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SUMMER COURSES IN OXFORD AND BOSTON

Help students start the IB feeling prepared, energised and one step ahead!

Our immersive IB preparation programme is designed to be inspiring and fun while bringing students’ skills up to the required level for the IBDP. Small interactive classes delivered by expert IB teachers from top international IB schools focus on subject terminology, structure, and expected standards. Together with our social and cultural activities and the opportunity to make new friends from around the world, it is a summer experience to remember.

 


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OXFORD

2 week Course: 28 June – 11 July; 19 July – 1 August
1 week Course: 12 – 18 July

Students select 2 subjects per week for depth study, personalising the course to their academic needs. Off-site educational and cultural trips are available in the evenings and during the weekend as part of the social programme.

 

INCLUDED

  • 25hrs of subject teaching per week split into 2 subjects
  • Small classes
  • Set and reviewed homework for private study outside class. Class notes available via online resource centre
  • Evening activities e.g. theatre and cinema trips, river trips, ice-skating, sports, scavenger hunt
  • Weekend trips e.g. Thorpe Park, Bicester Village, London
  • University Fair
  • Single room accommodation in college
  • Breakfast and lunch in college. A variety of dining options per evening
  • 24/7 on-course support staff

OPTIONAL

  • Personal Careers Consultations
  • En-suite room upgrades available

 

 

FEES

  • £3,900 per 2 week course
  • £1,950 per 1 week course
  • £500 deposit to secure a place

Extras:

  • £20 per night en-suite upgrade
  • £100 per extra night at either end of your stay
  • £210 Personal Careers Consultation

You have 14 days to cancel a booking and receive a refund, full policy available here.

BOSTON

3 week Course: 27 June – 17 July
 

Students have morning lessons in the core subjects Maths, English and TOK, as well an “IB Ready” session. The afternoon workshops and activities focus on personal development such as debating, presentation and writing skills, as well as educational and cultural trips.

 

INCLUDED

  • 15hrs of subject teaching per week
  • IB Ready sessions covering two core IB components: the Extended Essay and CAS
  • College preparation course, college fair
  • Personal development workshops and subject seminars
  • Educational and cultural activities e.g. kayaking, pizza tour, Boston sight seeing, Red Sox games
  • Weekend trips e.g. Six Flags Theme Park, Codzilla Boat Trip
  • Single room accommodation in college
  • Breakfast and lunch, plus up to 3 dinners/week
  • 24/7 on-course support staff

OPTIONAL

  • Personal Careers Consultations
  • Air-conditioned room upgrades available
  • College Visit Programme

 

FEES

  • $7,650 course per 3 week course
  • $1,000 deposit to secure a place

Extras:

  • $35 per night air-conditioned room upgrade
  • $160 per extra night at either end of your stay
  • $265 Personal Careers Consultation
  • $50 per college visit

You have 14 days to cancel a booking and receive a refund, full policy available here.

 


 

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PASTORAL CARE

OSC implements a comprehensive Safeguarding Policy and all staff are fully trained in student welfare, with first-aiders in every college.

Experienced staff are on duty 24 hours a day at every residential location. Their role is the smooth running of the course and to look after all of the students' needs.

INDIVIDUAL REQUIREMENTS

If you have any special requirements due to health or mobility issues, let us know and we will help. We can organise ground floor rooms, help with getting around, medical support, etc.

 

SUBJECTS AVAILABLE

OXFORD MODULES IN DETAIL

IB Expert

We strongly recommend all students take this module during their Oxford summer course.

IB Expert provides an overview of the IB Diploma Programme and how to get the most out of it. You will be introduced to the core of the IB Diploma Programme – Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge, and CAS (Creativity, Activity, and Service). You will see what the point of each of them is, and you will learn how to maximise your grade in them. 

Theory of Knowledge

This class introduces the compulsory and fascinating IBDP subject of Theory of Knowledge (ToK) which develops skills in:

  • Thinking critically about your own opinions
  • Evaluating your social and cultural environment
  • Understanding the nature of knowledge
  • Discussing knowledge questions with classmates who may hold very different views - but always with tolerance and understanding!

