Academic Summer Programme in Oxford | Varsity Education


Our teaching replicates the Oxbridge undergraduate system of small group seminars and one-on-one tutorials. This guarantees each student develops a deep understanding of their chosen subject, and is fundamental to Oxford and Cambridge’s success. Students can choose two subjects from a wide range of both sciences and humanities to study during their time with us. Our classes include:

  • Over 25 hours of expert teaching in subject specific lessons
  • Challenging courses designed to introduce students to undergraduate content
  • Students complete set work for lessons and tutorials
  • Small class sizes to allow for discussion based learning and interactive debate
  • One-on-one tutorials ensure individual development and continual feedback

Varsity Education student thinking


Our strong focus on academic excellence means our students benefit from a level of individual attention rarely possible in schools, taking them beyond learning by rote and enabling them to discuss and hypothesise.
This means Oxford Summer College students stand out when interviewing for places at prestigious universities.

Students will choose two subjects from the following options:

Click on any of the subjects to see a brief summary of what’s covered in the topic

University Admissions Guidance

Students take part in a range of workshops designed to refine the skills they need to succeed in an intensive academic environment. Our tutors are all Oxbridge educated. They can give students a unique insider perspective on the elite university application process.
The admissions workshops build confidence, hone key university skills and help students realise their potential through new ways of thinking and learning. Upon completion of the programme, students have a comprehensive understanding of the Oxbridge application procedure and how to apply to universities in the UK.

The workshops include:

  • Critical thinking
  • Debating
  • Group discussions / Current affairs
  • Oxbridge preparation seminars
  • Personal statement writing
  • Interview preparation and mock interviews
  • Entrance exam practice

Activities & Excursions

Although academic study is the main focus for students attending Oxford Summer College, every afternoon after class, students get to relax by taking part in a range of activities in and around Oxford, the ‘city of dreaming spires’. These range from visits to famous places in Oxford like the Ashmolean Museum and Bodleian Library, to scavenger hunts, punting on the river Thames, and traditional British games like croquet and rounders.

Students also get the opportunity to visit the home of Oxford’s rival university, Cambridge, and one other location. Previous excursions have included trips to London and Warwick Castle.

Life in Oxford

Our students stay in one of Oxford’s prestigious colleges. All students stay in twin rooms with study areas and there is access to WiFi throughout the college. Breakfast and dinner is included with the accommodation and is served in the college dining hall, and there are numerous cafes, shops, restaurants and food stalls nearby for lunch. You’ll also get to visit the other famous and historic colleges within Oxford University, including Christ Church and Worcester.

Staying in Oxford

Held at one of Oxford University’s colleges, students get to experience what life is like for an Oxford undergraduate.

Safety and Welfare

Oxford is a very safe city and the Oxford Summer College accommodation will be secure and supervised 24 hours a day. College porters are on duty both day and night, and programme staff live in the college and are available and contactable at all times. On arrival, students can be met and chaperoned from the airport to Oxford. All students receive a welcome pack with maps and emergency contact numbers.

“When I arrived at the airport a chaperone was waiting for me at the terminal with a bright blue shirt with Varsity Education panels. Then we were all brought back in a car to Cambridge. I felt really safe and welcome because I was taken care of, so there was nothing really to worry about.”

– Otilia