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 24th June - Saturday 30th June
  2. Sunday 1st July - Saturday 7th July
  3. Sunday 8th July - Saturday 14th July
  1. Sunday 15th July - Saturday 21st July
  2. Sunday 22nd July - Saturday 28th July
  3. Sunday 29th July - Saturday 4th August


Arrival & Registration

  • Registration takes place at 16:00 on Sunday at your 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 – please see our Fees page.




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.


June / July24th -
1st -
8th -
15th -
22nd -
29th -
Registration16:00 - 17:00  16:00 - 17:00  16:00 - 17:00  16:00 - 17:00  16:00 - 17:00  16:00 - 17:00  
Finish time10:0010:0010:0010:0010:0010:00
Business ManagementBus Man
English AEng A
Environmental Systems and Societies SLESS SL
IB EssentialsIB Ess
IB ExpertIB Expert
Improving your EnglishImp Eng
PsychologyPsyc H/S
Theory of KnowledgeToK


Please note: You can also take advantage of the Leadership in Global Change (LIGC) programme that runs in weeks 1, 4 & 5. Choosing LIGC will take up both modules in that week. 





IB Essentials


We strongly recommend all students who have not done the MYP take this module.

IB Essentials: provides an overview of the IB and how to get the most out of the IB Diploma. By choosing IB Essentials you will be introduced to the IB Diploma Programme Core (Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge, and Creativity, Activity, and Service) in addition to an overview of the IB’s requirements for Academic Honesty, independent research skills, and inquiry based learning.


IB Expert


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

IB Expert: focuses on advanced academic writing and research skills designed to maximise your IB Core points. IB Expert will provide you with the opportunity to practically apply the work done in IB Essentials. You will carry out academic research, and present your findings in an academic manner, which will assist you in researching and writing your Extended Essay. To develop your Theory of Knowledge skills you will work on designing effective Knowledge Questions and recognising suitable Real Life Situations, both of which you will need to be successful in your Theory of Knowledge essay and presentation.


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


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. 






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