For students aged 13-15, ORA offers an Introduction to Enterprise course.
Students are taught the principles of business management, economics and finance in small groups, and will be given the opportunity to learn the principles of accounting, finance, marketing, human resources and business ethics.
In addition to the academic classes, skills-based workshops will develop the students’ presentation and leadership skills for the benefit of their future business goals. The programme will include a competitive element in which students will work as a group to research, design and market a new business idea.
The programme will culminate with an Enterprise Fair during which students will have the opportunity to present their ideas to others within the school.
By the end of the course students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of:
- the workings of key economic models, business concepts and management techniques;
- the different objectives that firms may have;
- the factors that affect total revenue and total cost;
- how managers seek to motivate workers;
- the steps through which businesses progress when they start up and the causes of business failure;
- the ethical issues faced by firms.
Transferable Life Skills
- developing strengths in independence, self-regulation and self-assessment;
- confidence in dealing with a wide range of new people and situations;
- responsibility for own learning, time management, and working with others;
- communication skills in speaking, listening, and presenting effective arguments in a variety of different contexts.
How will the Oxford Enterprise Programme help me achieve my ambitions?
We’ve designed the Oxford Enterprise Programme to be as useful as possible in giving you the strong foundations you need to get started on the right track for a competitive business career. We’ll introduce you to the background theories, models and ideas surrounding economics and business management, giving you an understanding of how a business works. You’ll develop your knowledge of aspects of running a business, such as accounting and finance, marketing, human resources, market research, business ethics and what makes businesses fail – all valuable preparation for a business career.
But, more importantly, we’ll help you put that knowledge into practice by looking at real-life case studies, including a visit to Oxford’s thriving MINI plant. You will also be set fun business challenges of your own: our afternoon workshops are focused on helping you develop hands-on experience of what goes on in business, and typically involve you and your fellow students working together in groups to come up with business ideas and develop the idea to the point at which it could be launched into the real world.
These business challenges are one of the most popular elements of the Oxford Enterprise Programme. Things get highly competitive as groups of students formulate business ideas and present them along with finance figures, sales and marketing ideas and a business report. These activities give you a deeper appreciation of what’s involved in setting up and running a business of your own, and of the hard work that goes into developing, researching and bringing a product or service to market.
On top of this deeper understanding of the workings of a business, you’ll also develop your skills in certain areas that will benefit your business experience and acumen. Examples include – but are by no means limited to – the following:
- Leadership and management – to be successful in business, you’ll almost certainly find yourself having to manage other people. To do this effectively and get the most from your employees, you’ll need to become adept at motivating other people. While this course doesn’t claim to transform you into the perfect business leader in just two weeks, what it will do is give you an understanding of the techniques managers can use to motivate their employees.
- Presentation skills – presentations are a fact of life when you’re in business, when you’ll have to pitch your business ideas, products or services to clients, customers and investors. If you dislike having to give presentations at school, or you simply feel that there’s room for improvement in your style and technique, this is your chance to conquer your apprehension and learn how to deliver a slick and impressive presentation.
- Working in teams – most top business people will tell you that business is fundamentally about getting on with other people; it’s why networking is so important. People like to do business with people they like and enjoy working with, and being personable will get you a long way in the world of business. The Oxford Enterprise Programme gives you invaluable practice at working effectively with others, which is one of the most fundamental aspects of building a name for yourself. To succeed in your career, you need to be able to rise above the sort of squabbles you see on The Apprentice, and you need to develop your ability to contribute ideas, articulate your opinion calmly, and praise the efforts of others. You’ll have the opportunity to do all these things and plenty more during your time at Oxford Royale Academy.
Why attend the Oxford Enterprise Programme now?
This summer course makes ideal preparation for a business degree, as it introduces you to the concepts you’ll cover in more depth at university, giving you a headstart. What’s more, it’s a way of demonstrating to university admissions tutors that you’re serious about pursuing your goals, and it’s highly relevant experience to talk about on your personal statement. Attending the Oxford Enterprise Programme will benefit your A-level studies, too, and not just Business Studies. For example, the presentation skills you’ll build on during your time with us will come in handy for the presentations you’ll have to give at school (and university beyond that).
Your attendance on the Oxford Enterprise Programme will also be a great addition to your CV, as it shows potential employers that you understand more about business than most other applicants. This can be a great benefit even if you’re only looking for short-term work, such as a part-time Saturday job to fit around your studies; it sets you apart from other candidates, shows that you’re someone who takes business seriously, and demonstrates that you’re someone who’s eager to learn from your experience with that employer. With such wide-ranging benefits to this enjoyable summer course, it makes sense to devote a couple of weeks of your summer holidays to coming to Oxford Royale Academy.
