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The Oxford Gap Year Programme is an opportunity for international students to experience the tutorial method of instruction favoured by Oxford and Cambridge Universities. Students are able to pursue their academic interests through meetings in small seminar groups, supported by weekly one-to-one tutorials.

OGYP Critical Thinking and Writing Course
An integral part of the Programme is a special course, open to all OGYP students, on Critical Thinking and Writing. In weekly discussions and set work, students develop their skills at analysing a wide range of material, including printed and broadcast news items, political speeches, journalism on current issues, academic essays, and social media. A regular feature of the course is the practising of tests in Critical Thinking set by Oxford and Cambridge universities.

In addition to analysing meaning and intention, students also develop skills in creating their own material clearly and accurately, with written work discussed and defended in the Oxford tutorial style. Towards the end of the term, students take part in a debate on a current issue of their choosing, attended by other students and tutors of the College. Previous debates have been given to the whole College at the world-renowned Oxford Union.

Key features

  • Experience living and studying in a university city

  • Develop academic skills in preparation for university

  • Receive expert tuition in small classes for the best learning experience

  • Practise academic research, essay writing and critical thinking skills

  • Receive support with college applications and┬áprogress to top universities worldwide

  • Expand your cultural knowledge and awareness with study visits and extra-curricular activities

  • Make friends from all over the world

  • Choose from a wide range of academic subjects to study

  • Combine with A-Levels to assist university application

  • Gain membership of the world-renowned Oxford Union

Who is it for?

The Oxford Gap Year Programme courses are primarily intended for:

  • High school graduates taking a ‘Gap Year
  • High school students taking a semester (or longer) in Oxford to pursue courses of particular interest, develop academic skills, and benefit from an insight into British culture.

For non-native speakers of English, the course also provides an opportunity to improve language skills through the study of academic subjects.

Programme Structure

Course duration
You can enrol for one, two or three terms; a term is normally 3-4 months long

Number of classes
Choose from one of five exciting pathways, each consisting of 3 modules, per term. Pathways include Science, Global, Literature, Media and Crime. You can also combine your Oxford Gap Year Programme with AP or SAT preparation courses. Find out more from the links below:

Teaching structure
Courses normally consist of four group seminars plus a one-to-one tutorial every week. Alternatively, you can take three tutorials per week (this may not be an option for all modules – please contact us for more information).

Find out more about the teaching structure on the Oxford Gap Year Programme.

Assessment and outcomes
Method of assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but this is usually in the form of essays, timed exams, research papers or projects and class participation. Grading ranges from Distinction (A) to Pass (D) or Fail, and transferable credits may be awarded by some universities or colleges.
See individual modules for more information on assessment.