Leadership Course

Develop your communication and critical thinking

Practise debating, negotiating and making presentations

Enjoy a study visit in Oxford and guest speakers

What makes a great leader?

English is the language of global communication – not by chance, but as a result of decisions made by governments, educational policy makers and business leaders. English is increasingly used to study academic subjects in schools and colleges, to make presentations at international conferences and to conduct meetings in multinational companies.

The St Clare’s Leadership Course prepares you to meet the challenges of the 21st century world:

  • you will develop your communication and critical thinking skills
  • you can practise your debating, negotiating and presentation skills
  • we will focus on the question ‘What makes a great leader?’ through case-studies, research topics, guest speaker, presentations and a Study Visit in Oxford
  • the course includes one excursion per week as well as accommodation and meal options
  • It helps you to build lasting relationships with members of the international community.

It’s different from usual language courses. It was really interesting to think I could learn something about Leadership and how to speak in public. Alessandro, Italy, Leadership Course 2016


Communication and Critical Thinking

  • Develop the right level of formality in speaking and writing
  • Express yourself analytically by describing graphs, trends and patterns
  • Assess the role of today’s media and learn to detect bias
  • Develop awareness of cross-cultural differences and sensitivities
  • Enhance research skills, both individual and collaborative Interactive sessions
  • Learn to make an effective presentation – visuals, language, voice projection
  • Debate the pros and cons of business ethics, leadership styles, teamwork

Interactive sessions

  • Learn to make an effective presentation – visuals, language, voice projection
  • Debate the pros and cons of business ethics, leadership styles, teamwork

Case studies and experiences

  • Evaluate the leadership styles of big names like Richard Branson (Virgin) and newer role-models like Julie Deane (Cambridge Satchel)
  • Respond to a guest speaker and visit a successful business in Oxford

Who is it for?

  • Gap-year and university students who use English for academic study (business, politics, law, medicine etc.)
  • Young professionals who use English for meetings with clients and colleagues

“Policy makers consider English as a Medium of Instruction (EMI), study through English, as a way to internationalise their education, creating opportunities for students to join a global academic and business community…” Going Global: British Council Interim Report 2014

Contact us


Manuela Williams
Admissions Registrar
+44 1865 517706


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Dates and prices

Age: 17+
Level: Intermediate plus CEF B2/C1
Class size: 12 (maximum)
Lessons: 21 per week (19.25 hours)
Length: 2 weeks
Price: Inclusive of tuition, accommodation (twin standard room), activities, lunch (Monday – Friday).

2018 Dates and prices
Sunday 29 July – Saturday 11 August 2018

College Accommodation (with self-catering facilities Homestay (with breakfast and dinner every day)
Twin Standard Twin Superior Single Standard Single Superior Single Standard Single Superior
£1546 £1644 £1678 £1812 £1546 £1692


2019 Dates and prices
Sunday 7 July – Saturday 20 July 2019 OR
Sunday 21 July – Saturday 3 August 2019

College Accommodation (with self-catering facilities Homestay (with breakfast and dinner every day)
Twin Standard Twin Superior Single Standard Single Superior Single Standard Single Superior
£1594 £1696 £1732 £1870 £1594 £1746

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Sample Week One

Classes in the mornings

Leader or Manager? – Discover the difference between leadership and management

Can you trust the internet? – Develop a critical eye for internet content

Social Networking – Develop appropriate register (formality and informality) in your speaking (Communication skills)

Cultural Awareness – Identify important elements of various international cultures

Smart Reading – Read between the lines in reports, emails, etc for implied meaning (Communication skills)

Leadership Essentials – Consider the essential aspects of leadership

Evaluating Internet Sources – Action a strategy for critically evaluating sources

A Good Listener – Listening for facts and nuance (Communication skills)

Cultural Pitfalls – Explore potential cultural misunderstandings and how to overcome them

Writing to influence – Develop appropriate formality in your writing (Communication skills)

Leadership Styles – Identify and define key elements of common leadership styles

Facing Conflict – Discuss Margaret Heffernan’s – Dare to disagree TED.com (video)

What kind of leader are you? – Analyse and discuss your personal leadership style

Women in Leadership – Consider why we have too few women leaders based on Sheryl Sandberg’s TED.com (video)

Argue your case – Debate the most important aspects of leadership

Classes in the afternoons

Presenting like Steve Jobs – the elements of a powerful presentation (video)

