Oxford Royale Academy

Introduction

Why choose ORA?

Seven reasons to choose Oxford Royale Academy this summer.

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Full immersion in the Oxford college environment

Oxford Royale Academy students sleep, eat and study in a college of the University of Oxford — just like the University’s undergraduates. This gives our students the rare opportunity to experience the magic of life in a College of the University of Oxford.

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Live in a 17th-century manor house

Students have the exclusive opportunity to live and work in the stunning and historic Yarnton Manor, which dates to 1611.

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A recipient of the highest accolade for British businesses

In 2012 and 2016 we won the Queen’s Enterprise Award, “the highest honour that can be bestowed on a UK company” — a testament to our uncompromising excellence.

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Develop an edge over your peers

ORA students are taught by teachers of the highest calibre, many of whom were educated or are currently working at the University of Oxford. Our teachers have a keen interest in helping students develop fresh perspectives and realise their academic potential.

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Join students from all over the world

Last year our students came from over 95 different countries, and this year we expect to go well above 100. Our summer school is an extraordinary opportunity to make friends from all over the world.

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An exciting cultural and recreational programme to complement your studies

Our summer courses are complemented by a carefully assembled timetable of activities designed to ensure that students have fun and make the most of their time in Oxford. These activities include Oxford classics such as punting and croquet.

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Visit sites such as Warwick Castle, Blenheim Palace and Stonehenge

All programmes include coach excursions to some magnificent sites, including Stonehenge, Warwick Castle and Blenheim Palace, which is one of the grandest buildings in the world.

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Courses

A-levels

Campus Full time 9 - 24 months January 2016 United Kingdom Yarnton Oxford + 1 more

The A-Level programme at Oxford Royale Academy combines small class sizes with expert tuition, to ensure that students excel within their subjects and flourish in their future pursuits. [+]

The A-Level programme at Oxford Royale Academy combines small class sizes with expert tuition, to ensure that students excel within their subjects and flourish in their future pursuits. The A-Level course here at Oxford Royale Academy offers students aged 16+ the chance to study with us for up to 2 years. The A-Levels (also called Advanced Levels) are recognised worldwide and are used as a condition of entry for the UK’s best universities, including Oxford and Cambridge. Here at Oxford Royale Academy, students study in classes of no more than four to ensure that all students benefit from close personal tuition, whilst also having the opportunity to share ideas with their peers. Oxford Royale Academy prides itself on treating every student as an individual. We allow our students to build their own bespoke timetable with additional options of supplementary study such as English Language, University Preparation and Careers Guidance. We also support students in deciding which A-Levels they would like to take, advise them on opportunities to develop their learning outside the classroom and help them to build independent learning skills which are necessary for further study worldwide. In addition to the academic programme, students at Oxford Royale Academy are provided with a vibrant range of extracurricular activities and entertainment which supplement the curriculum. All students are able to reside and study in Yarnton Manor, benefiting from this beautiful location and its excellent learning facilities, whilst also being just 15 minutes from Oxford’s bustling city centre. Highlights Experience the life of an Oxford undergraduate student Choose from a multitude of subject options Study under the guidance of highly experienced teaching faculty Meet new friends from all around the world Gain valuable qualifications and certificates What’s Included? (Academic) 19 hours of tuition per week 3 hours of personal development workshops per week Access to weekly public lectures at the University of Oxford Short course accredited by the Department of Continuing Education (University of Oxford) University and career-based application support throughout the course What’s Included? (Social) Induction Week including trips to the centre of Oxford Formal dinner parties with special guest speakers Pastoral leader onsite Regular onsite activities What’s Included? (Other) Accommodation at Yarnton Manor for the duration of the course Breakfast and dinner daily All course materials Customer service support prior to arrival and after departure Certification Up to 3 A-Levels Short course accredited by the Department of Continuing Education (University of Oxford) ORA academic report and participation certificate Personal development course (ASDAN) Learning Outcomes Students will leave the Study Centre having gained 3 full A-Levels, ready for either university study or the workplace What are A-Levels? A-Levels are among the most respected and accredited exams for school leavers in the world. A-Levels are the exams taken by students aged 16-18 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. More than ¾ million candidates take A-Levels every year, and the A-Level results are recognised by universities worldwide. A high grade in the A-Levels is important for entry into top universities in the world such as Oxford, Harvard, Cambridge and Yale. The A-Level programme at Oxford Royale Academy offers the chance for students to take up to 3 A-Levels over a 5 or 6 term period. In addition, there is a 3-term programme for students who are of exceptional ability and are considered to already have covered the first year of A-Level material. Whilst many schools and colleges offer the A-Level programme, few offer such a bespoke and tailored timetable as here at Oxford Royale Academy. Here, students can pick and choose exactly which individual A-Levels they would like to study, and can choose to supplement this study with our supplementary study modules such as UCAS and University Guidance or Academic Essay Writing. In addition to learning the subject knowledge needed to achieve a high grade in the A-Levels, students also learn how to revise effectively, how to structure an essay and how to prepare a presentation in our weekly academic skills workshops, and have the opportunity to enrich their knowledge with our personal development programme. We are confident that you will progress at a much faster rate here at Oxford Royale Academy than other schools or colleges. In most Sixth Forms, schools and international colleges, the average class size is 20 people. Here at Oxford Royale Academy, we prefer the Oxbridge-style teaching methods, focused around a maximum of 4 students in a class (called a tutorial). This style of teaching offers the chance to discuss topics in depth with the tutor, to ask questions and to complete the course at your own pace. A-Levels are notable for their academic rigour. While any subject will require some memorisation of facts, A-Levels generally reward creativity, insight, analysis and deeper understanding rather than the shallowness of rote learning. This makes studying for A-Levels a good preparation for the kind of mental dexterity required at university, as well as being a satisfying intellectual challenge that will leave you feeling academically stretched. [-]

Future Filmmakers Programme Oxford Gap Year (for ages 17-19)

Campus Full time 12 weeks January 2016 United Kingdom Oxford Yarnton + 1 more

Take your film idea from "script to screen" in just 12 weeks under the personal supervision of award-winning film producer Bruce Windwood. [+]

Fuel your passion for Film Oxford Royale Academy’s Future Filmmakers Programme is a dynamic and creative course, designed to take students from “concept to screen” over a period of twelve weeks. An immersive introduction to the practicalities of Filmmaking, this course is a suitable for students keen to take their first steps in the business, as well as those looking to build or expand an existing portfolio. In general, the course suits students who demonstrate a strong desire to work in the industry through their personal portfolio, film-related education or previous employment. However, no prior Film experience is required. The Future Filmmakers Programme is a three-month residential course centred around the production of a short film. Yarnton Manor is a ready-made film set teeming with creative inspiration: ORA students have the unique opportunity to live and shoot their film in the historic Jacobean Estate. This is an intensely practical course designed for the scriptwriters, producers, and directors of tomorrow. The Principal Photography aspect of the course utilises industry standard equipment and allows students to work alongside professional actors and film crews. Students are guided throughout by experts in the field, covering every aspect of the ‘script-to-screen’ process alongside more practical elements of the film business. As well as creative direction, students are encouraged to consider the full life cycle of a commercial release, from distribution to marketing to contractual negotiations around film sales. The Future Filmmakers Programme aims to provide students with the first steps to a successful film career: practical, immersive experience alongside professional cast and crew, as well as a high-quality short film suitable for portfolio or as an industry calling card. Whether they go onto higher education or straight into the business, students leave Oxford Royale Academy with a concrete skill-set and proven filmmaking experience. HOW TO APPLY The Future Filmmakers Programme is available as part of either our Oxford Gap Year (for ages 17-19) or our Oxford Study Programme (for ages 19-25). The easiest way to secure your place is to apply online, using our simple online booking form. To start, please select the programme you would like to apply for from the two options below: Future Filmmakers Programme (as part of the Oxford Gap Year for ages 17-19) Future Filmmakers Programme (as part of the Oxford Study Programme for ages 19-25) Please use the age you will be on your desired start date. If you will be aged 19 on your chosen start date, please select the Oxford Study Programme. [-]

Game Development Programme Oxford Gap Year (for ages 17-19)

Campus Full time August 2017 United Kingdom Oxford Yarnton

Game Development Programme Oxford Gap Year (ages 17-19) [+]

Accommodation details Students will be accommodated in single and twin rooms, both in the historic manor and in modern outbuildings. Bathrooms are shared between a few students. Male and female students will be separated by corridor and/or staircases. Safety and security on campus In the manor, students are overseen by the Programme Director, who implements the day-to-day running of the programme. The Director is assisted by a team of Counsellors who very often are current members of the University of Oxford. The Counsellors ensure that students are looked after pastorally, culturally and socially during their programme. Students are able to talk informally and frankly to the Counsellors in order to raise concerns or to discuss university applications. The manor has a few members of residential staff who live on-site throughout the programme and are able to assist students at any time of the day or night. [-]

Law Oxford Gap Year (for ages 17-19)

Campus Full time 10 - 12  January 2016 United Kingdom Oxford Yarnton + 1 more

The Law Oxford Gap Year programme provides prospective Law students with the chance to develop their academic understanding of the law through tuition and guided research. [+]

