Summer English for Teenagers at St Hilda's

Combined with a fun-filled activity programme, this intensive English course at St Hilda's Oxford University is perfect for students who want to maximise their language knowledge. The syllabus incorporates language study, language for life, project sessions, excursion link lessons and academic skills sessions.

Our price promise

If you find this course cheaper elsewhere, we will match the price and give you a £50 voucher when you book*.

*Applies only to like-for-like dates at the same school on the same course for the same duration.


Minimum entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course.

Course format

  • Length of study: From 1 week
  • Hours per week: 25
  • Maximum class size: 11
  • Typical student age: 13 - 16
  • Typical student mix:
    15% South East Asian, 22% Eastern Europe, 8% South American, 55% Western Europe

Dates and fees

  • Start dates:
    • 2 Jul 2019
    • 9 Jul 2019
    • 16 Jul 2019
    • 23 Jul 2019
  • Tuition fees: From 1480.00 GBP

    Tuition length options

    • 1 week: 1480.00 GBP
    • 2 weeks: 2960.00 GBP
    • 3 weeks: 4440.00 GBP
  • Compulsory fees

    • Our admin fee: 49 GBP
  • Other expenses:

At a Glance - Whats included

  • 25 hours of English tuition each week
  • 2 full day excursions and 1 half day trip per week
  • Full afternoon and evening activity programme including sporting, cultural and fun games
  • Maximum class size of 11 students
  • Full-board, on campus accommodation
  • Insurance
  • Airport transfers
  • Ongoing Assessment
  • End of course personalised report card & certificate
  • Entrances to attractions on excursions
  • Full activity programme

Course Overview

The syllabus incorporates language study, language for life, project sessions, excursion link lessons and academic skills sessions.

The language study lessons focus on the communicative style of language learning and provide grammar and vocabulary tailored to a student’s ability. Whereas language for life lessons integrate a wider range of topics including learner training, literacy, culture and life skills.

The course aims to:

  • Build language skills and confidence gradually through our multi-level syllabus.
  • Help students achieve their individual goals in language learning.
  • Gain a better understanding of English books, films, songs, the internet and other media.

Academic Skills Sessions

The academic skills sessions give students an introduction to exam techniques and are intended to help students improve the skills of academic reading, writing, listening and speaking.

These sessions take place over two hours each week and culminate with students taking the Bucksmore Assessment.

The variety of lessons and teaching material provide students with a stimulating and comprehensive learning experience throughout their stay with Bucksmore.


CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) refers to teaching subjects such as science, literature and drama to students through a foreign language (English).

Students will be given the opportunity to study some of their favourite subjects in English.

This provides added motivation and engagement for students by studying topics directly related to their interests.

Increasingly, CLIL has been adopted and incorporated into English language classrooms and our course at Oxford University provides CLIL lessons for 90 minutes each week.

This extension to the  general English programme provides greater variety and innovation within the Oxford programme, further increasing student motivation and engagement in the language.

Project Work

Project sessions at promote group work and co-operation, in order to allow participation across all levels of English.

In previous years students have created ‘In House TV Specials’, ‘ This is the Oxford Gamer Exhibition’ and the ‘ Specialist Yearbook Project’.

The aims of project work are to encourage collaboration and communication through the completion of real-world tasks that use English with an authentic purpose. Students receive vocabulary and grammar input in the first part of the project session, and are then placed into groups.

Groups are provided with a project guideline which they should follow with the aim of completing by the end of the preparation session. The weekly project culminates in a presentation evening in which groups display and present their work.



The integrated assessment plan was initially introduced in 2016 after thorough research and analysis of student English language performance.

The assessment plan is tailored to each individual students and aims to evaluate all abilities in English. It assesses a learner’s skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening and provides a well-rounded assessment of a student’s English ability.

Integrated assessments provide more relevant and appropriate tailor made skills so learners are motivated to perform better.

