Discover Business Academy

(for ages 12 to 14)

Are you interested in business, or have you ever dreamt of running your own company?

Alongside other ambitious students from all over the world, Oxford Scholastica’s Discover Business Academy will offer you an authentic taste of what studying this exciting subject involves.

Discover Business summer course

Key Facts

Location: University of Oxford campus
Ages: 12–14
Class size: Maximum 15 students
Fees: £6,495
Length: 2 weeks
Dates: 2nd-15th July, 16th-29th July, 30th July-12th August 2023
Receive: Graduation Certificate & Letter of Recommendation


Our courses combine Oxford-style teaching with practical challenges and debates. Small class sizes and expert tutors help you dive deep into your chosen subject area.

By taking our Discover Business Academy, you’ll get to:

  • Learn introductory business concepts such as the basics of business, management and economics, guided by your expert tutor from a largely Oxbridge-educated faculty.
  • Meet an inspiring entrepreneur and learn their lessons of success, and put your business, creativity and social media skills to the test in our exciting Rocket Challenge.
  • Gain clarity on your future direction – we have a proven track record of successfully preparing thousands of students to get ahead in their futures.
  • Develop skills in high demand by universities and employers, such as public speaking, critical thinking and teamwork, via our Masterclasses.
  • Build your global professional network by meeting students from all over the world and joining our alumni community.
  • Attend our Graduation Ceremony at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School, and get a Graduation Certificate and personalised Letter of Recommendation from your tutor.
Discover Business course for teens


What better way to learn about a career than to talk to someone who’s living it? Our Heroes programme invites you to meet an inspiring professional from the business world and:

  • Learn more about what a day in their life looks like
  • Understand more about the cutting edge aspects of the sector that they work in, and hear their top career tips
  • Ask them your burning questions about their business school experience and career path


Challenges are one of the most exciting parts of our programme! Halfway through our Discover Business course, you’ll take part in our fast-paced Rocket Challenge.

It’s certainly 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 get to:

  • Put all the theory you’ve learned into practice and apply your knowledge to a real life problem.
  • Work with Discover Technology students (who will be building the rockets) and be tasked with designing and pitching a marketing campaign for a new line of rockets.
  • Pitch to our expert judging panel – will you be on the winning team?
Discover business course for teens

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Course programme

Course Outline

In our Discover Business Academy, you’ll cover a range of challenging topics across nine classroom sessions.

Class 1: An Introduction to Business

Explore different types of successful businesses through real-life examples. Learn key business terms and how to use them.

Class 2: Branding and Marketing

Learn how different brands apply branding and marketing. Then, put what you’ve learned into action and design your own advert.

Class 3: An Introduction to Economics

Understand the importance of economics in a global society.

Class 4: Explore Management

What makes a good manager? Explore management theories and understand how good business is underpinned by good management. 

Class 5: Learn about Leadership

Learn about different styles of leadership and which styles work better. We’ll help you to develop your leadership skills.

Class 6: Big Business, Economics and the Law

Learn about the role of law in business – explore cases of corporate law in action.

Class 7: International Business

Discover how businesses can expand from a national company to a global corporation.

Class 8: Persuasive pitching

How do you most effectively communicate your business idea? Learn how to develop a persuasive argument and the art of public speaking.

Class X
Your final class is based on your tutor’s personal expertise in the field, focusing on the cutting-edge research that they’re passionate about.

Please note this course outline may be subject to change.

More information

Want to know more about attending our Discover Business Academy? Learn about what your schedule will look like, where you’ll stay, our entry requirements and some of the fun activities that will round out your academic experience.

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