Study Biology with Oxford Summer Courses

From the smallest cells to the largest flora and fauna, biology offers the chance to study the interactions between organisms and the way in which they are adapted to their environment along with their classification and function.

In Oxford, biology teaching is divided between two departments, plant sciences and zoology, so for this course you will get a taste of both with a tutor based in each of the two departments. You can read more about our course options and explore a sample timetable below.

Courses

At Oxford Summer Courses we are committed to the best academic experiences and to the personalised learning that has made Oxford a global academic force. So while all of our tutors are at the top of their fields depending on your age you'll be taught in slightly different ways. We use small group seminars to ensure that you get greater attention than you could elsewhere. On top of that if you're aged 16-17 or 18-24 then you'll receive weekly tutorials from leading academics mirroring the teaching method that makes Oxford a world-renowned university. Choose your Biology course below:

18-24 years

  • 2 and 4 week courses available
  • Oxford/Cambridge University accommodation
  • tutorials & group seminars
  • Breakfast and dinner included

Our 18-24 course aims to give students an in-depth development of the subjects that are important to them. Across your time at Oxford Summer Courses, we'll look at Zoology and then Plants and Biodiversity, looking at the ecosytems and evolutionary mechanisms that provide our planet with a diversity unmatched within our solar system.

Teaching will mix seminars and tutorials with field experience and visits to some of Oxford's great biological amenities, including the Natural History Museum and the University Herbaria.

There will also be an opportunity for students to conduct their own research before consolidating their work with a written essay.

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    18-24 timetable

16-17 years

  • 2 and 4 week courses available
  • Oxford/Cambridge University accommodation
  • tutorials & group seminars
  • Breakfast and dinner included

Our course provides students with a fascinating overview of biology as a subject, including the complex terrestrial ecosystems which populate our planet and the incredible evolutionary mechanisms and adaptations within them.

There will be an opportunity for students to conduct their own research before consolidating their work with a written essay.

Teaching will mix seminars and tutorials with field experience and visits to some of Oxford's great biological amenities, including the Natural History Museum and the University Herbaria.

13-15 years

  • 2 and 4 week courses available
  • High quality Oxford accommodation
  • Maximum 6 students per class
  • Breakfast and dinner included

Our natural science course for 13-15 year olds aims to take students on a journey into the science that underpins our planet's life, taking in a diverse range of topics that include biodiversity, evolution to human anatomy and genetics.

Students will also have the opportunity to study other scientific topics within the fields of chemistry and physics, providing students with an interactive and engaging introduction to the academic sciences. Read more on our course page by clicking the button below.

10-12 years

  • 1,2,3 and 4 week courses available
  • High quality accommodation at Wycombe Abbey
  • Around 15 students per class
  • All meals included

Science Explorers

We offer a Science Explorers course for 10-12 year olds - take a look on our course page by clicking the button below.

Staff

Victoria

Victoria Wylllie de Echeverria

Victoria Wyllie de Echeverria is a tutor in Biology at Oxford Summer Courses. Victoria has taught students ranging in age from 16-4th year university for 6 years, in the subjects of biology, ecology, human and physical geography, plant sciences and ethnoecology. To this end, Victoria has taken training courses both at the University of Victoria and the University of Oxford to receive accreditations to teach in higher education and investigate different interactive teaching methods. Her research interests include plant taxonomy and ethnobotany, in particular how local people use and classify plants and animals, and how they are adjusting to changes in the weather and ecosystems, and she has co-authored several peer-reviewed journal articles.
Hila

Hila Levy

Hila Levy is studying for her DPhil in Zoology at Oxford, researching the diseases and population genetics of several penguin species in Antarctica and the sub-Antarctic. Originally from Puerto Rico, Hila has lived, studied and worked on every continent. A strong believer in interdisciplinary teaching and research, she obtained a B.S. in Biology, Arabic, French and Spanish from the US Air Force Academy, followed by an MSt. in Historical Research and an MSc. in Biology from Oxford while on a Rhodes Scholarship. She subsequently worked in government service for several years, and obtained an additional M.S. in Environmental Planning and Management from Johns Hopkins University before returning to Oxford for her doctoral studies on a Clarendon Scholarship. Hila has taught with Oxford Summer Courses for two years, and also lectures and tutors Oxford undergraduates in Biological Sciences.

Prices and Dates

Courses for 13-15, 16-17 and 18-24 year olds:

  • 2 week courses: £3,895
    • • 24th June to 7th July, Cambridge (13-15 age group)
    • • 24th June to 7th July, Oxford (16-17 and 18-24 age groups) limited availability
    • • 1st July to 14th July, Oxford (16-17 and 18-24 age groups) limited availability
    • • 8th July to 21st July, Cambridge (13-15 age group)
    • • 8th July to 21st July, Oxford (16-17 and 18-24 age groups) limited availability
    • • 15th July to 28th July, Cambridge (16-17 and 18-24 age groups) limited availability
    • • 15th July to 28th July, Oxford (16-17 and 18-24 age group) limited availability
    • • 22nd July to 4th August, Oxford (16-17 and 18-24 age groups)
    • • 29th July to 11th August, Oxford (16-17 and 18-24 age groups)
  • 3 week credit-bearing course at Wroxton College: £5,645
    • • 1st July to 21st July, Wroxton College (18-24 age group)
  • 4 week courses: £7,395
    • • 24th June to 21st July, Cambridge (13-15 age group)
    • • Oxford, (16-17 and 18-24 age group) contact Admissions Office to check availability at info@oxfordsummercourses.com

Included in the price is:

  • All teaching, including tutorials (16-17 and 18-24 only) and small group seminars
  • Accommodation and breakfast every day
  • All evening meals at local restaurants (16-17 and 18-24 only)
  • A three-course college banquet on Friday evening
  • Lunch for students aged 13-15 three times a week and all evening meals (3 times a week at local restaurants)
  • All activities and excursions

The price does not include flights/travel or medical insurance.

Courses for 10-12 year olds:

Held at Wycombe Abbey

  • • One week: £1,495 – Starting July 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd
  • • Two weeks: £2,795 – Starting July 1st, 8th and 15th
  • • Three weeks: £3,995 – Starting July 1st and 8th
  • • Four weeks: £5,195 – Starting July 1st

Included in the price is:

  • All teaching, including small group seminars
  • Accommodation
  • All meals including lunch
  • All activities and excursions

The price does not include flights/travel or medical insurance.

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