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“What if the future is ours to create? What if chance, luck and opportunity play no part at all and instead the way to our hopes, our dreams is through our own actions?"
Floyd Woodrow, MBE



As current and new IB students, do you ever think about what you future may look like? We all hear about people living their dream, do you ever wonder how they did it? During our exciting new OSC Discovery Week held in Oxford, you will explore your aspirations and potential with support from inspiring speakers, subject experts and interactive hands-on workshops. You will have the freedom and space to experiment with new ideas, develop new skills and think about what the future may look like for you. 



The 2019 Discovery Week in Oxford has now ended.

Information for the 2020 Courses will be available soon. If you would like to be informed when this is available, please click the button below.








How will Discovery Week help you with your IB studies?  

The IB Diploma is not just about learning the facts of your subjects, it also about how you learn and how you use your learning. In all your IB subjects you will have to develop your own strategies, skills and approaches to your work. Acquiring and using these skills is an important part of your IB learning.

Discovery Week will provide you with lots of opportunities to identify, develop and practise these skills, which you will find invaluable in your IB Diploma Studies. Check out our session descriptions below for some of the skills that you will explore in them.




Compass for Life - Exploring Your Future


Launching Discovery Week is Floyd Woodrow, MBE, who at 22 was one of the youngest soldiers ever to have been selected for the elite SAS regiment, and who has since gained an exceptional track record in performance training in sports, business, government, emergency services and schools.

He will introduce Compass For Life™, his values-based approach through which you will explore the boundaries of your performance and ambitions. This unique approach brings together the best aspects of leadership training currently available into a simple, concise, and effective framework.

Floyd says: "I was given many leadership roles at a young age but I never really understood what leadership actually was until my mid-thirties.  I wish I had been taught some of the things I now know much earlier in my life.  There is no doubt in my mind that there is a common thread to the most talented people in the world and I enjoy showing people what that is."


How Compass for Life supports development of skills for the IB    


Key Outcomes

  • Determine your goals and ambitions
  • Understand your values and behaviours
  • Create a plan and take responsibility for your learning

Key Skills

  • Self-Management: Planning and organization
  • Self-Management: Self-motivation and mindfulness
  • Thinking: Creative thinking, brainstorming and mind mapping


Own it! - Getting The Most from Your Personal Impact 


Roland Allen, owner of Big Wheel Theatre Company, works internationally to teach, train and inspire! Roland says “The personal impact you make is important for you as a student, as a member of a team, as a future leader, and, last but not least, personal relationships.”

Roland’s interactive, practical workshop will challenge students’ assumptions about themselves by asking them to work on a set of challenges. While the workshop will offer interesting and entertaining parallels with other contexts, the training will be firmly rooted in the real-life needs of the students.


How Own It! - Getting the Most from Your Personal Impact supports development of skills for the IB    


Key Outcomes

  • Explore your own personal impact and discover what you need to work on
  • Understand and develop your self-awareness of how you appear to others
  • Build your tool kit for making an impact

Key Skills

  • Communication: speaking, listening and non-verbal
  • Self-Management: emotional, perseverance and resilience
  • Social: awareness, empathy and respect


To be or not to be - Building Confidence Through Shakespeare


Dr Maria Evans is a highly respected leader in the field of theatre education and research. She has worked extensively with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) over a period of 20 years, including four years as part of the senior leadership team as Director of Education. Maria now travels internationally on behalf of the RSC as one of their Education Associate Practitioners.

Maria’s session on Discovery Week will help students understand and enjoy Shakespeare, while developing skills around confidence, team work, problem solving and presentation. The session will begin with students being introduced to snippets of Shakespeare's text, and encouraged to develop creative responses.  There will be opportunities for further exploration of Shakespeare's text, acquiring strategies for accessing complex language that can be transferred across a range of literary texts.


How Building confidence through Shakespeare supports development of skills for the IB    


Key Outcomes

  • Be more confident in your presentations
  • Learn ways of exploring and interpreting Shakespeare that can be applied to any literary text
  • Get over the ‘fear’ of Shakespeare

Key Skills

  • Communication: Speaking and presentation
  • Thinking: Critical and creative
  • Social: Working effectively with others and listening actively
IB Subject Links 
  • Group 1: Studies in Language and Literature


Whodunnit? - Team Building through Murder Mystery 


Sam Birkett has led marketing and business development teams for the last 15 years at well know global organisations. Over the last five years Sam led an executive education marketing team at Said Business School, University of Oxford and worked with world-leading academics and global business leaders in the field of team dynamics and team leadership. Sam also has over 10 years’ experience of drama performances as both actor and director which has led to the development of his immersive team building exercise via a Murder Mystery scenario.

This team engagement experience is based round a central mystery plot, delivered through recorded films, written and photographic clues. Each team must earn access to a collection of over fifty pieces of evidence to solve the mystery in their own unique way. Throughout the session students will gain insight as to their preferred team role and how they work best as part of a team.


