowledge, public speaking, and problem-solving abilities to tackle real-world legal projects. You’ll also put yourself in the best possible position to fulfil your potential when applying to university in the future.

In our online law programme, you’ll cover:

  • Different types of law: criminal, public and corporate law
  • The philosophy and history of the law
  • Human rights law
  • A mock trial (called a “moot”) giving you hands-on experience


A gavel being used in our online law course
Medical equipment used for our online medicine course


Are you keen to expand your knowledge of what medicine is really like and prepare for life as a potential medical student and doctor? On our popular medicine course, you’ll learn about the practical and theoretical aspects of medicine, and the most important systems of the body. You’ll also get to meet a psychiatric patient, take their medical history, and attempt to diagnose their symptoms — an experience that will help you stand out on future medical school applications.

In our online medicine programme, you’ll cover:

  • Systems of the body, including the cardiovascular and respiratory systems
  • The brain and the mind, including psychiatric disorders
  • Medical ethics: is there a moral difference between withdrawing and withholding treatment?
  • A personal research project, which you’ll present to your peers


Psychology & Neuroscience

Are you fascinated by the human mind, behaviour and relationships? Do you ask questions like, “What makes a person who they are?”. This course will introduce you to key concepts, such as attachment theory, love, language and personality. You’ll also design and carry out a personal research experiment, write up your findings in a paper, and present to your peers.

In our psychology and neuroscience programme, you’ll cover:

  • Love and attachment
  • Memory and intelligence
  • Language and thought
  • Imaging the brain


The anatomy of a brain being explained in our online neuroscience course
World history philosophy online course

World History & Philosophy

Do you love learning about other cultures and civilisations, or are you considering studying History, Philosophy or PPE at university? On this broad-ranging course, you’ll learn about the way previous civilisations lived and worshipped, how they thought about the world, and the influence their beliefs have had on subsequent societies. You’ll explore the key events, philosophies and ideas that have shaped world history, from ancient civilisations to today’s culture wars.

In our online history and philosophy programme, you will:

  • Understand the importance of a global perspective to the study of history and philosophy
  • Explore the rise and fall of major civilisations throughout history
  • Debate key philosophical ideas and evaluate the influence they have had
  • Consider the link between how people lived and how they thought about the world


Please note that course content is subject to change. Tutors will aim where possible to take students’ particular areas of interest into account.

Certificate & Letter of Recommendation

On successful completion of the course, you (and your family) will be invited to our online Graduation Ceremony to celebrate and recognise your achievements.

You’ll be awarded an Oxford Scholastica Academy Certificate, as well as a Letter of Recommendation written by your Tutor.

The Certificate and Letter of Recommendation will be valuable assets to refer to in your future university or college applications.

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Masterclasses are skills-based workshops you attend alongside your course of choice.

Led by tutors with expertise on a specific topic, or by external speakers, these workshops are designed to bring out the best in students, present diverse perspectives, and help you truly achieve your potential.

Click below to discover some of the Masterclasses you could experience.


Once a week, you’ll have an online Social with students from other courses.

This is a chance for you to meet other students, including those who are studying a different subject to you, and to socialise with your fellow students in a non-academic environment.

The Social is hosted by our team, and is very relaxed and informal! Usually it’s an activity or a game. It’s not a mandatory part of the course, but we’d strongly encourage you to come along!

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The Oxford Scholastica Academy is a recent winner of the King’s Award for Enterprise and is accredited as a short course provider by the British Accreditation Council (BAC). Please note, while we’re based in the city of Oxford we are separate from universities such as Oxford University (you can read more about our relationship here).

Online Summer School Register Your Interest

Our next online courses will be running in 2024. If you’d like to be the first to hear about upcoming online course opportunities, please register your interest here:

Frequently Asked Questions about Oxford Online Courses

What time will my live tutorials take place?

The live tutorials will usually take place from 1-3pm UK time each day. This is in order to best accommodate students from as many time zones as possible onto our courses, resulting in a truly global classroom.

During the summer, for some of our more popular courses we may have two groups to cater to students from the Eastern and Western hemispheres. If this is the case for your course, you'll be able to choose the time slot you prefer when booking. The content covered between each of the groups is the same.

How many hours is the course each day?
You will have two hours a day of live contact time with your tutor, and about two hours of independent study or group work to complete each day. In total, therefore, you should plan to spend about four hours a day on the course.
Will I get a certificate at the end of an Oxford Scholastica Online course?
Yes, upon successful completion of the course you will receive a Certificate of Achievement. For those students who impress us and meet our requirements, we will also provide a Letter of Recommendation, which you can use for future course, job or internship applications.
Do I need any special equipment in order to attend Oxford Scholastica Online?
You don’t need any special equipment in order to attend our online courses. All you need is a computer with a stable Internet connection and a webcam. Ideally you would be able to sit in a quiet room where you won’t be disturbed for your tutorials.
Is the online course content the same as an Oxford Scholastica summer school course?

Our online courses (as with all our online offerings) are project-based, meaning you’ll constantly apply what you learn to real-world problems. While these courses have been designed in accordance with our learning philosophy of Learn, See, Do — just like our Oxford Summer School — the content is different, with a greater focus on problem-solving. You can join us for both an online course and the Oxford Summer School in your subject without repeating material.

Who will my tutor be?

We spend a great amount of time carefully selecting and training the best tutors for each course. Our tutors are subject experts from world-class institutions, including Oxford and Cambridge. Learn more about the faculty and tutors that host our online classes.

Are the courses connected to universities such as Oxford?

No - while we're based in the city of Oxford and our tutors teach or study at universities such as Oxford, Cambridge and Harvard, it’s important to understand that we have no formal connection with universities such as The University of Oxford (you can read more about our relationship here).

Do you have an English language requirement?

Students who enrol in our courses (other than our English Language courses) must be able to speak, understand and read English to an Intermediate/Upper Intermediate/Advanced English level. If you'd like to arrange a call to check whether you have the right level of English please feel free to contact us.

Are Oxford Scholastica Online courses free?

Oxford Scholastica’s online courses aren’t free. We provide high-quality education tailored to each student's needs and interests. Our tutors are also subject experts from world-class institutions such as Oxford and Cambridge. Learn more about our Oxford online school fees and prices.

However, we offer scholarship places for students who have been nominated by teachers at any one of our Partner Schools, and who would otherwise be unable to attend. Learn more about our scholarship programme.

Are our Oxford Scholastica Online courses worth it?

Absolutely! Our Oxford Scholastica Online courses for teens are worth it because they give students the opportunity to learn new skills and master their favourite subjects. ​​Our online programme also gives students the opportunity to network with other students and get the Oxford Scholastica experience from anywhere in the world.

Why not join us on campus in the beautiful city of Oxford?

Based in the famous university city of Oxford, our summer school runs courses for two age groups: 12-14 and 15-18. These courses give students from around the world the opportunity to explore a subject of interest in a small-class setting and get the edge for your future.

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Our online teaching philosophy

We believe that learning online should be interactive and fun, and this belief fuels our approach to teaching. As a student on one of our courses you’ll:


Take part in our engaging digital courses and expert-led Masterclasses.


Work with an inspirational tutor and see what your future could look like.


Apply what you’ve learned on the course in fun, hands-on challenges.

Reserve Your Spot

Ready for a life-changing educational experience? Apply in minutes and reserve a spot for Oxford’s #1 rated summer school and online programmes.