Dates and Subjects


Make the most of your summer vacation and get prepared for your IB studies with our courses.

Study with us for 1 to 5 weeks. Personalise your experience by combining our programmes:



Read more about  Pre-IB Science and Discovery Week.

You can also read about and apply for our partner organisation courses Leadership in Global Change (LIGC) and IB Visual Arts summer school at La Vigna Art Studios.





To help build your perfect summer, click the phone icon on the right-hand side and schedule a call with one of our expert course advisors.



For students interested in exploring their future and an introduction to the IBDP:

For students passionate about the environment and a short introduction to the IBDP:

For students interested in a more in-depth introduction to the IBDP:



You can take up to 2 subjects per course per week.

  • 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.




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!


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. 

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



Personal Careers Consultations

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 consultant 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.