Discover Business Academy

Have you always wondered what life as a business-person is really like? We created the Discover Business Academy especially for bright 12-14 year olds to help you better understand how businesses work, and to help you discover if pursuing business studies is the right path for you.

Welcome to the Discover Business Academy. On this two-week course you’ll explore the world of business – discover what you need to think about when setting up a new venture, what marketing is and why it’s important, and explore the increasing role of social media. Along the way, you’ll learn about basic economics, corporate law, leadership, management, and effective communication.

This course is perfect for you if you’re considering:

 

  • Studying business, economics, law or leadership
  • A career in business, finance, law, or management
  • Setting up your own business or social enterprise in the future

Our Learning Philosophy

We want to help you discover if a future studying and working in business could be right for you, and we don’t think you can do that just by reading out of a textbook! As a student on our Discover Business Academy you will:

LEARN

How did a teenager set up Facebook from his bedroom?

Uncover real-life business stories as you learn about different types of businesses, from start-ups to global corporations

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SEE

What’s life as a business-person really like?

Meet our hero— the founder of a social enterprise—who will answer your questions, so that you can discover what studying and working in business looks like

DO

How do you come up with an idea and make money from it?

Our rocket challenge will put your new skills to the test as you work together to design a marketing campaign based on real market-research

The most memorable part of the Summer School was the Challenge, where we came up with an idea for a business and pitched it to a group of business people. I actually learnt how a business starts. I have learnt a lot and it has increased my level of interest for Economics.
Ansh, India

 

Entry Requirements

 

Aged 12-14

Keen to Learn

Speaks and Understands English Well

Discover Business Academy Class Outline

As part of the Discover Business Academy you’ll take part in a series of 10 classes. The first class is an introduction to the course, your tutor, and your classmates, and the following eight classes are structured around the topics below. The final class will be a surprise, created for you by your tutor, focusing on an area of cutting-edge research in their field.

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1. An Introduction to Business

What makes a business successful? Explore different types of successful businesses through real-life examples. You’ll also uncover what different key business terms mean and how to use them to introduce your own business ideas

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2. Branding & Marketing

What role does branding and marketing play in business? We’ll discuss how different brands apply the basics of branding and marketing. Then, put what you’ve learned into action and design your own advert!

3. An Introduction to Economics

What does “economics” really mean? Learn the basics of economics and the role it plays in our global society. We’ll explore links between economic principles, and how we can apply them to some common problems

4. Management

What makes a good manager? Explore different management theories and how good business is underpinned by good management, using real-life examples

5. Leadership

What are the characteristics of a strong leader? Learn about different styles of leadership and which styles might work better in different settings. We’ll also focus on skills that can help to develop your personal leadership

6. Business Law

How do you resolve a corporate legal issue? Learn about the role of law in business through exploring cases of corporate law in action. We’ll also discuss steps businesses can take to resolve legal issues

7. International Business

How does a business expand from a national company to a global corporation? We’ll explore the phenomenon of ‘glocalisation’ by examining real-life examples, and discuss how businesses can successfully expand internationally

8. Persuasive Pitching

How do you most effectively communicate your business idea to get others on-board? We’ll identify what makes a good pitch before you take the floor to pitch a business idea yourself!

Are you ready for the Rocket Challenge?

 

Are you up for the challenge of designing a marketing campaign for a new line of rockets?

In the rocket challenge you’ll collaborate with the Discover Technology students (who will be building the rockets) and put what you’ve learned from your classes into practice!

Demonstrate your creativity and social media skills as you:

 

  • Perform Market Research
  • Brand your rocket
  • Pitch your strategy

Full Accreditation

We have been independently accredited by the British Accreditation Council (BAC) as a short course provider for Independent Further and Higher Education. The BAC have assessed our teaching quality, pastoral care, and overall standards.

