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Professional Development Skills Ages 19+

Oxford Summer School for Adults 2020

Enhance your professional skills with ORA’s two-week intensive course, taught by expert teachers. With a combination of theoretical and practical lessons, you will considerably advance your skill set and your ability to work effectively to enable success in your career.

2 weeks | Available July - August 2020

  • Live, dine and study in colleges of the University of Oxford
  • Professional Development tuition with ORA's expert teachers
  • Talks with world-class guest speakers
  • A truly international environment - form a global network
  • Inspirational cultural programme

Course Summary

Build upon your personal impact and effectiveness by completing this unique umbrella course. With expert teachers and constructive peer interaction, students will effectively develop their ‘soft skills’ and their ability to progress their personal performance. Face-to-face learning is critical to do this, and our programme enables you to receive immediate feedback, coaching, and evaluation of your performance and behaviours.

This intensive course will challenge you to think creatively and advance your skill set in a diverse and supportive environment. The lessons will simultaneously incorporate cutting-edge theoretical models and the practical application of skills. The lessons will then introduce self-reflection by implementing a reflective practitioner and action learning framework. Through this combination, students will have the tools to make significant advances to their professional skill set.


This course aims to provide students with well-rounded professional skills and a can-do mindset to enable them to succeed in their chosen career path.

With both theoretical and practical learning, the lessons aim to assist students to develop their ability to deal with various work- and people-related situations, confidently and comfortably. The expert teachers and peer feedback will allow students to be more productive, efficient, effective and feel confident that they have the ability to succeed in their chosen career sector.

Course Outcomes

By the end of the course, students will have:

  • Greater awareness of their professional capabilities, strengths and weaknesses
  • An understanding of when to deploy their professional skills in a variety of contexts
  • Developed a well-defined action plan to build their own brand
  • The ability to lead and facilitate meetings
  • The skills to speak and present with purpose, credibility and authenticity
  • Dynamic interpersonal skills to effectively listen, give feedback and ask questions
  • Enhanced performance through one-to-one coaching
  • Refined their professional mindset
  • Negotiation, influencing, persuasion and assertiveness skills

Topics covered

  • 21st century leadership skills
  • Creative problem solving and decision making
  • 360 degree management
  • How to build powerful and productive relationships through digital networking
  • Conflict resolution

Take this course if...

Take this course if you want to progress your professional skills to effectively succeed in your chosen career.

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


Students will be accommodated in comfortable single rooms in either Merton or University College, depending on the course chosen - please contact our registrations team if you would like more information. 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.

Programme Staff

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 and are able to provide an insight into life at these prestigious institutions.

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.

Extra-curricular Activities

At ORA, we never forget that our students are on vacation and seeking new experiences outside of the classroom as well as in lessons. Included with every ORA course is an extra-curricular timetable, carefully designed by our dedicated Events Team to ensure our adult students have fun, network, and get the most out of their time with us.

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Professional Development Skills 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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