Discover Business Academy

(for ages 12 to 14)

Are you interested in business, or do you dream of running your own company?

Join us on the Discover Business Academy to get an exciting taste of life in business and entrepreneurship, learning with like-minded students from around the world.

Students on the Discover Business Academy

Key Facts

Location: University of Oxford campus
Ages: 12–14
Class size: Maximum 15 students
Fees: £6,995
Length: 2 weeks
Dates: 30th June-13th July, 14th-27th July, 28th July-10th August 2024
Awarded: Graduation Certificate & Letter of Recommendation

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What You’ll Learn

Tutor teaching at the Oxford Union

Our courses combine university-style teaching with practical challenges and engaging debates. Small classes and expert tutors help you dive deep into the world of business.

  • Learn introductory business concepts such as the foundations of business, management and economics, guided by your expert tutor
  • Gain clarity on your future direction – we’ve helped thousands of students decide which subjects they’d like to study further
  • Polish skills that will set you up for future success at school and beyond, including public speaking, critical thinking, and teamwork in our Masterclasses
  • Make friends from around the world and join our global alumni community, building your network with other engaged, curious young people
  • Attend our Graduation Ceremony at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School, and get a Graduation Certificate and Letter of Recommendation from your tutor


“By far the best course out there! I have had a wonderful experience with Oxford Scholastica. Oxford Scholastica has made me love learning and has increased my knowledge of Business.”

– Haya, Egypt, Discover Business Academy

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 case studies. 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 advertising campaign.

Class 3: An Introduction to Economics

Understand the importance of economics in a global society, and explore key concepts such as supply and demand, and the time value of money.

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 tend to be the most effective. We’ll help you to develop your leadership skills, and to consider which leaders you most admire and why.

Class 6: Big Business, Economics and the Law

Learn about the important role that law plays 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, and explore the organisations that exist to govern the world of international trade, such as the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and the World Bank.

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.

Meet Our Tutors

Oxford Scholastica tutors are the best of the best. They are highly qualified subject experts from Oxford, Cambridge, and other leading academic institutions, who are on the cutting edge of research in their fields. Our tutors often stay with us for several years and become part of the family! Meet a small selection of them below.

Portrait of Tuscany Parkin, Oxford Summer School law tutor

Tuscany Parkin

BA LLB (Rhodes), BCL (Oxon)

Tuscany graduated with the BCL Masters of Law from the University of Oxford, specialising in Jurisprudence, Competition Law and Comparative Contract Law. She is currently reading for the MPhil in Legal Philosophy (particularly the philosophy of contract law). Previously, she obtained her BA in English Literature and LLB Law with Honours from Rhodes University. She has extensive tutoring experience, and enjoys working with young people to discover their own areas of legal interest.

Portrait of Ben White, Oxford Summer School engineering and STEM tutor

Benjamin White

MChem (Hons)

Ben is currently completing his DPhil in Engineering Science at the University of Oxford, having studied for his integrated Masters in Chemistry at the University of Bath. Ben researches the use of nanotechnology in cancer treatment, in order to improve chemotherapy. Ben has many years of tutoring experience, covering all STEM subjects. He has also served as a peer mentor and tutor for undergraduate students at the University of Bath and St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford.

Portrait of Oonagh Stewart, Oxford Summer School medical science tutor

Oonagh Ekereoboghene Stewart

BA (Oxon)

Oonagh holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Medical Sciences from the University of Oxford. Her specialist interests include understanding the genetic basis of sleep regulation; last year she conducted research at the Oxford Sleep and Circadian Institute and has since written a dissertation on her findings, presenting at a conference in Oxford. She is a keen tutor with a lot of experience, and enjoys sharing her passion for clinical medicine.

Beyond the Classroom

You’ll meet our inspirational Heroes, take part in a subject-related Challenge, engage in skills-building Masterclasses and graduate in style.

Tutor teaching in class


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 business professional and:

  • Learn more about what a day in their life looks like
  • Understand the latest trends in their sector, and hear their top career tips
  • Ask them any questions you have about how to forge your own career in the world of business


Students in class


You’ll put the skills you’ve learned on the course to the test in our App Challenge.

  • You’ll work with Computer Science students to come up with an idea for a mobile phone app
  • They’ll build a prototype of the app, while you’ll conduct market research and create a brand and business plan
  • You’ll then pitch to our expert judging panel – will you be on the winning team?


Students at an Oxford Scholastica Masterclass


Masterclasses are skills-based sessions, during which you’ll develop the skills and mindset you need for success, no matter which field you’re interested in going into.

  • Hone your debating and public speaking skills at the world-famous Oxford Union
  • Develop crucial leadership and communications skills
  • Enhance your chances of getting into your dream university and plan for your future in our University & Careers Masterclass


Student receiving graduation certificate


At the end of your programme, you’ll receive a Graduation Certificate and Letter of Recommendation at Oxford University’s Said Business School or St Anne’s College.

  • Celebrate your achievements at our Graduation Ceremony
  • Parents and family members are warmly welcome to attend
  • Your Graduation Certificate and your tutor’s Letter of Recommendation are an excellent way to showcase your passion for the subject to university admissions officers


Why parents love 

Oxford Scholastica

Check out our video to see why other parents chose Oxford Scholastica, and how they found the summer school experience. 

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What Happens Next

Our friendly team are on hand to help you through the process and to make it as simple as possible for you and your family.

(1) Application

Apply for your place here - we look for enthusiastic students who are keen to make the most of the opportunity.

(2) Deposit

In order to secure your spot there is a £995 deposit.

(3) Welcome Call

We'd love to speak with you - we're keen to get to know you in order to give you the most memorable summer!

(4) Pay the Balance

The balance of fees is due nearer the start of the programme. If you need a visa invitation letter, we can send this.

(5) Meet Fellow Students

Meet your fellow coursemates using our online community so you can make friends before starting.

(6) Optional Reading

Our tutors have curated a suggested reading list for you, including articles and videos and podcasts.

(7) Final Preparation

We'll ask you to fill in an important form including things like your dietary and health requirements.

(8) Travel Plans

If you're flying into the UK, we'll let you know how to book our airport transfers.

(9) Arrival!

You can arrive any time on the Sunday between 12pm and 5pm. There will be icebreaker games and a BBQ dinner.

Further Information

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Discover Business Academy Dates & Price

Length Start Date End Date Price From Next Step
Two Weeks 30th June 2024 13th July 2024


Two Weeks 14th July 2024 27th July 2024


Two Weeks 28th July 2024 10th August 2024


Four Weeks 30th June 2024 27th July 2024


Four Weeks 14th July 2024 10th August 2024



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