Why Should I Attend a Spring Course?


Date of Publication: 04 December 2019

Available to students aged 16-24, our week-long spring courses are designed to kick-start your career, help you prepare for university, internships and your future. 

But how? What is it that makes them so invaluable to your education? We take a look at four of the most important reasons why you should join us for an academic course this spring. 


Academic and Industry Focused

All of our spring courses offer blended-learning, combining tutor taught seminars and practical classes to allow you to apply your subject knowledge to a real-world context.

In classes of no more than 8 students, your academic seminars will be led by a tutor who will be an expert in your chosen subject. With many of them having taught and studied at the University of Oxford and Cambridge, they will implement the renowned tutorial teaching sessions into your timetable to give you a truly rigorous and in-depth learning experience.

To culminate the week, you will then present to peers, staff and external experts and analyse your week’s study.


Networking Practice

Networking is becoming increasingly important in today’s working world. People often use the phrase ‘it’s not what you know, it’s who you know,’ and there is certainly some truth in it. Networking with others allows you to not only discuss and expand your knowledge of a subject, but to also discover potential opportunities which could benefit your career path. 

We recognise the importance to network, and so, as part of your week with us, you will attend a networking dinner in college, where you will dine with professionals in your relevant field. It’s a chance to talk about your shared passions, obstacles, future opportunities and more. 

You never know where that connection could lead you in the future! 


Professional Development

Our spring courses are all about equipping you for university and your future career. That’s why during your stay with us, you’ll participate in a workshop centred around your subject. 

These industry-focused workshops will help you to apply the skills and knowledge you have learned into a real-life situation. These could include career development workshops or Q&A sessions with industry experts who can offer you invaluable insights and guidance about your future career.

Your presentation at the final week will be in the format of a conference, during which you’ll have the opportunity to present your work, and hear from others about theirs. This sharing of ideas is pivotal to the culture of learning here in Oxford – where ideas and discussions are shared, discussed, and debated.


Cultural Experience

When not working on your academia, you will have the chance to indulge in some exciting extracurricular activities. 

Residing in the centre of Oxford, you will have a wealth of social experiences on your doorstep for you to explore. Through visits to historic colleges, intriguing museums and even punting along the River Thames, you’ll be given a genuine taste of the city, and of student life here. 

In your week-long stay, you’ll also get to venture further afield, enjoying a half-day excursion from Oxford to explore what Bath, Windsor, or Blenheim Palace has to offer.

Want to find out more information? 

To learn more about our spring courses, head to this page, or contact us today to speak to an advisor.

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