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Business Challenge Summer School in Oxford

Oxford Royale Academy's award-winning Business Challenge Summer School 2021 on the campus of the University of Oxford, taught by elite ORA academic faculty.

Why study Business Challenge?

Have you got your sights set on becoming an entrepreneur? Our Business Challenge course will provide the perfect platform to put your business ideas to the test. Bring along your ideas and enthusiasm and test them against the reality of business management to unveil the strength of your strategy. Spend two weeks on the campus of the prestigious University of Oxford where you will work as a team and navigate your idea through real-life obstacles such as marketing and budget control. You will have the exciting opportunity to create a pitch and present your team’s chosen product to the judges and your peers. You’ll get to grips with what it takes to produce a successful brief; from research and objective setting, to mission statements, marketing and budget. This course is guaranteed to give you a taste of life as an entrepreneur.

Join our Business Challenge Summer School with Oxford Royale Academy, and launch your business career.

Select your curriculum

New Perspectives: Business Challenge (Option)

Course Summary

Through a series of presentations and practical exercises, this course focuses primarily on developing a new business or product and encourages you to think about the effect businesses have had on your daily life. You are introduced to different aspects of business through various scenarios, including setting up a new business, getting funding, developing a unique product and pitching it to the rest of the class.

The Design-an-App Challenge provides a hands-on insight into the fast-moving world of mobile app development and its market. The workshop is designed to encourage you to apply your own ideas through interactive tasks and group activities: learn how to make an effective and persuasive presentation, think about the opportunities and challenges involved in the development of innovative new products or technologies, and consider the most effective strategies to market and advertise such new and non-tangible ‘products’. This workshop will develop your skills as well as give an insight into the world of business and e-commerce.

Topics Covered

By the end of the course, you will have:

  • Increased enthusiasm for business studies and innovation
  • Had the opportunity to study new and topical issues, as well as share your enthusiasm with other students on the course by engaging in group work.
  • An understanding of the sources of success for new technological products, the factors that create demand for specific types of product, and the challenges faced by developers in marketing intangible technological products.
  • Been encouraged to think critically about the choice of product design, pricing strategy and advertising medium
  • The ability to understand and visualise the way a business works, leaving you ready and eager to go out into the world as an entrepreneur
  • Experienced student life at the University of Oxford, and explored the city’s cultural highlights

What’s Included?

  • Residential in prestigious campuses: University of Oxford, University of Cambridge
  • For ages: 13-15 | Price from £4,995
  • Residential in a top university
  • A truly international environment – over 150 nationalities at ORA in 2019
  • An inspiring Business course taught by experts
  • Accommodation, meals, tuition and cultural programme
  • Education travel insurance provided
  • Graduation, report cards and certificate
  • Maximum of 12 students per class for core morning lessons
  • Maximum of 15 students per class for afternoon workshops
  • 20+ hours tuition / week

This course is part of the New Perspectives Programme

The New Perspectives Programme is Oxford Royale’s most popular and flexible summer course for ages 13-15. Providing the opportunity to tailor your preferred course by combining multiple options from our extensive selection, New Perspectives is ideal for students looking for a broader academic summer experience.

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Broadening Horizons: Business Challenge (Option)

Course Summary

Our dynamic Business Challenge workshop has been designed to get you thinking about what makes a good business strategy, as you start up your own entrepreneurial brainchild and test it against the practical realities of business management. Negotiate real-life obstacles such as marketing, budgeting, and discover the importance of leadership and teamwork in a business context. You are encouraged to be innovative and consider your own role in the launching of a hypothetical new product.

You have the opportunity to develop any idea of your group’s choice, in order to exercise your creativity to the full. Present a brief in which you describe your product, outline your mission statement and corporate objectives, present a marketing audit consisting of your own primary and secondary research, outline your marketing objectives and marketing strategy as well as financial considerations. The main aim of the workshop is to consolidate class-based learning and encourage you to be business leaders – creative, innovative and team-spirited.

Topics Covered

By the end of the course, you will have:

  • Had the opportunity to extend your skills and understanding through written and non-written tasks and through group work activities
  • Learnt how to make an effective and persuasive presentation, considering the opportunities and challenges involved in the business of developing and innovating new products or technologies
  • Considered the most effective strategies to market, advertise and finance such products, and learn about what has made some business pitches so much more profitable and successful than others
  • Developed the skillset required of entrepreneurs in real life and improved your approach to management and enterprise
  • Learnt specific skills such as how to conduct market research to better understand the sources of demand for a product or how a product might need to be modified
  • Increased confidence in yourself and in your ideas as your presentation and sales skills are honed.
  • Experienced student life at the University of Oxford and had a taste of higher level study of Business

What’s Included?

