Pioneering online academic courses for 11 to 15 year-olds


Welcome to the Downe House Global Academy,
an outstanding British academic experience

for intellectually ambitious students

around the globe. 


Our e-learning programmes reflect everything that Downe House stands for, and in particular, its belief in the importance of balancing tradition and academic rigour on the one hand with innovation on the other, using technology to create truly boundary-less communities of young learners - all destined to unlock their potential and become Downe House students wherever they are in the world!


Our 1-hour live lessons in STEM, English Literature and Social Sciences along with our World Ready Programme are taught by Downe House teachers. The course material, assessment, and feedback are all offered on our bespoke online Learning Management System (LMS)

Welcome to the Downe House Global Academy,
an outstanding British academic experience

for intellectually ambitious students

around the globe. 


Our e-learning programmes reflect everything that Downe House stands for, and in particular, its belief in the importance of balancing tradition and academic rigour on the one hand with innovation on the other, using technology to create truly boundary-less communities of young learners - all destined to unlock their potential and become Downe House students wherever they are in the world!


Our 1-hour live lessons in STEM, English Literature and Social Sciences along with our World Ready Programme are taught by Downe House teachers. The course material, assessment, and feedback are all offered on our bespoke online Learning Management System (LMS)

Academic Courses on Offer in Semester I: September-November 2024

Our Courses enhance the students’ curriculum studies and develop the vital skills that universities and employers look for – problem solving and critical thinking along with soft skills.

Examples of our Aston Courses

STEM: Creating Life on Another Planet


A masterclass in employing scientific skills and knowledge to create life on another planet. A course designed to engage students with the world around us and examine the reasons why planet Earth is perfect to harbour life and why life is so well adapted to Earth. With these understandings, it is then possible to analyse bigger questions such as whether it will ever be possible for humans to live elsewhere in the Solar system and beyond!

English: Building Blocks of Literature


This course embarks on a journey through the many techniques authors employ to infuse meaning into their literary works. By scrutinizing chosen pieces of poetry and prose, students will gain insights into literary forms, terminology, and structural devices. The course further hones the art of deducing implicit meanings and utilizes the texts to spark discussion on broad interest subjects like human society and technological progression

Social Science: Transforming Our World


A course aimed at engaging with the decision or policy makers of the future to develop social, environmental and economic solutions to the current problems of the world. During this course the aims are  to understand the importance of the study of Social Sciences, giving students the time to engage and discover a cohesive approach in solving the problems facing the world. The course will provide space to develop and explore while encouraging the skill set of evaluation.

Examples of our Richards Courses

STEM: Human Evolution


This course will broaden the students’ understanding of humans as an organism and we will examine some of the key factors that have contributed to the evolution process.

English: Beginning the Bard - An Introduction to Shakespeare


In this course, students will be introduced to arguably the most famous and important British writer, someone taught and loved across the world: William Shakespeare. Rather than studying a single play in depth, this course is synoptic in nature: it provides a wide-angle view of Shakespeare’s life and work. Students will emerge with far greater knowledge and understanding of Shakespeare, much better placed to analyse and discuss any future play they encounter. 

Social Science: Decoding Development


This is a topic that is at the forefront of economic debate and discussion. We will look at how we achieve development and what hinders it, we will also look at how technological changes will impact development . These are topics debated by key economic thinkers such as Krugman, Ha Joon Chang and Collier and it is these
questions that we will focus on over our 10-week module.

Meet our outstanding Course Convenors who have a wealth of in-depth subject knowledge and years of experience teaching students at Downe House, one of the world's leading all-girls' full boarding schools.


You can read about our Course Convenors and the Academic Head of our Global Academy  in the 'Downe House Global Academy' booklet - click below.

Meet our outstanding Course Convenors who have a wealth of in-depth subject knowledge and years of experience teaching students at Downe House, one of the world's leading all-girls' full boarding schools.


You can read about our Course Convenors and the Academic Head of our Global Academy  in the 'Downe House Global Academy' booklet - click below.

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Admissions open for September 2024 - apply now!

Students aged 11-13 years for Aston courses.

Students aged 14-15 years for Richards courses.