Meet your Tutor and Hero

Joanna Cruse B.Com

Jo studied Politics, Philosophy, and Economics at the University of Cape Town. She was awarded an academic scholarship and was selected as a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society.

Jo has taught A-level Economics and Politics at one of the UK’s top schools. She also acts as a communications consultant to a range of social enterprises and start-ups.

Please note, our Tutors and Heroes are subject to change.

Ben Wilkins MA

You’ll have the opportunity to meet our Hero, Ben, a local Oxford entrepreneur.

Ben studied Osteopathy at Oxford Brookes University. He is the founder of Sustainabus, which converts decommissioned city buses into solar-powered hotels.

Ben was Santander Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2014.

Masterclasses

In addition to your classes, you'll get to mingle with the students from other courses in our Masterclasses. These masterclasses are designed to be an interactive and fun way to broaden your knowledge and provide you with new skills.

Get ready to sharpen your wits and defend your point of view against bright opponents! Our Debating Masterclass is a fun, fast-paced, and memorable session where you learn to master the fine art of persuading your audience to believe your case. Led by expert debaters, this Masterclass will be followed by a Debating Competition in the famous surroundings of the Oxford Union - here, you'll be following in the footsteps of Winston Churchill, Mother Teresa and Michael Jackson!

 

  • Develop your ability to think quickly on your feet to combat the opposition's points
  • Work collaboratively in teams to create and articulate solutions to big problems
  • Improve your self-confidence, speaking, and listening skills in this interactive session
changemakersWant to change the world?

Even small actions can have a big impact! In this Masterclass you will explore examples of people who are creating positive change around the world through their social enterprises. We'll then work on developing the tools you need to create an action plan to bring about change that you're passionate about.
 

  • Learn some of the ways the world has been changed historically by ambitious individuals and groups
  • Work with classmates to create an executable plan to create real impact in response to real issues
  • Develop real-world skills and keep in contact with friends by continuing your cohort’s mission after the summer school ends - see our OSA Foundation page for examples of past students who have secured funding to pursue their mission

You'll one day be faced with a job application process, and we think it's important for you to understand how these processes work. In this masterclass, we'll explore:

  • The kinds of things employers are looking for
  • How to demonstrate and fulfil your potential in an application form or CV
  • The key stages of putting together a successful job application
What do J.K. Rowling, Richard Branson, and Charles Darwin all have in common? We see them as highly successful people, yet they all had a hard time achieving this success. In this masterclass, you will learn how to grow from failures and setbacks and use them as a driving force to become smarter, stronger, and better.

 

  • Debunk the myths of overnight success and luck
  • Reflect on why we are all so scared of failing
  • Learn how to use setbacks to create future success

Greatness means different things to all of us. This motivating masterclass will get you thinking about how you define greatness, and equip you with the tools you need to create your own personal development plan to help you achieve your own version of great!

  • Explore your values and identify your purpose
  • Identify your strengths and innate talents, and gain awareness of your weaknesses
  • Develop a personal development plan so you can track your progress towards your goal

What does it mean to be truly happy? This thought-provoking masterclass, led by Doctor of Philosophy candidate Michael Plant, will take you on a mission to discover happiness: why it matters, how it works, and the different places people seek it in life

 

  • Identify what happiness means to you
  • Explore the impact technology and social media has on our day-to-day happiness
  • Learn practical things you can do to focus more on the things that make you happy, and less on things that don't

Volunteering MasterclassHelp make the world a better place for local children on an afternoon helping a local charity build a children's garden! This is a really fun masterclass where you get outside and hands-on helping the Oxford community. You'll learn about sustainability and how you can make a difference locally, in a practical way

  • Gain experience of volunteering
  • Develop a personal connection to the Oxford community
  • Leave a legacy of your time in Oxford

Many thanks to our friends at the great charity Student Hubs for facilitating the session for us.

Graduation Certificates

On completion of the course, you’ll be awarded your Oxford Scholastica Academy Graduation Certificate at our Graduation Ceremony.

