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Bucksmore Oxford

An Intensive English language summer course for 14-17 year olds

Activities and Excursions

Bucksmore Oxford’s timetable is planned and organised by a dedicated Activity Manager, who is responsible for choosing and coordinating weekly activities and excursions. One of the key responsibilities of an Activity Manager is to respond to student requests and ensure that all students have a fantastic time during their stay.


Each week, there are two full-day excursions and one half-day trip to a variety of destinations. Students are accompanied by staff on all excursions, and can be given free-time if appropriate. Popular visits include:

At least one excursion per week will take students to London. In previous years, students have gone all over the city, to an assortment of museums, landmarks and attractions.

All students go on the ‘Politics & Royalty’ tour of central London, seeing world-famous landmarks such as Buckingham Palace, Horse Guards Parade, Trafalgar Square, Downing Street, Westminster Abbey, The Houses of Parliament and Big Ben.

This world-famous university city is a place of scenic beauty. Students marvel at picturesque college buildings while punting down the river, before navigating their way through Cambridge’s historic streets.

Blenheim Palace
Built in the 1700s, this world heritage site is home to the 12th Duke of Marlborough, as well as the birthplace of the British wartime leader, Winston Churchill.

On-Site Activities

The social programme is an important part of any summer school experience, and is great way for students to socialise and practice their English with each other. In addition to traditional activities such as sports tournaments, talent shows and discos, other examples of Bucksmore activities include:

You Bet!
A team game in which teams of students bet on a series of challenges performed by other students or staff. Teams receive points for the correctly chosen winner of each task, and the team with the most overall points wins a prize!

Village Fete
A traditional British pastime, this is a perfect chance for students to experience customary village games, such as tombola, bobbing for apples, coconut shy and hook-a-duck, as well as characteristic food and drink options!

Get Your Own Back
Usually held towards the end of the course, this is a great chance for students to get revenge on their teachers! Each counsellor comes on to the stage for a different challenge, and students are given the opportunity to volunteer themselves to try and beat the counsellor at each game. Whoever loses has to do a forfeit!

The City of Oxford
After an initial orientation of this historic city, students are encouraged to discover Oxford with their friends in their ‘freestyle’ periods – when students can sign out of the College in small groups of friends to explore the surrounding area.

Course Details
Bucksmore Oxford includes:
  • 25 hours of English tuition each week
  • 2 full day excursions and 1 half day trip per week
  • Full afternoon and evening activity programme including sporting, cultural and fun games
  • Bucksmore end-of-course Assessment
  • Maximum class size of 11 students