Academic Discovery at Headington Oxford
Headington Oxford | Ages 13 – 16
For students who wish to further develop their English language skills, our Academic Discovery course provides a great alternative to General English. Through a content-based learning approach, Academic Discovery assists students in developing their English language skills through a range of subjects including history, geography, and creative writing. Students are challenged by its interesting and topical content, which has been designed specifically for 13 to 16-year old learners by our Academic Team. Due to the multinational and communicative environment provided, students will also be able to build on their fluency and confidence in using English.
During the course students will develop their language proficiency by studying the following subjects: English Literature, History, Creative Writing, Science and Geography. This diverse programme draws on a variety of materials, ranging from current scientific debates to famous works of literature, and focuses on spoken interaction through classroom discussions, debates and engaging topic-based activities.
Each week, our Summer Study students research and create engaging, thought-provoking presentations, as part of our Time to Shine programme. Through this project, our students can activate their newfound subject knowledge, further develop their understanding of the language surrounding the subjects studied and work together to deliver effective presentations to their peers.
By the end of the course, our Summer Study students will have improved their English fluency, gained a broader understanding of the subjects studied, and will have developed key research, collaboration and presentation skills through Time to Shine. By studying in a communicative classroom environment, students will also return home with a higher level of confidence in using English.
This module includes a range of literary works, including classic and contemporary works of fiction, short stories, poetry and Shakespeare. Through the analysis of different literary examples, students will be able to write their own literary compositions.
This Academic Discovery module at Headington Oxford includes a look at historical medicine, and what history can tell us about how we became the civilisation we are today. Our Academic Discovery students will research a medicine used in Tudor (16th-century) England, and present their findings to their classmates.
This module looks at the complex and dynamic system of Earth’s geology and geography, with particular reference to the risks and challenges posed by climate change. Students will research an area of climate change, and debate which is the most acute and in need of urgent intervention.
Modules are given for example purposes and are subject to change.