Business and economics determine so much of what happens in our daily lives: which careers we choose, how much money we have, even where we live. Yet ignorance of business, finance and the workings of economics is commonplace, and often these subjects aren’t taught until the later years of secondary school, if at all.
With Oxford Royale Academy, you’ll gain an understanding of business that will be valuable to you no matter which career you choose: whether it’s the commercial awareness that is increasingly desired of law students, the knowledge of business that you might need as a freelance writer or graphic designer, or if, indeed, your goal is to become a CEO of your own business one day. Our summer school gives you the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of business, and to have fun at the same time, with excursions, activities and competitive challenges to keep the subject lively and interesting.
Featuring a fascinating mix of international business theory, powerful real-life case studies and critical business skills, this course is ideal for students who are considering an undergraduate business degree, are interested in starting their own business in the future, or simply recognise the transferable benefits to almost any career.
Business isn’t naturally an academic subject; while it can be studied in a university setting, many businesspeople aren’t graduates, but instead learned how to run a business through practice, working their way up.
At Oxford Royale Academy, we can’t give you your own business to run, but we do think it’s important to learn in a hands-on, interactive way. Depending on the particular subject you choose, you might be challenged to pitch your own product idea, just as businesspeople do in real life, or take part in a competition to choose the best-performing stocks and shares you can – bringing the world of business to life.
St Andrews is a stunning location in which to study any subject, and business is no exception. It’s not just that you’re surrounded by miles of beach and forest, it’s that you’re in a setting that is fascinating from a business and economics perspective.
The economy of a small university town like St Andrews makes for an intriguing case study, as does that of Scotland overall, as a nation debating whether it has the economic capacity for independence. Considering business and economics in this setting may give you a more nuanced perspective than you would otherwise have obtained.
Even the smallest of businesses now operate in a world where their customers could come from anywhere on the globe, and where their supply chains could span continents. That means the business leaders of the future will need to understand international perspectives, so they can work across countries and cultures with sensitivity and respect.
Students of 150 different nationalities study with Oxford Royale Academy every year, so if you want to learn these important skills, you’re in the right place: your discussion with your fellow students will help you understand how business works – and differs – all around the world.
Success in business requires a considerable breadth of knowledge and a wide variety of skills, from understanding your marketplace, to being an effective manager.
On our business programmes, you’ll not only get started on developing these skills, you’ll also find out what you can do after your time at summer school to build on them further. Our expert teaching staff can help you work out the best route to take to achieve a successful business career in the future, discussing your strengths and weaknesses so you know what you might need to improve, and where you’re already doing well.
There are countless factors that affect the ways in which businesses operate, and the decisions that business leaders take. That can include political factors such as the stability of a country or levels of taxation; economic factors such as the unemployment rate or consumer confidence; and business factors such as the activities of competitors.
With Oxford Royale Academy, you’ll learn how to assess and understand the context in which businesses work, so you can better understand why they make the decisions they do – from expanding into new markets to rebranding – and so you, in time, will be better equipped to make such decisions yourself.
“I gained so much knowledge and experience from this trip; it showed me things that are totally different to my home country. Now I’m very interested in studying at a UK university in the future.”
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