Oxford Summer School 2020

Oxford Scholastica Online

Our virtual summer school offers students the unique opportunity to get the Oxford experience, from anywhere.
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Get the Oxford Experience Online

Drawing on the Oxford Scholastica Academy’s years of experience of running world-class summer schools, our virtual summer school combines Oxford’s spirit of excellence with the very best in future-focused learning.

We developed our virtual summer school to enable students from all over the world to master their subjects, gain clarity about their futures and prepare for a changing world – all while experiencing inspirational and rigorous teaching. This is your opportunity to get the Oxford experience, from anywhere.

During your course, you’ll work with a small group of like-minded students to undertake a series of intensive challenges. The course culminates in the delivery of a final project judged by an expert panel.

See our selection of online courses for 12-14 year olds, and 15-18 year olds.

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out of 10 students at Oxford Scholastica Online said that their course was interesting and inspirational

Samuel has thoroughly enjoyed the Technology and Engineering course experience.
 
This is the first time that I have seen him totally engaged and enthusiastic about a subject since the start of lockdown. I think it has been absolutely fabulous for both his learning and mental health. He’s had his ups and downs over this period but he has been a completely different person this week – so much happier and enthusiastic about both the online sessions and the independent work in between sessions.
 
He also said after the first session that he was able to understand a concept (I think physics-related) that he had really been struggling with at school.
 
It has been a fabulous experience for him and we are very grateful in many ways.
Sally

Mother of Samuel (UK, Engineering & Technology, May 2020)

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Virtual Summer School At A Glance

Oxford Scholastica Online courses are:

  • Designed for curious, academically motivated students like you
  • Project-based – you’ll constantly apply what you learn to real-world problems
  • Developed to give you an authentic taste of university-level study and Oxford-style teaching, in very small tutor groups (we have an absolute maximum of eight students in a tutor group)
  • Designed to enable you to master your subject
  • Tailored to effectively prepare you to submit a successful University or college application in the future
  • Structured to offer you 2 hours of tuition per day, plus 1-2 hours of group/individual work. You should expect the course to take up to 3-4 hours per day (you can take one of our courses while you’re at school, depending on your workload and time commitments)
  • Suitable for all abilities – whether you have studied the subject of your course before, or are exploring it for the first time

Read more about the subjects we offer at Oxford Scholastica Online below, or download our brochure.

This summer I did other online courses, along with Oxford Scholastica Online, and I have to say, this was by far, the best and the most interesting one out of them all. This course was more engaging, interactive, and MUCH MUCH MUCH more interesting than the others!

Lailamah

Pakistan, Engineering & Technology, May 2020

Online Courses for Students Aged 12-14

Business

Are you interested in learning about the world of business, or maybe hoping to run a business yourself one day? On this course, you’ll be introduced to important business concepts, learn about marketing and branding, and be challenged to take on the role of an entrepreneur to create a plan for your own business!

On this course, you’ll learn about:

  • The Basics of Economics
  • Marketing and Branding
  • What makes a business successful?
  • Persuasive Pitching and Public Speaking

 

Technology

On this exciting course for 12-14 year olds, you’ll learn all about the world of technology. 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 explore how the practical applications of Maths and Physics work in the real world.

On this course, you’ll explore:

  • Electronics
  • Photonic Systems
  • Coding in HTML and CSS
  • How to build your own website!

 

Online Courses for Students Aged 15-18

Business & Economics

Are you interested in how businesses work, or perhaps dream of becoming an entrepreneur? Led by your expert tutor, this exciting course will enable you to discuss economic issues, get an insider’s view of running a business, and learn about key economic concepts – all while applying your skills and knowledge to tackle real-life business problems.

On this course, you’ll cover:

  • Key economic concepts such as supply and demand
  • Economic Theory
  • Undergraduate-level business concepts, such as marketing and business strategy
  • How to apply theory to case studies

 

Law

Does Law interest you, or do you dream of one day applying to Law School? In dynamic classes, your experienced and inspiring tutor will work with you to explore key legal ideas and develop your debating skills. You’ll use your knowledge, public speaking and problem-solving skills to tackle real-world legal projects.

This course will cover:

  • Philosophy and History of the Law
  • Types of Law: Criminal, Public and Corporate Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • A Mock Trial (in the two-week course)

 

Technology & Engineering

Does exploring the world of technology and engineering interest you? Guided by your excellent tutor, you’ll explore a wealth of key introductory Engineering topics, work together to design your own models and be tasked with solving real-world technology problems with students from across the world.

