Challenging leadership development course
13-16, 16-18 year-olds
Bucksmore Young Leaders is our flagship leadership course ideal for ambitious students looking for a challenging summer experience, taking place at Wadham College, University of Oxford.
Developing confidence in their leadership skills as well as in themselves, students learn from guest speakers from leading brands and participate in academic workshops at iconic locations such as the Oxford Union.
B1 (lower intermediate)
Guest speakers & workshops
Based around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations in 2015, this course will help students to develop key 21st century leadership skills whilst tackling issues that are increasingly important to modern teenagers, through creative projects and local action.
Each weekly theme is based on an SDG:
Goal 13. Climate Action
Goal 4. Quality Education
Goal 3. Health and Well-being
Goal 1. No Poverty
(and Goal 10. Reduced inequality)
Goal 16. Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions
Young Professionals requires an intermediate level of English (B1)
The age range for students at Bucksmore Young Leaders is 13-18
Young Leaders will benefit from guest speakers from leading brands, twice per week such as:
Mayor of Oxford, Craig Simmons
Military and Leadership Consultant, Kathie Knell MBE
Young Leaders will have an opportunity to put their learning in context with weekly academic workshops held in iconic locations, such as:
• Bodleian Library, University of Oxford
• Blavatnik School of Government
• Oxford Union, University of Oxford
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 interactive lectures are carefully constructed to benefit and correspond to the students’ project for the week.
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.
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 ‘a mini climate summit on country’s policies on climate change’. 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.
Theory lessons are uniquely designed to complement the weekly project. Year on year the theory lessons are revised and newly created to represent current events centred around the theme of the week. For example a typical ‘Quality Education’, SDG 4 week theory lessons cover topics such as an introduction to the SDGs, how education can transform the world, inclusive education, the power of the curriculum and re-imagining education.
Activities & Excursions
Bucksmore Young Leader’s timetable is planned and organised by a dedicated Activity Manager, who is responsible for choosing and coordinating weekly activities and excursions.
Sample Social Programme
Natural History Museum in London
Walking Tour of Cambridge
Visit to Windsor Castle
University Challenge (game)
|Wednesday||Testing | Intro Young Leaders||Excursion||Project Introduction|
|Friday||Theme Lesson 1 | Project Prep | Theme Lesson 2||Interactive Lecture | Press Conference||Activity|
|Sunday||Theme Lesson 3 | Project Prep | Theme Lesson 4||Guest Lecturer | Freestyle||Formal Hall|
|Monday||Theme Lesson 5 | Project Prep | Theme Lesson 6||Project Preparation | Project Presentions||Activity | Graduation|
Dates & Fees
|Age Range||Location||Length of Stay||Dates||2022 Price Per Week|
|13-18||Wadham College, University of Oxford||2, 4 or 5 week courses available||28 Jun - 2 Aug||£1,850|
Safety & Welfare
We take great pride in the excellence of our academic content, the excitement of our social programme, and most importantly, the safety and wellbeing of all Bucksmore students.
Every Bucksmore location has a residential management team, and a minimum staff-student ratio of 1:7. There is always a trained first aider on-site, and students are supervised 24 hours a day.
Bucksmore offers a complimentary airport transfer service on transfer days for flights arriving/departing between 10:00 and 20:00. We can also provide an Unaccompanied Minor service for pick-up and drop-off. Students are looked after from when they land to when their flight departs.
Each location has a Centre Manager, Activity Manager and Director of Studies available for all students to approach with any problems. Bucksmore Counsellors are more than just teachers; they provide a high level of care and guidance for all students. All staff are background checked.
High staff to student ratios ensure all students are looked after. Bucksmore summer schools strive to create a warm and welcoming “family atmosphere” where all students and Counsellors know each other well.
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