Mathematics

Classes in this compulsory IBDP subject are grouped by ability and your intended IB Mathematics course. Our classes are designed to give you the required knowledge to start your IB Diploma Mathematics programme, and to help you develop confidence and expertise in the subject for the two years ahead. When you apply, just apply for ‘mathematics’ and make sure to tell us what you plan to take in the IBDP. We will then place you in the correct class once you are on course.

No matter which Maths level you plan to study in the IBDP, you will be required to use a Graphic Display Calculator (GDC). If you have a GDC, make sure you bring it!

English A

This module is designed as preparation for both English Literature and English Language & Literature. Exploring all four parts of Language A during your Oxford summer course, this module will develop critical and analytical skills while introducing you to IBDP Group 1 assessment objectives.

If you want additional support in developing your academic language skills, you can also opt for the 'Improving your English' class. See additional information below.

Improving your English

In this course, you will work on your academic writing and oral skills. The focus will be on skills that are required of all IB Diploma students: essay writing, reading for understanding, writing reflections, approaching texts, and presentation skills.

The course is designed for students who intend to take English B in the IB Diploma Programme, or who need to improve their academic language for English A.

Group 3: Individuals and Societies

Subjects available are History, Geography, Business Management, Economics, Psychology, and Environmental Systems and Societies.

The classes are designed to bring you up to the required level to begin the IB Diploma and to understand how subjects are approached in the IBDP. In these modules, you will be introduced to current theories, central concepts, and the analytical methods of learning.

Group 4: Sciences

Subjects available are Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Environmental Systems and Societies. 

The classes will introduce you to key subject topics, provide opportunities to discuss the principles and methods of scientific observation, explore the requirements of internal assessment, and introduce you to subject-specific assessment criteria.

Please bring your Graphic Display Calculator (GDC), if you have one, and learn how to use it in your subject. 

Science Futures

In this course you will explore your own future in science, whether it be something you are sure about or something you are only considering.

Guest speakers from industry and academia will inspire you with their stories and allow you to ask frank questions of how they became so successful. You will visit an innovative company based in Oxford and its surrounding areas to see what it might be like to work in a cutting edge environment.

By the end you will have broadened your horizons and come away with concrete ways to apply your IB Diploma to the bright future ahead of you.

This option is only available in Week 3.

Robot Inventor

OSC has partnered with robotics experts Tech Camp to offer a unique 12hr course called ‘Robot Inventor’.

You’ll be starting with a drag-and-drop programming environment so it’s perfect for beginners.  More experienced campers will have plenty to do though, as you can progress through the course at your own pace. Those who race through the initial challenges will be able to tackle more complex problems and access advanced components like light-detecting modules and ultrasonic distance sensors.

You’ll be constructing robots complete with collision sensors, buzzers, and colour-changing lights, as you complete a series of robot challenges on the surface of Mars. Along the way, you’ll be expanding your logical reasoning and computational thinking skills which are so valuable in this fast-changing world.

This option is only available in Week 3.

ONE-TO-ONE OPTIONS

Personal Careers Consultation

OSC students can choose 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.

It’s never too early to start thinking about what you will do after your IB Diploma and how you can use your IB experience in your university applications. This one-to-one session will help you to get started.

In order to make the PCC session as effective as possible, we ask you to fill in a questionnaire ahead of time, to tell the Counsellor what your area of focus is. 

In a PCC you will:

  • Discuss your personal ambitions and explore your own career preferences
  • Obtain advice on the choice of courses available at universities, how and when to apply
  • Review your choice of Diploma subjects and levels together with your extra curriculars to strengthen your application
  • Discuss the Diploma grades and/or SAT scores and other tests 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.