Introduction Whether you are thinking of studying Law as an undergraduate degree or as part of a graduate conversion course, this course is designed to set you on the right path to achieving your ambitions. The course also encourages development in wider skills essential to the successful study and practice of the law, including communication, academic writing, critical thinking and knowledge of current affairs. The Project As with all of our Oxford Gap Year subjects, the Law course focuses on the production of an extended piece of writing that the student must research and produce independently under the guidance of our tutors. Typically this consists of a thesis on a specific topic within the law, often an area of controversy or something featuring heavily in the news, although there is scope for producing something other than a thesis. Possible thesis titles and topics include: The UK’s uncodified constitution and the separation of powers: who really holds the power in the UK? Brexit: The legal case for and against Britain’s exit from the EU Euthanasia: reconciling legal, moral and ethical values The development of the law from ancient times to the present Topics Covered Following an initial Orientation Week, tutoring at our International Study Centre begins. This phase introduces the student to some of the fundamental areas of the law, covering the following modules: Introduction to Law and the English Legal System Contract Law The Law of Tort Criminal Law Constitutional Law Legal Skills The following skills workshops are also available at an additional cost: Academic writing General English Debating and public speaking Management, leadership and team building UCAS, personal statements and university applications IELTS preparation Students will cover key information within these areas of the law and will also focus on a number of important case studies. The aim is to provide students with a sufficient platform to enable them to devise suitable topics for their Project, as well as specific case studies and examples into which they can conduct further research. Students will be expected to do considerable out-of-class study during this phase in order to fully grasp the material covered in class. Example Trip Students on the Law Gap Year course have the enviable opportunity to witness real-life court action at one of the Oxford courtrooms. Learning not only from the dialogue between defence and prosecution parties, students gain a broader understanding of the processes and functions of the British legal system, some of which are common across other countries both inside and outside of the EU. Why Take the Law Oxford Gap Year programme? Getting a head-start is vital in a field as competitive as Law. ORA’s Law Gap Year programme will help you grow in understanding of the areas that underpin the legal system in the UK, as well as giving your study skills a boost. It will enhance your ability to think critically and conduct independent research into a topic – traits that are invaluable to modern employers – and will provide an introduction to more specialist legal skills such as writing legal letters. The course is therefore an ideal opportunity for students on a gap year looking to use a considerable portion of their year to enhance their future possibilities in the field of Law. Start dates: January, March and September English requirement: IELTS 5.5 (it is not compulsory to have taken an English test) [-]

Summer courses

Summer course - Academic Discovery (for ages 8-10)

Campus Full time 1 - 5 weeks July 2017 United Kingdom Oxford Yarnton + 1 more

Our Academic Discovery Programme offers students aged 8-10 the opportunity to live and study in St Mary’s Ascot, a top UK boarding school. For each week-long session, students study a variety of Arts and Science subjects, along with a series of afternoon workshops. This course is also available for students aged 11-12 [+]

Overview Our Academic Discovery Programme offers students aged 8-10 the opportunity to live and study in St Mary’s Ascot, a top UK boarding school. For each week-long session, students study a variety of Arts and Science subjects, along with a series of afternoon workshops. This course is also available for students aged 11-12 Academic Content Students aged 8-10 on our Academic Discovery Programme will have the opportunity to study a variety of Arts and Science subjects, along with fun afternoon workshops which will help to consolidate what they have learned that day. Regardless of whether students would like to study an area of interest or learn something completely new, they will certainly find something of interest to them. Learning Objectives Inside the classroom, each subject has its own Learning Objectives, which relate to the material covered in the course, as well as the knowledge and skills fostered. Transferable Life Skills Attendees on the Academic Discovery Programme are encouraged to work on important key skills during their time with ORA. We believe that the experience of being away from home, living and studying in St Mary’s Ascot, a top UK boarding school, enables our students to develop a suite of transferable skills that go beyond those available to students in their own school environment. Vital for future success in any career, these skills include: developing strengths in independence, self-regulation and self-assessment; confidence in dealing with a wide range of new people and situations; responsibility for own learning, time management, and working with others; communication skills in speaking, listening, and presenting effective arguments in a variety of different contexts. Eligibility and Pre-requisites Students on the Academic Discovery Programme: Must conform to our Age Policy. Must be fluent or near-fluent English language speakers – if you are unsure whether your English level is suitable for this programme, please contact our Registrations Team on admin@oxford-royale.co.uk and they will be able to assist you. Must be able to fulfil the basic requirements of the programme, in terms of attendance at lessons, meals and events. Please contact our Registrations Team for more detailed information. Should check the pre-requisites of each option they select before enrolling, to ensure they possess the necessary knowledge to benefit from the subject matter discussed in the classes. [-]

Summer course - Broadening Horizons (for ages 16-18)

Campus Full time 2 - 4 weeks June 2017 United Kingdom Oxford Yarnton + 1 more

Our Broadening Horizons course offers students aged 16-18 the opportunity to live and study in a college of the University of Oxford or Yarnton Manor. Students choose three subjects from the 23 options available, allowing them to pursue areas of interest or to try out something new. [+]

Overview Our Broadening Horizons course offers students aged 16-18 the opportunity to live and study in a college of the University of Oxford or Yarnton Manor. Students choose three subjects from the 23 options available, allowing them to pursue areas of interest or to try out something new. Academic Content Attendees on the Broadening Horizons programme receive more than 20 hours of tuition per week. Students select two unique morning options (one from List A and one from List B) and an Afternoon Workshop class. Students follow all of their classes for two weeks – attendees on the four week p1rogramme are asked to select two options from each list. The Broadening Horizons programme offers a choice of 23 different subject options. Whether you would like to work on an area of interest, or you’d like to learn something completely new, we are sure we have something to capture your imagination. Morning subjects take place in small study groups; afternoon workshops are comprised typically of larger groups suitable for interactive activities. Click on the subject names to see course synopses and prerequisites. Please note that, where a subject appears in both List A and List B, it is not possible to choose the same subject from both lists. For example, it is not possible to choose List A Mathematics and List B Mathematics. All option choices must be unique. Learning Objectives Inside the classroom, each subject option has its own Learning Objectives, which relate to the material discussed and the core abilities covered. Click the name of the subject you are interested in above to read them. Transferable Life Skills In addition, attendees on the Broadening Horizons programme are encouraged to develop key Life Skills during their time with ORA. We believe that the experience of being away from home, living and studying in a college of the University of Oxford or in Yarnton Manor, enables our students to improve the following transferable skills, vital for future success in any career or vocation: Independence Confidence Ability to make friends and establish contacts with students from different backgrounds (network-building) International outlook Responsibility Our Students Every summer, ORA welcomes hundreds of the world’s brightest, most academically gifted students to our Oxford courses. In 2016, attendees came from 108 different nations, each bringing with them unique cultures, perspectives and stories to share with their new friends. The Broadening Horizons course is ORA’s most popular programme. In 2016, just under 800 students from 73 nations attended the programme. Our Teaching Faculty At Oxford Royale Academy we are committed to providing our students with the most qualified and high-calibre teaching faculty available. For the Broadening Horizons programme, all teachers of our Morning Classes must possess a Master’s Degree in their field, or a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). Needless to say, all Oxford Royale Academy teachers are passionate about their subjects, and are looking forward to passing their knowledge on to their students this summer. Guest Lectures and Debates At ORA, we go the extra mile to enhance the study abroad experience of our students. As part of this, every year our dedicated Events Team organises a series of fascinating guest lectures. In 2014, these took place in the Examination Schools of the University of Oxford, allowing ORA students to experience a lecture in the same environment as a University undergraduate. Guest speakers come from a wide range of backgrounds and specialisms, including the worlds of online media, television and academia. Our students also have the opportunity to watch and participate in a number of debates, which take place on campus. These range from formal Panel Debates involving teaching faculty and other staff, to informal discussions about current “hot topics” led by Counsellors. Coach Excursions The United Kingdom has a rich cultural heritage, and a course with Oxford Royale Academy is the perfect way for a young learner to explore this. All ORA courses include coach excursions to places of historical and social significance in the UK. On a 2-week Broadening Horizons programme, attendees will board the ORA coach to two such destinations, with this doubling to four different excursions on a 4-week course. Last summer, coach excursions for students aged 16-18 included visits to Blenheim Palace, Hampton Court and London. Extra-Curricular Activities At ORA, we never forget that our students are on holiday! Included with every ORA course is an extra-curricular timetable, carefully designed by our dedicated Events Team to ensure our students have fun, make friends and get the most out of being in Oxford. Eligibility and Pre-requisites Students on the Broadening Horizons programme: Must conform to our Age Policy. Must be fluent or near-fluent English language speakers – if you are unsure whether your English level is suitable for this programme, please contact our Registrations Team on admin@oxford-royale.co.uk and they will be able to assist you. Must be able to fulfil the basic requirements of the programme, in terms of attendance at lessons, meals and events. Please contact our Registrations Team for more detailed information. Should check the pre-requisites of each option they select before enrolling, to ensure they possess the necessary knowledge to benefit from the subject matter discussed in the classes. [-]

Summer course - Business Management (for ages 19-25)

Campus Full time 2 weeks July 2017 United Kingdom Oxford Yarnton + 1 more

In almost every career path, if you want to advance, you’ll have to be able to manage people – and that’s particularly true in the world of business. In this course, you have to chance to look at what separates good managers from bad managers and how you can acquire management skills that will serve you well in your future career. You’ll look at leadership, people skills and how to deal with a variety of challenging management situations. [+]

