Dates and Subjects





The course covers all aspects of the IB Diploma, from subject specific content to the Core and key skills needed to be a successful IB student. Class sizes are small and taught by experienced IB teachers. Each week you will benefit from 12 hours of teaching per subject. At the end of your programme you will receive personalised reports for each subject studied.

You can build your Pre IB package to suit you and your summer plans; simply select your preferred course dates and subjects from the chart below.





  1. Sunday 30 June - Saturday 13 July - Course 1
  2. Sunday 14 - Saturday 20 July - Discovery Week
  3. Sunday 21 July - Saturday 3 August - Course 2





You can take up to 4 subjects per Course.

  • Biology
  • Business Management
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • English A
  • Environmental Systems & Societies
  • Geography
  • History
  • IB Expert
  • Improving Your English
  • Maths
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Theory of Knowledge


In order to keep class sizes as small as possible and ensure you are in the best class for your academic needs, we may change the order in which you take your subjects.

Please note: You can also take advantage of the Leadership in Global Change (LIGC) programme that runs in Oxford concurrently.




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, 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 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!


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 self-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. 

Leadership in Global Change

"Leadership in Global Change” is a new Oxford-based residential Summer School for 16 – 18 year olds. The content is based on the research topics at the Environmental Change Institute: climate change and related issues of food security, water security, etc; and ecosystems. The purpose is to teach you how these issues will intersect with your future professions, and how to articulate your own ideas on these topics.

Full course info at