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Oxford & Cambridge Advanced Studies Program

An Academic Summer School For 16-18 Year-Olds

Course Requirements

  • The course is open to both native English speakers and international students
  • Non-native English speakers must have an advanced (C1) level of English in order to cope with the high-level subject tuition
  • The age range for students on the Advanced Studies Program is 16-18

Tutorial Subjects

Students select two topics from the variety of tutorial subjects offered. Students staying for four weeks may study the same subjects for the full duration of the course or may change after two weeks.

Available in both Oxford and Cambridge

Medicine
On the course, you will gain an overview of the workings of the nervous and immune systems, both having profound implications for human health. This will help you examine the arguments of nature versus nurture for the causes of some ‘modern’ diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. This is an ideal course for students wishing to study medicine, or for those with an interest in the issues surrounding our future health.

Politics & International Relations
With the growth of globalisation few things have a bigger impact on our everyday lives than politics and international relations. As the University of numerous British Prime Ministers, and also the almae matres of many other world leaders, Cambridge and Oxford are the ideal locations for this course. The course will introduce students to the theoretical background of international relations before examining historical topics and analysing the behaviour of states and international organisations.

International Business Management
In today’s rapidly developing globalised economy, it is imperative that future leaders of their generation learn how to transcend borders and adopt an international outlook. In this course, students will explore the issues affecting multinational companies in terms of finance, economics, human resources, organisational theory and marketing. It provides an excellent foundation in how such global enterprises run and paves the way for a degree in a similar subject, helping students build the skills they need to manage an international brand.

Macro and Micro Economics
Now more than ever economic matters are crucial to our everyday lives. While microeconomics studies the economic behaviour of the individual unit, such as a person, household or individual firm, macroeconomics focuses on all of the units combined together and is the study of the system as a whole. This course introduces basic concepts and tools used in macroeconomics analysis such as the theory, measurement and determination of national income, budget deficits, national debt and exchange rates.

Marketing & Advertising
As digital and social media merge with traditional communication methods, changing the way businesses operate, there really couldn’t be a more exciting time to study marketing. In today’s highly competitive global economy, effective marketing and advertising lie at the very heart of every successful business. Ranging from global marketing to brand and corporate communications, this course will help you develop essential career skills like critical analysis, creativity and problem-solving.

Psychology
The study of human behaviour has captured scientific minds ever since ancient Greek philosophers theorised that mental illnesses were of a physical, rather than divine nature. The study of psychology leads to a greater understanding of people and thus a background in psychology can boost your employability, whichever career path you choose to pursue. This tutorial covers key issues in social and cognitive psychology, nature vs. nurture, and psychological research methodology.

Applications of Engineering
As Albert Einstein put it, “Scientists investigate that which already is; engineers create that which has never been.” Engineering is an extremely broad field of study, embracing everything from electronics to space exploration. This tutorial will provide students with an overview of the practical applications of engineering in different fields including electrical and mechanical, and will offer the opportunity for some hands-on design and experimentation. This course is the perfect partner to our mathematics and science tutorials.

International Law
This course provides an introduction to the rules and functions of international law by exploring the different areas it encompasses. The history of international law will be examined, to provide some context, before focusing on the more specific topics of the international protection of human rights, recognition, jurisdiction, the use of force, and the United Nations organs. This subject is ideal for those looking to study law at university and those with a general interest in these topics.

Available in Oxford only

Foundations of Philosophy
Oxford University has educated and played host to some of the finest minds and biggest names in the history of philosophy, John Lock being but an example. The course will start from the very origins of philosophical thought, dating as far back as Aristotle and Plato, and will explore the basic principles of philosophy, before moving on to tackle some of the most intricate and fascinating questions which have troubled eminent philosophers in more recent years.

