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Follow your aspirations and feed your passion! Be inspired by academic trips, debates and university lectures whilst you get a taste for the Oxford student lifestyle.Ages 17-19 International Study Centre Oxford, Yarnton Manor
Students leaving school increasingly welcome some time to decide on their next steps before starting university or entering the workplace. They may choose to take up to a year off to travel, volunteer and explore new horizons. This is also known as a gap year. Those experiences undoubtedly provide valuable opportunities to acquire life skills. However, universities and employers also appreciate evidence of constructive academic development during a gap year.
Our 10 week Gap Year Programme enables students to achieve both. Our academic focus strengthens their profile for future university applications or career.
Follow your aspirations and feed your passion! Be inspired by academic trips, debates and university lectures whilst you get a taste for the Oxford student lifestyle.
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The 10 week residential Gap Year Programme is designed for ambitious students aged 17-19 seeking an experience beyond regular school study. The Programme equips students with a deeper understanding of their chosen subject and the competence to pursue it at a higher level, either at university or in the workplace.
At Oxford Royale Academy, small classes strengthen students’ academic knowledge while individual project work develops their research skills. Regular guest-speaker debates stimulate their intellectual curiosity and critical thinking.
Build the Gap Year Programme that suits your needs:
Gap Year Study Options
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.
This course allows students to look at a wide range of different texts and teaches them the skills they need both to write well and to succeed commercially. This course is ideal both for students who wish to write for a living and those who wish to expand their literary horizons in order to gain a head start ahead of going to university.
Throughout the Experimental Psychology Gap Year Course, students explore the breadth and depth of the field. Students new to the discipline will gain the academic knowledge they need to build their confidence in preparation for further university study or career. Students with prior knowledge in Psychology will ascertain their interest in a specific area by exploring new developments and putting their skills into practice.
Oxford Royale Academy’s Future Filmmakers Gap Year Programme is a dynamic and creative course, designed to take students from “concept to screen” over a period of 10 weeks. An immersive introduction to the practicalities of Filmmaking, this course is a suitable for students keen to take their first steps in the business, as well as those looking to build or expand an existing portfolio.
Getting a head-start is vital in a field as competitive as Law. The Law Gap Year Course will help you grow in understanding of the areas that underpin the legal system in the UK, as well as giving your study skills a boost. It will enhance your ability to think critically and conduct independent research into a topic – traits that are invaluable to modern employers – and will provide an introduction to more specialist legal skills such as writing legal letters.
Throughout this course, Oxford Royale Academy’s expert tutors help students get set on the right path to maximise their chances of getting into medical school and becoming a doctor. The course will enhance students' ability to think critically and conduct independent research into a topic – traits that are invaluable to modern medical practitioners – and will provide an introduction to the theory and practice of medicine. The Medicine Gap Year Course is an ideal opportunity for students on a gap year looking to use a considerable portion of their year to enhance their future possibilities in the field of Medicine.
The Politics and International Relations Gap Year 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, whilst also providing an in-depth understanding of the fundamental areas of Politics and International Relations, which are fascinating in their own right, regardless of the career prospects they provide.
The relevance and the importance of STEM subjects in every student’s education are increasingly acknowledged. Constant developments in science and technology have emphasised the need for data analysis, modelling and interpretation, as well as problem-solving skills to get ahead in the current and future job market. Many university degrees already require applicants to demonstrate strong quantitative or analytical skills. The STEM Themes Gap Year Course helps students fulfil their objectives by stimulating their intellectual curiosity and developing their research and critical thinking abilities.
An opportunity to familiarise yourself with the Yarnton Manor site and get to know your new classmates at the International Study Centre.
With structured core class time intended to push you in your chosen course, now is the time to utilise our expert teaching faculty. You will gradually enjoy greater autonomy over your studies and implement your newly-sharpened academic skills by producing your own Extended Project, researching a topic of your choice.
The programme ends with graduation week during which students submit and present their extended project. They are given the opportunity to reflect on their work in feedback sessions with teachers and our Principal. It is also a time to celebrate their achievements during the graduation ceremony and dinner.
An aspiring cinematographer, Rebecca joined us at the ISC for our Future Filmmakers Gap Year Programme.Read Rebecca's story
Read how Ajda's time at the ISC helped her do something academically beneficial during her Gap Year.Read Ajda's story
Attended a full year at the ISC pursuing her passion for Creative Writing and English Literature.Read Lexi's story
Eligibility & Pre-requisites
Subject to availability, we may be able to help complementing the Gap Year Programme with the following additional activities:
|Programme||Fees per Term|
|Gap Year Programme||£13,995 (includes accommodation, breakfast and dinner, welcome pack, textbooks and resources, excursions, graduation certificate and bound copy of extended project)|
|Equipment Supplement||£1,000 (only applicable to the Future Filmmakers courses to cover costs for the necessary equipment)|
|Supplementary Study (Optional)||£1,500 per option|
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Teaching Faculty & Campus Life
At Oxford Royale Academy we are committed to providing our students with the most qualified and high-calibre teaching faculty available. All Oxford Royale Academy teachers are passionate about their subjects, and are looking forward to passing their knowledge on to their students this summer!
The International Study Centre is based in Yarnton Manor, a beautiful and historic building that dates back to 1611. Students enjoy the privilege of living and studying in an elegant and peaceful setting while retaining easy access to the centre of Oxford, which is only 15 minutes away.
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Oxford Royale Academy is a part of Oxford Programs Limited, UK company number 6045196. The company contracts with institutions including Oxford University for the use of their facilities and also contracts with tutors from those institutions but does not operate under the aegis of Oxford University.