Summer is on the horizon and there’s no better time to schedule a fun and enriching holiday break for your children! Whether it’s learning a new skill, preparing for university, or developing their hobbies, we’ve handpicked some of the most prestigious UK summer programmes in 2024 to keep them active and joyful this summer.

1. Summer Boarding Courses Canford

Best for a prestigious boarding school experience

Ranked among the top 10 most beautiful boarding schools in the UK, Canford is a stunning place to study. With its idyllic grounds and impressive facilities, it is the perfect location for children aged 11 – 15 to immerse themselves in an exciting summer programme.

Students can choose from a range of courses to suit their interests – from General English, to Art and Design, International Relations, and STEM. All courses include 15 hours of academic tuition per week, a packed calendar of social events, and an end of course certificate. One Golden Circle parent described this as an “unforgettable summer experience”.

Ages: 11 – 15
Length of study: 2 – 4 weeks
Location: Canford School, Dorset
Fees: From £3,400

2. Harrow School Short Course (English & Multi-Activity)

Best for learning English 

This famous flagship course is carefully designed for students who want to improve their English and experience an exciting combination of activities and excursions, while making new friends from around the world in the beautiful, historic setting of a top British boarding school. English lessons (accredited by the British Council for teaching English in the UK) are complemented by a busy social schedule, sports, music, drama, and excursions to top attractions in central London.

Ages: 9 – 11 (Harrow Juniors), 12 – 17 (Harrow Seniors)
Length of study: 2 weeks
Location: Harrow School, Greater London
Fees: From £2,960

3. Oxford University Summer School

Best for Russell Group and Oxbridge applicants

Step into life on campus at one of the University of Oxford’s world-famous colleges for the summer. These Oxford courses offer an authentic taste of undergraduate life, including access to state of the art facilities, dining in college, and small group tutorials. Students choose from a range of academic courses, taught by expert teachers, including Medicine, Law & Politics, Business and Entrepreneurship, and Engineering. This is a great pre-university insight course for students applying to competitive UK universities.

Ages: 13 – 18
Length of study: 2 weeks
Location: Oxford
Fees: From £6995

4. Oxford Summer Courses: Artificial Intelligence

Best for aspiring tech leaders

Oxford Summer Courses Artificial Intelligence & Software Development course is a new, cutting edge course that teaches students how to take advantage of digital age development and accelerate their careers. This course is perfect for ambitious GCSE and A Level students who have their hearts set on a career in tech.

Students explore the latest developments in technology and how to interact with experts in the field. They will design and test algorithms and present their findings to a panel of experts. On completion of the course, students receive a certificate and letter of recommendation. This experience is an excellent addition to any personal statement.

Ages: 16 – 17
Length of study: 2 weeks
Location: Cambridge
Fees: £6395

5. Camp Dragon

Best for young students 

Designed by language learning experts and qualified play workers, SBC’s summer camp is an action-packed fortnight of activities for children aged 8 – 12. Located in beautiful and leafy North Oxford, the Dragon School is a home away from home for young explorers. Through interactive lessons, inspiring workshops, and team-building activities, children improve their English in a safe, supportive, and fun learning environment.

Ages: 8 – 12
Length of study: 2 weeks
Location: Oxford
Fees: £3500

6. Marlborough College Summer School

Best for all rounders

Marlborough College Summer School is the largest multi-generational summer school in Europe and offers a unique and immersive educational experience. Set in a prestigious boarding school environment, Marlborough teachers have crafted an exciting summer programme that mixes language mastery with the quintessentially English experience. Nestled on the edge of the Cotswolds, it’s an ideal setting for international pupils to join in for a top-notch boarding experience that’s all about academics, connections, and personal growth.

Ages: 9 – 17 (Young Adventurers 9 – 12, Teenagers 13 – 17)
Length of study: 1 week
Location: Cotswolds
Fees: From £295/ week

7. Summer Courses at Cambridge University

Best for academic studies

Embark on a unique summer school journey with Cambridge Summer Courses, where curiosity is encouraged and inquisitive minds thrive. This offers the unique chance for students to experience life at this internationally acclaimed university and vibrant academic hub. Students choose from one of over 40 intellectually stimulating and engaging subject specialisms, including Art History, Entrepreneurship and Neuroscience – to name but a few! Accommodation includes stays at Fitzwilliam College, Sidney Sussex College, and Corpus Christi. Academic lessons are complemented by exciting extracurricular activities and outings.

Ages: 13 – 18
Length of study: 2 weeks
Location: Cambridge
Fees: From £6395

Summer schools are a fantastic opportunity to develop new skills, encourage independence, and expand your child’s horizons. If you’re looking to apply to a UK summer school this year, please get in touch for more information on the options available or to speak with an expert at The Golden Circle to discuss the perfect choice for your child.