Social problems such as mental ill-health and drug abuse cause untold damage to those suffering from these issues whilst imposing significant costs on the public sector. Can you develop a social enterprise that improves outcomes for people and has a sustainable source of funding?

The course

In this course you’ll innovate and test solutions to some of society’s most difficult problems such as improving educational attainment, boosting young people’s employment prospects and supporting those experiencing mental health problems.

You’ll understand how to analyse an existing problem in terms of social and financial costs and collaborate with your team to generate potential solutions that are sustainable and scalable. You’ll work together to rapidly scope, test and improve your ideas before pitching to a panel of social investors who will potentially take a stake in your solution if it meets the grade. Are you ready to put your mind to work to tackle society’s biggest issues?

Project based learning

At Oxford Summer Courses we are committed to giving you the best academic experiences to support and advance your understanding and skills within your field of study. Our tutors are all at the top of their field and, for our courses in London, they use a project-based learning method of teaching. This method means that you will have hands-on experience to investigate and engage with your subject, while actively exploring a topic and responding to key issues and questions related to this area. With the support of your tutor, fellow students and industry experts you will begin your journey to become an expert in your field.

Your future

This course is relevant for students interested in future work within the charity sector or civil service. You’ll get first-hand experience of the social issue you are tackling by visiting front-line services and interviewing case workers. You’ll gain an understanding what charitable foundations look for when awarding grants and investment and you’ll visit a government department to better understand the challenges public services face.

Course Lead


Harry studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics as an undergraduate at Oriel College, Oxford before taking an M.Phil in Political Theory. During his time at Oxford he taught Politics to visiting students, gained academic prizes for essays on Rousseau and Plato and played football for Oxford University.

Harry helped to develop impact investment and social entrepreneurship in the UK whilst working for the non-profit organisation Social Finance (2011-2015) where he helped structure social investment deals worth over £10mil. Outside of his passion for Social Investment Harry remains a keen footballer, amateur politician and endurance sports enthusiast.

Course Location

Take this course to work alongside the UK's most exciting Social Enterprises

Studying Social Entrepreneurship will take you to the Impact Hub Westminster, the birthplace of some of the UK's most innovative social enterprises. In the heart of Westminster, you'll work rub shoulders with people collaborating to get social start-ups launched and funded. At the Impact Hub you'll learn the ropes of social investment and work out what marks out a good investment - financial and socially.

Course Experts


David has been Chief Executive of Social Finance since May 2009. Over this period, he has helped build Social Finance from a concept to a team of over 70 professionals drawn from social, public sector and financial backgrounds. Since May 2010, David has been General Partner for the Peterborough Social Impact Partnership – the initiative to finance a programme to reduce recidivism among short sentenced male offenders leaving Peterborough prison. Investors in the partnership are rewarded if, and only if, the programme delivers a measurable reduction in re-offending. The initiative has brought Social Finance significant national and international recognition.

Prior to joining Social Finance, David spent 25 years with Dresdner Kleinwort where he was most recently Head of UK Investment Banking and a member of the Global Banking Operating Committee, coordinating the bank’s activities in the UK across the full range of investment banking products. David has a BA in History and Economics from Brasenose College, Oxford.

He is a non-executive Director of Start Up Loans, a government funded pilot to extend small loans to young people and help them start their own businesses, and 3i, one of the world’s leading international investors, with over £11bn of assets under management. David was awarded an OBE in June 2013 for his services to finance.

Prices and Dates

2 week courses: £4,195

  • 1st July to 14th July 2018 - London (15-17 year olds)
  • 15th July to 28th July 2018 - London (15-17 year olds)

4 week courses: £7,895

  • 1st July to 28th July 2018 - London (15-17 year olds)

Included in the price is:

  • All teaching, including tutorials and small group seminars
  • Accommodation, breakfast and evening meals every day
  • All activities and excursions

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