Every summer, ORA welcomes hundreds of the world’s brightest, most academically gifted students to our Oxford courses. In 2016, attendees came from 108 different nations, each bringing with them unique cultures, perspectives and stories to share with their new friends. For the Oxford Enterprise Programme, over 140 students from 40 nations attended.
Timetable for students aged 16 to 18
Our Teaching Faculty
At Oxford Royale Academy we are committed to providing our students with the most qualified and high-calibre teaching faculty available. In 2015, over 70 per cent of our faculty was educated or had worked at either Oxford or Cambridge Universities. All Oxford Royale Academy teachers are passionate about their subjects, 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. In 2014, 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 undergraduate. 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 involving teaching faculty and other staff, to informal discussions about current “hot topics” led by Counsellors.
The United Kingdom has a rich cultural heritage, and a course with Oxford Royale Academy is the perfect way for a young learner to explore this. All ORA courses include coach excursions to places of historical and social significance in the UK. On the Oxford Enterprise Programme, attendees will board the ORA coach to two such destinations. Last summer, coach excursions for students aged 16-18 included visits to Blenheim Palace and London.
At ORA, we never forget that our students are on holiday! Included with every ORA course is an extra-curricular timetable, carefully designed by our dedicated Events Team to ensure our students have fun, make friends and get the most out of being in Oxford.
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. Our team of Counsellors will be on hand to advise you (or to do it for you!).
- 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 accommodation! Real tennis (a variation of tennis played indoors, with a heavier ball) has also been enjoyed by our previous students.
- College and museum tours: if you are thinking of applying to study at the University of Oxford, an ORA course is the perfect opportunity to visit some of the institution’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 at our campuses don’t stop when the sun starts to go down! The following will be available to every student on our Oxford Enterprise Programme:
- Film nights on campus: catch a movie with your new friends, without having to leave your accommodation!
- 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!
All ORA courses are residential in colleges of the University of Oxford or in our stunning nearby 17th-century manor house, Yarnton Manor. This means our students have the fantastic opportunity to spend part of their summer living and studying in the environment of one of the best universities in the world. Oxford is quite unlike anywhere else. With a unique ensemble cast of architectural marvels famed the world over, the city feels incredibly ancient, yet continues to be home to some of the most progressive and innovative thinkers of the twenty-first century. Oxford Royale Academy’s summer programmes are designed with the academic rigour of their prestigious environment firmly in mind. The experience of living and studying in an academic environment in Oxford is particularly valuable for our students aged 16-18, as they begin to consider their academic lives beyond high school. Many attendees on our courses are so impressed by the architecture and atmosphere of Oxford and of their accommodation, they are inspired to apply to study as undergraduates at the University of Oxford. The Oxford Enterprise Programme for 2016 is residential in Balliol College and the historic Yarnton Manor. Please click on the links for more information about these sites. Please also note that we are not able to guarantee accommodation at a particular site, should you have a preference.
Our summer courses offer our students the complete study abroad experience. The grid below describes everything that is included with an ORA course:
- Over 20 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 coach excursions per course
- Welcome and graduation events (parents invited)
- Discounts at shops around Oxford
- Accommodation in the University of Oxford or Yarnton Manor
- Breakfast and Dinner in the Hall
- Free WiFi (subject to availability)
- Daily updates on the ORA blog (great for parents!)
- 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 lessons on the Oxford Enterprise Programme take place in the accommodation venues themselves; others are held at nearby venues in the city. Students who are required to travel to alternative venues are escorted by Counsellors on the first day, so they know how to get there safely and on time.
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. We are also able to arrange taxi transfers from all other airports and destinations, again at an extra charge. For more information, please click here.
Every year, ORA offers a number of scholarships to talented students aged 16-18 from around the world. If you would like to read more about the financial aid we can offer, please click here.
Welcome Reception and Graduation
Parents / 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 email@example.com.
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 Oxford Enterprise 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
- Should check the pre-requisites of each option they select before enrolling, to ensure they possess the necessary knowledge to benefit from the subject matter discussed in the classes.
Dates, Fees and Locations
|Course Length||Course Dates||Course Fees||Location|
|2 weeks||4 Jun – 17 Jun||3,995 GBP||Yarnton Manor|
|18 Jun – 1 Jul||3,995 GBP||Yarnton Manor|
|2 Jul – 15 Jul||3,995 GBP||Balliol College (full) or Yarnton Manor|
|16 Jul – 29 Jul||3,995 GBP||Balliol College (full) or Yarnton Manor|
|30 Jul – 12 Aug||3,995 GBP||Balliol College|
How to Apply
If you are ready to apply now, the quickest and easiest way to secure your place on the Oxford Enterprise Programme for 2017 is online. You will need to know which subjects you would like to study (a first choice and a reserve choice is required for each list), as well as a valid credit or debit card to submit the deposit payment of GBP 795.00 (we regret that we are not able to accept American Express as a form of payment).
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 email@example.com
- 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.