13-18 year olds, girls and boys (English level: Intermediate to Advanced/B1/IELTS 4)
Oxford Young Professionals is an academic enrichment programme for forward-thinking students, combining a choice of vocational disciplines with English language tuition. The course integrates language, specialist tuition and cultural learning, providing an opportunity for young professionals to discover their potential career options.
The course offers ambitious students an insight into different future career paths. The programme consists of 25 hours of tuition per week, delivered with a variety of teaching styles, including theory lessons, practical sessions and group project work. Two full-day excursions are also provided each week, including one related to a student’s chosen specialism, enabling students to put classroom learning into practice and bring learning to life.
Students receive both theoretical and practical tuition in one of five professions per 2-week course. The available subjects to choose are:
- Young Executives (Business & Finance)
Aspiring entrepreneurs study the theory behind successful businesses through research, discussion and debate on industry leaders.
- Young Medics (Medicine)
Identifying diseases, exploring ethics and investigating the science within our anatomy.
- Young Performers (Performing Arts)
From acting to perspective in photography, students study and enhance their ability in performing arts.
- Young Creatives (Media & Communication)
Critically analyse the ways in which the media reflects, represents and influences the world.
- Young Engineers (Engineering)
Applying scientific, mathematical, and practical knowledge, in order to design and create new structures and devices for everyday needs.
Students’ English and ability level are assessed on the first day of the course, by which they will be placed in classes with students of similar age and ability, to make sure that the students are in a group most suited to their ability level. In addition, students will develop essential communication skills through academic subject themed approach. Learn key vocabulary relevant to modern life and develop language skills through active learning. Apply the linguistic skills learned in the classroom in the weekly workshops.
Oxford Young Professionals summer courses are available for two age groups (13-16 and 16-18), both groups live and study at d’Overbroeck’s new sixth form centre in the city of Oxford, completed in September 2017. The stunning campus boasts state-of-the art and modern facilities, which offers international students a taste of what it is like to study in a top UK boarding school, where students develop language skills as well as academic skills through active learning, workshops and study in action trips.
Oxford Young Professionals summer programme consists of a well-balanced programme of specialist tuitions, workshops, activities, sports and excursions. The weekly programme includes:
- 25 hours of tuition each week to vocational subjects, combined with English tuition
- Choice of Business, Performing Arts, Medicine, Media and Engineering
- Full afternoon and evening sports and action packed social programme
- 2 full-day excursions per week
- Personalised report card & certificate
- Maximum class size of 11 students
- Staff to student ratio is 1:7
- Airport transfers (Heathrow & Gatwick airports between 10:00-22:00 GMT)
Below is a sample syllabus indicating the topics covered during the subject-specific lessons.
Outside tuition, students will improve language skills through a broad range of sports and social activities:
- Cream Tea
- Disco Dodgeball
- Dream Catcher Making
- Harry Potter Walking Tour
- Modern Dance
- New Theatre Backstage Visit
- Oxford University Colleges Tour
- Oxford University Press Museum
- Ashmolean & Pitt Rivers Museum
- River Walk
- Talent Show
- T-Shirt Painting
Excursions are a vital part of the summer experience for international students to gain a cultural understanding of the UK alongside English language study. Students will have 2 full-day trips per week. The possible choices are:
- Buckingham Palace
- Houses of Parliament
- West End Musical
- Warner Bros Studios
- Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
- West End theatres
The following is a typical weekly sample timetable.
Students will stay in three of d’Overbroeck’s boarding houses, the accommodation consists of single, twin and 3-bed dorms with separate male and female, and shared bathrooms.
Well balanced, nutritious three cooked meals are provided in the school dining hall. Drinks and biscuits are available in the lesson breaks. Packed lunches are provided for excursions.
Laundry is done once a week. All bed linen is provided and is laundered once a week. Towels are not provided.
d’Overbroeck’s is a traditional co-educational independent school in the city of Oxford, for pupils aged 11–18. Founded in 1977, d’Overbroeck’s is consistently ranked among the top co-educational boarding schools in the UK. The Good Schools Guide describes d’Overbroeck’s as a place of energy and laughter, of single-minded determination among pupils to do the best they can. And d’Overbroeck’s doesn’t let them down.
Academic excellence is at the heart of what the school aims to achieve. They aim to provide a broad education that will stretch and develop the whole person. And they aim to ensure that their teaching is – to borrow the words of their inspection report – ‘finely tuned to the specific requirements of individuals’. They believe in flexibility and in the power of laughter and humanity. And they believe that students who are happy and at ease in their school environment, who are working in league with a team of highly gifted, committed and enthusiastic teachers, are going to achieve and grow to their full potential, academically and personally – and that they are going to develop skills, attitudes and aptitudes that will stand them in very good stead in later life.
Alongside the academic curriculum, a varied and vibrant programme of co-curricular activities opens up all sorts of opportunities for students throughout the age range. All the staples are there – sport, music, drama, Art, D of E, etc. – and there are some quite unusual things on offer besides.
The school’s Sixth Form is the oldest part of d’Overbroeck’s. Unlike many independent schools, d’Overbroeck’s Sixth Form is on a separate site, meaning that its facilities and teaching are entirely geared towards sixth form students. The new sixth form centre, completed in September 2017, boasts state-of-the art and modern facilities. The Sixth Form is selective, and entry requires at least 8 GCSEs at grade A* to C, normally including Maths and English, or equivalent. A number of Sixth Form scholarships and awards are available.
A level results achieved by students at d’Overbroeck’s Sixth Form are consistently strong. In the academic year 2009-10, the Sixth Form achieved a contextual value added score of 1,102. This was the highest score achieved by any school nationwide. In 2014 69.64% of grades are A/A*, placing the College at number 34 in the national league table for independent schools. In 2017, 63% of grades were A/A*, of which 46% of the students achieved 3 or more A* or A grades. The Grades A* to B were 87%, ranking d’Overbroeck’s 27th in the Times A-Level results league table.
Pastoral care and academic monitoring at the Sixth Form are carried out by a system of Directors of Studies. Each pupil is supervised by a Director of Studies — one of a team of senior staff. Each Director of Studies supervises a small number of pupils for whom they have pastoral and academic responsibility. In many cases a pupil will also be taught by their Director of Studies.