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Business Discovery Plus Ages 11-12

Oxford Royale's Junior Summer School 2020
| St Mary's School, Ascot | Uppingham School

Oxford Royale Summer Schools’s Business Discovery Plus programme offers students aged 11-12 the opportunity to live and study in a top UK boarding school. This one-week course will introduce students to the basic principles of business from an academic perspective.

1-week programme | Available June - August 2020

  • Live, dine and study in a top UK boarding school
  • Expert business tutoring from ORA's tutoring faculty for juniors
  • Safe and fun learning and living environment
  • Make new friends in a truly international environment
  • Enjoyable cultural programme, including activities and excursions
  • Improve your English by interacting with native English speakers

Course Summary

On this one-week intensive course, students will learn about the aims and objectives of businesses and how they successfully operate. They will also cover topics such as consumer needs versus wants, the costs and risks of starting a business and explore modern marketing techniques. A variety of relevant and famous products will be examined in detail to discover what makes them successful before students delve into the exciting challenge of creating a product idea of their own.

At the end of the week, students will present their product at a Dragon’s Den-style product launch, where other groups will act as the Dragons and ask them to defend their product and the methodology of their business.

What to expect from the Business Discovery Plus course

Students participating in Oxford Royale Academy’s Business Discovery Plus course will learn all the relevant aspects of business and marketing.

In addition to rigorous academic theory, students will have the chance to get creative when they come to produce their own business idea and take it to fruition, from product design to sales pitches and through to customer delivery.

Course Outcomes

By the end of the course, students will have:

  • Understood the key theories behind businesses and how they operate
  • Gained business planning and product development experience through a marketable product project
  • Improved their communication, team and leadership skills through group project work
  • Gained confidence in dealing with a wide range of new people and situations
  • Refined their communication skills in speaking, listening and presenting effective arguments in a variety of different contexts
  • Gained responsibility for their own learning, time management and working with others

Topics covered

This intensive week of business study covers all the key questions behind relevant business theories, such as:

Defining needs versus wants, and products versus services, which are used to fulfil these needs and wants. How do they differ? The aims and objectives of companies. How do they differ from each other?
Case Studies of the vision and mission of existing companies will be explored, using high-profile brands as an example.
The Marketing Mix and how it affects business decisions, including an overview of social media and how is has changed the way products are marketed.
The typical start-up costs of a business, (Premises, production, employees, heating and lighting, insurance, etc).

Students will explore their business idea from all relevant angles, before launching it to their peers in a Dragon's Den style launch event.

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.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Lesson 1: Introduction to Business
Lesson 2: What do Businesses Do?
Lesson 3: What kinds of businesses are there?
Lesson 4: The Business project: Induction
Lesson 5: The Business Idea
Lesson 6: Market research
Lesson 7: Concept Development
Lesson 8: Business Analysis- Marketing Sales and Finance
Excursion Presentation Preparation
Lesson 10: Teamworking
Lesson 11: Presentation Practice
Lesson 12: Presentations
Lesson 13: Tutour Presentations feedback
Lesson 14: Final Products
Lesson 15: Final Products
Lesson 16: What we learned;
Our STARs;
How we can apply learning.

Take this course if...

Take this course if you are full of bright ideas and need a creative outlet for them, enjoy building or designing things and would like a class in which to argue your point (without getting in trouble with your teachers!).

A safe and secure summer in a top British boarding school


Students on our Junior summer school courses study either at Uppingham School or St Mary's School in Ascot, our two outstanding Junior summer school venues for 2020. Students will enjoy the facilities of their venue, with extensive grounds and well-equipped learning spaces. Courses at Uppingham run from 28th June to 11th July, while courses at St Mary's run from 12th July to 15th August.

During lessons, students will be taught by experienced tutors, while outside of class they will enjoy a varied extracurricular programme in a safe environment, led by our student counsellors.

The international environment, combined with top-quality tutoring in a world-class venue, make Oxford Royale's Junior Summer School the best junior summer school in the UK.

Birds-eye view of St Mary's School Ascot

St Mary's School in Ascot

Bird's eye view of Uppingham School

Uppingham School

Useful information for students & parents


Students will be accommodated in comfortable twin or dormitory rooms, separated by gender - please contact our registrations team if you would like more information. Accommodation is the standard accommodation for school pupils who study at either St Mary's School or Uppingham School, so students are able to get a flavour for what being a pupil at these prestigious UK boarding schools is like. Bathrooms are typically shared between students of the same gender.

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 are there to help pupils with their daily needs and to run activities for them outside of class. 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. Residential staff live in the school 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 Admissions 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 Admissions Team for more detailed information.
  • Should check the prerequisites of each course they select before enrolling.

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 workshops for our junior students in either a Science or Arts topic. In previous years, guest science speakers from the Royal Institution have delivered fascinating science workshops and experiments to our young students.

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 a place of historical and social significance in the UK.

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 junior students have fun, make friends and get the most out of their time with us.

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Business Discovery Plus Programme (11-12) is residential in the following venues:

(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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