New Technologies – Learn the importance of embracing new and ‘disruptive’ technologies and social media

Powerful Storytelling – The power of story-telling to inspire and communicate

How advertising works – The power and pervasiveness of advertising

Guest Speaker – A presentation by a person influential in the world of business, charities, science, research or government

Excursions in the afternoons

Winston Churchill & Blenheim Palace or William Shakespeare & Stratford-upon-Avon

Explore Oxford – activities and guided tour of the city, colleges and other places of interest

Flipped Learning

Online or other research assignments for presentations, visits or guest speakers

Team Project: How to launch a new product – for team presentation at the end of week 2

Research: Lead with a Story (Paul Smith)

Research: A world Gone Social (Ted Coine & Mark Babbit)

Preparation: Outside speaker

Leadership Case Studies:

  1. Sheryl Sandberg – (COO Facebook)
  2. Angela Merkel – (German Chancellor)
  3. Julie Dearne – (Cambridge Satchel Co.)
  4. Aung Suu Kyi – (National League for Democracy)
  5. Christine Lagarde – (Managing Director of the IMF)
  6. Margaret Thatcher – (first female UK Prime Minister)

Research for Study Visit: History of the Oxford Mini Plant from 1913 to the BMW takeover in 1994 and the present day

Sample Week Two

Classes in the mornings

Inspirational Speakers – Experience and analyse the rhetorical techniques used by inspirational & persuasive speeches

Fake News?– How to spot examples of the growing phenomenon of ‘fake news’& click bait(Critical Thinking)

Presenting Yourself – Improve your public speaking technique including eye contact and physical presence

Problem Solving – Solving workplace problems and presenting solutions (Role Play)

Leadership Presentations – Give a personal presentation on leadership challenges

Hear, Hear! – Learn how to use rhetorical techniques to structure a speech

Bias in the media – How to ‘triangulate the truth’ in journalism, traditional media and social media(Critical Thinking)

Grabbing attention – Learn how to effectively open and close presentations (Video)

Problem Solving – Analyse the effectiveness of problem-solving techniques

Leadership Presentations – Give a personal presentation on leadership challenges

Quiet Leadership – Discuss Susan Cain’s The Power of Introverts talk TED.com (Video)

A New Type of Leadership – Discuss Margaret Heffernan’s Superchicken model TED.com (Video)

Job Interviews – Develop your interview style through preparing to interview and be interviewed (Role Play)

Resolving Conflict – Practice conflict resolution using STABEN (Role Play)

Reflection and Evaluation – Course test, reflection and review

Classes in the afternoons

Case Study Presentations – Give a 10-minute presentation of a case study of your choice

Case Study Presentations – Give a 10-minute presentation of a case study of your choice

Why did Brexit happen? – Consider Alexander Bett’s talk about why Brexit happened and debate the case for and against the EU and globalisation Ted.com (Video)

Team Product Presentations – Give a 20-minute presentation – how to launch a new product

Excursions in the afternoons

Windsor Castle or Stonehenge (World Heritage site)

Study Visit – BMW Mini Factory Oxford

Flipped Learning

Leadership Case Studies:

  1. Mahatma Ghandi – (Indian independence)
  2. Nelson Mandela – (President of RSA)
  3. Sir Alex Ferguson – (Manchester United)
  4. Richard Branson – (Virgin)
  5. Steve Jobs – (Apple)
  6. Ken Lay – (Enron) – what went so wrong?
  • Preparation: Individual Case Study Presentations
  • Team Presentations
  • Preparation for end of course test
Optional Extras

Personal Language Training
Students can add one-to-one English language lessons to their language classes. Lessons last 55 minutes and are charged at £57 per lesson.

Examination fees
Fees for the following examinations are currently between approximately
£150 -£210.


Cambridge examinations
B2 First (FCE)
C1 Advanced (CAE)
C2 Proficiency (CPE)

Other examinations

Optional college weekend trips / theatre visits / excursions, etc.
Day excursions at weekends — free to £40
Theatre tickets and transport — £25 to £45
Additional sports and other activities — £10 to £15 per week

Other costs
Stationery/book purchase (loan of books is included in fees)
General spending money — allow a minimum of £80 per week
Bus travel: single trip from £2.00; 1 week £14.50; 4 week 49.00
St Clare’s sweatshirt £20

Please note: Prices are approximate please contact us at ic.enquiries@stc

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