“We live in Financial Times” was the marketing campaign for one of the most respected business and financial daily newspapers in the world, the Financial Times. This provides a warning that we all need to be financially aware, and this unique programme from Oxford Royale Academy provides a foundation for enhancing key knowledge, as well the platform on which to build further undergraduate university studies.
The course also prepares students for careers in business or entrepreneurship.
The programme has been specifically designed and developed by ORA’s expert teaching faculty to help the global business student enhance their theoretical knowledge, and draws on supporting case studies from the Financial Times, the Economist and other international business journals.
The course is designed for the global business student and starts by providing an introduction to the different structures and entities required of a sustainable company. Students then move on to examining the importance of corporate and organisational strategy to remaining competitive, and will identify different examples of how to create a competitive advantage. Organisational uniformity and common strategic objectives will also be considered.
Participants will then examine leadership within organisations, and organisational behavior, including a close consideration of the following questions:
- Are leaders born leaders, or can people learn to be leaders?
- How can we measure a leader’s success?
Students will then focus on the glue that sticks a business organisation together – human capital and human resource management. Participants cover the evolution of management theory and focus on the changes that have occurred in management prior during the twenty-first century.
Participants will then focus on the need for business to be dynamic and agile through strategic management and innovation. Complacency in business leads to failure and business needs to evolve through identifying competitive advantage and strategy. We learn that it is more efficient to outsource innovation and we cover the latest corporate strategy of ‘Open Innovation’. The course introduces corporate finance and asset markets, an introduction to risk assessment modelling, Net Present Value, and the Capital Asset Pricing Model. Students are also introduced to alternative sources of investment, including hedge funds, LBO’s and Venture Capital. Other areas students will have the opportunity to examine include marketing, market segmentation, e‐business, digital marketing and consumer behaviour.
Students conclude their two weeks by examining such topics as Corporate Social Responsibility, Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship.
Throughout the course, theoretical arguments will be supported with uniquely chosen case studies from University of Oxford Business School (Saïd) educated academics, as well as guest lectures from University of Oxford, Oxford Brookes Business School and Oxford-based lecturers.
Whatever career path you decide to take, you simply cannot avoid the impact of business, management and financial issues. This course will help you develop business, management and financial mindsets and the foundations for a successful corporate and entrepreneurial career.
The table below gives an indication of the subject areas that will be covered in each day’s lecture and seminar. Although every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, please note that topics and timings may be subject to change. Regarding topics, our teachers retain the flexibility to adapt to the academic interests of the students in the class, in order for the members of the class to benefit from their broad spectrum of knowledge and experience in the field.
|Week||Day||Lesson Number||Topic Covered|
|Week One||Sunday||Arrival Day – no classes|
|Monday||1||Business Structures & Entities|
|Monday||2||Corporate & Organizational Strategy|
|Tuesday||1||Leadership in Organisations|
|Wednesday||1||Human Resource Management & Employment Relations|
|Wednesday||2||Foundations of Management|
|Week Two||Sunday||No classes|
|Monday||1||Finance: Asset Markets|
|Monday||2||Finance: Corporate Finance|
|Tuesday||2||Financial Risk Management|
|Wednesday||2||Market Research & Segmentation|
|Thursday||1||E‐Business and Digital Marketing|
|Thursday||2||Marketing: Consumer Behaviour|
|Friday||1||Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship|
|Friday||2||Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)|
Why take this course?
You might have an inspired idea for a new app, or a charitable cause that you’re passionate about, but making a success of endeavours like these will inevitably require business management skills. Likewise, any promotion you get in your future career is likely to require the management of other members of staff; and while some employers will offer training for this, many will simply expect you to work it out for yourself.
Oxford Royale Academy’s Global Business, Management and Finance course is targeted specifically at the business management needs of students aged 19 to 25. You might be taking a Gap Year, or be a current undergraduate, looking forward to the world of work. Most degrees do not include business management skills, but might nonetheless lead to jobs that require them – this intensive, fun, hands-on two-week course can help you level-up in skills, so that you’re ready to take on managerial responsibility, in whatever form that might be. After all, the skills that are vital in the boardroom are just as applicable to managing a theatre group or political campaign. Surrounded by like-minded peers, this course will not only train you in management and business knowledge, but help build your confidence so that you know that you’re ready for the challenges ahead.
Every summer, ORA welcomes hundreds of the world’s brightest, most academically gifted students to our Oxford courses. Our campuses always feature a diverse mix of nationalities and genders. Students will have extensive opportunities to make connections and friends who will last into later professional life.
Timetable for students aged 19 to 25
Our Teaching Faculty
At Oxford Royale Academy we are committed to providing our students with the most qualified and high-calibre teaching available. All Oxford Royale Academy teachers are passionate about their subject, and are looking forward to passing their knowledge on to their students this summer! For full details of last summer’s teaching faculty, please click here
Guest Lectures and Debates
At ORA, we go the extra mile to enhance the study abroad experience of our students. As part of this, every year our dedicated Events Team organises a series of fascinating guest lectures. Last year these took place in the Examination Schools of the University of Oxford, allowing ORA students to experience a lecture in the same environment as a University student. Guest speakers come from a wide range of backgrounds and specialisms, including the worlds of online media, television and academia. Our students also have the opportunity to watch and participate in a number of debates, which take place on campus. These range from formal Panel Debates to informal discussions about current ‘hot topics’ led by ORA staff.
