Academic Options: Majors and Minors

Our academic options are offered through major and minor courses. These give students the opportunity to consolidate their current High School studies or to try something new, perhaps a subject they are considering at university. In university applications they can therefore demonstrate that they are making an informed choice of subject. There is a wide range of options available in various subject areas:

Classics     Law     Philosophy
Critical Thinking    Literature  Physics
Economics    Maths  Politics & International Relations
History   Medical Biology   Psychology
Languages     Oxbridge Preparation  

In each fortnight of their stay, students choose one major and one minor option. Majors are studied for 2 hours each morning; minors for one hour. Following the Oxford tutorial system, teaching takes place in small groups, of no more than 6 students.

The Oxford Summer Academy aims to give students a taste of life at Oxford University and so, like Oxford undergraduates, students are set assignments in their chosen subjects. These papers are formally assessed, and can contribute to High School credits where appropriate. Students can work on their weekly papers in their study-bedrooms, or use the library of St Edmund Hall.

The table below shows all of the academic options available, click on the titles to find out more detail about each course.



Oxbridge Preparation Oxbridge Preparation
Maths and Science: Maths and Science:
Maths - Probability & Statistics Maths – Geometry & Trigonometry
Maths - Advanced Algebra Maths – Algebra
Maths - Calculus Maths – Advanced Calculus
Introduction to Particle Physics Maths for Mechanical Engineering
Medical Biology - Molecular & Cellular Cancer - From Cell Mutation to Cure

Medical Biology – Physiology & Neurology

Literature and Drama: Literature and Drama:
Shakespeare and Friends Gothic Fiction
Perspectives on Poetry The Wonderful World of Short Stories
Social Sciences: Social Sciences:
Psychology - Inside the Human Mind Psychology – Crime and Punishment
Law - An Introduction to Legal Concepts Law - Human Rights
Macroeconomic Issues Economic Curiosities
  British & American Politics - A Comparative Study      
Humanities: Humanities:
History – World Wars I & II History – The Tudors
Introduction to Latin Classical Mythology
Philosophy: Revolutions – What Were they Thinking? Philosophy – What is a Good Life?
Critical Thinking - The Art of Reasoning Critical Thinking - The Art of  Reasoning
Modern International Relations  
Languages: Languages:
French Language & Culture - Intermediate French Language & Culture - Beginners
Spanish – Beginners Spanish - Intermediate