Young Leaders Course (Ages 13-18)


Program Description

Bucksmore Young Leaders is our flagship leadership course that provides students with the key skills they require to become future leaders of their generation. Bucksmore Young Leaders is available for students aged 13-16 and 16-18 at Wadham College.

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. Students learn from guest speakers from leading brands and participate in academic workshops at iconic locations such as the Royal Courts of Justice.

Included in Bucksmore Young Leaders

  • Full-board accommodation
  • Insurance
  • Airport transfers
  • Personalised report card & certificate
  • Entrances to attractions on excursions
  • Full activity programme

Course details

Young Leaders includes:

  • 28 hours of leadership tuition each week.
  • 2 full-day excursions.
  • Full afternoon and evening activity programme including sporting, cultural and fun games.
  • Detailed report card upon graduation.
  • Maximum class size of 11 students.

Course Requirements

  • Bucksmore Young Leaders requires an upper-intermediate level of English (B1) aimed at upper-intermediate and above in order to cope with the challenging syllabus.
  • The age range for students at Bucksmore Young Leaders is 13-16 and 16-18.

Course Content

Centred around 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

Theory lessons are uniquely designed to complement the weekly project. Weekly themes include:

  • Politics
  • Journalism
  • Business
  • Law
  • International Relations

Year on year the theory lessons are revised and newly created to represent current events centred around the theme of the week.

For example, typical law week theory lessons cover topics such as the language of the courtroom, the UK judicial system and a focus on a leader from the world of law.

Interactive lectures

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 a 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.


Project Work

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.

Case studies

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 as ‘Coca Cola’s marketing failure’. After which, small groups are required to research and present findings on a 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.

Guest speakers

Young Leaders will benefit from guest speakers from leading brands, twice per week including:

  • Mayor of Oxford, Craig Simmons.
  • Military and Leadership Consultant, Kathie Knell MBE.

Academic workshops

Young Leaders will have an opportunity to put their learning in context with weekly academic workshops held in iconic locations, such as:

  • Royal Courts of Justice, central London.
  • Oxford Union, University of Oxford.
  • Cambridge Union, University of Cambridge.

Dates & Fees

The price per week at Bucksmore Young Leaders Wadham for students aged 13-16 and 16-18 is £1,750.

Length of stay Dates Location
2 to 5-week courses available 30 June – 4 August Wadham College

Included in Course Fees

Prices are fully inclusive, meaning that the only money students need to bring is for souvenirs!


  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner in the College.
  • Packed meals on excursion days.
  • Wi-Fi available throughout the College.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Transfers to and from Heathrow and Gatwick airports.
  • Laundry once a week.
Last updated Jan 2020

About the School

The story of Bucksmore Education begins in 1979 when British Educationalist Michael Reise founded a secondary school at Buckswood Grange. ‘Buckswood Summer Programmes’ was also established as a summer ... Read More

The story of Bucksmore Education begins in 1979 when British Educationalist Michael Reise founded a secondary school at Buckswood Grange. ‘Buckswood Summer Programmes’ was also established as a summer school for international students wanting to learn English. Read less
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