The end of course assessment is designed to complement the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference) and to provide learners with a realistic determination of their English ability.

It can be applied against other international English exams such as Cambridge ESOL & IELTS. Students will leave the course with a certificate of recommended English level measured against the CEFR scale.

All students receive a personalised education report card and certificate during the graduation ceremony at the end of their stay.

Activities and Excursions

The student activity timetable at St Hilda’s College, Oxford University is planned and organised by a dedicated Activity Manager, who is responsible for choosing and coordinating weekly activities and excursions. One of the key responsibilities of theActivity Manager is to respond to student requests and ensure that all students have a fantastic time during their stay.


Each week, there are two full-day excursions and one half-day trip to a variety of destinations. Students are accompanied by staff on all excursions, and can be given free-time if appropriate. Popular visits include:


Excursions to London can take many forms, such as walking tours of famous locations such as central London (Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square and 10 Downing Street) and Greenwich (Royal Observatory, National Maritime Museum & the Cutty Sark). Numerous areas are also visited, such as museums, landmarks, attractions and shopping districts.


This world-famous university city is a place of scenic beauty. Students marvel at picturesque college buildings while punting down the river, before navigating their way through Cambridge’s historic streets.

Blenheim Palace

Built in the 1700s, this world heritage site is home to the 12th Duke of Marlborough, as well as the birthplace of the British wartime leader, Winston Churchill.

On-Site Activities

The social programme is an important part of any summer school experience, and is great way for students to socialise and practice their English with each other. In addition to traditional activities such as sports tournaments, talent shows and discos, other examples of Bucksmore activities include:

You Score - You Win

A team game in which teams of students have to score on a series of challenges performed by other students or staff. Teams receive points for the correctly chosen winner of each task, and the team with the most overall points wins a prize!

Village Fete

A traditional British pastime, this is a perfect chance for students to experience customary village games, such as, bobbing for apples, coconut shy and hook-a-duck, as well as characteristic food and drink options!

Get Your Own Back

Usually held towards the end of the course, this is a great chance for students to get revenge on their teachers! Each counsellor comes on to the stage for a different challenge, and students are given the opportunity to volunteer themselves to try and beat the counsellor at each game. Whoever loses has to do a forfeit!

The City of Oxford

After an initial orientation of this historic city, students are encouraged to discover Oxford with their friends in their ‘freestyle’ periods – when students can sign out of the College in small groups of friends to explore the surrounding area.

Sample timetable

Day → Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun Mon

Notes: 1.Sample timetable only and subject to chanege without notice. 2. CLIL - Content and Language Integrated Learning (See the following link for further information on this innovative teaching methodology -  3. Two fifteen minute morning breaks between lessons at 10:15 and 12:00



08:00 to 08:45 Breakfast            
Morning sessions: 08:45 to 13:00 Arrivals

1.Testing + Placement

2. Course Overview

3. Tutor introductions

1. Main syllabus 1

2. Link Lesson

3. Conversation class

Full day excursion

Cambridge + 

Fitzwilliam Museum

1. Main syllabus 2




3. Conversation class

1. Main



2. Link Lesson

3. Assessment preparation


1. Main syllabus 4

2. Main syllabus 5

13:00 to 14:00 Lunch            
Afternoon sessions: 14:00 to 18:00 Arrivals

Half day excursion

Blenheim Palace

Bicester Outlet Village

1. CLIL Choice*

2. Sports Choice

Full day excursion

Cambridge + 

Fitzwilliam Museum

Project preparation afternoon

Full day excursion

London sightseeing + Oxford Street shopping

1. Sports choice

2. Freestyle afternoon

18:00 to 19:00 Dinner            
Evening activities: 19:00 to 21:00

Speed Chat 

Meet New Friends

Oxford Orientation You Score - You Win! Movie night Colour + Style

Full day excursion

London sightseeing + Oxford Street shopping

Project presentation or Graduation ceremony
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