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:
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
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.
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.
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.
Held at one of Oxford University’s colleges, students get to experience what life is like for an Oxford undergraduate.
Our students stay in a college just minutes from the city centre. All bedroom rooms have a study area and there is access to WiFi across the college.
Throughout the programme you will have the opportunity to visit some of Oxford’s other colleges such as the magnificent Christ Church or the expansive Worcester College.
Both breakfast and dinner are provided in the main dining hall at the college where you can eat together with your peers.
We will ask you to notify us of any dietary requirements prior to arrival.
When you’re not busy studying or enjoying our organised activities, you will have plenty of time to relax and explore Oxford’s fantastic sights, culture and shops for yourselves.
There are so many amazing places to visit in Oxford, from the astounding Bodleian Library holding 11 million books, to the T-Rex skeleton at the Natural History Museum. You might run out of time but you won’t run out of places to go!
Living, studying and eating with like-minded individuals whilst at the Oxford Summer College is a great way to experience student life. As well as participating in a full day of classes and workshops, students can relax and have fun together in the colleges, city and halls.
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.”
Every day students spend at Oxford Summer College is unique, and filled with fantastic opportunities to increase knowledge, learn new skills, and make wonderful memories with new friends.
Take a look at the timetable to see what you could be doing on a typical day at Oxford Summer College:
|08:00||Breakfast||Students kick off the day with breakfast together before a daily briefing with the Varsity team.|
|09:00-13:00||Morning Seminars||Each morning students participate in seminars in both of their subjects, learning about new topics, discussing and debating ideas and presenting to each other. With just 4-6 students per class, led by expert tutors and Oxbridge academics, these seminars provide engaging and in-depth learning opportunities.|
|13:00 - 14:00||Lunch||Students are free to explore the city with their new friends and grab lunch in one of the many chic cafes, multicultural restaurants or vibrant markets.|
|14:00 - 16:00||Afternoon workshops||These workshops help prepare students for the highly competitive university admissions process with the confidence, skills and knowledge required for success. They cover personal statement writing, exam and interview skills, debating, essay writing and more.|
|16:00 - 18:00||Tutorials or activities||After the workshops, students will either meet with their subject tutors in a one-on-one tutorial to discuss their work or take part in fun or educational activities.|
|18:30 - 19:30||Dinner||Students eat and socialise together in the college dining hall.|
|19:30||Evening Activity||Evenings include cultural and social events for our students. This could be a guest lecture, a quiz night, a theatre trip or a visit to the ice rink. Towards the end of the course we host a formal college dinner.|
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