Overview In almost every career path, if you want to advance, you’ll have to be able to manage people – and that’s particularly true in the world of business. In this course, you have to chance to look at what separates good managers from bad managers and how you can acquire management skills that will serve you well in your future career. You’ll look at leadership, people skills and how to deal with a variety of challenging management situations. Academic Content This highly practical course looks at how you can match the skills you have already to being a good manager. Over two weeks of study, you’ll look at everything is required of a manager, such as inspiring a team, providing useful feedback, making a pitch, budgeting, strategy and planning and how to work with difficult colleagues – and you’ll work towards learning the necessary skills to pull this off and inspire a team. You’ll look at different management styles, and work out which one is right for you and the situations you might encounter, given your own personality and abilities. Because this course is targeted at students aged 19 to 25, you’ll also look at management challenges that affect specifically that age group, such as how to handle not being taken seriously because of your age, and how to manage people who may be considerably older and more experienced than you are. Case studies of different businesses – some successful and some not – will help you understand what has led managers to succeed or to fail. Businesses led by young entrepreneurs are a particular focus of the case studies chosen. In addition, you’ll learn transferable skills that will be useful in a wide range of contexts, such as managing delegation, public speaking and presentation skills. Working with students from all over the world will also give you an insight into how best-practice management styles differ across different cultures, and there will be extensive discussion of how to manage possible clashes of culture in an ever-more globalised world. There will also be time for students with management experience, whether from the workplace, from school or university, or from extracurricular activities, to raise any problems that they have faced as young managers and for the group to discuss possible ways that such challenges could have been resolved. Why take this course? You might have an inspired idea for a new app, or a charitable cause that you’re passionate about, but making a success of endeavours like these will inevitably require business management skills. Likewise, any promotion you get in your future career is likely to require the management of other members of staff; and while some employers will offer training for this, many will simply expect you to work it out for yourself. Oxford Royale Academy’s Business Management course is targeted specifically at the business management needs of students aged 19 to 25. You might be taking a Gap Year, or be a current undergraduate, or recent graduate who has newly started in the world of work. Most degrees do not include business management skills, but might nonetheless lead to jobs that do – this intensive, fun, hands-on two-week course can help you level up in skills so that you’re ready to take on managerial responsibility, in whatever form that might be. After all, the skills that are vital in the boardroom are just as applicable to managing a theatre group or political campaign. Surrounded by like-minded peers, this course will not only train you in management and business knowledge, but help build your confidence so that you know that you’re ready for the challenges ahead. Eligibility and Pre-requisites Students on the Business Management programme: Must conform to our Age Policy. Must be fluent or near-fluent English language speakers – if you are unsure whether your English level is suitable for this programme, please contact our Registrations Team on admin@oxford-royale.co.uk and they will be able to assist you. Must be able to fulfil the basic requirements of the programme, in terms of attendance at lessons, meals and events. Please contact our Registrations Team for more detailed information. Should check the pre-requisites of each option they select before enrolling, to ensure they possess the necessary knowledge to benefit from the subject matter discussed in the classes. [-]

Summer course - Computer Science and App Programming (for ages 19-25)

Campus Full time 2 weeks July 2017 United Kingdom Oxford Yarnton + 1 more

How many times have you found yourself saying “There’s an app for that”? Computers and apps have become so deeply engrained in our daily lives that it’s difficult to imagine life without them. The huge demand for IT skills, combined with a general skills shortage in this fast-growing field, makes Computer Science and App Programming a good area in which to grow your knowledge – and this course is the ideal way to get started. [+]

Overview How many times have you found yourself saying “There’s an app for that”? Computers and apps have become so deeply engrained in our daily lives that it’s difficult to imagine life without them. The huge demand for IT skills, combined with a general skills shortage in this fast-growing field, makes Computer Science and App Programming a good area in which to grow your knowledge – and this course is the ideal way to get started. Academic Content On our challenging Computer Science and App Programming course, you will be introduced to the basics of computer science and the ways in which computer technology can be exploited. As well as studying programming theory, you will develop practical skills in website development, using HTML for the structure and CSS for the formatting, and you will also be introduced to Python, a more scientific programming language. You’ll gain an understanding of the mathematics behind computer algorithms, and you will work in teams to design and develop your own app to put what you’ve learned to the test. Why take this course? Computer Science and App Programming is a fascinating and highly relevant course designed for gap year students, undergraduates and recent graduates. Your time on this course will give you a deeper understanding of the technology that has become so fundamental to daily life, equipping you with new knowledge and skills that have the potential to lead to a lucrative career. Even if you don’t end up going into a computer science-related career, the course provides useful background that will come in handy for a wide range of careers. In the modern workplace, knowledge of computers and apps is always helpful and in demand, so your attendance on the course will enhance your CV and set you apart from other candidates. What’s more, you will develop transferable skills – such as working effectively in a team – that will stand you in good stead at university and in your future career. Eligibility and Pre-requisites Students on the Computer Science and App Programming programme: Must conform to our Age Policy. Must be fluent or near-fluent English language speakers – if you are unsure whether your English level is suitable for this programme, please contact our Registrations Team on admin@oxford-royale.co.uk and they will be able to assist you. Must be able to fulfil the basic requirements of the programme, in terms of attendance at lessons, meals and events. Please contact our Registrations Team for more detailed information. Should check the pre-requisites of each option they select before enrolling, to ensure they possess the necessary knowledge to benefit from the subject matter discussed in the classes. [-]

Summer course - Economics (for ages 19-25)

Campus Full time 2 weeks July 2017 United Kingdom Oxford Yarnton + 1 more

This two-week programme will introduce students to the fundamentals of microeconomics, macroeconomics, and related fields of study including econometrics, banking and financial management. On the Oxford Royale Academy Economics course, you’ll have the chance to learn about the economics that underpin our daily lives, what causes financial crises, and different schools of thought among economists about how we can make our society a more economically stable and prosperous one to live in. [+]

Overview This two-week programme will introduce students to the fundamentals of microeconomics, macroeconomics, and related fields of study including econometrics, banking and financial management. On the Oxford Royale Academy Economics course, you’ll have the chance to learn about the economics that underpin our daily lives, what causes financial crises, and different schools of thought among economists about how we can make our society a more economically stable and prosperous one to live in. Economics affects so much of our lives yet so many of us find it mysterious, so in this two-week course you can lift the lid on some of the principles, debates and uncertainties that the study of Economics holds. Academic Content What happens if you increase taxes for the rich? Will a higher minimum wage help to lift people out of poverty, or just increase unemployment? What does having a weak currency mean for a country, practically? Why are Freddos so much more expensive than they used to be? In this Economics course, you’ll learn the answers different experts have to each of these questions, and come to understand why the different theories that underpin their answers might lead them to disagree. You’ll look at the impact of individual decisions on economic systems (microeconomics), economics over a larger, especially national scale (macroeconomics) and other areas such as statistics in economics, and the history of economic thought. Students are encouraged to present their own opinions for discussion, whether you’d like to make a rousing defence of Marxism or speak in praise of neoliberalism. Discussion and debate are vital components of this course, where you will be equipped with the grounding of knowledge and theory to defend your opinions cogently. Presenting your views in a manner that is polite and respectful of others is a skill that you will also have the opportunity to hone. Real-world examples are central to the approach taken on this course; in particular, you’ll look at the 2008 financial crisis, see its roots in history and understand firstly what might have prevented it, and secondly the actions taken by governments and businesses around the world in order to mitigate its effects. You’ll debate whether their actions were effective, and discuss what might have been done better, given the benefit of hindsight. Why take this course? Economics affects our lives in countless ways. If you’re interested in politics, public policy, the Law, international development or any related subject, a thorough understanding of Economics is vital. For current undergraduates studying any of the subjects above, this course is highly recommended to enhance your understanding of your own subject, and to provide you with an insight into what Economics has to offer should you choose to branch into it for your postgraduate degree. However, many students considering taking our Economics course are studying courses that are not immediately related, from English Literature to Physics. Taking Oxford Royale Academy’s two-week Economics course can be a refreshing change if you’re studying an unrelated subject. Aside from anything else, it’ll help you understand the headlines in The Financial Times. If you’re not a current undergraduate, but instead taking a Gap Year or a recent graduate, you may find that this Economics course is of value to you, helping you understand the business decisions taken by your employer, or possibly illuminating a future career path or further study. The diverse range of students on any Oxford Royale Academy course, from all around the world, help to illuminate the study of Economics from a global perspective, which is increasingly valuable in the modern world. Eligibility and Pre-requisites Students on the Economics programme: Must conform to our Age Policy. Must be fluent or near-fluent English language speakers – if you are unsure whether your English level is suitable for this programme, please contact our Registrations Team on admin@oxford-royale.co.uk and they will be able to assist you. Must be able to fulfil the basic requirements of the programme, in terms of attendance at lessons, meals and events. Please contact our Registrations Team for more detailed information. Should check the pre-requisites of each option they select before enrolling, to ensure they possess the necessary knowledge to benefit from the subject matter discussed in the classes. [-]

Summer course - Engineering (for ages 19-25)

Campus Full time 2 weeks July 2017 United Kingdom Oxford Yarnton + 1 more

From the roads, tunnels and bridges that enable us to move around the country to the planes that enable us to fly abroad for our holidays, we have a lot to thank engineering for. If you’d like to learn more about this interesting and wide-ranging subject and how it helps us to take advantage of the world around us, then Oxford Royale Academy’s Engineering course is the one for you. [+]

