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THE COURSE

Catalyst is designed to get students thinking on their feet. It is fast-paced, engaging and fun.  

 

The morning curriculum is a classroom-based, academic programme, delivered in cohorts of up to 12 students over three-and-a-half hours (including two short breaks), and alternating between the practical and cerebral. Each day’s lessons are based around a specific theme, such as ‘Migration’ or ‘Law and Order’, that might draw in a number of different subjects – geography, politics, engineering, technology, media – but in a context that is useful to all disciplines. The theme is explored from a variety of angles in interactive ways, through games, debates, writing, reading and speaking, to build communications and critical thinking skills, and always include an element of practical or personal application.

WHAT THE COURSE INCLUDES

Our two-week course includes:

  • Thirty hours of teaching by Oxford graduates in small classes of up to 12 students

  • Thirty further hours of workshops and activities

  • Accommodation in single rooms in Lady Margaret Hall

  • Three excellent meals a day

  • Fun, lively evening entertainment programme

  • Day trip to Blenheim Palace, Stratford-Upon-Avon or the Harry Potter studios

  • Exploratory trips in and around Oxford to museums and famous landmarks

  • Outdoor adventure and team-building experience

  • Formal hall

  • One-to-one mock interview

  • End-of-course awards ceremony and graduation certificate

Sign up by 31st December to receive a complimentary individual feedback report after the course
DATES

Course 1: 5th-17th July 2020  

Course 2: 19th July -1st August 2020 

 

WHAT WILL STUDENTS BRING HOME?
  • Greater confidence and an improved ability to communicate, and present themselves and their ideas

  • Spark! Enhanced engagement with the world around them, intellectual vigour and more considered views on their next steps in education

  • A well-honed personal statement crafted with support from our expert tutors

  • A report based on class performance and one-to-one interview, giving insights into each student’s strengths as demonstrated and improved on the course, and areas for development

  • A personalised certificate

  • New friendships