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Introduction to Enterprise Ages 13-15

London Summer School 2020
Also available in Oxford | Cambridge | Yale

We also offer an 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 Imperial College London
  • 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 London - your home this summer

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The most bustling of all our centres, London is a cosmopolitan hotspot where students can really experience the melting pot of the United Kingdom. Our London summer school takes place in Imperial College London, situated in the desirable Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Students will stay in accommodation at Prince’s Gardens, located just a stone’s throw from such iconic London landmarks as the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, and the Royal Albert Hall.

Students will live and study in Imperial College London, experiencing student life in one of the world’s most respected and prestigious academic institutions. As well as ranking consistently in the top ten universities worldwide, Imperial has already produced an impressive number of Nobel Laureates – no mean feat considering the university was officially founded as recently as 1907.

Students in London will experience life in the buzzing heart of the UK's capital, while fulfilling their educational ambitions and enjoying the summer experience of their lives. Learn more about all that our London Summer School has to offer.

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Useful information for students & parents


Students at Imperial College London will be accommodated in comfortable en-suite single rooms. Accommodation is the standard accommodation for university undergraduates who study at Imperial College London, so students are able to get a flavour for what being an undergraduate at the university might be like.

Learn more about our Imperial College London centre.

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 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.

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.

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