Overview From the roads, tunnels and bridges that enable us to move around the country to the planes that enable us to fly abroad for our holidays, we have a lot to thank engineering for. If you’d like to learn more about this interesting and wide-ranging subject and how it helps us to take advantage of the world around us, then Oxford Royale Academy’s Engineering course is the one for you. Academic Content On this course, you will learn about the difference between the major branches of engineering: civil, mechanical, structural, electrical, chemical, and aeronautical. You will consider the work of different kinds of engineers, and learn the technical vocabulary and analytical skills necessary to grasp complex engineering topics and problems. Interactive workshops and activities will consolidate your learning, helping you make the link between theoretical concepts and their practical applications. As well as learning engineering-specific skills such as circuit design, you will also develop transferable skills applicable to many other subjects and careers, such as public speaking and scientific methods. Why take this course? The Engineering course at Oxford Royale Academy gives you the chance to study a fascinating scientific subject rarely taught in schools. If you’re a gap year student planning to study engineering or a related field (such as physics or mathematics) at university, this will be a useful introduction to the subject, whilst those already at university will find the course complements their existing studies. For graduates, it provides interesting insights that may be of relevance to certain fields of work, as well as giving you transferable skills that will give you an edge in job applications. Even if you’re not studying a scientific subject at university or going into a related career, the course will enhance your general knowledge in an enjoyable and intellectually stimulating way. What’s more, the transferable skills you’ll develop through attending this course will be of use at university and in your future career, in particular skills such as communication, public speaking and scientific analysis. Eligibility and Pre-requisites Students on the Engineering programme: Must conform to our Age Policy. Must be fluent or near-fluent English language speakers – if you are unsure whether your English level is suitable for this programme, please contact our Registrations Team on admin@oxford-royale.co.uk and they will be able to assist you. Must be able to fulfil the basic requirements of the programme, in terms of attendance at lessons, meals and events. Please contact our Registrations Team for more detailed information. Should check the pre-requisites of each option they select before enrolling, to ensure they possess the necessary knowledge to benefit from the subject matter discussed in the classes. [-]

Summer course - Environmental Science (for ages 19-25)

Campus Full time 2 weeks July 2017 United Kingdom Oxford Yarnton + 1 more

Environmental change is one of the most significant issues facing the planet today, yet it remains a controversial topic. Many deny climate change, while others recognise the potential severity of its impact and are working towards mitigating the effects before it’s too late. This fascinating and challenging course deepens your appreciation of this big debate, along with many of the other environmental issues that scientists are attempting to manage in the 21st century. [+]

Overview Environmental change is one of the most significant issues facing the planet today, yet it remains a controversial topic. Many deny climate change, while others recognise the potential severity of its impact and are working towards mitigating the effects before it’s too late. This fascinating and challenging course deepens your appreciation of this big debate, along with many of the other environmental issues that scientists are attempting to manage in the 21st century. Academic Content During the Environmental Science course, you will develop an understanding of the Earth’s systems and environmental issues such as species decline, natural disasters and food shortage. In particular, you will learn about climate change and its potential impact by looking at scientific evidence. You will also consider migration policy, and the global politics that affect the way in which environmental issues are viewed and handled. You will think about climate change mitigation, in the context of which you will study waste management, renewable energy, land use policy and other ways of reducing our impact on the planet. You will spend some time discovering the history of Environmental Science and its interplay between scientific research and people’s attitudes towards the planet. As part of the course, you will take part in debates with your fellow students on a range of contemporary environmental issues, and you will approach each debate from a variety of perspectives, including scientific and political angles. Why take this course? This thought-provoking course is tailored to gap year students, undergraduates and recent graduates. It is designed to deepen your understanding of the often heavily politicised environmental issues that frequently appear in the news today. You will develop an objective, academic approach to considering these issues, a multi-faceted way of thinking that will stand you in good stead in any other academic discipline and in your future career. The course provides useful background knowledge to degrees such as geography, geology and earth sciences, but it is also of general interest and will boost your general knowledge in a useful and relevant way. Furthermore, you will develop important transferable skills, such as public speaking and working in teams, which will benefit your university studies and your future job. Eligibility and Pre-requisites Students on the Environmental Science programme: Must conform to our Age Policy. Must be fluent or near-fluent English language speakers – if you are unsure whether your English level is suitable for this programme, please contact our Registrations Team on admin@oxford-royale.co.uk and they will be able to assist you. Must be able to fulfil the basic requirements of the programme, in terms of attendance at lessons, meals and events. Please contact our Registrations Team for more detailed information. Should check the pre-requisites of each option they select before enrolling, to ensure they possess the necessary knowledge to benefit from the subject matter discussed in the classes. [-]

Summer course - Finance and Accounting (for ages 19-25)

Campus Full time 2 weeks July 2017 United Kingdom Oxford Yarnton + 1 more

From the price of milk to Britain’s much-debated membership of the European Union, few academic disciplines have as big an impact on our everyday lives as Economics. This course will shine a light on the theoretical side of this complex and often misunderstood subject, considering real-life applications in conjunction with the more practical disciplines of Finance and Accounting. [+]

Overview From the price of milk to Britain’s much-debated membership of the European Union, few academic disciplines have as big an impact on our everyday lives as Economics. This course will shine a light on the theoretical side of this complex and often misunderstood subject, considering real-life applications in conjunction with the more practical disciplines of Finance and Accounting. Whether you want to improve your general knowledge or you’re considering a career in a related field, the course is a fascinating introduction to the subject. Academic Content On this course you’ll look at key economic theory and how it is applied through a range of topics within microeconomics, macroeconomics and international economics. Covering models such as market structure, international trade, and exchange rates you’ll consider basic economic problems such as scarcity and choice and supply and demand. You’ll additionally consider current economic issues such as unemployment and the pros and cons of EU membership, approaching them from an intellectual perspective and engaging in debate with your fellow students. With your new knowledge of economics in mind, you will then delve into the more practical disciplines of finance and accounting, considering the differences between the two and exploring the multiple career choices available within each. Why take this course? This course is aimed at gap year students, undergraduates and recent graduates aged between 19 and 25. It provides an enjoyable intellectual challenge with which to occupy part of your summer, and will strengthen your knowledge and understanding of the world around you. In learning about economics, finance, and accounting you’ll gain an insight into a number of possible career choices, as well as acquiring knowledge that will enhance your CV. What’s more, because debate is a central part of the teaching process at Oxford Royale Academy, you will develop transferable skills such as public speaking and the ability to analyse an argument, which will stand you in excellent stead either at university and or when applying for jobs. Eligibility and Pre-requisites Students on the Economics, Finance and Accounting programme: Must conform to our Age Policy. Must be fluent or near-fluent English language speakers – if you are unsure whether your English level is suitable for this programme, please contact our Registrations Team on admin@oxford-royale.co.uk and they will be able to assist you. Must be able to fulfil the basic requirements of the programme, in terms of attendance at lessons, meals and events. Please contact our Registrations Team for more detailed information. Should check the pre-requisites of each option they select before enrolling, to ensure they possess the necessary knowledge to benefit from the subject matter discussed in the classes. [-]

Summer course - Introduction to Medicine (for ages 13-15)

Campus Full time 2 weeks July 2017 United Kingdom Oxford Yarnton + 1 more

This new two-week course will introduce students aged 13-15 to the exciting discipline of Medicine. With guidance from Oxford Royale Academy’s expert teachers, participants will engage in theoretical study of human anatomy and associated topics, alongside interactive skills sessions to help them develop key competencies for their future studies, such as presentation and interpersonal skills. [+]