This is held on the final afternoon of the summer course, at the impressive Saïd Business School which we hire for the evening.

Parents are very welcome to attend, and the ceremony is followed by dinner.

Make friends from around the world

We welcome students of all nationalities, so you'll make friends with students who have come to us from countries and cultures all over the world. We also make sure you can all stay connected as part of our OSA Alumni community after the Summer too! In past years, these countries have included:

Where you’ll study

Blavatnik School of Government

 

Your classes will be held in the Blavatnik School of Government, an award-winning building which is part of the University of Oxford. Finished in 2015, the building is a modern addition to the University and is located right by the Oxford University Press building.

"Inside, the building is quite simply breathtaking. It is one of those rare moments in architecture when the spirit soars. This is a modern cathedral of learning that at the same time stimulates, soothes and excites. … It is a truly inspirational piece of design and one so fitting for its purpose." - RIBA Judges (Royal Institute of British Architects)

Please note, while we use their facilities, we have no formal connection with The University of Oxford.

Preparing for the course!

 

To help you prepare for joining us in the summer, both Photis and Shannon from our Community Team will be in touch to answer any questions and send you some helpful material you might want to look at before you come along. Like all of our core team, they'll both be on-site over the summer getting involved and joining in the fun!

We also organise group welcome calls before the course where you can meet Shannon face-to-face, and start to get to know some of the other students who will be your classmates!

Photis Loizou

Shannon Miller

Timetable

Take a look at our example timetable below. You can hover your mouse over parts of the timetable to get more information.

First week

 8am‑9am9am‑10am10am‑11am11am‑12pm12pm‑1pm1pm‑2pm2pm‑3pm3pm‑4pm4pm‑5pm5pm‑6pm6pm‑7pmEvening
Sunday ArrivalOur team will be ready to help you settle in at the accommodation. If you are coming from abroad we can happily help to arrange a transfer from the airportDinnerIcebreaker eveningAn evening of fun introductory games designed to get you to know your new friends and our staff team
MondayBreakfastWelcome and Introductory ClassYou'll be introduced to Oxford Scholastica, and get your first chance to meet your Tutors who will talk you through the course outline and answer any of your questionsLunchYou'll have the opportunity to visit one of Oxford's many tasty, healthy cafes/restaurants for your lunch each dayOxford TourWe'll be taking you around the most famous landmarks in Oxford, from the colleges which inspired Harry Potter to the historic city buildingsScavenger HuntPut your new found knowledge to the test in our Scavenger Hunt competition, and discover Oxford's secretsDinnerIce CreamRelax after your first day with a sociable dinner, and some of Oxford's famous George & Danver's (G&D's) ice cream!
TuesdayBreakfastClasses and Independent StudyOur small-group courses are conducted by our hand-picked tutors. Each day you'll have a two hour class and be given some reading or work by your tutor to complete in your two hours of independent study. Just like a university student, you'll be trusted to work independently or in groups in your rooms.LunchFailure to Success or How to Be Great MasterclassesLearn the secrets of successful people, as we explore the tips and tricks to become successful, and discover how experiences of failure have driven successful people to stellar achievements.DinnerOutdoor ShakespeareTonight we'll be watching a Shakespeare play in the beautiful surroundings of the city.
WednesdayBreakfastClasses and Independent StudyLunchPuntingA punt is a flat-bottomed, square-ended boat which is powered by submerging a long pole onto the bank of the river and pushing the boat along - or as some people put it, pushing a boat with a stick! It is most commonly seen in Oxford and Cambridge, and is a favourite summer activity of students at Oxford. We'll teach you how to punt along the beautiful banks of North Oxford, and this is one of our students' favourite events each yearPicnic DinnerParks' GamesAfter our punting afternoon we'll spend the evening having a picnic and playing games by the banks of the river in the Oxford University Parks, arguably the most beautiful park in Oxford
ThursdayBreakfastClasses and Independent StudyWindsor TripWe're off to visit Windsor Castle today - the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world and the Official Residence of Her Majesty The Queen.
FridayBreakfastClasses and Independent StudyLunchApplications MasterclassMany of you will be thinking about your future life after school. In this interactive afternoon, we'll guide you through the job applications process, or the process for applying to UK universities for further studyDinnerActive ActivitiesJoin our Activities Coordinators as they lead active activities outside, to make the most of the summer. Choices have previously ranged from yoga to rugby, dancing to football, frisbee to zumba, and many more!
SaturdayBreakfastClasses and Independent StudyLunchThe Oxford Scholastica Challenge Afternoon!This is the moment you've been waiting for, as you'll get the chance to apply the knowledge you've learnt so far. From designing and marketing an App (Enterprise and Computer Science) to a Mock Clinic (Young Doctors) to a Model United Nations (Leadership and Debate) to designing a Magazine (Creative Writing) to a mock trial (Law), your teamwork skills will be tested to the max in our afternoon of fun ChallengesDinnerFilm NightAfter a hard day of putting your learning into practice, chill out in your accommodation with your friends and watch a film. Popcorn provided!

