Becoming an innovative entrepreneur

Join us for an extraordinary experience in the heart of Oxford/Cambridge as you embark on a transformative journey into the world of business. Our two-week course is designed to ignite your entrepreneurial spirit and equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to thrive in today’s business world.

You will uncover the secrets of launching and running a successful business, dive into the fascinating realm of marketing and branding, gain insights into the financial workings of businesses, and use this knowledge to pitch your own start-up business idea to your peers during our Time To Shine Ceremony.

Join us for an enriching summer experience focusing on learning, innovation and personal development. Explore the world of innovation and entrepreneurship and acquire invaluable skills for your future success!

At a Glance

With its history, culture and record number of Nobel Prize winners, few places can capture your imagination as much as Cambridge. Making it a perfect place to study Business for the summer.

  • Price: £4,900
  • Ages: 15-17
  • Duration: 2 weeks
  • English Level: B1+ (Intermediate and above)
  • Maximum Class Size: 15
  • Academic Content: 25 Hours Per Week
  • Language Support: Included
  • Starting Dates: 7th July, 21st July, 4th August 2024
  • Location: Sancton Wood School, Cambridge
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What’s Included

✔ 25 hours of subject-specific academic content per week with an experienced subject tutor, delivered through interactive seminars and hands-on practical workshops

✔ Opportunities to apply and share this knowledge with your peers through dynamic group projects, culminating in the end-of-the-week Time to Shine Ceremony

✔ An action-packed programme of guest speakers and industry experiences each week designed to give you first-hand insight into your chosen field

✔ Dedicated academic coaching sessions designed to support you in applying for a UK university, whether that’s writing a personal statement or preparing for a presentation

✔ Numerous opportunities throughout your academic program to develop your English language skills, whether that’s building vocabulary to talk about your subject, or developing your speaking skills to present your Time To Shine project

Our Approach

Subject + skills + language = success

At the core of our student-centered academic approach is a commitment to nurturing not just your subject knowledge, but also your communication, critical thinking, and collaboration skills through interactive lectures, dynamic seminars, and hands-on practical workshops. We also emphasise the development of your public speaking and teamwork through group work and our Time to Shine projects. And finally, our programme of engaging guest speakers and industry experiences bring real-world relevance to your learning. This immersive learning journey will empower you with the skills you need for success in the 21st century.

Course Objectives

Over the course of this two-week programme, you will:

  • Discover the fundamentals of starting up and operating a business in today’s society
  • Learn how businesses market and brand their products, applying this to your own ideas in a Time To Shine project
  • Identify how business finances work so that businesses can break even and make a profit
  • Take part in our exciting Time to Shine ceremony, and pitch the idea for a start-up business with your classmates to the rest of the school
  • Develop and apply core 21st-century skills through fun and engaging lessons, including critical thinking, communication, creativity and collaboration
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The Time to Shine Project

Over the two-week programme, you will participate in two Time To Shine Projects.

Week One: Business Plan and Startup Challenge

In the first week’s “Time to Shine” project, students will participate in a Business Plan and Startup Challenge. They will work in teams to develop a comprehensive business plan for a startup idea of their choice. Students will research market trends, define their target audience, create financial projections, and outline marketing strategies. They will then pitch their business plans to a panel of judges, showcasing their entrepreneurial skills and innovation. This project not only nurtures entrepreneurial spirit but also hones business acumen, teamwork, and presentation abilities.

Week Two: Innovation and Marketing Expo

In the second week’s “Time to Shine” project, students will organise an Innovation and Marketing Expo. Each team will select a product or service, analyze market demand, and develop innovative marketing campaigns to promote their chosen offering. Students will create eye-catching exhibits and interactive presentations for the expo, allowing them to showcase their marketing strategies and innovative ideas to the school community. This project emphasizes market research, marketing skills, and an understanding of how innovation and marketing drive success in the business world.

Time to Shine

The Time to Shine Project

Develop your public speaking skills. Share your passion. Inspire your classmates.

Today, giving great presentations are a vital skill for achieving academic and professional success. Our programmes reflect this by having the ‘art of presenting’ at the heart of their content, and allow you to discover new confidence when using English in public situations.

It’s more than just a chance to enhance your public speaking skills, though; it’s an opportunity for you to share your passion and subject knowledge with your fellow classmates. Through your presentations, you will become sources of inspiration, and encourage others to delve deeper into your subject.

Industry Experience

Industry Experience

Dive deeper into your field beyond the classroom

Enhance your academic foundation with our comprehensive Industry Experience sessions. These sessions are both on-site, in which you will participate in workshops that are led by an industry professional and blend practical engagement with immersive learning, and off-site, in which students engage in excursions that complement your course content and will broaden your horizons.

While theoretical knowledge lays an important foundation in business, hands-on experience cements learning. That’s why, at SBC, our students participate in interactive workshops with industry experts. They delve into topics such as brand development, strategic planning, and effective pitching, ensuring a well-rounded approach to their business education.

In previous Industry Experiences, students visited companies and took part in workshops that focused on building brand identities, marketing clothing companies, designing a roadmap for a start up, and honing their pitching skills.

Guest Speakers

Guest Speakers

Leaders of today inspiring the Leaders of tomorrow

Every Wednesday morning, students can interact with leading professionals and academics. These sessions offer insightful discussions, expert views, and Q&A sessions that promote intellectual growth.

In our programmes at SBC’s Oxford and Cambridge colleges, students dive into enlightening sessions with respected university lecturers and successful business entrepreneurs. Additionally, we touch upon emerging sectors, such as fintech, offering insights into the future avenues of business.

Academic Coaching

Academic Coaching

Stand out and shine

Whether you’re looking to apply for a UK university or just keen to make sure your university application is as strong as possible, our academic coaching sessions aim to ensure you stand apart from your peers. These workshops will not just focus on writing personal statements and preparing for university, but also help you to develop your public speaking skills, an integral skill for university courses.

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For our son there was no better opportunity to exchange ideas with like-minded students from all over the world and to immerse himself in this broad field of interest.

Irena, Parent, Germany

Enquire Today

Build on your global business knowledge and develop vital skills which will lead to future success. An inspirational experience can be yours for this summer. Complete the enquiry form below and one of our helpful admissions team will be in touch.