  • Residential in prestigious campuses: University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, Imperial College London
  • For ages: 16-18 | Price from £4,995
  • Residential in a top university
  • A truly international environment – over 150 nationalities at ORA in 2019
  • An inspiring Business course taught by experts
  • Accommodation, meals, tuition and cultural programme
  • Education travel insurance provided
  • Graduation, report cards and certificate
  • Maximum of 12 students per class for core morning lessons
  • Maximum of 15 students per class for afternoon workshops
  • 20+ hours tuition / week

This course is part of the Broadening Horizons Programme

Take this as one of your options in the Broadening Horizons programme, ORA’s most popular summer programme for ages 16-18. With the opportunity to tailor your course by combining multiple subjects, Broadening Horizons is the ideal programme choice for students looking for a broader academic summer school experience.

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Learn from the world’s best minds

Have you ever wondered what it takes to make a new discovery at the cutting edge of science? Would you like to learn what it’s like to study in an Oxford tutorial, a Cambridge supervision, or in a top British boarding school? Or explore whether university study in your favourite subject is really for you?

Whatever your motivation, our exceptional, inspiring, world-leading teachers can help you achieve more this summer. Our amazing array of talented tutors includes Oxbridge academics, Ivy League lecturers, groundbreaking medical researchers, glittering industry leaders in film and fashion, acclaimed authors, and more!

We assemble our diverse faculty from all over the world, exclusively for you, so you only learn from the very best. Every tutor will guide you on your path to future greatness.

Earn your certificate

After your amazing summer of discovery, we know that you’ll want to share your success with your family, friends and teachers back at home. We also know that you’ll want to understand from your ORA tutor what you did particularly well on your course, but also where there might be room for future learning and development.

After successfully completing your course, you’ll receive a graduation certificate, awarded at a memorable ceremony hosted for you and your parents on the final Friday of your summer school. We’ll also provide a detailed report card, highlighting all that you have achieved during your time with us, as well as some next steps for future success.

Experience life on the campus of the University of Oxford

What’s life like at the oldest university in the English-speaking world? Join us this summer to find out! Your Oxford summer school is hosted in historic residential colleges where you will experience authentic undergraduate life. Sleep in student bedrooms set in centuries-old quadrangles, socialise in vibrant student common rooms, and relax in glorious college gardens. Take your place in vaulted halls where students have dined for over eight centuries. Learn in lecture theatres and laboratories where groundbreaking discoveries have been made, and study in the classrooms where 55 Nobel prize winners developed the key academic and life skills crucial for future success.

Hear from eminent guest speakers

Baron William Hague of Richmond speaks at our Great Debate event in Oxford

We know that you’re already passionate about your chosen subject. But have you ever wanted to find out more about another field, to explore paths as yet undiscovered? Wouldn’t it be great to listen to and debate with leading figures from the worlds of culture, media, sport and academia, while boosting your confidence and public speaking skills?

Here at ORA, we can help with that! In Oxford, you will enjoy fantastic talks from world-renowned guest speakers, from eminent Cabinet Ministers and ambassadors, to celebrated explorers and globally esteemed businessmen and women, all of whom are ready to share the secrets of their success with you. Unique among Oxford summer schools, our guest lecture programmes will help you to explore and debate the challenges facing the world today, from climate change to global security and the spread of misinformation, boosting your summer of learning even further!

Join exciting activities and trips

Summer should be fun, right?! Don’t worry, we get that - we never forget that you’re on holiday! We can help you to uncover Oxford’s secrets, from the best coffee shops to the dreamiest riverside parks, from Oxford’s very own castle to must-visit shops, galleries and museums. You and your friends will enjoy an amazing extra-curricular timetable, including dazzling graduation balls, excursions offering a glimpse of Britain’s past, and much more. Make Instagram-worthy memories as you visit glitzy attractions such as the bright lights of London’s theatres, Windsor Castle, and Blenheim Palace.

Something for the parents too...

Would you like to network with high achievers from over 170 countries, and gain your own taste of the Oxford experience? And would you like to visit classic venues such as the Ashmolean, the world’s oldest university museum? Or Oxford’s Grand Cafe, site of England’s first coffee house? If so, our parents’ events are definitely for you!

At the beginning of each summer school, we invite students’ parents, families and carers to join us for a reception hosted at a stunning Oxford venue. Mingle with other high flyers, and meet senior ORA staff and company founders who will be delighted to answer your questions about the summer school. Build new connections while enjoying an exclusive peek into the experiences that your children will enjoy this summer. We can’t wait to meet you!

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Useful Information

Any questions?

Check out our FAQs

How do I book a place on the course I want?

Once you have decided which course you would like to attend, you can book online using our secure booking system. Once your application has been submitted, you will be sent an email confirming that it has been received.

If you prefer, you can download an Application Form by clicking here. You can return the Application Form to us by any of these methods:

  • Scan and email to admin@oxford-royale.co.uk
  • Fax to +44 (0) 845 280 01 22
  • Post to Oxford Royale Academy, Yarnton Manor, Church Lane, Kidlington, Oxford, OX5 1PY, UNITED KINGDOM.

Once your booking has been processed by one of our members of staff, you will receive email confirmation of your place on the course of your choice. A Welcome Pack will be available to download from the ORA Portal from April. If at any time you would like to discuss your booking with a course advisor, please feel free to email admin@oxford-royale.co.uk or call us on +44 (0) 1865 954 800.