How Team Building through Murder Mystery supports development of skills for the IB    


Key Outcomes

  • Discover your strengths within a team
  • Try out your own leadership skills
  • Learn about team work and leadership styles

Key Skills

  • Research: Observation, interrogation and investigation
  • Social: Working collaboratively in a team.
  • Thinking: Problem solving







Meet the Director for Discovery Week

Toby Blundell, a Biochemist graduate of Trinity College, Oxford is the OSC Discovery Week Course Director. With over 10 years’ experience of teaching Physics, Chemistry and Biology for the IB, A-Level and GCSE syllabuses, Toby has vast experience of helping students reach their potential, as well as an understanding of the challenges students face. 

“Our continuously changing global environment has never offered more opportunities for students, while also creating challenges. The ability, therefore, to be flexible and adapt to changing circumstances is increasingly important. The OSC Discovery Week helps students to develop these and other skills necessary to move towards their North Star.”






The Oxford Experience

There is of course the chance to enjoy the unique Oxford experience – dine in an Oxford college, tour the student union, and discover the cultural and historic opportunities of this world-leading city of learning.

You’ll also have free time to join in sports and activities, go shopping for famous brands at Bicester Village, take in the latest blockbuster at one of Oxford’s many cinemas, or simply relax in the nearby University Parks

The course features:
  • Discovery sessions, talks, discussions and presentations over 5 days

  • A range of evening activities and one dinner in a traditional Oxford college 

  • Private single room on campus at our Oxford college location

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner served every day

  • 24-hour pastoral care throughout your entire stay with us

Key Information



Young people aged 15–17 interested in exploring their future options


14 July–20 July 2019


St Antony's College, Oxford


£1,800 per week (All-inclusive residential)





Personal Careers Consultations

  • OSC students can opt to have a one-to-one Personal Careers Consultation, given by an experienced IBDP Careers Counsellor.
  • The session lasts for one hour and is scheduled during your free time.


A PCC allows you to:

  • Discuss your personal ambitions and explore your own career preferences

  • Obtain advice on the choice of courses available at universities

  • Find out how to obtain prospectuses and application forms

  • Find out the Diploma grades and/or SAT scores required for your preferred courses and colleges

The Counsellor will write up a report after the session summarising key points discussed, and give recommendations for future steps along with courses and institutions to investigate further.





Incl. accommodation, meals, supervision and 5 daily sessions.


One-to-one session (1 hour) including report


Per night - upgrade to room with private toilet and shower


Per night - includes bed and breakfast


Included in course fee



We accept applications right up to the start of the courses, but classes do fill up quickly and we may run out of places if you leave it too late. It is always worth asking – we may be able to make space.

The deposit or full course fees must accompany your application – we cannot reserve places until the deposit is received.

We will respond to online applications by email within 24 hours to confirm that we have received them. Then, within 2 working days we will email you again to confirm your place or discuss your application. If you don't receive our email please contact us.

Please contact the OSC Team if you have any questions.


  • The Final Payment Date is 3rd May 2019.
  • If you apply before the Final Payment Date, only the deposit is due with your application. The deposit makes up part of your total fees.
  • The balance is due by the Final Payment Date. This means that for applications made before this date, the remaining fees must be paid by the Final Payment Date and for applications made after the Final Payment Date, the full fees must be paid when you apply.
  • We will continue to take applications right up until the courses start, but only if we have space - please be aware that these courses are popular and spaces fill up very quickly. You should contact us as early as possible in order to secure your preferred dates and subjects.

Please be assured that if we are unable to place you in the appropriate course we will refund the payment in full. Please also note that whenever you apply, you will still receive a full refund if you cancel within 14 days, in line with our Cancellation Policy.


Credit Card (Visa or MasterCard only). If you wish to pay by this method please give us your card details on the application form. The deposit will be taken on receipt of the completed form.

Personal cheque or bank draft (payable to “Oxford Study Courses”) and sent to our Oxford address at: Belsyre Court, 57 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HJ, UK. Eurocheques are NOT accepted.

Bank Transfer to 'Oxford Study Courses', Barclays Bank plc, Oxford City Branch, PO Box 333, Oxford OX1 3HS

UK Sort Code 20-65-26
Account Number 70432156
IBAN #GB89 BARC 2065 2670 4321 56
BIC or Swift Code: BARCGB22 (for banks requiring 11 digit codes please add ‘XXX’ to the end)

Please give the student's family name ONLY as payment reference and fax us a copy of the Bank Transfer document.

Any bank charges incurred by us on your behalf will have to be passed on to you. Bank charges can be minimised by sending the full course fees in a single payment.


  • There is a cancellation period of 14 days from the date of the "OSC Course Confirmation" email in which the application can be cancelled and a full refund issued.
  • If you cancel before the Final Payment Date but after the cancellation period, fees will be refunded minus a handling charge of £100.
  • After the Final Payment Date we can only refund deposits or fees if you cancel within the cancellation period.
  • We advise you to take out cancellation insurance to cover you in case you are unable to attend your course.
  • To view our Cancellation Policy, click here.








