Fastest growing UK education business sets sights on expansion plans

Oxford, 1st May 2020:  Oxford Summer Courses, the fastest growing privately owned education company in the UK, will be brought under a wider, newly created Bridgemark Education brand to reflect the business’s ambitious plans to grow beyond the summer school market.

The Oxford based firm, which started out offering holiday-time courses for nine to 24-year-olds in the colleges of the best universities in the UK, will now offer online training and shorter courses for UK and international students.

Harry Hortyn, co-founder of Bridgemark Education, said: “Our focus has always been on delivering the authentic Oxbridge learning experience that inspires our students to develop a true love of their subject. We will continue to do that here in Oxford, Cambridge and at great universities around the world, but we also want to offer that experience to students who are unable to travel for a residential course.

“Our mission is to open up access to exceptional education. We believe that transformative learning experiences should not be the preserve of a lucky few.”

Melio Education is the company’s new online offering, which offers a wide range of subjects, including law, medicine, business and entrepreneurship to name but a few, and gives students across the globe access to some of Oxbridge’s most talented tutors online.

Melio Education offers students:

  • Melio One-on-One – individual tutoring with expert tutors from the universities of Oxford and Cambridge.
  • Melio Academic Programmes – an immersive programme of online courses with a combination of group seminars led by an expert tutor, engaging content and independent study.
  • Melio Guidance – (launching soon) will give students one-to-one access to expert guidance online to help them make successful applications to UK universities and build the skills they need when they arrive.

The company also launched its new O-Labs education programme of one to five-day STEM courses earlier this year. The courses are designed to develop a young person’s joy of discovery when learning about science, technology, engineering and maths.

The O-Labs Education programme will see experts from the world of industry and inspiring teachers take students through hands-on project work like designing and testing a model car or coding artificial intelligence. Students take the project from the brainstorming process and pitching the initial idea, through to delivering the final result for evaluation.

“We want to light the fire of learning with these courses, something that both Harry and I experienced during our time at Oxford University and something we think everyone deserves,” explains Bridgemark co-founder, Rob Phipps.

The Oxford Summer Courses brand will continue offering courses under the wider Bridgemark Education group and has extended its course offering to include winter and spring courses.  Oxford Summer Courses is one of 220 organisations nationally who were recognised with a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise on 21st April 2020.

Bridgemark’s two co-founders also run Universify Education, a charity which aims to increase the numbers of students from more diverse backgrounds attending highly selective universities.

More information about the O-Labs and Melio courses can be found at