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Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for 14-18-year-old students interested in pursuing a degree or further study in Psychology. Our students use this programme either to strengthen their application for a Psychology degree and/or to see whether studying Psychology suits them.

There will be no expectation that students will have prior experience of studying Psychology. However, there will be stretch work set for those who have studied the subject previously, or want a challenge.

What will you be studying?

Why do women tend to have less confidence in their maths ability than men? Why do young boys and girls often choose ‘male’ action figures or ‘female’ pink barbies?  

Students on this course will spend their first-week using psychological research and studies to try and find the answers to these questions.  

They will do their own research in their independent study time to write a presentation using a theoretical approach such as cognitive or behaviourist approach in order to explain observable human behaviour.

Can we justify how the law treats people with severe mental illness? How do we know we are diagnosing people with the right mental disorder? Should we be treating mental illness with drug treatments?

The second week is spent addressing these questions through a mix of ethics, psychiatry, and mental health law. This focus on psychopathology encourages students to be critical and evaluative of the way mental illness is treated in society.

What will you leave with?

  •    Two essays with marked feedback
  •    Tutor report
  •    An understanding of the basics of Psychology as taught at the university such as:
    • Different approaches to understanding human behaviour
    • Methodological approaches to studying Psychology
  •    An understanding of studying Psychology at undergraduate level

Essays will be written at the end of each week, and individual verbal and written feedback provided on both.  

These essay options include:

  •    ‘Basing our psychiatric classification models on symptomatic behaviours has detrimental consequences for treatments.’
  •    ‘Antidepressants cause inauthentic living’. Discuss.

Who will be teaching you?

Matthew studies for his D. Phil in the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford. His research is in 'Exploring social metacognition theory'.

Matt tutors undergraduate students across all years of their study at the University and has a wide range of teaching experience using the Oxbridge style of tutorials.

He has also previously taught with the Oxbridge International Summer School in 2018.

What is included?

  •    15 hours of tuition
  •    18 hours supervised independent study
  •    2 one-to-one tutorials with a tutor, 2 marked essays
  •    Debating workshop in the Oxford Union
  •    A full academic report from your tutor
  •    10 hours of career talks
  •    Optional university preparation sessions

Further details

  • Course length: 2 or 4 weeks    
  • Class size: 6   Location: Oxford, UK    
  • Dates available: 7th-20th July, 21st-3rd August, 4th-17th August  
  • Fees: £4,495 (2 weeks) £8,500 (4 weeks)