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Introduction to Leadership Ages 13-15

Oxford Summer School 2020
Also available in Cambridge

Oxford Royale also offers a Global Leadership Programme for ages 16-18

A leadership summer programme residential in a University of Oxford college. Designed to give students an early insight into what it takes to be a successful leader in the modern international community.

2 weeks | Available July-August 2020

  • Live, dine and study in colleges of the University of Oxford
  • Expert tutoring from ORA's faculty
  • 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

The Introduction to Leadership programme provides students with the opportunity to refine the essential life skills required for roles as future leaders, whether in the fields of business, politics, science, the arts or any other domain. The course covers the most important knowledge and personal skills necessary for successful leadership, and is taught by experts in this field.

Students will gain an appreciation of the different leadership styles based on the approaches taken by current world leaders, whilst also drawing on the experiences of the class to see the ways in which these systems operate around the world. Throughout the course, pupils will refine both their public speaking and debating skills, ensuring that they are fully prepared for leadership roles in the future.

What to expect from the Introduction to Leadership course

The Introduction to Leadership course from Oxford Royale Academy has been designed to give students an early insight into what it takes to be a successful leader in the modern international community.

The course will combine fun and interactive study of key leadership principles with skill sessions to help participants develop important abilities, such as public speaking. Group projects also enable students to put their new knowledge and abilities into practice, under the guidance of ORA’s expert teachers.

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will have:

  • Developed practical skills for effective leadership, including clear communication, public speaking and analytical thought
  • A broader understanding of the leadership role
  • An awareness of leadership strategies
  • Learnt how to engage with the views of others in a constructive and respectful manner
  • Refined their skills in public speaking and debate

Topics covered

  • How leadership is defined
  • Effective communication skills
  • Leadership and ethics
  • Public Influence and the media
  • Culture and diversity - what it means to be a leader in a globalized world
  • Conflict resolution skills

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: Leadership as a set of attitudes and behaviour
Lesson 2: Your personal best leadership experience
Lesson 3: Introduction to public speaking
Lesson 11: Economic Globalisation and the Crisis of Capitalism
Lesson 12: ...continued
Lesson 13: Workshop- Model United Nations Summit Day 1 Preparation
Tuesday Lesson 4: Standing on the Shoulders of giants
Lesson 5: Effective Leadership examples
Lesson 14-15: Model United Nations Summit Day 2
Wednesday Field trip or guest speaker Lesson 16-17: Presentations
Lesson 18: Leadership and Media in a Changing World
Thursday Lesson 6: The Power of One
Lesson 7: Decision-making at times of crisis
Lesson 19-20: Utilise a Propaganda Technique to Create an Advertisement
Friday Lesson 8: International Security: Traditional and Modern Challenges
Lesson 9: Student Debate
Lesson 10: Introduction to MUN - Day 1
Lesson 21-22: Gender and Leadership - The Real Challenge
Lesson 23: ORA’S Leadership Challenge

Take this course if...

Take this course if you aspire to be in a leadership position in the future and want to enhance your skills in order to get there, whether this leadership position is in business, economics, politics or any other field.

Welcome to the City of Oxford - your home this summer

ORA Experience

Oxford is a city like no other, combining startlingly beautiful architecture with a buzzing, modern city centre, with superb shopping, restaurants, cafés and more. With the colleges of Oxford University at its heart, some almost 800 years old, it is a city steeped in history and academia.

Students on Oxford Royale's Oxford summer courses will have the chance to live, dine and study in this stunning city, exploring all of its major sites and discovering its hidden secrets. Through both organised trips to key landmarks and free time in the evenings, students will become acquainted with all that Oxford has to offer.

As students walk the cobbled streets and gaze up at the spires, gargoyles and honey-coloured stone buildings, they will be walking in the footsteps of some of the most influential figures in history, including prime ministers, presidents, Nobel prize-winning scientists, authors and more.

Why study in Oxford?
Why study in Oxford?
Why study in Oxford?

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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