Oxford Summer School 2018

Business Discovery Plus Programme Ages 11-12

Oxford Royale's Junior Summer School 2018
| St Mary's School, Ascot

Oxford Royale Academy’s Business Discovery Plus programme offers students aged 11-12 the opportunity to live and study in St Mary’s School in Ascot, a top UK boarding school. This one-week course will introduce students to the basic principles of business from an academic perspective.

1-week programme | Available July - August 2018

  • Live, dine and study in a top UK boarding school
  • Expert business tutoring from ORA's tutoring faculty for juniors
  • Safe and fun learning and living environment
  • Make new friends in a truly international environment
  • Enjoyable cultural programme, including activities and excursions
  • Improve your English by interacting with native English speakers

Course Summary

The business world can be a confusing mystery to younger students. So there is no better time to prepare for it than the present.

On this one week intensive course, students will learn about the aims and objectives of companies and why they operate the way they do. They will also cover topics such as consumer needs versus wants, the costs and risks of starting a business, and explore modern marketing techniques. Relevant examples of famous products will be explored to discover how they have been successful. Students will then delve into the exciting challenge of creating a product idea of their own.

Students will develop their product idea from design to point of sale. In teams, and with the guidance of Oxford Royale Academy’s outstanding teaching staff, they will examine their product from a variety of angles - such as start-up costs, marketing strategy, supply chain logistics, and disaster scenarios. At the end of the week, students will present their product at a Dragon’s Den-style product launch, where other groups will act as the Dragons and ask them to defend their product and the methodology of their business.

Where could the Business Discovery Plus course lead you?

Why choose the Business Discovery Plus programme?

Students participating in Oxford Royale Academy’s Business Discovery Plus course will learn all the relevant aspects of business and marketing. In addition to rigorous academic theory, students will have the chance to get creative when they come to produce their own business idea and take it to fruition- from product design, to sales pitch, through to customer delivery.

How will the Business Discovery Plus programme help me?

Students will hone their public speaking and business English skills, while learning how to defend their case in a debate and operate in a team. They will explore how to handle life as an entrepreneur, and gain the confidence to follow their own innovative ideas through to fruition, which is a valuable life skill in any business sector they go into in later life.

Is this the course for me?

If you are full of bright ideas and need a creative outlet for them, enjoy building or designing things, and would like a class in which to argue your point (without getting in trouble with your teachers!) then this is the course for you.

Topics covered

This intensive week of business study covers all the key questions behind relevant business theories, such as:

Defining needs versus wants, and products versus services, which are used to fulfil these needs and wants. How do they differ? The aims and objectives of companies. How do they differ from each other?
Case Studies of the vision and mission of existing companies will be explored, using high-profile brands as an example.
The Marketing Mix and how it affects business decisions, including an overview of social media and how is has changed the way products are marketed.
The typical start-up costs of a business, (Premises, production, employees, heating and lighting, insurance, etc).

Students will explore their business idea from all relevant angles, before launching it to their peers in a Dragon's Den style launch event.

What will you get out of the Business Discovery Plus course?

By the end of the course, students will have:

  • understood the key theories behind businesses and how they operate
  • gained business planning and product development experience through a marketable product project
  • improved their communication, team and leadership skills through group project work
  • gained confidence in dealing with a wide range of new people and situations
  • gained responsibility for their own learning, time management, and working with others
  • honed their communication skills in speaking, listening, and presenting effective arguments in a variety of different contexts

Transferable Life Skills

Attendees on the Business Discovery Plus programme are encouraged to work on important key skills during their time with Oxford Royale Academy. We believe that the experience of being away from home, living and studying in St Mary’s School in Ascot (a top UK boarding school), enables our students to develop a suite of transferable skills that go beyond those available to students in their own school environment.

Welcome to St Mary's School, Ascot - your home this summer

A birds-eye view of the facilities at St Mary's School, Ascot

Students on our Junior summer school courses at St Mary's School, Ascot, will enjoy the facilities of one of the top boarding schools in the UK, with its extensive grounds and well-equipped learning spaces.

During lessons, students will be taught by experienced tutors, while outside of class they will enjoy a varied extracurricular programme in a safe environment, led by our student counsellors.

The international environment, combined with top-quality tutoring in a world-class venue, make Oxford Royale's Junior Summer School the best junior summer school in the UK.

Students enjoying their time at St Mary's School
A group of students listening to a guest lecture
Two students sat on a bench at St Mary's School, Ascot

Useful information for students & parents


Students will be accommodated in comfortable twin or dormitory rooms, separated by gender - please contact our registrations team if you would like more information. Accommodation is the standard accommodation for school pupils who study at St Mary's School, Ascot, so students are able to get a flavour for what being a pupil at this prestigious UK boarding school is like. Bathrooms are typically shared between students of the same gender.

Pastoral care & student welfare

The programme is overseen by the Programme Director, who implements the day-to-day running of the programme. The Director is assisted by a team of Counsellors who are there to help pupils with their daily needs and to run activities for them outside of class. The Counsellors ensure that students are looked after pastorally, culturally and socially during their programme. Students are able to talk informally and frankly to the Counsellors in order to raise concerns or to discuss their course. Residential staff live in the school throughout the programme and are able to assist students at any time of the day or night.

Eligibility & pre-requisites

Students on this course:

  • 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 admin@oxford-royale.co.uk 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 prerequisites of each course they select before enrolling.

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