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. You’ll leave with new friends, a summer filled with memories of magical Oxford and subject knowledge that puts you ahead of the curve.
Business summer course

Learn

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.
Business course for teens

See

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

Do

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?
business course for teens

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 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 cutting-edge research that they’re passionate about.

More information

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

Testimonials

Student testimonials

This summer school has truly been a valuable and memorable experience for me. Not only did I broaden my knowledge on Technology but I’ve also developed my self-management and communication.

Radhiyya

Discover Technology Academy, 2019
Student testimonials

My two weeks at Oxford Scholastica were two of the best weeks of my life. It was an amazing experience and I made some great friends that I know I will stay in touch with for a very long time.

Abdul Rahman

Experience Medicine Academy, 2019
Student testimonials

My son, Alexander, truly enjoyed his experience. He was academically and intellectually challenged while also making friends from around the world. We highly recommend this summer program.

Richard

Parent, Oxford Scholastica Academy
Student testimonials

Those two weeks at Oxford Scholastica were a really wonderful experience. I got the chance to explore what Law is really all about through this programme. Classes were very interesting and I loved how the tutor made the classes very interactive!

Ravi

Experience Law Academy, 2017
Student testimonials

The Law course was challenging but extremely rewarding, as it assured me that it was the path I wanted to choose at university. The Oxford Scholastica community also leaves you with an excellent support network even after the summer school. Overall, the summer school was an amazing experience that I would recommend to anyone.

Lina

Experience Law Academy, 2019
Student testimonials

I absolutely loved my Oxford Scholastica experience! I definitely recommend it to anyone who either knows what they’re doing and want better preparation, or even students who have no idea who they want to be when they grow up! I was both at some point and Oxford Scholastica filled that gap for me. Thank you so much for this amazing opportunity!

Salma

Online Law course, 2021
Student testimonials

I attended the Oxford Scholastica Academy in 2018. And I can genuinely say it was the best summer of my life. Not only were we exposed to different subjects and courses but also so many different cultures and people. I hope I can go back!

Prutha

Discover Business Academy, 2018
Student testimonials

Two of my children have now attended this course. It gave them the confidence to surge ahead in life with a purpose and confidence that is so essential. One of the best decisions I made for my children and their futures is to have sent them to the Oxford Scholastica Academy. 

Mubasher

Parent, Oxford Scholastica Academy
Student testimonials

The friendships I made will last me a lifetime. Oxford Scholastica taught me many life lessons that I will keep with me until I die. 

Douw

Experience Business & Enterprise Academy, 2017
Student testimonials

I’ve never done anything like this; Oxford Scholastica has exceeded my expectations and I am glad to have made valuable memories with it, which I will cherish forever!

Mariam

Experience Business & Enterprise Academy, 2018
Student testimonials

Oxford Scholastica has had a profound impact on my skills as a debater and student and is an experience I’d recommend to anyone looking for an educational, engaging summer adventure.

Sophie

Experience Debate & Public Speaking Academy, 2018
Student testimonials

For the second year in a row my daughter had an unforgettable summer break in the magical setting of Oxford! A fascinating course with an untold amount of fun things to do. Oxford Scholastica has undoubtedly been one of the best experiences my daughter has ever had.

Maria

Parent, Oxford Scholastica Academy, 2020

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