14-17 year olds, girls and boys (English level: B1/Intermediate to Advanced/IELTS 4)
Oxford d’Overbroeck College Summer Course is a themed English intensive course which fully integrates language, academic and cultural learning. The course offers international students a taste of what it is like to study in a leading UK boarding school, where students develop language skills as well as academic skills through active learning, workshops and study in action trips.
Each week’s lessons are built around an interesting and motivating educational theme to introduce students to a variety of IGCSE and A-level subjects so they can gain an insight into what it is like to study in a British School.
The course consists of 20 hours of English teaching each week, which includes six themed lessons, two practical workshop sessions and two days of ‘Study in Action’ trips. 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. All extracurricular activities, workshops and trips are interlinked closely to the weekly themes, enabling students to put language learning into practice and bring learning to life. In addition, students will have chances to interact with local d’Overbroeck’s students, who participate in activities programmes in the afternoons and evenings.
Oxford d’Overbroeck College Summer Course consists of a well-balanced programme of English tuitions, workshops, activities, sports and excursions. The weekly programme includes:
- 20 hours of English tuition each week, including six themed lessons, two practical workshop sessions and two days of ‘Study in Action’ trips
- Full afternoon, evening and weekend sports and activity programme
- Airport Transfers on arrival and departure
- Educational visits and trips
- Maximum class size of 11 students
- Full student insurance (new for 2017)
Each week has its own theme and is split into two 3-day parts. Each part starts with two days intensive learning which lead up to a Study in Action day outside of the school.
- Week 1: Science & Technology
- Week 2: Communication & Culture
- Week 3: Business & Marketing
- Week 4: Psychology & Sport
Outside tuition, students will improve language skills through a broad range of sports and social activites:
- 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 trips link with the weekly theme. 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 the two-week timetable sample.
The following is the detailed theme activity each week. Click the picture below for larger size
Students can choose between homestay and a boarding house. Both options provide a friendly, caring, safe environment. Girls and boys are accommodated separately. All accommodation has Wi-Fi access.
Boarding House provides shared rooms with maximum of three students sharing a room. Homestay provides single rooms, where students have opportunity to meet d’Overbroeck’s own students at the host families near the school.
Students have breakfast and evening meals in their boarding houses or homestays. Lunch is also provided by the school. All accommodation has Wi-Fi access.
Laundry is done once a week. All bed linen is provided and is laundered once a week. Towels are not provided.
d’Overbroeck’s College is a co-educational independent school in Oxford, England, for pupils aged 11–18. The Good Schools Guide describes d’Overbroeck’s College 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.
The Sixth Form is the oldest part of d’Overbroeck’s College. The majority of pupils at d’Overbroeck’s Sixth Form are from the UK, but international pupils are also integral. The Sixth Form has pupils from a large range of countries (30 different nationalities at present).
The Sixth Form is selective, and entry is typically by application, reference and interview. 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 pupils at d’Overbroeck’s Sixth Form are consistently strong. In 2014 69.64% of grades are A/A*, placing the College at number 34 in the national league table for independent schools.
Pupils at the Sixth Form study A levels, choosing their subjects from a list of nearly 40. Because these are not organised in option blocks, practically any combination of subjects is possible. d’Overbroeck’s Sixth Form was one of the first schools to introduce the AQA Baccalaureate, a qualification that supplements A/AS level study. Pupils choosing to study the AQA Baccalaureate do so in addition to their A-levels. The AQA Baccalaureate has proved popular amongst pupils, with 25% of Lower Sixth choosing to take the qualification in 2010.
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.