Topics covered will include:

  • Maths for Engineers
  • Material Efficiencies and Construction
  • HTML for building websites
  • Build a tower from limited materials – and then build a website to advertise it!

 

Medicine

Are you keen to explore life as a medical student? Working both individually and in small groups, you’ll learn about both the practical and theoretical aspects of Medicine from your exceptional tutor. You’ll also design your own research projects and be challenged to use all you’ve learnt to solve medical scenarios faced by doctors and researchers.

On this course, you’ll cover:

  • Systems of the Body, including the Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems
  • The Brain and the Mind
  • Cancer
  • A personal Research Project, which you’ll present to a panel

 

Politics & Debate

Are you interested in the how the world works, or keen to develop your public speaking skills? Your expert tutor will guide you through this exciting and varied course to give you a deeper understanding of key forces shaping our world all while you develop crucial skills (like debating) and tackle global real-world problems both on your own and in teams.

On this course, you’ll learn about:

  • Speaking and Debating Styles
  • The Art of Rebuttal
  • Political Theory
  • How will COVID-19 affect world politics?

 

Psychology & Neuroscience

Are you fascinated by the human mind, behaviour and relationships? The Psychology & Neuroscience online course will introduce you to key concepts, such as attachment theory, love, language and personality. What makes a person who they are? What makes them creative, or selfish, or intelligent? You’ll also design and carry out a research experiment, and write up your findings into a research paper.

On this course, you’ll cover:

  • Love and Attachment
  • Memory and Intelligence
  • Language and Thought
  • Imaging the Brain
  • A personal Research Project, which you’ll present to a panel

 

Computer Science & Coding

Are you interested in learning to code? Python is widely regarded as an excellent first language to learn. It is a serious language used in industry, versatile, and relatively straightforward to learn. On this course you will develop a functional level of ability in programming in Python, supported by independent coding projects. To supplement this, you will look more deeply at some technical and practical topics in Computer Science, such as Artificial Intelligence, regular expressions, natural-language processing, complexity analysis and web development, to provide a balanced and relevant introduction to this subject.

You’ll cover:

  • Programming in Python
  • The History and Future of Computing
  • Building a Website

 

International Relations

Are you interested in global institutions, and the political structures that give them power? Perhaps you’re interested in how the world is cooperating to beat COVID-19. On the International Relations course, you’ll learn about theories of leadership, political theory, and global institutions such as NATO and the UN. You’ll also take part in a Model United Nations negotiation, representing your country’s best interests.

With your tutor and classmates, you’ll discuss:

  • International Law and Human Rights Law
  • New World Powers
  • Politics and the Economy
  • Revolutions and Political Change

 

Mathematics

If you’re planning to study a Maths-heavy subject at university, or if you just like the beauty of a mathematical theorem, the online Maths course will challenge you to improve your skills and learn beyond your school curriculum. Mathematics at university level is extremely varied, ranging from the very abstract, such as complex analysis, to the very tangible, such as fluid mechanics. Underpinning much of this is a clear understanding of how infinity works in different contexts. On this course, you will explore 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!

 

Creative Writing

If you enjoy writing and expressing yourself with words, the Creative Writing course will be a perfect fit for you this summer. You’ll learn about how to write compellingly for a wide audience, how to build characters that your audience can believe in and feel invested in, and how to adapt your writing for different genres. If you’re already working on a larger piece of creative writing, such as a novel, your tutor will read your drafts and give you feedback. You’ll also work in a team to peer-review others’ work, and analyse literature that has stood the test of time to understand what it is that makes it so powerful.

On this course, you’ll:

  • Learn about different genres and styles of writing
  • Practise building compelling fictional worlds and characters
  • Develop your own personal writing projects, with feedback from your tutor and peers
  • Discuss the theory behind an engaging plot

 

Please note that course content is subject to change. Tutors will aim where possible to take students’ particular areas of interest into account. Some topics may only be covered in the two-week course.

This week was the best. It was truly a one of a kind experience. I’ve never been more excited for a class! Thank you Oxford Scholastica Online! 
Inchara

India, Politics & Debate, May 2020

What will I learn?

