Campus Oxford – quality summer and semester programmes for high school, GAP and college students

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update. The situation in the UK is developing rapidly and recent central government restrictions on the movement of citizens in non-essential work and self-isolation for the elderly are designed to slow or stop the spread of the virus and enable our Health Service to deal with those few more serious cases. 

This being the case, and with international travel restrictions also in place, it is too soon to predict when normal life will resume, so, whilst we’re hopeful, we cannot be certain that advertised summer courses won’t be affected.

Student and staff safety are our priority and we will only finally accept enrolments should infections have cleared and the virus unlikely to reappear during the summer months. 

We’re happy to accept provisional applications and go through the enrolment process, in readiness, but will not confirm or request payment until such time as we’re confident that courses can go ahead without anticipated risk and that a contingency is in place.

This is an ongoing situation and this notice will be regularly updated. We’d also be happy to address any questions you have.

Enrolments can also be deferred until next year at any time in this process.

Study Courses & Cultural Experiences in Oxford

Campus Oxford have specialised in high-quality summer and Gap Year programmes for over thirty years. During this time our programmes have become a benchmark for academic quality cultural experience. Our students are typically motivated high school students and graduates, from the US and elsewhere, and our emphasis is on interactive, student-focused teaching in small seminar groups and one-on-one tutorials. We offer a supportive environment, in which students are encouraged to develop as independent, self-motivated learners.

Campus Oxford builds on long-standing relationships with high school students, their counsellors and parents. We offer a unique opportunity for students who wish to ‘step outside the box’ during their summer or Gap Year, and take an academic and cultural enrichment course in Oxford or Cambridge in order to extend their knowledge, develop their skills and prepare for the demands of college-level work.

Gap Year Programme

The Oxford Gap Year is the perfect way to prepare for the independent mode of study required at college and gives the opportunity to pursue courses of interest in depth and at a comfortable pace, freely exploring topics that arouse curiosity.  Skilled tutors provide a rich subject choice to  enhance knowledge in chosen areas, without formal assessment but with close engagement and support.  A varied cultural and visits programme compliments the study element.  Students may work on college applications with their tutors’ help or take time to decide on what direction to take next.   The ambience of Oxford, home to England’s oldest and most prestigious university, provides an historic and inspiring backdrop.

Summer Study Programme

The Advanced Studies Programme is one of the longest-established academic and cultural summer courses for High School students, offering a wide choice of engaging study subjects in small groups, following the Oxbridge tutorial method. Students thereby develop as confident and independent learners in the stimulating setting of an Oxford or Cambridge college. There is a full and varied programme of cultural visits, workshops and activities to balance the academic work.


A ‘Young Leaders’ course takes place in Oxford for those who relish the limelight, focusing on public speaking, debating and negotiating. We also offer a ‘Young Professionals’ course for students aiming for careers in Business, Medicine and Engineering, all in Oxford, and a Performing Arts programme at Tonbridge School and also, this year, in New York City. Finally, an ‘Oxbridge Preparation’ programme is available to help international students aiming to apply to top British universities.


Students enjoy a comfortable residential college setting for these courses, making each of them a unique summer study experience.

A Level Studies

The A-level is the UK examination at the end of a student’s High School, and normally three subjects are studied over one or two years.

It is not uncommon for some international students to consider applying to a British university.  If they have not completed high school to twelfth grade or equivalent, or for some reason have under-achieved they may be advised to sit the Advanced Level (GCE) exams, popularly known as A-levels.  Advanced Placement, although less rigorous, is the nearest equivalent to the A-Level, which is regarded as roughly equivalent in standard to courses taken in freshman year at a US college.   A good passing grade at A-Level will normally merit college credit and therefore permits exemption from a college course.

Students who choose to continue their education in the UK will need to qualify for entrance to a British university.  For those who have not achieved a sufficiently high standard of qualification in their home country, examination in two or three A-level subjects is normally required.  The A-Level is the usual qualification required for entry to a British university, with passing grades in two subjects being the minimum requirement.

The most popular subjects are :

Art & Design, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Chinese, Economics, English Language, English Literature, French, Geography, German, Government and Politics, History, History of Art, Mathematics, Media Studies, Philosophy, Physics, Psychology, Religious Studies, Russian, Sociology, Spanish.