This is a tutorial-based course to explore your chosen subjects in-depth and details, with the benefit of the close attention of senior academics. The course consists of tutorials (2:1) and precepts (6:1), chosen from a list of available options, plus compulsory seminars in three core subjects, and optional small-group workshops and
one-on-one training for students preparing to make an application to Oxford or Cambridge. We also have two London days and one trip to Warwickshire.
Places are limited to just twelve students. If you would like to be part of this very special experience, please apply now.
The two or three tutorials each week form the centrepiece of the learning experience. Students choose up to three topics to explore in a connected series of tutorials. For each of the three tutorial topics there are either two or three tutorials, giving students a chance to go into considerable depth and detail. Tutorials normally have two students and one tutor, but occasionally they will be one-on-one or three-on-one. Before each tutorial students submit a piece of written work, either an essay of 1200 - 1500 words, or a completed problem set. This written work will provide the material on which to base the tutorial.
Below are the tutorial topics currently available, from which each student will choose three. (Other topics may be added, if there is sufficient demand, so please get in touch if you have a specific request.)
Metaethics: J.L. Mackie & Error Theory
Epistemology: Truth, Knowledge & Belief
Philosophy of Religion: God, Faith, Reason & Miracles
Comparative Politics: UK and USA
History of British Politics: C19th & C20th
History of Political Thought: Ancient & Modern
Macroeoconomics: Fiscal & Monetary Policy in a crisis
Economic Growth: Endogenous & Exogenous Theories
Each student chooses up to three topics from the list below, which will be studied in a series of small, interactive 'precepts', typically with no more than five or six students in the group. Each series will consist of three, four or five precepts. Students will be expected to do some pre-reading before most precepts, and sometimes to submit a short piece of written work.
Ethics: Character, Duty & Effects 
Philosophy of Language: Frege, Russell & Wittgenstein 
Theory of Politics: Liberty, Authority & Legitimacy 
Mathematical Microeconomics: Economic Models, Optimisation & Price Theory 
History of Oxford: 900 - 1900 
Historiography: Analysing Sources 
English Civil War Political History: the Rise and Fall of the Levellers 
In addition to the electives, above, all students take the following compulsory precepts.
The Rules of Logic: How to Argue Well
Game Theory: Strategic Decision-Making
Political Economy: What everyone needs to know about how the world works
Meetings with Experts
During your three weeks in Oxford you will have the opportunity to meet with experts in London and in Oxford from at least five of the following organisations:
The Ashmolean Museum
Culham Centre for Fusion Energy
Pitt-Rivers & Natural History Museums
Adam Smith Institute
Institute of Economic Affairs
Foreign & Commonwealth Office
Royal Institute of International Affairs ('Chatham House')
Meeting with the Rt Hon Liam Fox MP, Secretary of State for International Trade
Palace of Westminster Terrace
We go to London one day in Week I and again in Week III. During the middle of the course, in Week II, we will travel up to Warwickshire to visit Stratford-upon-Avon (birthplace of William Shakespeare) and Warwick Castle (built in 1068 by William the Conqueror and rebuilt in the 12th century), stopping off en route at Blenheim Palace (birthplace of Winston Churchill and now the home of the 12th Duke of Marlborough) and the Rollright Stones (a neolithic monument 2,000 years older than Stonehenge).
Students of history and students of political theory will visit Burford, a beautiful Cotswold town a short distance from Oxford, for a very special precept on a group of English pioneers of democracy, equality, and religious tolerance.
Optional University Admissions Preparation
Some of our students are preparing to submit an application to competitive universities in Britain and/or America. For those students we offer intensive training in the relevant admissions tests, including the Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA), the History Aptitude Test (HAT), and the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).
We also offer editorial advice and critical feedback on UCAS personal statements and US admissions essays. We advise students on which degree courses and which colleges and universities to apply to, and make introductions to students, alumni and faculty from several colleges and universities. For students applying for Oxford or Cambridge we provide a series of mock interviews, followed in each case by detailed expert critical feedback; our interviewers have conducted admissions interviews for Oxford and Cambridge in recent years, so you will have an experience very similar to the interviews you will face in early December.
B.A. in History (2018 - 21)
Pembroke College, Cambridge
"The university-style tutorials and lectures I had access to really gave me a chance to do something relevant to my subject during my gap year. The course was exactly what I'd been looking for: an academic experience that supported my university application and interest in history."
B.A. in Philosophy, Politics & Economics (2018 - 21)
Keble College, Oxford
"Studying with the John Locke Institute has been transformative. The lectures and tutorials given are simultaneously approachable and challenging. It strikes the right balance between encouraging independent work and guiding pupils along. You won't just learn new things, you'll learn new ways of thinking. "
B.A. in Philosophy & Theology (2018 - 21)
Trinity College, Oxford
"The John Locke Institute genuinely made me a better candidate and all the extra tuition and help gave me the extra edge that I needed. The teaching opened me up to new ideas that I have a proper grasp of now and made their way into my essays and interviews in my application."