St Antony's College is a safe and secure enclosed campus with a very relaxed atmosphere. It provides a tranquil and stimulating environment in which to live and study – it is a real privilege to spend time here and enjoy a taste of Oxford student life.



Most students have their own private single study bedrooms, although some have shared rooms for two people. However, if you are attending with a friend make sure you let us know so we can make sure you are near each other in college.

We may be able to room friends of the same gender together, although this depends on room availability and isn't possible in all colleges.

Male and female students live separately, to ensure privacy. However, we do have a few mixed-gender corridors with en-suite (private bathrooms). If you would prefer to be on a single-gender corridor then you can tell us on your application form.

En-suite rooms (with private bathroom) are available to our students. You can select this option on your application form – book early to avoid disappointment!

There is a college common room where you can meet with friends to study, chat or watch TV, and laundry facilities and free internet access are also available.


St Antony's - Winner of Best College Dining Room at the Oxfordshire Restaurant Awards 2016


  • Breakfast and lunch are available every day in the dining hall.

  • Dinner is available every night in the college or nearby venues.

There is always a good selection of food available and plenty of it. You can choose from meat, fish and vegetarian options; soups; salad bar and desserts. The college caters for dietary requirements, including Halal meat, on request. You can tell us about any dietary requirements in advance on your application form.

Monday-Saturday evenings you have the chance to explore Oxford with other students and make the most of the wide variety of local restaurants. There's something for every taste!


BY BUS: Buses run from most major airports to Oxford Central Bus Station, Gloucester Green. From here, the college is a 5 minute taxi ride, or a 15 minute walk.

BY TAXI: Private taxis between the airports and Oxford are available – these cost £80 - £100 each way from Heathrow, £130 - £140 from Gatwick. For more information, prices and how to book see www.ccbcars.com.

BY TRAIN: Trains run from major cities to Oxford Central Train Station. From here, the college is a 10 minute taxi ride, or a 20 minute walk. For journey times and ticket prices for trains see www.nationalrail.co.uk.


  • Registration takes place at 16:00 on Sunday at the college, although you may arrive from 09:00 onwards. If your travel arrangements mean you will arrive before 09:00 please let us know so we can ensure someone is there to greet you. 
  • You only register once when you first arrive. After your first course, you go straight onto your next course without having to register again.
  • A Welcome Meeting will take place over dinner between 19:00 - 20:00 on Sunday evening.
  • If you know you are going to be late for registration please let us know; our team will be there to greet you until late in the evening.
  • We can arrange a room in college for you if you need to arrive on Saturday instead of Sunday. You can select this on your application form.
  • There will be a charge for an extra night's accommodation.


We recommend that all students take advice from the British Embassy in their country on whether a visa is required to enter the UK.

OSC students from outside the EU normally travel to the UK on a Visitor visa; a Study visa is not normally required to attend our courses. You can get information on visa requirements on the UK Border Agency website.

We can provide a letter in support of your visa application; however, prior to us providing such a letter, your total course fees must be paid in full. Please contact us if you require a letter in support of your visa application.

Please note that many Embassies take a long time to process a visa application - it is best to contact them as soon as possible to find out about the procedures and make your application.

If a visa is refused we will refund the full fees minus a handling charge of £100, provided that the visa application was made at least 1 month prior to the start of the whole course. Proof of application date and refusal is required before fees are refunded - please see our Cancellation Policy.

Please note: not having received a response from the visa authority does not qualify the Student or Parent for a refund.


It is essential that you have comprehensive travel insurance to cover loss of possessions and medical expenses as for any trip away from home. It is also highly advisable to include cancellation cover with your insurance.


It is recommended that students who are under 18 and are flying without parental supervision carry a letter from their parent/guardian giving consent for them to travel alone. More and more airlines are asking to see these letters at check in. The letter should include:

  • your dates of travel and return 
  • where you will be travelling to 
  • where you will be staying  
  • parental consent to travel alone.


  • We always take health conditions and physical disabilities into consideration and we are happy to assist in any way we can.
  • We may be able to use classrooms which are on the ground floor if required.
  • Please contact our team to discuss any questions you may have, or to let us know how we can help you.







If your parents are dropping you off at St Antony’s College, we would love to invite them to meet our Director and some of the OSC team for a traditional afternoon tea on the college lawn.

This is an opportunity for them to learn more about what you will be doing during your time with us and allow them to chat with other parents in the traditional setting and congenial atmosphere of an Oxford college.

The Parents’ Tea is served at 16:00 each Sunday and lasts approximately one hour.

If your parents are staying in Oxford until the evening, they can also join us for the Welcome Dinner in college from 19:00 to 20:00.

You can let us know if your parents would like to attend these events when you apply, or by contacting us directly once your applciation has been confirmed.