SUBJECTS AVAILABLE

BOSTON MODULES IN DETAIL

MORNING CLASSES IN DETAIL:

IB Ready: Think, Research and Present

This course focuses on two of the central components of the IB Diploma Programme: the Extended Essay and CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service). You will explore how these components are linked together and how they are related to the subject courses of the IB Diploma Programme. You will learn skills and ways of thinking that make you a successful IB Diploma student.

You will select a global issue which you will carry out academic research on. You will go on a field trip, looking for primary sources, and then you will learn about the process involved in writing the Extended Essay: secondary sources, development of an argument, writing a conclusion and citing sources.

You will also present your ideas on the global issue to a small group and then reflect on the implications of your research for your future CAS projects and your Extended Essay. 

Mathematics

  • Classes in this compulsory IBDP subject are grouped by ability and students' intended IB Mathematics course.
  • Our classes are designed to give students the required knowledge to start their IB Diploma Mathematics programme, and to help them develop self-confidence and expertise in the subject for the two years ahead.
  • You will also be introduced to the Mathematics exploration skills needed for the internal assessment component of this subject.

English

Students are grouped by their intended language route in the IB Diploma (Literature or Language & Literature and English B), and by their English language ability. In this class you will work on developing both your literary analysis and essay writing skills.

Theory of Knowledge

This class introduces this fascinating and compulsory IB subject which develops skills in:

  • Thinking critically about your own opinions
  • Evaluating your social and cultural environment
  • Understanding the nature of knowledge
  • Discussing knowledge questions with classmates who may hold very different views – but always with tolerance and understanding!

Subject Seminars

In Weeks 1 and 2 of the Pre-IB course you can opt to attend our Subject Seminars. This is an opportunity for you to find out more about your chosen diploma subjects or if you are still not sure you can use these sessions to help you to decide.

A different subject is offered each day Monday to Thursday and you can attend as many sessions as you like. Subjects on offer are:

  • Group 3 - Individuals and Societies: Economics, Business Management and History.
  • Group 4 - Experiential Sciences: Biology, Chemistry and Physics

 

AFTERNOON OPTIONS IN DETAIL:

College Preparation Course

If you are thinking of going to university in the US then this afternoon course is the one for you. It offers a range of topics that will lead to success in the application process. Each week features a visit to a different Boston university where you can tour the campus and ask questions of Admissions Counsellors. This course is in two parts – you can take either Part 1 or Part 2 or both depending on your needs.

  • College Prep Part I runs in Week 1 – this covers the basics of the application process and how you can use your IB knowledge and skills to your advantage. It also looks at what it’s like to be a student in the US and the practicalities of finance, visas, etc.

                       Week 1: you will visit Boston College

  • College Prep Part II runs in Week 2 and covers further details of the application process – the college essay, ACTs and SATs and careers counselling.

                       Week 2: you will visit Babson College

  • Friday College Visits Programme allows students attending any of our College Preparation Programmes the chance to visit more colleges.

                        Friday 3rd July: Tufts University

                        Friday 10th July: Boston University

Please note that all our college visits are subject to change – we will notify you in advance if that happens.

College Visits Programme

We are offering all students the opportunity to visit two Boston colleges. The visit will include an admissions session and a campus tour, and you will be accompanied by our experienced College Counsellor. Transport to and from the college by private bus is included.

Friday 3rd July: Tufts University

Friday 10th July: Boston University

If you attend our College Preparation Course you will be able to visit other colleges included in that programme.

Please note that all our college visits are subject to change – we will notify you in advance should a change happen.

Explore Boston

Let us help you get to know Boston better with our themed packages of trips and visits, and discover some of the fun and exciting destinations in this town.

