Business & Leadership


The perfect summer course for an aspiring businessperson, our Business elective offers students an exciting opportunity to learn key stages of setting up a business project in today’s world. Throughout the course students will participate in assignments and projects that develop their knowledge of marketing, leadership, finance and sales, as well as their understanding of business English. At the end of the course our young entrepreneurs will design and present a sales pitch for their own product and start-up company, to a panel of industry leaders.

At a Glance

Location of Course
Two weeks- St Hugh's
Key Skills Developed
Finance, Teamwork, Presentation, Entrepreneurship
Language Level Required
Intermediate and above
Suitable for further study or career
Accounting, Finance, Business, Marketing, Management

Prices & Dates

  • 2 Weeks
  • 02/07/2018 — 16/07/2018
    Price £3,700
  • 16/07/2018 — 30/07/2018
    Price £3,700
  • 30/07/2018 — 13/08/2018
    Price £3,700

Why choose Business & Leadership at Oxford College Summer School?

Oxford College Summer School’s International Relations programme is a unique two or four week residential programme situated in the heart of historic Oxford.

We have created our Business & Leadership programme for the young, ambitious businesspersons of today, and the industry leaders of the future. The course focuses on Business Skills, Business Knowledge and Leadership. Over the duration of the course, students will acquire knowledge of the latest business practices, alongside practical leadership skills, to develop a clearer understanding of how businesses work in practice. In addition, students will participate in a unique project to develop a concept and business plan for a new start-up company, before giving a sales pitch presentation to an external panel of business experts.

At Oxford College Summer School, our dynamic tutors ensure that the Business & Leadership programme focuses on learning through communicating, meaning that all students participate actively in spoken English at all times.

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Course Objectives

  • To gain better understanding of core business concepts relating to setting up a company, budgeting and finance, marketing, sustainability and growth.
  • To combine contemporary theory with real-world application, through a focus on case studies and a visit to a thriving, successful business model.
  • To use analytical reasoning and critical evaluation skills to adopt competitive strategies.
  • To enhance communication skills and deliver effective arguments in a range of different contexts; adaptability is an essential skill for leadership.
  • To develop effective presentation skills to deliver the perfect sales pitch.
  • To improve all-round confidence in using English communicatively.

The Art of Leadership

Students are taught key skills necessary in successful business interactions and transactions such as negotiating strategies, interpersonal communication, teamwork, and presentation skills. Our lessons place an emphasis on communication, so that students activate what they have studied through practical assignments and projects.

The Art of the Sales Pitch

To succeed in the field of business it is essential to develop effective presentation skills. Throughout the course students will participate in an assignment in which they will develop the concept and business plan for a new start-up company. This project will culminate in the students giving a 10-minute sales pitch presentation about their start-up company to a panel, who will offer feedback and guidance to the students.

Where can Business & Leadership at Oxford College Summer School take me?

Your drive and ambition, combined with the academic learning you have participated on throughout this course, will open you up to new professional and academic opportunities. Whether your interest lies in business, marketing or finance, or you wish to take your enhanced leadership skills to a different field of management, your experience on our Business & Leadership course will assist you with preparing for your next steps towards university or your aspiring profession.

Please contact us for any further course information or complete the Make an Enquiry form below.

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