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Introduction to Enterprise Ages 13-15

Cambridge Summer School 2020
Also available in Oxford

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 2020

  • Live, dine and study in colleges of the University of Cambridge
  • 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 150 nationalities in 2019
  • 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 Cambridge - your home this summer

students walking through a small street in front of the King's College, Cambridge

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.

A Cambridge college dining hall
Punts lined up on the River Cam in Cambridge
Students smiling at the camera in front of the King's College, Cambridge?

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 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 [email protected] 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.

Extracurricular 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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(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)

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