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For students in Oxford and Cambridge, much of your teaching will take place via seminars. In these, you’ll be in a class of no more than eight students of the same ability and experience. These sessions give you the opportunity to discuss your ideas in an academically challenging but open environment. You'll take part in thought-provoking debate and develop your research and presentation skills in your chosen subject with expert tutors.

Tutorials (for ages 16+)

Tutorials make Oxford a global academic force. They’re an unrivalled opportunity to scrutinise your work with the world’s finest minds. And if you're aged 16, studying in Oxford or Cambridge, then you will get to experience them for yourself. Your tutorials, quite simply, will shape your thinking forever. Each week our staff will closely attend to your essays and arguments – and force you to justify your directions and conclusions. They’ll share their own approaches, honed throughout many years of intense study and reflection. Don’t be daunted, though. Our tutors are here to guide and inspire you. They want to hear what you think and why – and help bring out the very best in you. You’ll learn new ways to think, marshal evidence and defend your beliefs with flexibility and flair.

Interactive learning

Our Junior courses for students aged 9-10 and 11-12 are centered around interactive, task-based learning with experienced primary teachers. These courses help you to develop your subject knowledge through multimedia presentations, group work, games, problem-solving and project work with a meaningful real-life focus. This teaching method is based on age-appropriate content and offers chances for both independent and group work. We want you to leave inspired and excited about your subject by getting stuck into it.

Courses that use this method

Access to Oxford Summer Courses Foundations

Before you join us for your summer course, you'll be invited to sign up for Oxford Summer Courses Foundations - a self-paced online learning platform to develop your ability to learn with Oxford Summer Courses and throughout your education.This platform will be the start of your incredible learning experience, offering insight into what you can expect from the very moment you arrive. There will be virtual modules tailored to your course, including an overview of the world-renowned tutorial teaching methodology, guidance on goal-setting, independent study, as well as how to review and improve your work.The platform is available to students aged 9-24, and is included as part of your course fees.

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Our Approach

Whatever and wherever you’re learning, there are certain qualities you can look forward to in all your teaching.

Personal: As far as possible, we’ll build the experience around you. Building on your strengths and fuelling your curiosity. If there’s something you’re especially interested in, let your tutor know.

Passionate: Just when we think our experts can’t get any more enthusiastic, they go and prove us wrong. These are people who genuinely love and live their subject. Get ready to get inspired.

Purposeful: Of course we believe in learning for learning’s sake – but we also believe you deserve more than that. This is all about equipping you for your future and placing things in a meaningful context

What varies

Tailoring teaching around the needs of our students

We sensitively adapt our teaching methods depending on the content, aims and location of your course. Honouring the traditions of your surroundings, maximising contact time with our experts, and ensuring you get the most enriching educational experience possible.

Older students in Oxford or Cambridge, for example, enjoy seminars in small groups as well as the world-renowned tutorial (or supervision) system, where leading academics devote their full attention to your work and your thinking. There’s practical work, too, as appropriate.

Intermediate students also learn in small seminar groups – with a blend of project work to encourage independent learning and foster collaborative skills – while our younger students benefit from plenty of teacher time in tailored classes and highly interactive workshops.

Strengthen your academic foundations in a supportive learning environment

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Oxford Summer Courses was established with one firm belief: to deliver exceptional educational experiences to as many students as possible. But a summer with us has the opportunity to offer so much more.

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