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Professional Development Skills

Professional Development Skills

Enhance your professional skills with ORA’s two-week intensive course, taught by expert teachers. With a combination of theoretical and practical lessons, you will considerably advance your skill set and your ability to work effectively to enable success in your career.

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Course Summary

Build upon your personal impact and effectiveness by completing this unique umbrella course. With expert teachers and constructive peer interaction, students will effectively develop their ‘soft skills’ and their ability to progress their personal performance. Face-to-face learning is critical to do this, and our programme enables you to receive immediate feedback, coaching, and evaluation of your performance and behaviours.

This intensive course will challenge you to think creatively and advance your skill set in a diverse and supportive environment. The lessons will simultaneously incorporate cutting-edge theoretical models and the practical application of skills. The lessons will then introduce self-reflection by implementing a reflective practitioner and action learning framework. Through this combination, students will have the tools to make significant advances to their professional skill set.

What to expect from Professional Development Skills

This course aims to enhance the skills specifically required for communication, leadership, self-development and understanding, useful for anyone interested in refining their own professional skills.

Throughout this course students will develop their personal development skills by gaining a deeper understanding of their own individual capabilities and how best to utilise them. Students will explore these skills through a variety of contexts, used to improve upon their own self development. To enhance each student’s capabilities, a number of other key topics and skills will be explored to learn the best practices of how to present yourself with purpose, lead effectively and how to continually manage your own personal development.

Course Outcomes

By the end of the course, students will have:


Topics covered



This course aims to provide students with well-rounded professional skills and a can-do mindset to enable them to succeed in their chosen career path.

With both theoretical and practical learning, the lessons aim to assist students to develop their ability to deal with various work- and people-related situations, confidently and comfortably. The expert teachers and peer feedback will allow students to be more productive, efficient, effective and feel confident that they have the ability to succeed in their chosen career sector.

Take this course if…

Take this course if you want to progress your professional skills to effectively succeed in your chosen career.


Lady Margaret Hall

  • Location Oxford
  • Ages Ages: 13-15, 19+
  • Bedroom Type Single & twin (please note that we are unable to accept requests for particular room types)
  • Bathroom Type En-suite & shared (single gender)
  • Year Built Founded in 1878

Cambridge University Accommodation

  • Location Cambridge
  • Ages Ages: 16-18 & 19+ (separate accommodation)
  • Bedroom Type Single & twin
  • Bathroom Type En-suite & shared (single gender)
  • Year Built Founded in University of Cambridge was founded in 1209

Merton College

  • Location Oxford
  • Ages Ages: 19+
  • Bedroom Type Single
  • Bathroom Type En-suite & shared (single gender)
  • Year Built Founded in 1264

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