Second week

 8am‑9am9am‑10am10am‑11am11am‑12pm12pm‑1pm1pm‑2pm2pm‑3pm3pm‑4pm4pm‑5pm5pm‑6pm6pm‑7pmEvening
SundayBreakfastHero SessionYou'll get the opportunity to meet your course Hero, a young professional who has studied your subject and has gone on to some impressive things in his/her early career. You'll be inspired to discover a possible career you might like to go into, and what a day-in-the-life in this line of work entails. You'll also do a hands-on task related to the typical work you might do in this career, as well as the opportunity to ask your Hero lots of questions.BrunchYou'll eat a delicious brunch in the beautiful dining hall of Corpus Christi CollegeFree TimeYou'll have free time this afternoon, giving you the opportunity to explore some of Oxford's famous museums including the Ashmolean, the world's first university museum, go shopping or alternatively relax and have some downtimeDinnerOSA International BallJoin us for the much anticipated Oxford Scholastica Ball. Put on your finest clothes, represent your country in national dress, and experience a magical evening cruising down the river with your friends
MondayBreakfastClasses and Independent StudyLunchDebating MasterclassIn the famous surroundings of the Oxford Union, sharpen your debating skills and put them to the test against your peersDinner
TuesdayBreakfastClasses and Independent StudyLunchChange the World MasterclassDo you want to make the world a better place? Our Change the World Masterclass will introduce you to the best ways to go about putting your ideas into reality and inspire you with stories of our alumni who have done just that!DinnerConquering HappinessLearn from an expert exactly what it means to be 'happy' and how we can apply these ideas in our own lives
WednesdayBreakfastCambridge TripSee the UK's other famous university city - Cambridge. Take a relaxing punt down the college backs, while learning about the town's history, and take the opportunity to visit some of its beautiful colleges.
ThursdayBreakfastClasses and Independent StudyLunchBicester Village, Football Tournament or Free TimeYou'll have the opportunity to go to Bicester Village, Europe's luxury shopping capital, or take part in our football tournament at the famous Iffley Road Sports Centre (where the first sub four minute mile was run by Roger Bannister in 1954), or alternatively you can take the opportunity to have some free time and relax.DinnerOxford's Got TalentTonight you'll get to show off your skills in our talent show, and be amazed at the amazing skills of your friends.
FridayBreakfastClasses and Independent StudyLunchPacking and FeedbackGraduationWe'll be celebrating your achievements at our Graduation and Prize Giving Ceremony and dinner at the famous Saïd Business School, where you'll also receive our Yearbook which you can get your friends to sign. Parents and friends are very welcome to attend!BBQ and CeilidhDress up and see out our final evening in style with a ceilidh. A ceilidh is a traditional Scottish Dance, and local band Swinging Molly will be present to play the summer school out
SaturdayBreakfastDepartures

Please note this timetable may be subject to change.

