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Oxford Summer School 2018

Introduction to Enterprise Ages 13-15

Oxford Summer School 2018
We also offer a Business and Enterprise Programme for 16-18s

A two-week academic summer programme combining exciting, interactive study of the key principles of Economics with cutting-edge Business Studies.

2 weeks | Available July - August 2018

  • Live, dine and study in colleges of the University of Oxford
  • Expert tutoring from ORA's faculty
  • Study the fundamental elements of economics and business, ready for universities and careers
  • Talks and debates with world-class guest speakers
  • A truly international environment - over 130 nationalities in 2017
  • Inspirational cultural programme, including excursions to historic UK locations

Course Summary

The Introduction to Enterprise course from Oxford Royale Summer Schools will provide participants with an unrivalled head start on the road to business success. The course will combine exciting, interactive study of the key principles of Economics and Business Studies with interactive group projects, case studies and skills sessions.

The overall aims of this two-week course from Oxford Royale Summer Schools are to introduce students to the art of entrepreneurship, and to encourage creative ideas in a supportive and well-informed learning environment.

This course is designed to introduce 13-15 year-old budding entrepreneurs to the skills required in founding and running their own business, enabling them to develop a broader understanding of global financial markets.

Where could the Introduction to Enterprise summer course lead you?

Why choose Introduction to Enterprise for 13-15 years?

The course will assess how well-known entrepreneurs achieved their goals and what we can learn from their success. Students will explore what it takes to found a company, both in terms of the greater vision required and the indispensable practical details. They will learn how to interpret national and international financial environments as well as how companies navigate recessions, and similarly challenging financial circumstances. The international range of the ORA student community will be of immense benefit, providing the perspective of a variety of different market groups. They will even study entrepreneurs through the ages.

How will Introduction to Enterprise help me?

Your attendance on the course gives you another educational experience to talk about when you come to apply for university, showing admissions tutors that you’re self-motivated and enthusiastic about learning. As well as the specific practical and technical skills you’ll learn on this course, you’ll also develop transferable skills that can be used at school, university and beyond. This includes working in a team with other students, communicating effectively and thinking spatially.

Is this course for me?

If you are a budding entrepreneur hoping to find out more about what it entails to run a business through a wider understanding of global markets, then this course is for you.

Topics covered

The Introduction to Enterprise course will cover a wide range of theory and concepts, including:

  • Business and economic theory
  • Skills and traits required to be a successful entrepreneur
  • The importance of understanding and calculating risk
  • Market research and developing a marketing plan
  • The evolution of business funding and investment
  • How the economy operates in national and international contexts
  • How fluctuations of the economy and the market affect a business
  • The key concerns when developing a business, from initial proposals to funding and operations

What will you get out of the Introduction to Enterprise course?

By the end of the course students will have gained an insight into entrepreneurship and business, learned about the modern knowledge-based economy, gained an understanding of the international business environment, worked collaboratively on a group project, and researched branding and marketing.

Welcome to the City of Oxford - your home this summer

ORA Experience

Oxford is a city like no other, combining startlingly beautiful architecture with a buzzing, modern city centre, with superb shopping, restaurants, cafés and more. With the colleges of Oxford University at its heart, some almost 800 years old, it is a city steeped in history and academia.

Students on Oxford Royale's Oxford summer courses will have the chance to live, dine and study in this stunning city, exploring all of its major sites and discovering its hidden secrets. Through both organised trips to key landmarks and free time in the evenings, students will become acquainted with all that Oxford has to offer.

As students walk the cobbled streets and gaze up at the spires, gargoyles and honey-coloured stone buildings, they will be walking in the footsteps of some of the most influential figures in history, including prime ministers, presidents, Nobel prize-winning scientists, authors and more.

Why study in Oxford?
Why study in Oxford?
Why study in Oxford?

Useful information for students & parents


Students will be accommodated in comfortable single or twin rooms depending on their allocated college (please contact our registrations team if you would like more information on this). Twin rooms are strictly shared by students of the same gender, and males/females are separated by corridor and/or staircase. Accommodation is the standard for undergraduates studying at the university, so students are able to get a taste of what being an Oxford student might be like. Bathrooms are typically shared between students of the same gender, however in some cases en-suite facilities are available.

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 very often are current members of the University of Oxford or University of Cambridge. 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. Each campus has members of staff who are residential 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 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.

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Introduction to Enterprise for Ages 13-15 is residential in the following locations:

(If your course takes place in more than one campus in the same city and you would like to know more about which location you will be allocated, please call our registrations team)

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