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Introduction to Enterprise Ages 13-15

Oxford Summer School 2019

Also available in Cambridge

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 2019

  • 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 135 nationalities in 2018
  • Inspirational cultural programme, including excursions to historic UK locations

Course Summary

This course is designed to introduce 13-15-year-old budding entrepreneurs to the skills required to found and manage their own businesses. Developing a broad understanding of global financial markets is crucial to this study, ensuring a worldwide comprehension of entrepreneurship.

The Introduction to Enterprise course from Oxford Royale Academy’s Summer School 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 group projects, case studies and skill sessions.

What to expect from the Introduction to Enterprise course

By the end of the course, students will have gained an insight into entrepreneurship and business, learnt about the modern knowledge-based economy and gained an understanding of the international business environment. Students will also improve their teamwork through collaborative research on a group project, alongside learning about branding and marketing.

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will have:

  • Learnt how well-known entrepreneurs achieved their goals
  • Explored what it takes to found a company, both in terms of the greater vision required and the indispensable practical details
  • Learnt how to interpret national and international financial environments as well as how companies navigate challenging financial circumstances
  • Developed transferable skills

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

The table below gives an indication of the subject areas that will be covered in each day’s lecture and seminar. Although every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, please note that topics and timings may be subject to change.

Day Week 1 (Scroll right for week 2) Week 2
Monday Lesson 1: Rules and Regulations. Earning and Learning
Lesson 2: Thinking like an Entrepreneur
Lesson 3: Leadership & Teamwork
Lesson 11: Learning what it’s like to run a start-up business
Lesson 12: Tackling challenges & working together
Lesson 13: Communication, confidence and creativity
Tuesday Lesson 4: Researching Markets
Lesson 5: The Marketing Plan
Lesson 14: Funding our project and watching our expenses
Lesson 15: Putting it all together
Wednesday Field trip or Guest Speaker Lesson 16: FINAL Presentations
Lesson 17: The Business Environment
Lesson 18: How does an Economy Work?
Thursday Lesson 6: The Business Funding Revolution
Lesson 7: Manufacturing
Lesson 19: The International Context
Lesson 20: Recession and Expansion
Friday Lesson 8: How to measure success
Lesson 9: E-marketing: how to use the web
Lesson 10: Business & the Economy, an Introduction
Lesson 21: Monopoly, Duopoly and Oligarchy
Lesson 22: Dealing with Dragons!
Lesson 23: Intrapreneurship

Take this course if...

Take this course 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.

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

Accommodation

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 undergraduate student might be like at Oxford or Cambridge. 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 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.

Our Teaching Faculty

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! For full details of last summer’s teaching faculty, please click here

Guest Lectures & Debates

At ORA, we go the extra mile to enhance the study abroad experience of our students. As part of this, every year our dedicated Events Team organises a series of fascinating guest lectures. Guest speakers come from a wide range of backgrounds and specialisms, including the worlds of online media, television and academia. Our students also have the opportunity to watch and participate in a number of debates, which take place on campus. These range from formal Panel Debates, involving teaching faculty and other staff, to informal discussions about current “hot topics” led by Counsellors.

Coach Excursions

The United Kingdom has a rich cultural heritage, and a course with Oxford Royale Academy is the perfect way for a young learner to explore this. All ORA courses include at least one coach excursion to places of historical and social significance in the UK. O

Extra-curricular Activities

At ORA, we never forget that our students are on holiday! Included with every ORA course is an extra-curricular timetable, carefully designed by our dedicated Events Team to ensure our students have fun, make friends and get the most out of their time with us.

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