Overview This new two-week course will introduce students aged 13-15 to the exciting discipline of Medicine. With guidance from Oxford Royale Academy’s expert teachers, participants will engage in theoretical study of human anatomy and associated topics, alongside interactive skills sessions to help them develop key competencies for their future studies, such as presentation and interpersonal skills. The key aims of the Introduction to Medicine course are to provide students with an early insight into life as a doctor, and to give them a head start in the knowledge required to get there. For students aged 16-18, ORA offers the Medical School Preparation course. Academic Content This course introduces students to the study of human anatomy and associated theoretical topics. It incorporates a significant practical element, giving students the opportunity to learn the basics of medical procedures and how to use medical equipment in interactive workshops. As being a doctor also requires strong interpersonal skills to facilitate a good relationship with patients, this course will also help students develop these all-important soft skills alongside the technical theory they will learn. Students on the Introduction to Medicine course also enjoy excursions to London, where they take in sites of medical significance such as the Royal College of Surgeons’ Hunterian Museum, The Old Operating Theatre (indeed, the oldest in Europe), and The Wellcome Collection’s wide-ranging exhibition of artefacts and artworks inspired by medical progress. Through both practical and theoretical exposure to the challenging and exciting world of studying medicine, students will get the chance to assess whether they would be suited to a medical career in the future. They will benefit from the expertise of our teaching faculty, as all teachers on this course will be qualified doctors or current students of Medicine. Learning Objectives By the end of this course, students will have: learned the basics of anatomy and the science behind Medicine; developed new skills in practical skills workshops; considered and made plans for their future career paths; gained a head start on the road to medical school. Transferable Life Skills Attendees on the Introduction to Medicine course are encouraged to work on key skills during their time with ORA. We believe that the experience of living and studying in a historically important city, away from home, enables our students to develop a suite of transferable skills that go beyond those available to students in their own school environment. Vital for future success in any career, these skills include: developing strengths in independence, self-regulation and self-assessment; confidence in dealing with a wide range of new people and situations; responsibility for own learning, time management, and working with others; communication skills in speaking, listening, and presenting effective arguments in a variety of different contexts. Our Students Every summer, ORA welcomes hundreds of the world’s brightest, most academically gifted students to our Oxford courses. In 2016, attendees came from 108 different nations, each bringing with them unique cultures, perspectives and stories to share with their new friends. For the Introduction to Medicine programme, students from 37 nations attended. Our Teaching Faculty At Oxford Royale Academy we are committed to providing our students with the most qualified and high-calibre teaching faculty available. All Oxford Royale Academy teachers are passionate about their subjects, and are looking forward to passing their knowledge on to their students this summer! Guest Lectures and Debates At ORA, we go the extra mile to enhance the study abroad experience of our students. As part of this, every year our dedicated Events Team organises a series of fascinating guest lectures. Guest speakers come from a wide range of backgrounds and specialisms, including the worlds of online media, television and academia. Our students also have the opportunity to watch and participate in a number of debates, which take place on campus. These range from formal Panel Debates involving teaching faculty and other staff, to informal discussions about current “hot topics” led by Counsellors. Coach Excursions The United Kingdom has a rich cultural heritage, and a course with Oxford Royale Academy is the perfect way for a young learner to explore this. All ORA courses include coach excursions to places of historical and social significance in the UK. On the 2-week Introduction to Medicine course, attendees will board the ORA coach to two such destinations. Last summer, coach excursions for students aged 13-15 included visits to the Tower of London and Cotswold Wildlife Park. Extra-Curricular Activities At ORA, we never forget that our students are on holiday! Included with every ORA course is an extra-curricular timetable, carefully designed by our dedicated Events Team to ensure our students have fun, make friends and get the most out of being in Oxford. Eligibility and Pre-requisites Students on the Introduction to Medicine programme: Must conform to our Age Policy. Must be fluent or near-fluent English language speakers – if you are unsure whether your English level is suitable for this programme, please contact our Registrations Team on admin@oxford-royale.co.uk and they will be able to assist you. Must be able to fulfil the basic requirements of the programme, in terms of attendance at lessons, meals and events. Please contact our Registrations Team for more detailed information. Should check the pre-requisites of each option they select before enrolling, to ensure they possess the necessary knowledge to benefit from the subject matter discussed in the classes. [-]

Summer course - Junior English (for ages 8-12)

Campus Full time 1 - 5 weeks July 2017 United Kingdom Oxford Yarnton + 1 more

The Junior English Programme is designed to provide students aged 8-12 with a summer course to improve their spoken and written English language skills. The course is aimed at students who want to improve their English and even study in the UK in the future! For older students, ORA offers the Oxford Summer English courses for ages 13-15 and 16-18. [+]

Overview The Junior English Programme is designed to provide students aged 8-12 with a summer course to improve their spoken and written English language skills. The course is aimed at students who want to improve their English and even study in the UK in the future! For older students, ORA offers the Oxford Summer English courses for ages 13-15 and 16-18. Academic Content The Junior English Programme consists of over 20 taught hours per week (15 class hours and 5.25 taught workshop hours). This programme encourages students to learn English and develop their ability to communicate with people from different cultures and countries. ORA promotes a coherent and multi-cultural approach to English language learning, actively expanding students’ abilities and encouraging them to share ideas. The main areas covered are as follows: Grammar Vocabulary Pronunciation Speaking Listening Reading Writing Colloquial English How ORA will improve students’ English in and out of school: ORA’s own English programme, developed by EFL experts; Student learning is maximised in small class sizes; ORA’s EFL teachers use dynamic, interactive and fun student-centred teaching methods; ORA’s EFL courses are integrated with cultural activities and excursions outside of the classroom to provide context and practical application opportunities. Why choose this EFL course? Are you aged between 8 and 12? Do you want to get ahead of the game by improving your English skills long before most students think of doing so? If so, Oxford Royale Academy’s English as a Foreign Language (EFL) course is the programme for you. Why take an EFL course now? Taking an EFL course at this early stage in your academic career will bring you many benefits, not least because the younger you learn the quicker you’ll pick up and retain new knowledge. If you lay solid foundations now, you’ll find it pays dividends throughout your academic life and beyond. The following are just a few of the reasons why students choose to join us for our EFL courses each year: Open up more options – taking an EFL course now will open up more academic possibilities for you down the line, as you’ll need a strong grasp of English in order to apply for many of the world’s top universities. Our EFL courses focus in part on improving your use of English specifically for an academic context, standing you in good stead when you come to apply for university and allowing you to read a greater breadth of scholarship once you get there. Avoid a last-minute panic – taking an EFL course a few years before you go to university will avoid the last-minute realisation that the university you’d set your heart on demands a higher level of English than you are able to provide. Taking an EFL course now will give you many more years to develop your English skills, using the advanced grammar, vocabulary and syntax that we teach. Complement your school studies – the chances are that you’re already studying English as part of your school curriculum. If this is the case, you’ll find that our EFL courses help you make rapid progress and allow you to achieve a far higher standard of English than the rest of your class. Learn English in a unique environment – our EFL courses provide a unique educational environment in which you’ll be immersed in the English language alongside like-minded students. Not only that, but we’ll introduce you to life in England with a number of trips to famous British landmarks and giving you a flavour of English used in its natural context, accelerating your learning and deepening your cultural appreciation of this complex language. Learning Objectives This course aims to: help students quickly improve their English skills for general contexts; build students’ confidence in their use of spoken English; develop students’ knowledge of English grammar, syntax and vocabulary; improve students’ English reading and writing skills; encourage independent learning; provide an insight into various aspects of British culture. Transferable Life Skills Attendees on the Junior English Programme are encouraged to work on important key skills during their time with ORA. We believe that the experience of being away from home, living and studying in an inspiring setting, enables our students to develop a suite of transferable skills that go beyond those available to students in their own school environment. Vital for future success in any career, these skills include: developing strengths in independence, self-regulation and self-assessment; confidence in dealing with a wide range of new people and situations; responsibility for own learning, time management, and working with others; communication skills in speaking, listening, and presenting effective arguments in a variety of different contexts. Eligibility and Pre-requisites Students on the Junior English Programme: Must conform to our Age Policy. Must be intermediate-level (B1) English language speakers – if you are unsure whether your English level is suitable for this programme, please contact our Registrations Team on admin@oxford-royale.co.uk and they will be able to assist you. Must be able to fulfil the basic requirements of the programme, in terms of attendance at lessons, meals and events. Please contact our Registrations Team for more detailed information. Should check the pre-requisites of each option they select before enrolling, to ensure they possess the necessary knowledge to benefit from the subject matter discussed in the classes. [-]

Summer course - Law School Preparation (for ages 16-18)

Campus Full time 2 weeks June 2017 United Kingdom Oxford Yarnton + 1 more

The Law School preparation programme combines sessions devoted to the process of applying to law school with sessions in which students will learn about an aspect of law and then debate it. [+]

