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Young Professionals

Study in Oxford at a leading British independent boarding school

Course Requirements

  • Young Professionals requires an intermediate level of English (B1).
  • The age range for students at Young Professionals is 13-16 and 16-18.

Course Content

Young Professionals combines professional skills tuition with a choice of vocational disciplines. Students choose one subject per 2-week course and receive specialist tuition which provides an opportunity to discover potential career options.

‘Young Professionals’ receive a variety of teaching styles, including theory lessons, practical sessions and group project work. Two full-day excursions are also provided each week, including one related to a student’s chosen specialism.

The available subjects to choose per two-week course:

Young Medics
Through classroom tuition and laboratory work, relevant to human biology and medicine, the syllabus is designed to grow student confidence and knowledge in medical studies.
Young Executives
Business and Finance
By the end of the course, students should be able to evaluate business behaviour from the perspective of a range of stakeholders including owner, shareholder, manager, employee, customer, supplier, lender and government.
Young Engineers
Students will gain a better understanding of the engineering industry from a commercial and individual engineer’s point of view, as well as be able to apply their knowledge of its practical and technological aspects, through project based practical study of engineering design and production.
Young Creatives
Media and Communication
In classroom based lessons, students explore production processes and develop a critical understanding of the media through engagement with products and concepts. In practical sessions, students work hands on with camera, lighting and sound equipment to create their own productions.
Young Performers
Performing Arts
Combining classroom theory and practical performance pieces, students will understand how scripts can be interpreted and produced, as well as analyse how they may represent a range of social, historical and cultural contexts.

Professional Skills

Following a successful year in 2018, we further developed our Professional English course at d’Overbroeck’s College so that it fully reflects the language skills required by professionals and students wishing to pursue further education. Organised around 4 themes  (presentation and public speaking, writing, critical and lateral thinking, and forms of communication). The subjects chosen for the course were selected based on their usefulness, and relevance to professional “soft” skills.

Students attend the classes in their respective streams, which means that their English for Professionals course is also linked to their subject selections. This way, we ensure that the English language tuition relates closely to students’ streams. Although students do receive some English tuition as part of the sessions, the main aim of the course is for them to gain a taster of English is like in further education and at the workplace.

The minimum level of B1+ is ensured through pre-testing students prior to arrival

Subject Syllabus

The sample syllabus below gives an indication of the topics covered during the subject-specific lessons.

Young Medics
• Cell structures
• Prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells
• Viruses
• Infectious diseases
• Enzyme functions
• DNA replication
• Anatomical dissections
• Medical technology
Young Executives
Business and Finance
• Business structures
• Management styles & techniques
• Project management
• Operations & supply chains
• Finance & accounting
• Start-up & growth capital
Young Engineers
• Project planning
• Properties of different materials
• Manufacturing
• Engineering drawings
• Static structural systems
• Electro-mechanical systems
• Effect of forces
• Application of technology
Young Creatives
Media and Communication
• Print & audio-visual advertising
• Globalisation of media
• Market research
• Audience behaviour
• Social media influencers
• Online trends
• Marketing within the media
• Digital media genres
Young Performers
Performing Arts
• Influential playwrights
• Acting methodology
• Writing styles & genres
• Lighting & set design
• Improvisation
• Character development
• Costume design
• Planning a production


Course Details
Young Professionals includes:
  • 25 hours of career experience tuition per week
  • 2 full day excursions per week
  • Choose from medicine, engineering, performing arts, media and business
  • Detailed report card upon graduation
  • Maximum class size per week