The United Kingdom has a rich cultural heritage, and a course with Oxford Royale Academy is the perfect way for a student to explore this. All ORA courses include cultural excursions to places of historical and social significance in the UK. On the Business Management programme, attendees will be taken to two such destinations. Last summer’s excursions included visits to Blenheim Palace and London.
The majority of your time in Oxford will be spent absorbed in your Business Management studies, but you’ll have plenty of free time in your schedule so that you can make the most of your time in this historic city. You can enjoy a tranquil punt down the River Thames, or explore some of Oxford’s wonderful free museums. You can look forward to joining your classmates for a day trip to an exciting place further afield, such as Stratford-upon-Avon or Blenheim Palace, and spending your evenings trying fun new things like salsa dancing. At the end of your Business Management course, you’ll take part in a formal graduation ceremony and dinner to celebrate your achievements.
Some past afternoon activities enjoyed by our students include the following:
- Punting: travel the waterways of the River Cherwell in a flat-bottomed boat, using a five-metre-long pole to propel your vessel! This mode of transport is unique to Oxford and Cambridge.
- Summer sports: have you ever played the traditional English game of croquet? There will be the chance to do so on the lawns of your campus! Real tennis (a variation of tennis played indoors, with a heavier ball) has also been enjoyed by our previous students.
- College and museum tours: An ORA course is the perfect opportunity to visit some of the University of Oxford’s most famous Colleges (including New College, Magdalen College and Christ Church). You will also have the chance to visit Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum – famous for being the world’s first university museum.
- Dance and music workshops: have you ever wanted to try Indian dance? How about Salsa dancing? Or drumming? Experts in these art forms will be dropping in to our campuses to run workshops, allowing our students to unleash their creative sides.
The events and entertainment on offer don’t stop when the sun starts to go down at our campuses! The following will be available to every student on this programme:
- Outdoor theatre: many Oxford Colleges put on Shakespeare plays in their quads and gardens throughout the summer months.
- Karaoke in Oxford: head to a venue in Oxford and sing along to the latest hits.
- Themed parties at local hotels and country houses: head to a local venue and enjoy dinner and dancing with your friends from around the world; past venues include Ardington House in Oxfordshire and The Randolph Hotel in the city of Oxford. Every party has a theme: Hollywood, Venetian Masquerade and The Olympics are examples of past themes.
- Graduation: a formal graduation ceremony will be held on the last night of your course. This is followed by your Graduation dinner and party — a glamorous conclusion to your stay in Oxford!
The Business Management course for ages 19-25 is residential in colleges of the University of Oxford, enabling students to immerse themselves in the environment and atmosphere of one of the best universities in the world, and our summer courses for ages 19-25 are designed with the academic nature of their setting in mind. In addition to their studies, participants will have plenty of free time to enjoy independent exploration of the inspirational city of Oxford, and to conduct their own research in Oxford’s libraries.
Our summer courses offer our students the complete study abroad experience. The grid below describes everything that is included with an ORA adult course:
- Over 15 taught hours per week
- Study files and materials
- Guest lectures from academic speakers
- Personalised academic reports
- Course certificate after graduation
- Wide selection of afternoon and evening activities
- 2 cultural excursions per course
- Welcome and graduation events (+1s invited)
- Discounts at shops around Oxford
- Accommodation in the University of Oxford
- Breakfast and Dinner in the Hall
- Free WiFi (subject to availability)
- Daily updates on the ORA blog
- Private Medical / Travel insurance
- ORA T-shirt
- ID badge and lanyard
- Welcome and arrival packs
- Year group photo
- Course memento photos
- ORA notebook
The safety and security of our students is ORA’s top priority. All of the centres at which our courses run are safe, secure environments, which are perfect for our students. Each centre is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by a team of Porters. In addition, Oxford Royale Academy’s comprehensively trained team of campus staff are always on hand. If you join us this summer, you will see the following members of staff on your campus:
Some classes on the Business Management course will take place in College; others are held at nearby venues in the city.
Most students who come to ORA will have to book a flight to the UK. ORA courses do not include flights. Information on the best time to arrive will be on your course confirmation email and in your Welcome Pack.
Arrival / Departure Transfers
ORA offers coach transfers between all of our Oxford campuses and London Heathrow airport, for a small extra charge. For more information, please click here.
Welcome Reception and Graduation
Family are welcome to attend these events at the start and end of their student’s course. For more information, please contact our Registrations Department on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Medical and Dietary Information
All students who enrol are required to complete our Medical and Dietary Information form. A link will be emailed to all students once their enrolment is confirmed.
Eligibility and Pre-requisites
Students on the Business Management programme:
- Must conform to our Age Policy.
- Must be fluent or near-fluent English language speakers – if you are unsure whether your English level is suitable for this programme, please contact our Registrations Team on email@example.com and they will be able to assist you.
- Must be able to fulfil the basic requirements of the programme, in terms of attendance at lessons, meals and events. Please contact our Registrations Team for more detailed information.
Dates, Fees and Locations
|Course Length||Course Dates||Course Fees||Location|
|2 weeks||1 Jul – 14 Jul||4,495 GBP||Oxford University accommodation|
How to Apply
If you prefer, you can complete our paper application form, which is available for download by clicking here. You can then return this to our offices by one of the following methods:
- Scan and e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Fax to +44 (0) 845 130 01 22
- Post to the address below
For enrolments via the paper application form, we are able to accept the GBP 795.00 course deposit by credit or debit card, bank transfer or cheque. Please see the form for full details.