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University Readiness, Academic Summer School, Critical Thinking Courses, Tutorial Teaching, Teacher Training For Tutorials

Academic Tutorial Programme

University can feel like a daunting next step.
Our Academic Tutorial Programme prepares students to build academic expertise and confidence to jump into the next stage of your education.  

Centre for Tutorial Teaching has designed a one-of-a-kind programme for students who are committed to building critical academic, creative thinking and communication skills to prepare them for competitive entry into the world of university learning and the modern workplace


Through the Academic Tutorial Programme, experienced tutors from the University of Oxford will provide students with the frameworks, tools, and materials to build their linguistic, communicative, and problem-solving competencies as they embark on the path of university preparedness.  


Tutors across a range of Mathematical, Physical and Life Science as well as Social Science subjects at the University of Oxford will bring the famed teaching and learning style of Oxford to life for students by delivering true-to-form tutorials with students. The programme consists of a series of 6 tutorials that are structured around themes that mimic the sorts of research questions that students, professors, researchers, and academics are currently tackling in Oxford every day. Students will be expected to engage with one another and with their tutor and to challenge themselves by talking their way through complex academic challenges. By the end of each tutorial programme phase, each student will have been trained to truly think like a university student and be prepared for the rigour of university level academia.

Students will attend tutorials in groups of 2-3 in their academic area of interest to mimic the the undergraduate study experience at the University of Oxford.


To find out more about how you can join the Academic Tutorial Programme, register your interest below, and a member of our team will get in touch. 

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GTP Participant

"I think this programme has helped me think at a deeper level and about the root cause of everything and will help me see where I want to be guided after high school."

What you will learn

  1. How to craft analytically robust arguments in essays

  2. How to effectively structure essays and write a compelling introduction

  3. How to powerfully deploy evidence to strengthen your argument

  4. How to speak persuasively and defend your argument when being questioned

  5. How to conduct academic research and condense extensive research into a concise and convincing essay and argument.

  6. How to form a new and unique argument from your research

How you will learn

These core skills are not learnt by passive listening, but by honing them through practice. The Global Tutorial Programme will enable students to master these skills by experiencing the tutorial process firsthand, as you learn to think about one of the most complex challenges of the 21st century: sustainability. Students will be introduced to this important topic through an interdisciplinary lens to demonstrate how thinking across subject boundaries using the tutorial approach can help us to develop innovative ways of tackling sustainability.

University Readiness, Academic Summer School, Critical Thinking Courses, Tutorial Teaching, Teacher Training For Tutorials


GTP Participant

"When you have to argue points about things you disagree with…it really strengthens your beliefs and helps you really carve out what you believe."

What you will leave with

  1. A detailed learning diary with the tools and frameworks for academic success at university

  2. Detailed research on the theme of sustainability

  3. A personal reflective log of your tutorial learning journey

  4. All the learning materials and presentations used over the course

  5. Ongoing membership of a global community of tutorial scholars who share and learn from each other on an informal basis through the Global Tutorial Alumni Network.

University Readiness, Academic Summer School, Critical Thinking Courses, Tutorial Teaching, Teacher Training For Tutorials

Delivered across 6 weeks, the course will consist of 4 parts that zoom in on a key 21st Century skills ever week. Each part will be delivered through 2 sessions, a skills workshop and a group session:

Supplementary Oxford Residential

This will be the experience of a lifetime. Alongside your fellow Tutorial Scholars, you will spend a week in the beautiful and historic surroundings of Oxford in early August. It is an opportunity to study sustainability and finesse learner's skills in the setting of an internationally pre-eminent centre of higher education. Students will learn about the tutorial from University of Oxford academics; expand their understanding of sustainability through a series of lectures and seminars delivered by a range of scholars, from historians to scientists; and break outside of classroom walls by immersing themselves in Oxford’s colleges, museums, gardens, and countryside. Over the course of the week  – participants will prepare an essay, to explain and defend in a ‘capstone’ tutorial.

The Oxford Residential is a supplementary option to the Global Tutorial Programme that will strengthen the foundations built during the online programme. Please note that the costs mentioned below are excluding the residential component. Students who express interest in the Oxford Residential component in their application will be sent more information on the details and costs for this.

How to apply

Applications for the Spring/Summer 2023 are NOW OPEN. The Online Programme commences 6th of June and will be completed by 16th July, with students attending 2 online sessions a week. Click here to apply now.


Please contact programme administrators at to find out more.


GTP Participant

"I would recommend GTP, particularly as an introvert … it forces you to come out of your shell embrace your full potential and builds confidence because in tutorials you interact and talk a lot which opens you up to a lot of people."

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