Philosophy in Literature
Many works of fiction explore themes centred around the nature and meaning of the human experience. This tutorial examines serious and thought-provoking philosophical issues that find their expression in the words of authors rather than in philosophy textbooks. A wide range of British, Continental and American authors across a spectrum of genres will be studied, focussing on topics such as the good and evil in the self, despair and redemption and meaninglessness and absurdity.

Classical Literature
Studying texts predating 1914 provides students with the opportunity to understand the cultural and historical context of various time periods that shaped the art emerging from its era. From Beowulf to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, classical literature has
provided inspiration to generations of writers and thinkers over the years.

History of Art
Since time immemorial art in all its forms has been used to convey feelings and aspects of human life: from religion, to science, to ideals of beauty and beyond.
This course will examine how art has changed over time and what it can teach us about the past, encouraging students to analyse and evaluate art works.

Film Studies
From Charlie Chaplin to Avatar, ‘moving pictures’ have been entertaining audiences for over a century. The growth of Film Studies as an academic discipline testifies to the importance of examining films not only as a cultural artefact, but also as an influential art form. Looking at films from a range of directors, genres and time periods, this course provides an introduction to film history, theory and criticism, perfect for those with a passion for the silver screen.

Architecture
Every year, millions of tourists are awestruck by the architectural masterpiece of Cambridge and Oxford’s city centres. What better backdrop for students who are looking to embark upon their journey of becoming a qualified architect? This course will introduce the basics of design and implementation, as well as exploring some of the historical and cultural issues that influence the field.

Available in Cambridge only

Creative Writing
The writer Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “There is creative reading as well as creative writing.”
We have taken these thoughts on board in our tutorial. Looking at the working methods of successful traditional and contemporary authors, students build up a writing ‘tool kit’ of their own. Students produce their own work, both in groups and individually, putting what they have learned into practice with verse, prose or drama. This is the perfect tutorial for students with a passion for literature and a fervid imagination.

Social Studies
Social studies is the integrated study of multiple fields of social science and the humanities, including history, geography, anthropology and political science. The course allows students to study the history of social interaction between and within nations whilst developing the ability to make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as culturally diverse and democratic citizens in an independent world. This is an ideal course for students looking to study a humanities degree including PPE at Oxford or HSPS at Cambridge.

Contemporary Literature
Looking at works published after the end of the Second World War, students will step into the shoes of a variety of authors from the modern era. This is a great course for students with a passion for literature or recent history.

Physics
Physics is one of the oldest academic disciplines, tracing its origins back two millennia when astrologers tried to explain the world around them by gazing at the stars. Since then classic physicists, including paradigm-shifting Cambridge graduate Isaac Newton, have changed the manner in which we understand the world. This course covers the major breakthroughs in classic physics, beginning with Newton. Students will gain a foundation in areas of modern physics including relativity, quantum mechanics and cosmology.

Chemistry Matters
Chemistry concerns itself with atoms and the ways in which these interact to form chemical bonds. After a comprehensive review of the atomic structure, the amount of substance and bonding principles, students will learn the foundations of organic chemistry and will explore some of the more practical applications of chemistry, including energetics, kinetics and equilibria. This is an ideal course for students looking to study chemistry at degree level, although this is not a pre-requisite.

Advanced Mathematics
For those wanting to further their knowledge in one of the most essential subjects that affects a multitude of fields, this advanced mathematics course looks at various areas of algebra, calculus, probability and statistics, complex numbers, defining
the derivative, the definite integral and a study of differential and integral calculus.

Course Details
Oxford & Cambridge Advanced Studies Program includes:
  • Maximum class size of 6 students
  • 20 hours of in-depth subject tuition over 2 weeks taught by expert tutors
  • 9 hours of creative workshops over 2 weeks
  • Guest lectures and interactive masterclasses
  • Optional SAT or IELTS preparation classes
  • 3 full day excursions and 1 half day trip over 2 weeks
  • Full afternoon and evening activity programme including sporting, cultural and fun games
  • Graduation ceremony complete with detailed personalised report cards and certificates.
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