Business and Enterprise


The Business and Enterprise Gap Year programme is for the business leaders of the future.

Start dates: January, March and September Location: Yarnton Manor, Oxford
Duration: 1 term (10-12 weeks) Price: £12,995 (£13,995 from September 2017)
This course is ideal for: 17s – 19s English requirement: IELTS 5.5 (it is not compulsory to have taken an English test)

“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 and Enterprise Oxford Gap Year)


The course provides aspiring entrepreneurs, company directors, managers and leaders with the chance to develop their academic understanding of the areas that affect a business, such as macro and micro-economics, politics, international relations, ethical considerations and more. These will be studied in relation to the fundamental principle of supply and demand which is at the heart of any successful business. As well as academic concepts such as those mentioned above, students will also 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. Finally, the course also 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.

The Project

As with all of our Oxford Gap Year programmes, the Business and Enterprise course focuses on the production of an extended piece of writing that the student must research and produce independently under the guidance of our tutors. Typically this consists of a thesis on a specific topic within Business and Enterprise, often an area of debate or something featuring heavily in the news, although there is scope for producing something other than a thesis. Possible thesis titles and topics include:

  • 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

Other possibilities beyond the production of a thesis include:

  • A complete business plan for a proposed new business
  • An analysis of a major company and the reasons behind their successes and failures

Topics Covered

Following Orientation Week, tutoring at our International Study Centre begins. This phase introduces the student to some of the fundamental areas of Business and Enterprise, covering the following modules:

  • An Introduction to Business and Enterprise
  • Economics
  • Politics, International Relations and Global Business
  • Business Structures
  • Leadership and Management Theory
  • Business Ethics

The following topics are also available at an additional cost:

  • Academic writing
  • General English
  • Debating and public speaking
  • Management, leadership and team building
  • UCAS, personal statements and university applications
  • IELTS preparation

Students will cover key information within these topics and will also focus on a number of important case studies of businesses and their founders. The aim is to provide students with a sufficient platform to enable them to devise suitable topics for their Project, as well as specific case studies and examples into which they can conduct further research. Students will be expected to do considerable out-of-class study during this phase in order to fully grasp the material covered in class and will be provided with a range of materials to facilitate this, including access to ORA’s online resource library.

Example Trip

Students on the Business and Enterprise Gap Year programme 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 and Enterprise Gap Year programme?

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.