Overview The Law School preparation programme combines sessions devoted to the process of applying to law school with sessions in which students will learn about an aspect of law and then debate it. This programme is also available in Cambridge and London. For students aged 13-15, ORA offers an Introduction to Law course. Academic Content Interviews On the Law School preparation programme, students focus on and practise the skills necessary in a good law school and law firm interview. They are asked to consider different types of questions they might be asked in interviews, and how best to tackle them. They learn how to write a good legal essay and increase their commercial awareness in order to apply for relevant jobs and internships in the legal sector. Personal Statements Students are guided through the process of writing a strong personal statement. Over the two weeks they draft their own statement in order to have a first or second draft of their statement ready by the time they leave Oxford. LNAT test In addition, students look at the LNAT (National Admissions Test for Law), which is used by many universities to assess applicants. Students are introduced to the most important skills necessary to tackle the essay section of the test. They also look at the types of multiple choice questions asked on the exam, and get a chance to answer them under timed conditions. Crown Court Visit A particular highlight for our students is witnessing a criminal trial in London to experience advocacy first-hand and to gain a sense of what it is like to speak in court. Students will also get a chance to work in groups on a moot, which is an oral presentation of a legal argument against an opponent in the presence of a judge. Students will be given a set of facts, and research and prepare an argument on behalf of their (fictional) clients. Through the exercise students will practise their speech-writing and advocacy skills. The programme ends with a mock trial in which all students will play different roles. Learning Objectives This course aims to: introduce students to law in the UK; equip students with a variety of logic and argumentation skills and techniques that will enable them to construct convincing arguments both in essays and in oral debate; familiarise students with the entry requirements to study Law at UK Universities. By the end of the course students will have: gained insight into what constitutes a strong application to study law at a UK university; developed and practised their critical thinking and logical reasoning skills improved their interview technique and grown in confidence in their presentation skills; gained an understanding of contract, commercial and business law in the UK; strengthened their public speaking and debating skills; developed their confidence in presenting their arguments in a range of different contexts. Transferable Life Skills Attendees on the Law School Preparation Programme are encouraged to work on important key skills during their time with ORA. We believe that the experience of being away from home, living and studying in a college of the University of Oxford, enables our students to develop a suite of transferable skills that go beyond those available to students in their own school environment. Vital for future success in any career, these skills include: developing strengths in independence, self-regulation and self-assessment; confidence in dealing with a wide range of new people and situations; responsibility for own learning, time management, and working with others; communication skills in speaking, listening, and presenting effective arguments in a variety of different contexts. Whom is the Law School Preparation course for? The Law School Preparation course is designed for students who aspire to study Law at university. It’s usually the case that assertive students who enjoy debating, particularly in a formal setting, are encouraged to study Law at university. However, while such students are often suited to the type of work required of barristers, they are not the only students who do well in such a career. Students who find the intricacies of the law and the ways in which our society is arranged to be of interest, even if they are not enthusiastic debaters, should consider Law as an option for their future career. As such, although this course is primarily intended for those who have already decided that they want to apply to study Law at university, it is also suitable for students who are currently in the process of deciding what they want to study, or whether studying Law in the UK would suit them. This course enables students to try out what it’s like to study Law, including important elements of a university-style course such as mooting (the process of staging a mock trial) and looking at the wide range of topics that come under the purview of the law. How will the Law School Preparation course help me achieve my ambitions? The Law School Preparation course has been carefully designed to help you in every aspect of the road to law school. A realistic impression of law school From films like ‘Legally Blonde’ to bizarre urban myths passed around on student forums, it’s very easy to get a false impression of what the undergraduate study of law consists of, and, more generally, what life at law school is actually like. Law School Preparation will provide students with an introduction to the legal concepts that they will encounter, such as Business Law, Contract Law and Criminal Law, and an impression of how these topics are taught in an undergraduate setting. This means that students who have taken the Law School Preparation course will be able to approach applications to law school from a position of greater understanding. Additionally, having become acclimatised to the way law is studied at university, they will be ready to work in the right way from their first day at law school, gaining a head-start over peers who may still be settling in. Practise for the LNAT The LNAT is an aptitude test used by eight of the best UK universities in order to differentiate between top candidates, particularly in the assessment of logical reasoning skills and reading comprehension. Universities requiring the LNAT include Birmingham, Bristol, Durham, Glasgow, King’s College London, Nottingham, Oxford and University College London. With candidates’ average scores rising every year, preparing well for this test is becoming ever more important. This course helps students improve their LNAT scores by talking through what the test requires, looking at sample questions and practising under exam conditions, so that when students come to take the LNAT for real, they will be familiar and comfortable with its requirements, and thus ready to do well. Learn about UCAS applications For non-UK applicants, the UCAS university application system can be very confusing. Guidance on which combination of universities to apply to and how to write a good personal statement can vary widely, and it can be hard to tell when it is reliable and when not. Our expert teachers know what it takes to get accepted at law school through the UCAS system, and you can be sure that their advice will stand you in good stead when you begin the application process. One aspect of the Law School Preparation course is working on your personal statement. The personal statement is often considered the most challenging part of the UCAS application process. It’s a 40-line statement, written by the student, laying out why they want to study their chosen course and what makes them suited to it – a task that many students find very hard to achieve. On the Law School Preparation course, you’ll learn what makes a good personal statement, have the opportunity to read successful personal statements and draft your own personal statement under our teachers’ guidance. UCAS also allows students to apply to only five universities per application cycle, which means that the universities students apply to must be chosen carefully. Again, our teachers will be able to advise students on which courses at which universities might suit them best, and which they would be best off targeting given their academic performance and their interests. This helps students avoid ‘wasting’ a UCAS space on a university that would not be right for them, so that they apply to five universities that they are right for and that are right for them, maximising their chances of success. Gain interview skills While most universities don’t interview for law, it’s important to be properly prepared if you’re applying to those that do – and even if you’re not, interview skills will be vital when you graduate and enter the competitive world of applying to law firms for a training contract. During your time on the Law School Preparation course, you’ll be taking part in discussion and debate on a daily basis, giving you practice in airing your views in front of an audience of your peers and a qualified teacher, which will increase your confidence and skills in public speaking. You’ll have the chance to take part in a mock interview to hone interview-specific skills, too, which will also give you valuable experience of the style of questions you can expect from a law school interview. What’s more, the material you will cover on the course will be a helpful source of information for interview discussions, both in terms of the detail of the law that you will cover and in terms of broader issues, such as the impact of ethical dilemmas on the law and the way the law interacts with different ethical systems. Why attend the Law School Preparation course now? If you’re aged 16-18, now is the time to act if you want to improve your chances of getting into law school. Most people choose to apply to UCAS in the last year of school, so it’s valuable to learn about the process before you reach this stage, in order to have plenty of time to gather the relevant experience for your personal statement, to read around the topic for your interview and to research possible university options for your application. Eligibility and Pre-requisites Students on the Law School Preparation Programme: Must conform to our Age Policy. Must be fluent or near-fluent English language speakers – if you are unsure whether your English level is suitable for this programme, please contact our Registrations Team on admin@oxford-royale.co.uk and they will be able to assist you. Must be able to fulfil the basic requirements of the programme, in terms of attendance at lessons, meals and events. Please contact our Registrations Team for more detailed information. 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Summer course - Medical School Preparation ( for ages 16-18)

Campus Full time 2 weeks July 2017 United Kingdom Yarnton Oxford + 1 more

This course is designed for students who are considering applying to British medical schools, who might like to know more about the different courses available and the specific application processes, and who would like to receive some personalised advice on how to start writing their personal statements. [+]