Dates and Prices

LengthDatePriceBook
2 weeks30th June to 13th July 2019£4,495Book
2 weeks7th to 20th July 2019£4,495Book
2 weeks14th to 27th July 2019£4,495Book
2 weeks21st July to 3rd August 2019£4,495Book
2 weeks28th July to 10th August 2019£4,495Book
2 weeks4th to 17th August 2019£4,495Book
LengthDatePriceBook
4 weeks30th June to 27th July 2019£8,695Book
4 weeks7th July to 3rd August 2019£8,695Book
4 weeks14th July to 10th August 2019£8,695Book
4 weeks21st July to 17th August 2019£8,695Book

Recommended by Students & Parents

"It was an amazing adventure for Zayyan. He learned business basics like branding, business growth and management theory, which has been crucial to his aspiring business career. It has motivated him to pursue higher degrees in Business from the best schools and start his own company and make it successful. This is in addition to a great deal of time to create memories and develop friendships with other students from around the world. We really appreciate the instant communications with the staff. In brief, it exceeded our expectations!"

Suzanne Takieddine USA

"Oxford Scholastica was one of the best experiences of my life. Not only was I very well looked after, with all members of staff being nurturing and responsible, but during these 2 weeks I was able to meet absolutely amazing people from all over the world. In addition, the course I took was informative and entertaining. Class sizes were small enough to get plenty of feedback from our tutor, but large enough to be able to have engaging, interesting discussions on the topic of economics and the business world. The academy had a perfect balance of social activities and academics and I would no doubt recommend it to anyone who is looking for the most memorable summer of his/her life."

Rachel Scharff-Hansen Switzerland

"I could not have entrusted my daughter to a better course. The calibre of teaching, pastoral care, experiences and other students on the course was excellent. I researched many summer schools before deciding on this one and I loved that I could speak to the course leaders directly rather than to marketing staff of a large company who had never been to the location and had no direct knowledge of course content."

Rachel L USA

Not just for Summer...

We're often told that the two or four weeks spent with us at OSA are the best summer breaks our students have ever had, but we are passionate about continuing to support our alumni after those two weeks are over, and well into their futures.

That's why we've set up the OSA Foundation, OSA Inspires, and OSA Mentors — to help you stay connected to our network of incredible young people from around the world and get the support to need to make your future ambitions a reality.

Did you know that OSA alumni go on to change the world, in a whole variety of ways?

As part of our on-going commitment to helping our students be incredible citizens of the world, we set up the OSA Foundation to help them, by offering them a chance for continued advice, publicity, and funding for the ventures they go on to pursue.

By joining us this summer you'll be eligible for this funding and support for any future social impact project you set up or are involved with!

OSA Mentors is an ongoing programme of weekly coaching for any of our alumni who wish to be further supported by OSA after their course. Students are matched with one of our team and will have Skype mentoring sessions on a regular basis.

OSA Mentors is designed to give students greater:

 

  • Confidence about their skills, knowledge, and potential
  • Awareness of the possibilities and opportunities they could go on to achieve, broadening their horizons
  • Clarity about exactly which university, course, and career path to choose
  • Ambition to stretch and challenge themselves, setting goals which take them out of their comfort zone
  • Motivation to succeed

OSA Inspires is an online resource hub which aims to give students greater clarity over their potential future choices.

 

  • Discover how your interests and skills could lead you to amazing jobs you never knew existed
  • Think about how we can prepare for a quickly changing job market in the future
  • Explore what real life studying a subject is like with personal accounts from students across the world
  • Hear from professionals in a huge variety of industries to find out if their job sounds like a good fit for you
  • Get the tools and information you need to apply to follow your dreams

Ready to kickstart your future?