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Enhance critical business, management and financial knowledge through the exploration of cutting-edge theory and the application of relevant, powerful and recent case studies.
“We live in Financial Times” was the marketing campaign for one of the most respected business and financial daily newspapers in the world, the Financial Times. This provides a warning that we all need to be financially aware to be successful in the modern era, and this unique programme from Oxford Royale Academy provides a foundation for enhancing key business and finance knowledge. The course also prepares students for careers in business or entrepreneurship.
The programme has been specifically designed and developed by ORA’s expert teaching faculty to help the global business student enhance their theoretical knowledge, and draws on supporting case studies from the Financial Times, the Economist and other international business journals.
Oxford Royale Academy's Global Business, Management and Finance course is targeted specifically at the business management needs of students aged 19+. They might be taking a gap year, or be a current undergraduate, looking forward to the world of work. Most degrees do not include business management skills, but might nonetheless lead to jobs that require them – this intensive, fun, hands-on two-week course can help students level-up in skills, so that they're ready to take on managerial responsibility, in whatever form that might be.
Throughout the course, theoretical arguments will be supported by specially chosen case studies from academics educated at some of the leading business schools around the world. This combination of theory, case studies and practical workshops will help students to develop business, management and financial mindsets and establish the foundations for a successful corporate and entrepreneurial career.
Students might have an inspired idea for a new app, or a charitable cause that they're passionate about, but making a success of endeavours like these will inevitably require business management skills. Likewise, any promotion gained in a future career is likely to require the management of other members of staff; and while some employers will offer training for this, many will simply expect you to work it out for yourself.
By the end of this course, students will have:
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||Lecture 1: Business structures and entities
Seminar 1: Corporate and organisational strategy
|Lecture 6: Finance Asset Markets
Seminar 6: Corporate Finance
|Tuesday||Lecture 2: Leadership in Organisations
Seminar 2: Organisational Behavior
Lecture 3: Human Resource Management and Employment Relations
Seminar 3: Foundations of Management
|Field Trip or educational event|
|Wednesday||Lecture 4: Strategic Management
Seminar 4: Innovation Management
|Lecture 7: Alternative Investments
Seminar 7: Financial Risk Management
|Thursday||Field Trip or educational event||Lecture 8: Marketing
Seminar 8: Marketing Research and Segmentation
Lecture 9: EBusiness and Digital Marketing
Seminar 9: Marketing Consumer Behavior & Presentations
|Friday||Lecture 5: Competitive Strategy
Seminar 5: Open Innovation
|Lecture 10: Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Seminar 10: Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
Take this course if you are interested in running your own business one day or simply want to learn more about management.
Cambridge has been recognised for centuries as one of the most beautiful academic locations in the UK. With its soaring gothic buttresses, green lawns, gently meandering river, and quiet little coffee shops, Cambridge has a lot to offer in terms of quality of student experience.
Students will live, dine and study in a college of the University of Cambridge, providing them with the ideal opportunity to discover what life in a top UK university is really like. Students can immerse themselves in the teaching of knowledgeable academics, many of whom have studied at top UK institutions such as Cambridge and Oxford. They will have plenty of opportunity to explore the city in their free time, and take part in educational excursions in and around Cambridge.
Students residential in Cambridge will experience life in a top UK university city, while fulfilling their educational ambitions and enjoying the summer experience of their lives. Learn more about all that our Cambridge Summer School has to offer.
Students will be accommodated in comfortable single or twin rooms depending on their allocated college - please contact our admissions team if you would like more information. Twin rooms are strictly between students of the same gender, and males/females are separated by corridor and/or staircase. Accommodation is the standard accommodation for university undergraduates who study at the university, so students are able to get a flavour for what being an undergraduate at the university might be like. Bathrooms are typically shared between students of the same gender, though in some cases en-suite facilities are available.
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 university applications. Each campus has members of residential staff who live in the college throughout the programme and are able to assist students at any time of the day or night.
Students on this course:
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.
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.
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.
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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With an ORA summer course you also get:
(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 admissions team)
What our students have to say
Read how Sara has returned year on year, experiencing different summer courses in Oxford and Cambridge.Read Sara's story
Read how Mifta's experience with us introduced her to lifelong friends from across the world.Read Mifta's story
An aspiring cinematographer, Rebecca joined us at the ISC for our Future Filmmakers Gap Year Programme.Read Rebecca's story
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Oxford Royale Academy is a part of Oxford Programs Limited, a company registered in England as company number 6045196. Registered office: 14 King Street, Bristol, BS1 4EF. The company contracts with institutions including Oxford University for the use of their facilities and also contracts with tutors from those institutions but does not operate under the aegis of Oxford University.