The Business Gap Year Course is for the business leaders of the future.

Start dates*: January, March and September Location: Yarnton Manor, Oxford
Duration: 1 term (10 weeks) Price: £13,995
This course is ideal for: 17s – 19s English requirement: IELTS 5.5 (it is not compulsory to have taken an English test)

*Availability subject to a minimum of 4 students enrolling per term

“The academic programme helped me immensely and has affected me profoundly because I have had the opportunity to polish many of my skills like time management, planning, teamwork and leadership.” (Fizza, Business Gap Year Student)


The  Business Gap Year Course is designed for aspiring entrepreneurs, company directors and managers who wish to extend their knowledge and understanding of the skills involved in business. It uses class discussion, debates, presentations, role plays and written work to explore topics that students might not have encountered before in their school experience, and to encourage students to think broadly around the concepts of business and enterprise. The course aims to be an interactive and challenging introduction to business theory, and so students are expected to get involved in discussions and to participate fully in class activities.

As well as academic concepts, students gain an insight into the practical side of running a business, exploring the cogs and gears that make a business run including accounting, finance, marketing, human resources and research and development. The Business Gap Year Course encourages development in wider skills essential to the successful running of a business through workshop topics such as business leadership, public speaking, critical thinking and debating.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, students will:

  • Understand the basic principles underpinning the study of business and how they relate to the starting of a small enterprise;
  • Know about new areas of business and their potential and limitations;
  • Understand about different styles of management;
  • Be more confident in group discussion and public speaking.




Topics Covered

We introduce students to some of the fundamental business areas in core classes focusing on topics such as:

  • Economics and Business: Supply and Demand; Market Structures; Macro-Economics; Exchange Rates, Trade and Human Development
  • Business Finance: Cash Flow, P&L and Balance Sheet
  • Marketing and Digital Marketing
  • Global Business and Management
  • HR & Business Ethics

Students cover key information within these topics and will also focus on a number of important case studies of businesses and their founders. We aim to enable students to devise suitable topics for their project, as well as specific case studies and examples into which they can conduct further research. Students are expected to do considerable out-of-class study during this phase in order to fully grasp the material covered in class and have access to a range of materials to facilitate this, including access to Oxford Royale Academy’s online resource library.

The Extended Project

The extended project typically consists of a thesis on a specific topic within business, often an area of debate or something featuring heavily in the news, although there is scope for producing something other than a thesis, like a business plan for example.

  • Global Business and Emerging Powers: The New Big Players on the World Stage
  • Ethical Considerations in the Global Village
  • From Branson to Sugar: Great Entrepreneurs and How They Rose To Power
  • Management Theory Past and Present
  • A complete business plan for a proposed new business
  • An analysis of a major company and the reasons behind their successes and failures

Example Trip

Students on the Business Gap Year Course have the opportunity to visit many businesses within the local area and beyond. Most notably, the Mini Plant in Oxford provides students with an invaluable insight into how large businesses operate. The Mini Plant in Oxford is the one of the largest manufacturers of Mini cars in Europe, and so students can learn a vast amount about how a business maintains its efficiency on such a large scale.

Why Take the  Business Course?

Business is now one of the most popular degree choices in the UK, as well as being one of the most popular options for international students studying in the UK. This course will help you to gain the knowledge and skills that will help you stand out from the crowd in a university application or job interview. The course will enhance your ability to think critically and conduct independent research into a topic – traits that are invaluable to modern business leaders.

Register Your Interest

Gap Year Programme interest form
  • Please specify your course(s) of interest