How do I pay for my course?

All courses require a deposit payment to secure the booking. For Summer 2021, this is £995 GBP for all two-week courses for ages 13+, and £395 for one-week courses for 8-12 years. You may either pay the full course fee when you book your place, or pay the deposit amount and then the balance at a later date. The balance clearance is required at least 60 days before the start date of the course. Where the student is booking less than 60 days before the start date, the balance must be covered in full.

New online enrolments will require a Debit or Credit Card payment of at least the deposit amount. If you would like to enrol and make your deposit payment via Bank Transfer, please contact our Admissions team, who will be happy to assist you in doing so. (admin@oxford-royale.co.uk)

Payments for existing enrolments can be made via a number of methods, including domestic and international bank transfer, credit or debit card, as well as local payment options; please log in to your ORA Portal and click on the ‘Pay Now’ button on your booking details.

What do my course fees include?

All course fees include the following:

  • Classes and tuition (20 taught hours per week)
  • Study files/materials
  • Guest lectures by academic speakers
  • Personalised academic reports and graduation certificate
  • Accommodation in your chosen location (see our accommodation page for the specific colleges and locations)
  • Meals in the Hall
  • Free WiFi (subject to availability)
  • Daily updates for parents and family on the ORA campus blogs
  • A wide selection of afternoon and evening activities
  • Coach excursions
  • Welcome and graduation events (parents invited)
  • A multitude of extras, including an ORA notebook and branded clothing
Will I receive a graduation certificate?

Yes, students will be awarded an Oxford Royale Academy Graduation Certificate in their chosen course upon satisfactory completion of the course. This will be presented in a graduation ceremony on the final evening of the course.

Will I have to share a room/facilities?

Most of our accommodation sites offer a mix of single and twin bedrooms, with some campuses having en-suite bedrooms available and others have shared bathroom facilities between a small group of same-sex students. If you have a particular preference for a certain room type, you can make a request on booking, which may be granted subject to availability. If a particular room type is required for medical reasons, please contact our Admissions Team who will be able to check availability on different sites, depending on the course chosen.

Sharing your room with fellow students is a great way of getting to know people and making friends.

How secure are the campuses?

All our programmes take place in a secure environment. Our students are supervised 24 hours a day by campus staff. All students must check-in regularly during the day: at roll-call at breakfast; at their morning classes; in the afternoon for lessons, workshops or activities; at dinner and in the evening before curfew. All campuses have a curfew.

Each campus office has its own safe where students may deposit items of value such as passports, travel documents, bank cards etc.

All campuses have residential staff who can be contacted 24 hours a day.

Do I need a visa to travel to the UK/US?

If your country is part of the EU or the European Economic Area you will not require a visa to enter the UK. It is always safest to check whether you need a visa with the relevant authorities.

Students attending our USA Summer Schools may be able to enter the USA on the Visa Waiver programme – we can provide individual support on request for those that do need a visa.

I want to change to another course or study option. Is this possible?

If you wish to change your course or study options (including dates), please do not hesitate to contact us. However, changes to courses are always subject to availability. For this reason, it may be more difficult for us to accommodate any changes requested less than 60 days before the course start date.

If I need to cancel my booking, will I get my money back?

Oxford Royale Academy’s terms and conditions for refunds are as follows:

Any cancellation must be received in writing and can only be on the following terms:

no refund of deposit will be made under any circumstances, once the two-week cooling-off period has concluded;
for cancellations before your course start date, the remainder of the course fees less the deposit amount will be proportionally refunded as per the table below:

Period Before Start Date Total refunded
120+ days 100%
90-119 days 50%
45-89 days 10%
0-44 days 0%
I want to attend one of your English language courses: how will you know what my level of English is and what sort of tuition I need?

All students registered to attend our English Language courses will be required to take an English Language Placement Test, which will assess the relative abilities of each student. Students are then placed into ability groups based on the results of their assessment, and the material that they study is tailored to the level of the class.

Once you have booked your place on a course we will send you information on how to take our online Placement Test. This test should take approximately one hour and should be taken by the student at least one month prior to their arrival date.

Please note that Oxford Royale Academy English courses do not cater for beginners in English.

Can I take more than one course?

It is certainly possible to take more than one course and combine a variety of study programmes. This can be done in two ways:

  • Enrol on two different programmes. For example, you may wish to have two weeks on the Broadening Horizons course and then two more weeks on the Oxford Enterprise Programme.
  • Enrol on the same programme twice, but choose different subject options. For example, you may wish to have four weeks on the New Perspectives course, choosing Creative Writing & Experimental Psychology for the first two weeks, followed by Human Biology and Physics & Chemistry for the second two weeks. Four-week courses include New Perspectives, Broadening Horizons and Oxford Summer English only.

Students staying for two consecutive sessions will be provided with accommodation for the Saturday night, and their campus will provide supervised activities between their first session ending and second session starting. Should you have any queries about how to take more than one course please do not hesitate to contact us.

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