  • Historic Boston: one of the earliest European settlements in the US, Boston has always had huge historical significance. It played an active role in the American Revolution in the 1770s, became a haven for Irish Catholics in the mid-19th century following the Potato Famine, and became second only to Silicon Valley as a technology hub in the 1970s. Led by history experts, we visit museums, follow trails, and ride on the excellent Duck Tour to learn all about this fascinating city. This option runs in Week 2.
  • Scientific Boston: with MIT and Harvard, Boston is arguably the best place on the planet to learn about science and engineering. Using interactive activities, local resources, museums, and with access to real research laboratories, we can show you just what can be achieved with the right people, tools, and environment. Maybe it will help you to choose your own future career path. This option runs in Weeks 1 and 3.
  • Engineering Boston: modern engineering encompasses imagination, economy, teamwork, and inspiration. Group activities based on some of Boston’s key structures – the historic Charles Bridge, the “Gridley Dam”, and Boston’s tunnel megaproject the “Big Dig” – will help you better understand the dynamic role engineers have played in society throughout history. This options runs in Weeks 1 and 2.

Maths Olympics

Improve your maths skills and have fun while you’re doing it! You’ll learn how to think through a maths problem critically and creatively, working in teams in a friendly competition loosely based on some national level mathematics contests. This option runs in Week 3.

Leadership Skills

Explore some of the key skills you need to inform, influence, and persuade – critical if you want to be seen as a leader in the future. There is something different each week – you can choose which you want to take or take all three if you like.

  • Convince Me – the art of persuasive writing: how to use your writing skills to convince people of your point of view, present an argument, or sell an idea. This form of writing is widely used in journalism, advertising, pitching, speech writing, project proposals, and presentations. This option runs in Weeks 1 and 2.
  • Speak Up - presentation skills: this is a practical course that will set you on the road to giving knock out presentations and speeches. It will cover:
    • The dos and don’ts of presenting and public speaking
    • How to engage your audience
    • Tips and tricks that will help you feel and look more confident
    • The best way to get your message across

This option runs in Weeks 1, 2 and 3.

  • The Great Debate: debating is used in the decision making processes of all kinds of institutions from politics to business. In this course you will learn about competitive debating. It’s a fun way to improve your public speaking and learn how to argue for or against an idea. This option runs in Week 3.

The Arts - Thrill Me

  • Taking your reader on a journey: What are the ingredients of a good story? How can you make your characters jump out from the page? How can you captivate your reader from the start? Explore different creative genres from fiction, nonfiction, drama or poetry. Maybe you’re the next J. K. Rowling… This option runs in Weeks 2 and 3.

Personal Careers Consultation

OSC students can opt to have a one-to-one Personal Careers Consultation, given by an experienced IB Careers Counsellor. You may find it useful to combine this with the College Preparation Course.

The session lasts for one hour and is scheduled during your free time.

A Personal Careers Consultation allows you to:

  • Discuss your personal ambitions and explore your own career preferences
  • Obtain advice on the choice of courses available
  • 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

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

 

Afternoon Options Schedule

 

  Week 1 Week 2 Week 3
College Preparation
Course
College Prep I College Prep II  
College Visits
Programme
Tufts University Boston University  
Explore Boston Scientific Boston   Scientific Boston
  Historic Boston  
Engineering Boston Engineering Boston  
Maths     Maths Olympics
The Arts   Thrill Me  
Leadership Skills Convince Me Convince Me  
Speak Up Speak Up Speak Up
    The Great Debate

 


 

TRAVELLING TO OXFORD

Buses are available from all London Airports, with journey times ranging from 90 mins (Heathrow) to 3–4 hours (Stansted).

Trains run from all major airports and cities to Oxford City Centre train station. For further information visit www.nationalrail.co.uk.

Taxis are available from all airports and railways.

We recommend that all students take advice from the British Embassy or Consulate in their country on whether a visa is required to enter the UK. Visa support letters can be provided if required.

We advise departing flights are booked late enough to allow full attendance on the last day. To help manage return journeys, extra nights in college accommodation can be booked.

TRAVELLING TO BOSTON

Taxis, airport pick-ups and bus services are available from Logan Airport

We recommend that all students take advice from the US Embassy or Consulate in their country on whether a visa is required to enter the US. Visa support letters can be provided if required.

We advise departing flights are booked late enough to allow full attendance on the last day. To help manage return journeys, extra nights in college accommodation can be booked.


 

 

 

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