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Young Leaders

Developing key skills for future leaders of their generation

Course Requirements

  • Bucksmore Young Leaders requires an upper-intermediate level of English (B1) aimed at upper intermediate and above in order to cope with the challenging syllabus
  • The age range for students at Bucksmore Young Leaders is 13-16 and 16-18

Course Content

Centred around a weekly themed project, the Young Leaders syllabus comprises theory lessons, interactive lectures, project research and real-life case studies provide a stimulating and varied learning experience.

The Young Leaders programme aims to:

  • Build language skills and confidence in public speaking and presentation English.
  • Develop negotiation, debating and leadership skills through a series of practical lessons.
  • Challenge students in time management scenarios and management tasks.
  • Gain a better understanding of global English and its application for future learning.

Theory Lessons

Theory lessons are uniquely designed to complement the weekly project. Weekly themes include:

  • Politics
  • Journalism
  • Business
  • Law
  • International Relations

Year on year the theory lessons are revised and newly created to represent current events centred around the theme of the week.

For example, typical law week theory lessons cover topics such as the language of the courtroom, the UK judicial system and a focus on a leader from the world of law.

Interactive lectures

The interactive lectures bring a mature element not experienced in other English Language summer schools. The interactive lectures are carefully constructed to benefit and correspond to the students’ project for the week.

Modelled on university-style learning, interactive lectures provide content for discussion in groups as well as a constant interaction between the tutor and the audience.

The benefits of this can be seen when students are able to apply the knowledge learned in the lectures within their project.

Project Work

The opening of every week is done through a project introduction session where the project is announced and students are divided into groups. Initial roles are assigned in this session and a project manager is elected.

Throughout the week, students work together to research their project before performing or presenting their projects in the final project session.

Project sessions promote learner autonomy and teamwork where students are required to manage themselves and sometimes other members of their group. Student strengths and ambitions are realised throughout the project and the project presentations are a testament to this.

Case studies

Research skills, critical thinking and problem-solving are all essential for leadership and these are integrated onto the Young Leaders programme through case studies.

Case studies cover four hours of academic tuition every week. Initially, students are provided with input and material on a real-life case study such as ‘Coca Cola’s marketing failure’. After which, small groups are required to research and present findings on a similar real-life case.

Through case study research and reporting, students are better able to work independently in groups and expand the skills and aptitudes needed to become successful young leaders.

Guest speakers

Young Leaders will benefit from guest speakers from leading brands, twice per week including:

  • Mayor of Oxford, Craig Simmons
  • Military and Leadership Consultant, Kathie Knell MBE

Academic workshops

Young Leaders will have an opportunity to put their learning in context with weekly academic workshops held in iconic locations, such as:

  • Royal Courts of Justice, central London
  • Oxford Union, University of Oxford
  • Cambridge Union, University of Cambridge
Course Details
Young Leaders includes:
  • 28 hours of leadership tuition each week
  • 2 full day excursions
  • Full afternoon and evening activity programme including sporting, cultural and fun games
  • Detailed report card upon graduation
  • Maximum class size of 11 students
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