  • You’ll develop mastery of your subject in lectures delivered by experts in your chosen field
  • You’ll sharpen your critical thinking in daily Oxford-style tutorials in small classes, delivered by tutors from world-leading institutions
  • You’ll develop skills critical to your future success – from resilience to submitting a successful university or college application
  • You’ll develop techniques essential for you now and in the future, such as research, analysis and creative thinking
  • You’ll learn how to work effectively in a team through project-based challenges
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What will I gain?

  • A Certificate of Achievement – an excellent example of your proven interest in a subject when it comes to university and college applications
  • A Letter of Recommendation (for students who meet our criteria) – an invaluable asset for your future university and internship or work experience applications
  • Skills crucial for future success, such as critical thinking, teamwork and public speaking
  • Key insights into university/college application processes at leading institutions to inform your own application
  • Greater confidence and motivation for the future
  • An international community of like-minded friends and peers

What will I do?

  • Enjoy a challenging and engaging selection of lectures and tutorials
  • Be inspired and motivated by our suite of Masterclasses
  • Make friends with students from all over the world
  • Experience authentic university-style learning
  • Put your problem solving skills to the test through our group and individual challenges as you tackle some of the biggest challenges the world faces
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Why online?

As society rapidly changes, so does the way that students access and receive their education. You may have experienced this in your own school.

We recognise the enormous potential digital connection offers students from a learning perspective. As we started to explore launching our virtual summer school, we wanted to hear how students like you felt they could benefit from online education.

They told us that online learning experiences gave them greater flexibility, improved their digital literacy, and still enabled them to gain in-person benefits like building friendships with young people from across the globe.

With these insights in mind, we developed our virtual summer school to enable you to:

  • Access the very best of the Oxford learning experience in a way that is most convenient for you
  • Develop your digital expertise
  • Have greater control over your own learning – irrespective of time or location
  • Benefit from the very best in personalised teaching – you’ll receive highly specialised tuition in small ‘Oxford tutorial’-style classes from expert tutors
  • Extract maximum value from your learning experience – our courses enable you to learn from, and be coached by, world-class tutors, a privilege normally reserved for students at elite institutions

We also understand that online learning can come with a variety of different concerns for students and parents alike as you adjust to new ways of working. We support you through this process by ensuring that we offer a learning experience which is fun, engaging and easy to use.

 

If I were applying to university all over again a course like this would be a great way to learn new skills that I could develop for my application, as well as being something relevant to my subject which I could talk about in an interview.

The course gives students the chance to talk one-on-one with tutors which is great preparation for university, as you become much more confident in your own opinions and how to express your ideas to someone else.

Felicity

Current Oxford University undergraduate, April 2020

Dates and Prices

In May the courses will last one week, to allow you greater flexibility to study them alongside your other commitments. From June we are offering our full two-week sessions.

See our Booking Form below for the latest course availability.

LengthDatePriceBook
1 week4th to 8th May 2020£595Book
1 week25th to 29th May 2020 (UK May half-term)£595Book
2 weeks1st to 12th June 2020£995Book
2 weeks15th to 26th June 2020£995Book
2 weeks29th June to 10th July 2020£995Book
2 weeks13th July to 24th July 2020£995Book
 

Frequently Asked Questions

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 really impress us and meet our requirements, we are also able to provide a Letter of Recommendation, which you can use for future University, 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 virtual summer school. 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 and lectures.

What time will the lectures and tutorials take place?

You will be in a small class with students from around the world, some of whom may be in different time zones. We always seek to organise our online lectures and tutorials at a time that is suitable for everyone in your class. Exact timings for your course will be confirmed with you closer to the start date.

Who will my tutor be?

We dedicate an enormous amount of time to carefully selecting and training the very best tutors for each course. Our tutors are subject experts from world-class institutions, including Oxford and Cambridge. We will send you an introduction to your tutor before you begin your course.

Is the course content the same as on an Oxford Scholastica summer school in Oxford?

Our virtual summer school courses are all 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 LearnSeeDo, just like our Oxford Summer School, the content is different, with a greater focus on problem-solving. The two weeks culminate in a final project which is judged by a panel of industry experts.

What is the difference between a one-week and two-week course?

We know that most of you still have school commitments in May, so we have designed the one-week course to fit alongside school hours in May. From June, we are offering the full-two week courses, during which you will cover more subject content, experience two further Masterclasses, and a guest lecture.

What if I don't see the subject that I want to study?

If there’s a particular subject that you want to study at Oxford Scholastica Online, get in touch to let us know about it!

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