Overview This course is designed for students who are considering applying to British medical schools, who might like to know more about the different courses available and the specific application processes, and who would like to receive some personalised advice on how to start writing their personal statements. This course will advise students on medical school application best practices, demystifying the process and addressing any concerns they may have. It will guide students through what they need to know before applying, from a discussion of why Medicine might be the course and career for them to the differences between various medical schools and their application processes, with a focus on Oxford and Cambridge. ORA also offers this programme in London, as well as in Cambridge. ORA also offers an Introduction to Medicine course for students aged 13-15. Academic Content Below is a list of topics covered during the course. Medicine as a Career The course guides students through their decision to study medicine. Students are asked to consider how their personal experience of education to date might be useful in their future medical school applications. Students are provided with tips on how to work on certain areas of their experience in order to prepare for medical school. This is to ensure that studying medicine is compatible with the students’ skills, strengths, chosen high school subjects and career aspirations. UK Medical Schools Each and every course differs in structure, teaching methods, hospital training, intercalated degree, location and reputation, amongst other things. The course provides students with a comparative analysis of UK medical schools to help them carefully tailor their application to their chosen school and its particular entry requirements and application procedures. Medicine at Oxford and Cambridge The course highlights the aspects in which medicine courses at Oxford and Cambridge are different from other medical schools as well as how the application process and requirements differ from other universities. The requirements and rationale of medical degree admissions interviews will also be explained. Personal Statement With so many well-qualified students applying, a well-written personal statement is necessary to stand out from the crowd. Students work closely with their teacher and will have a first or second draft of their statement ready by the time they leave Oxford. Previous students have identified the assistance with the personal statement as one of the best aspects of the programme. Advice on BMAT and other tests Students learn why it is important to take the test, and what actually gets “tested” in the exam. In class students discuss the answers to sample BMAT/UKCAT questions. Students practise critical thinking and analysis as well as reasoned argument, which is useful for both the aptitude sections and their interviews. Interview Technique Students whose paper application is successful will almost certainly be called to interview. During the course, students participate in mock interviews to prepare them for this, during which they practise good communication and presentation skills and learn useful tips on how to approach potential questions. Practical Skills Workshops A particular highlight of the course is the opportunity that students have to gain practical “hands-on” experience in a Medical Skills laboratory. These sessions allow students to practise using medical equipment and performing medical procedures, from using a stethoscope, testing sensation and examining the eyes to blood-taking and cannulation. Learning Objectives The course aims to: provide an introduction to the study of medicine at university level, including the structure of different UK medical schools, with a particular focus on Oxford and Cambridge; inform students of entrance requirements and the application processes of UK medical schools; instruct students on the structures of entrance exams and exam technique; provide a practical introduction to some basic medical practices; provide an overview of the ethical considerations involved in practising medicine At the end of the course students will be able to: explain what studying medicine at university level involves – both practically and theoretically; identify the medical schools to which they would like to apply; understand how best to prepare for their application, including writing an effective personal statement; identify the characteristics of successful applicants; understand the structure of entrance exams and know how best to prepare for them. Whom is the Medical School Preparation course for? The Medical School Preparation summer course is geared towards students aged between sixteen and eighteen who want to apply to medical school and ultimately become a doctor. If you’ve set your sights on studying medicine, the Medical School preparation summer programme helps you prepare a strong application for this incredibly competitive and challenging university course, as well as introducing you to how medicine is taught at various UK universities, including Oxford and Cambridge. If you’ve not yet decided where you want to apply, this programme will help you make the right decision. What’s more, the course introduces you to what it’s like to study medicine and pursue a career in this field, and it should help you confirm to yourself that medicine is definitely what you want to study. Medical school is a very specific university choice, and as such, this course is only really suitable for those who already know that this is what they want to study. If you have only a passing interest in medicine or simply want to learn a little more about it to improve your general knowledge, you would be better off choosing our Broadening Horizons course, which covers Medical Biology among a wide and fascinating selection of other academic subjects. How will the Medical School Preparation course help me achieve my ambitions? To be successful in applying to medical school and ultimately forging a career in medicine, you’ll need to put in some groundwork before you submit your application, and Medical School Preparation course helps you do just that. The course will be an invaluable headstart for your application to study medicine at university, as well as providing you with relevant experiences that you will be able to discuss in your personal statement and interviews. Some of the aspects of the course that will help you prepare a strong application, and set you on the right path for achieving your ultimate goal of becoming a doctor, are outlined below. Preparing for your BMAT exam The BMAT exam – also known as the BioMedical Admissions Test – is a crucial part of your application to medical school, but if you’ve never seen or done one before, the style of questions can be confusing. The last thing you want is for your dreams of a career in medicine to be cut short at the entrance exam stage, so diligent preparation is key. During your time at Oxford Royale Academy, we’ll familiarise you with what to expect during the exam, and give you plenty of opportunity for practising the test under exam conditions. This thoroughly prepares you for the real thing, boosting your confidence and giving you a headstart over your fellow applicants. We can also explain how the UKCAT (UK Clinical Aptitude Test) works and how you can prepare for it. Writing your medical school personal statement It’s common for prospective medical school students to come to us with very little idea of what to write in their personal statement, which many see as the most daunting aspect of completing the UCAS form. What’s more, with so many exceptionally well-qualified students applying to study medicine, it can be difficult to know how to make your personal statement stand out from the crowd. That’s why we’ve worked lots of personal statement guidance into our Medical School Preparation programme. As well as learning more about what medical schools are looking for in your personal statement, you can get personalised advice on how to write your personal statement and actual practice at writing a first draft. You can then take this away with you to refine further when you get home and go back to school. Preparing for medical school interviews The entrance exam and personal statement aren’t the only significant hurdles you’ll need to overcome in applying for medical school. You’ll also have interviews to contend with, and this can be a nerve-wracking experience. At Oxford Royale Academy, we’ll teach you different interview techniques and give you the opportunity to sit mock interviews. These are designed to give you experience of likely question styles, as well as highlighting areas for improvement in your answers, which gives you the chance to work through any problems long before you get to the real thing. Getting a feel for what it’s like to be a medical student The aspect of the Medical School Preparation course that our students tell us they most enjoy is the practical workshops, which teach you how to perform basic medical procedures, such as blood tests and how to use a stethoscope. These enjoyable but informative workshops introduce you to the kind of tasks you’ll learn when you’re a medical school student, as well as giving you a flavour of the jobs you’ll one day do when you’re a fully fledged doctor. What’s more, you’ll spend some time considering, in debate with your fellow students, the ethical problems that can arise when studying or practising medicine. You’ll find that this is all excellent background experience to fall back on, as well as being interesting and relevant material to cover in your personal statement and medical school interviews. Why attend the Medical School Preparation course now? Medicine is an extremely competitive course, and only the most gifted of candidates will be successful in their applications. This means that you’ll need to do everything you can to catch the eye of the medical school admissions tutors and show them that you have what it takes to succeed on this challenging course. In choosing to join Oxford Royale Academy’s Medical School Preparation course, you’re taking a powerful step towards achieving your ambitions. If you’re applying for medical school within the next academic year or two, this is the time to devote a couple of weeks of your summer holiday to studying this valuable medicine preparation course. Transferable Life Skills Attendees on the Medical School Preparation Programme are encouraged to work on important key skills during their time with ORA. We believe that the experience of being away from home, living and studying in a college of the University of Oxford or in Yarnton Manor, enables our students to develop a suite of transferable skills that go beyond those available to students in their own school environment. Vital for future success in any career, these skills include: developing strengths in independence, self-regulation and self-assessment; confidence in dealing with a wide range of new people and situations; responsibility for own learning, time management, and working with others; communication skills in speaking, listening, and presenting effective arguments in a variety of different contexts. Our Students Every summer, ORA welcomes hundreds of the world’s brightest, most academically gifted students to our Oxford courses. In 2016, attendees came from 108 different nations, each bringing with them unique cultures, perspectives and stories to share with their new friends. For the Medical School Preparation programme, over 150 students from 50 nations attended. Our Teaching Faculty At Oxford Royale Academy we are committed to providing our students with the most qualified and high-calibre teaching faculty available. All Oxford Royale Academy teachers are passionate about their subjects, and are looking forward to passing their knowledge on to their students this summer! Guest Lectures and Debates At ORA, we go the extra mile to enhance the study abroad experience of our students. As part of this, every year our dedicated Events Team organises a series of fascinating guest lectures. In 2014, these took place in the Examination Schools of the University of Oxford, allowing ORA students to experience a lecture in the same environment as a University undergraduate. Guest speakers come from a wide range of backgrounds and specialisms, including the worlds of online media, television and academia. Our students also have the opportunity to watch and participate in a number of debates, which take place on campus. These range from formal Panel Debates involving teaching faculty and other staff, to informal discussions about current “hot topics” led by Counsellors. Coach Excursions The United Kingdom has a rich cultural heritage, and a course with Oxford Royale Academy is the perfect way for a young learner to explore this. All ORA courses include coach excursions to places of historical and social significance in the UK. On the Medical School Preparation Programme, attendees will board the ORA coach to two such destinations. Last summer, coach excursions for students aged 16-18 included visits to Blenheim Palace and London. Extra-Curricular Activities At ORA, we never forget that our students are on holiday! Included with every ORA course is an extra-curricular timetable, carefully designed by our dedicated Events Team to ensure our students have fun, make friends and get the most out of being in Oxford. College Life All ORA courses are residential in colleges of the University of Oxford or in our stunning nearby 17th-century manor house, Yarnton Manor. This means our students have the fantastic opportunity to spend part of their summer living and studying in the environment of one of the best universities in the world. Oxford is quite unlike anywhere else. With a unique ensemble cast of architectural marvels famed the world over, the city feels incredibly ancient, yet continues to be home to some of the most progressive and innovative thinkers of the twenty-first century. Oxford Royale Academy’s summer programmes are designed with the academic rigour of their prestigious environment firmly in mind. The experience of living and studying in an academic environment in Oxford is particularly valuable for our students aged 16-18, as they begin to consider their academic lives beyond high school. Many attendees on our courses are so impressed by the architecture and atmosphere of Oxford and of their College, they are inspired to apply to study as undergraduates at the University of Oxford. The Medical School Preparation Programme for 2017 is residential in Balliol College, of the University of Oxford or at Yarnton Manor. Please click on the links for more information. Eligibility and Pre-requisites Students on the Medical School Preparation Programme: Must conform to our Age Policy. Must be fluent or near-fluent English language speakers – if you are unsure whether your English level is suitable for this programme, please contact our Registrations Team on admin@oxford-royale.co.uk and they will be able to assist you. Must be able to fulfil the basic requirements of the programme, in terms of attendance at lessons, meals and events. Please contact our Registrations Team for more detailed information. Should check the pre-requisites of each option they select before enrolling, to ensure they possess the necessary knowledge to benefit from the subject matter discussed in the classes. [-]

Summer course - Medicine (for ages 19-25)

Campus Full time 2 weeks July 2017 United Kingdom Oxford Yarnton + 1 more

Medicine is arguably one of the most challenging professions, and one that touches every single one of us at various points throughout our lives. If you’ve ever wondered what exactly the “Hippocratic oath” is, or how the medical profession goes about researching new treatments, this course is for you. Through an interactive learning process with intellectual curiosity and debate at its heart, you’ll gain an understanding of some of the challenges faced by the medical profession, as well as building up a picture of the many different branches of modern medicine. [+]

Overview Medicine is arguably one of the most challenging professions, and one that touches every single one of us at various points throughout our lives. If you’ve ever wondered what exactly the “Hippocratic oath” is, or how the medical profession goes about researching new treatments, this course is for you. Through an interactive learning process with intellectual curiosity and debate at its heart, you’ll gain an understanding of some of the challenges faced by the medical profession, as well as building up a picture of the many different branches of modern medicine. Academic Content This course introduces you to and familiarises you with the complex discipline of medicine, both as a profession and an academic pursuit. You’ll start by considering broader topics such as medical ethics – a thought-provoking subject that you’ll explore through debating problem scenarios and case studies with your fellow students. You’ll then look at theoretical areas such as research methods, as well as gaining an appreciation of the skills needed to practice medicine. In addition to understanding the different branches of medicine and what they’re concerned with, you will learn about more specific aspects such as human anatomy, what’s involved in basic medical procedures, and even how to use certain pieces of medical equipment. Why take this course? The Oxford Royale Academy Medicine course is designed for gap year and undergraduate students and recent graduates. Your attendance on the course gives you a thought-provoking and intellectually stimulating way to spend part of your summer, expanding your general knowledge and enhancing your CV with a challenging educational experience. As well as developing your knowledge of various aspects of medicine, this exciting course teaches numerous transferable skills that will be of great value at university and when applying for jobs. For example, debate is central to teaching on this course, which means you’ll develop confidence in forming, expressing and defending an opinion. You’ll also build on your ability to work effectively in small groups, which is excellent preparation for the workplace, and for the kind of studying you’ll be doing at university if you haven’t yet applied. Eligibility and Pre-requisites Students on the Medicine programme: Must conform to our Age Policy. Must be fluent or near-fluent English language speakers – if you are unsure whether your English level is suitable for this programme, please contact our Registrations Team on admin@oxford-royale.co.uk and they will be able to assist you. Must be able to fulfil the basic requirements of the programme, in terms of attendance at lessons, meals and events. Please contact our Registrations Team for more detailed information. Should check the pre-requisites of each option they select before enrolling, to ensure they possess the necessary knowledge to benefit from the subject matter discussed in the classes. [-]

