An intensive English language summer course for 14-17 year olds
Bucksmore Young Leaders is our flagship leadership course that provides students aged 14-17 with the key skills they require to become future leaders of their generation.
A highly regarded and prestigious summer school, Bucksmore Young Leaders offers a challenging and modern approach to developing not only students’ language abilities but their confidence and leadership potential with 28 hours of tuition per week and maximum class sizes of 11 students.
INCLUDED IN BUCKSMORE YOUNG LEADERS:
- Full-board accommodation in a Cambridge University College
- A traditional Cambridge University ‘Formal Dinner’
- Airport transfers
- Personalised report card & certificate
- Entrances to attractions on excursions
- Full activity programme
- 28 hours of leadership 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
- Bucksmore end-of-course Assessment
- Maximum class size of 11 students
- Bucksmore Young Leaders requires an upper-intermediate level of English (B2) aimed at upper intermediate and above in order to cope with the challenging syllabus
- The age range for students at Bucksmore Summer is 14-17
- Bucksmore Summer has a nationality cap of 20%. This means that there can be no more than 20% of students from a single country
Centred round a weekly themed project, the Young Leaders syllabus comprises theory lessons, interactive lectures, project research and real-life case studies provide a stimulating and varied learning experience.
The Young Leaders programme aims to:
- Build language skills and confidence in public speaking and presentation English.
- Develop negotiation, debating and leadership skills through a series of practical lessons.
- Challenge students in time management scenarios and management tasks.
- Gain a better understanding of global English and its application for future learning.
Theory lessons are uniquely designed to complement the weekly project. Weekly themes include law, politics, journalism, tourism, the UN, technology and marketing. Year on year the theory lessons are revised and newly created to represent current events centred round the theme of the week.
For example, typical law week theory lessons cover topics such as language of the courtroom, the UK judicial system and a focus on a leader from the world of law.
Taught in Corpus Christi College’s McCrum lecture theatre, the interactive lectures bring a mature element not experienced in other English Language summer schools. The interactive lectures are carefully constructed to benefit and correspond to the students’ project for the week.
Modelled on university style learning, interactive lectures provide content for discussion in groups as well as constant interaction between the tutor and the audience.
The benefits of this can be seen when students are able to apply the knowledge learned in the lectures within their project.
The opening of every week is done through a project introduction session where the project is announced and students are divided into groups. Initial roles are assigned in this session and a project manager is elected.
Throughout the week, students work together to research their project before performing or presenting their projects in the final project session.
Project sessions promote learner autonomy and teamwork where students are required to manage themselves and sometimes other members of their group. Student strengths and ambitions are realised throughout the project and the project presentations are a testament to this.
Research skills, critical thinking and problem solving are all essential for leadership and these are integrated onto the young leaders programme through case studies.
Case studies cover four hours of academic tuition every week. Initially, students are provided with input and material on a real-life case study such ‘Coca Cola’s marketing failure’. After which, small groups are required to research and present findings on similar real-life case.
Through case study research and reporting, students are better able to work independently in groups and expand the skills and aptitudes needed to become successful young leaders.
Sample Timetable 2016
Young Leaders Introduction
|Saturday||Case Study||Project Preparation
|Project Presentations||Graduation Ceremony
End of Week Disco
Typical Day 2016
|13:00—14:00||Lunch & Midday Break|
|14:00—18:00||Afternoon Excursion /
|21:30—22:30||Evening Wind Down|
|22:30||Bedtime & Lights Out|