On-Course Staff

On-course staff looking after students at Begbroke Hall

What do our staff say?

Benjamin Gibbons, Course Director at St Benet's Hall, Summer 2018

Many of the experiences I had working with Oxford Summer Courses have stayed with me, and some will stay with me forever... Soon after the bop ended, I was doing a round to make sure that everyone had begun going to bed. But I found all of the kids lying in the garden, looking at the stars. They were playing some music out of a tiny phone, and just singing along to it- kind of wistfully. That’s when it hit me, that what we’re doing here is something which will define our student’s teenage years. There were shooting stars above. It was pretty special.

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Alison Fripp, Course Director at Christ Church, Summer 2018

The best thing about the people at Oxford Summer Courses is their genuine concern about and for each other and you! No matter what, you felt the head office (Oxford) staff was there to support you, to listen to you, to guide and advise you.

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Matt Kruger, London Course Director, Summer 2018

It is rare that a single company does important, innovative and interesting work. Not only does Oxford Summer Courses provide quality summer education programmes, but its courses are also designed and delivered in original and stimulating ways. Throughout my time with Oxford Summer Courses, I both enjoyed my work and took satisfaction in what I was doing.

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Jennifer Paulley, Course Director at Wolfson College, Summer 2018

Students come from far and wide for individual reasons but every single one of them left saying the same thing... ''I've had the best summer of my life and I've made some amazing friends''. Many started their Oxford Summer Courses journey unsure of what to expect, hoping to advance academically and experience University life. Seeing the students leave with that and far more is a strong highlight of mine.

Join our Pastoral Team in 2020, looking after students attending our 1, 2 or 4-week residential courses


Available Roles:

House Parent

As a House Parent you will take responsibility for the pastoral care, well-being and welfare of students within their house.  A House Parent must be empathetic, approachable and a team-player and most of all be available for tea and sympathy for the students who are aged 9-12 years old.  

Only available at sites in Cheltenham, Wycombe, and Begbroke Hall, Oxford.

Please see the House Parents role description for more information.


London Teaching Assistant

As a Teaching Assistant in London, you will get the chance to support students aged 15 to 17 and liaise with the tutors in the Project Based part of the course. This will involve sharing your knowledge with a group of students interested in a similar area to your own background, answering any questions they may have and helping them build and present a coherent piece of work at the end of the course. Moreover, you’ll have some pastoral responsibilities, such as accompanying students on excursions and trips. This is a role well suited for people with a genuine passion for their subject, that are excellent and enthusiastic communicators, and able and willing to share what they know.

Only available in London

Please see the  London Teaching Assistant role description for more information.


Student Helper

As a Student Helper you will accompany students on restaurant trips, day excursions and evening activities as well as day trips. Our Student Helpers must be incredibly enthusiastic, energetic and motivated, because they have an essential role in making the student experience rewarding, interesting and, above all, fun. This is a role for people who like action, activity and who get on brilliantly with others.

Please see the Student Helper role description for more information.


Assistant Course Director

As an Assistant Course Director you will be responsible for a group of around 20 international students and manage a team of Student helpers to ensure the smooth delivery of the course.

Only available at sites in Cambridge and Oxford

Please see our Assistant Course Director role description for more information.


Deputy Course Director

The Deputy Course Director, is a leadership role with considerable responsibility, through which you’ll support the Course Director in running all non-academic aspects of the course across the whole site. This will include taking on Course Director tasks as required and acting as the Course Director in their absence, which might be planned or unexpected. This role is double hatted with Assistant Course Director and you will be supported by a Student Helper capable of deputising as ACD when necessary.

Available at all sites.

Please see our Deputy Course Director role description for more information.


Course Director

As a Course Director you will be responsible for overseeing the successful and smooth delivery of our 2 or 4 week residential courses for international students. This is a leadership role for energetic, committed and enthusiastic people. You will motivate, enthuse and support your on-course team, so that courses are high quality, exciting and rewarding both academically and socially. You will work closely with the head office in the delivery of both the academic and non-academic elements of the course, encompassing student discipline, welfare, co-ordination and administration. You will have the latitude and flexibility to put your own stamp on elements of the programme. This is a fast-paced role in which you will manage a team of Assistant Course Directors and Student Helpers, who are all current or recent undergraduate or graduate students. They in turn are responsible for looking after their student groups of around 20 students each, and who will look to you for leadership, support and organisation. Collectively, you will deliver courses which, historically, receive exceptional feedback from the students.

Available at all sites.

Please see our Course Director role description for more information.



Proactive and personable, people-centred and positive, you will share your passion for Oxford, London, Cambridge, Cheltenham or High Wycombe with our students. You need excellent organizational and time management skills and the ability to work as part of a team. Prior experience is not essential, just a willingness to learn on the job and infectious enthusiasm.

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On-Course Staff FAQs

What are the course dates this year?

How many students & staff will I be working with?

If my role includes accommodation, what is it like?

Will I be provided with accommodation?

What training will I receive before the start of my employment?

Am I entitled to time off during my employment?

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