Academic Programme


At Oxford College, students will receive additional hours of study per week outside of their core subject known as Academic Highlights. This section of the college programme is available to students studying both Elective and Preparation Courses, giving them the opportunity to expand their learning outside the classroom. Students studying an Elective subject also get to choose one of three Afternoon Seminars, which will help them develop specific academic skills required for further study.

Academic Highlights

The Academic Highlights part of the programme gives students an additional 3 hours of study per week, where they attend a Guest Lecture, Academic Excursion and present to their peers on the final afternoon in the Time to Shine event.

Guest Lecture

Guest Lecture

Throughout the summer we invite dynamic Guest Speakers to provide students with an authentic university lecture experience. The sessions are designed to enhance students’ academic experience and are not only informative, but thought-provoking and enjoyable too. In previous years, we have been delighted to welcome:

  • Historians
  • Story Tellers
  • Motivational Speakers
  • University Application Experts
  • Inspirational Writers
  • Literarians
  • Study Skills Specialists

Full of learning, interesting, motivating & lots of fun!

Philippe, 17, Belgium

Academic Excursion

During their stay students will also spend an afternoon in London participating in an academic talk or workshop. These workshops are designed to supplement what the students have been learning at the college and encourage them to actively apply their knowledge and skills in a more practical setting. The day concludes with dinner in a central London restaurant followed by a theatre trip in London’s famous West End! Previous examples include:

  • Wicked
  • The Curious Incident of the dog in the night-time
  • Phantom of the Opera
  • Warhorse
  • Les Misérables
  • The Lion King

The classes were useful and practical. One of the best summers.

Molly, 16, Bolivia

Academic Excursion

Time to Shine

Time to Shine

Each course culminates with a Time to Shine event, whereby our classes will present their final project to their peers. An incredible event, Time to Shine provides every Oxford College student with the opportunity to showcase their subject knowledge, improved confidence and newfound presentation skills, as well as congratulate each other on their academic achievements. Previous Time to Shine moments include:

  • Dragons’ Den Business Project
  • Model United Nations
  • Mock Legal Trial
  • Philosophy debate
  • Anthology of Literature
  • Mock Election Campaign

4th time in Oxford (with SBC) & was even better than before!

Alex, 16, Russia

Afternoon Seminars

Students studying any of the Elective Courses at Oxford College will receive 4 hours study skill development in our Afternoon Seminars. There are three options to choose from including the Trinity GESE Examination where students can gain an additional qualification during their stay.

Academic Writing

These seminars enable students to develop key essay writing skills which are transferable to any academic course at university level.

Students will be shown how to formulate their written ideas in a logical and organised way, articulate clear and cogent argumentation and use appropriate vocabulary and grammar.

Our experienced tutors advise on what specific areas each student needs to focus on in order to improve their academic writing skills most effectively.

Global Thinking

These seminars have been designed to inform and provoke critical thought, inspiring students to think about their roles as global citizens.

Students will develop their political, economic, social and ecological knowledge by examining a contemporary issue (such as education, international development or biodiversity) and gaining an awareness of different perspectives, in order to think critically about the issues at hand.

Trinity GESE Examination

Students can opt to sit the Trinity GESE exam which is recognised by schools and universities around the world.

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