Summer course - New Perspectives (for ages 13-15)

Campus Full time 2 - 4 weeks July 2017 United Kingdom Oxford Yarnton + 1 more

Our New Perspectives programme offers students aged 13-15 the opportunity to live and study in a college of the University of Oxford. For each two-week session, students choose one combination of subjects from five possible pairs, allowing them to pursue areas of interest or to try out something new. [+]

Overview Our New Perspectives programme offers students aged 13-15 the opportunity to live and study in a college of the University of Oxford. For each two-week session, students choose one combination of subjects from five possible pairs, allowing them to pursue areas of interest or to try out something new. Academic Content Students on the New Perspectives programme receive more than 20 hours of tuition per week. Students staying for two-weeks choose two morning subjects (one each from Lists A & B below) and one workshop class from 15 possible options, and follow all of their classes for two weeks. Attendees taking the four-week programme are asked to select four morning options and two workshop classes. Regardless of whether students would like to study an area of interest or learn something completely new, they will certainly find something of interest to them. Learning Objectives Inside the classroom, each subject option has its own Learning Objectives, which relate to the material covered in the course, as well as the knowledge and skills fostered. Click the name of the subject you are interested in above to read them. Transferable Life Skills Attendees on the New Perspectives programme are encouraged to work on important key skills during their time with ORA. We believe that the experience of being away from home, living and studying in a college of the University of Oxford, enables our students to develop a suite of transferable skills that go beyond those available to students in their own school environment. Vital for future success in any career, these skills include: developing strengths in independence, self-regulation and self-assessment; confidence in dealing with a wide range of new people and situations; responsibility for own learning, time management, and working with others; communication skills in speaking, listening, and presenting effective arguments in a variety of different contexts. Our Students Every summer, ORA welcomes hundreds of the world’s brightest, most academically gifted students to our Oxford courses. In 2016, attendees came from 108 different nations, each bringing with them unique cultures, perspectives and stories to share with their new friends. The Broadening Horizons course is ORA’s most popular programme. In 2016, just under 800 students from 73 nations attended the programme. Our Teaching Faculty At Oxford Royale Academy we are committed to providing our students with the most qualified and high-calibre teaching faculty available. For the Broadening Horizons programme, all teachers of our Morning Classes must possess a Master’s Degree in their field, or a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). Needless to say, all Oxford Royale Academy teachers are passionate about their subjects, and are looking forward to passing their knowledge on to their students this summer. Guest Lectures and Debates At ORA, we go the extra mile to enhance the study abroad experience of our students. As part of this, every year our dedicated Events Team organises a series of fascinating guest lectures. In 2014, these took place in the Examination Schools of the University of Oxford, allowing ORA students to experience a lecture in the same environment as a University undergraduate. Guest speakers come from a wide range of backgrounds and specialisms, including the worlds of online media, television and academia. Our students also have the opportunity to watch and participate in a number of debates, which take place on campus. These range from formal Panel Debates involving teaching faculty and other staff, to informal discussions about current “hot topics” led by Counsellors. Coach Excursions The United Kingdom has a rich cultural heritage, and a course with Oxford Royale Academy is the perfect way for a young learner to explore this. All ORA courses include coach excursions to places of historical and social significance in the UK. On a 2-week Broadening Horizons programme, attendees will board the ORA coach to two such destinations, with this doubling to four different excursions on a 4-week course. Last summer, coach excursions for students aged 16-18 included visits to Blenheim Palace, Hampton Court and London. Extra-Curricular Activities At ORA, we never forget that our students are on holiday! Included with every ORA course is an extra-curricular timetable, carefully designed by our dedicated Events Team to ensure our students have fun, make friends and get the most out of being in Oxford. Eligibility and Pre-requisites Students on the Broadening Horizons programme: Must conform to our Age Policy. Must be fluent or near-fluent English language speakers – if you are unsure whether your English level is suitable for this programme, please contact our Registrations Team on admin@oxford-royale.co.uk and they will be able to assist you. Must be able to fulfil the basic requirements of the programme, in terms of attendance at lessons, meals and events. Please contact our Registrations Team for more detailed information. Should check the pre-requisites of each option they select before enrolling, to ensure they possess the necessary knowledge to benefit from the subject matter discussed in the classes. [-]

Summer course - Oxford Architecture Programme

Campus Full time 2 weeks June 2017 United Kingdom Oxford Yarnton + 1 more

The Oxford Architecture Programme will introduce aspiring architects to key concepts and theories, whilst at the same time providing an insight into what future study or a career in architecture will entail. This architecture summer course is two weeks in duration and takes place in the architecturally fascinating city of Oxford. [+]

Overview The Oxford Architecture Programme will introduce aspiring architects to key concepts and theories, whilst at the same time providing an insight into what future study or a career in architecture will entail. This architecture summer course is two weeks in duration and takes place in the architecturally fascinating city of Oxford. ORA also offers this course in London. For students aged 13-15, ORA offers an Introduction to Architecture course. Academic Content With ORA’s Oxford Architecture Programme, students will learn the principles of design, mapping, spatial planning and analysis essential to portfolio development. They will also be introduced to the basic concepts of construction and engineering that will underpin their future careers in and studies of architecture. On this dedicated architecture summer programme in Oxford, students will consider the modern role of the architect and space in our built environment, honing the key spatial thinking and verbal communication skills required for the creation and planning of all aspects of building design projects. Students will also develop the practical and technical skills essential for project design, as this course aims to introduce students to architectural drawing and model construction in manual and digital formats. These skills will then be put to the test in a final group-based design portfolio competition, allowing students to pair their theoretical and technical understanding with team-oriented skills developed over the programme. Students should have a keen interest in and will have ideally studied Mathematics, Physics and/or Art and Design, but advanced knowledge is not required. The course is for fluent English speakers and is two weeks in duration, with a choice of start dates in July. Learning Objectives Students receive more than 20 hours of teaching per week, in classes of no more than 15. Lessons on architectural theory combine with skills-based workshops to allow students to learn about all aspects of architecture and gain an impression of the undergraduate study of this fascinating subject. Students will learn vital and invaluable skills for the modern workplace, which they will be able to use long after they leave the summer school. Through a variety of homework tasks, presentations and focus problems, students will develop their skills of communication (both written and verbal), problem solving and analytical thought. The course will include class visits to London to witness the latest innovations in modern architecture and design, and also to visit one of the UK’s foremost schools of architecture. Transferable Life Skills Attendees on the Oxford Architecture Programme are encouraged to work on important key skills during their time with ORA. We believe that the experience of being away from home, living and studying in a college of the University of Oxford, enables our students to develop a suite of transferable skills that go beyond those available to students in their own school environment. Vital for future success in any career, these skills include: developing strengths in independence, self-regulation and self-assessment; confidence in dealing with a wide range of new people and situations; responsibility for own learning, time management, and working with others; communication skills in speaking, listening, and presenting effective arguments in a variety of different contexts. Eligibility and Pre-requisites Students on the Oxford Architecture Programme: Must conform to our Age Policy. Must be fluent or near-fluent English language speakers – if you are unsure whether your English level is suitable for this programme, please contact our Registrations Team on admin@oxford-royale.co.uk and they will be able to assist you. Must be able to fulfil the basic requirements of the programme, in terms of attendance at lessons, meals and events. Please contact our Registrations Team for more detailed information. Should check the pre-requisites of each option they select before enrolling, to ensure they possess the necessary knowledge to benefit from the subject matter discussed in the classes. [-]

Summer course - Oxford Enterprise Programme (for ages 16-18)

Campus Full time 2 weeks June 2017 United Kingdom Oxford Yarnton + 1 more

The Oxford Enterprise Programme is designed to provide students aged 16-18 with a summer course consisting of both academic classes in international business and group activities focusing on leadership. The course is aimed at students who plan to study business at University – the business leaders of the future! [+]

Overview The Oxford Enterprise Programme is designed to provide students aged 16-18 with a summer course consisting of both academic classes in international business and group activities focusing on leadership. The course is aimed at students who plan to study business at University – the business leaders of the future! This programme is also available in London and Cambridge. For students aged 13-15, ORA offers an Introduction to Enterprise course. Academic Content Students are taught the principles of business management, economics and finance in small groups, and will be given the opportunity to learn the principles of accounting, finance, marketing, human resources and business ethics. In addition to the academic classes, skills-based workshops will develop the students’ presentation and leadership skills for the benefit of their future business goals. The programme will include a competitive element in which students will work as a group to research, design and market a new business idea. The programme will culminate with an Enterprise Fair during which students will have the opportunity to present their ideas to others within the school. Learning Objectives By the end of the course students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of: the workings of key economic models, business concepts and management techniques; the different objectives that firms may have; the factors that affect total revenue and total cost; how managers seek to motivate workers; the steps through which businesses progress when they start up and the causes of business failure; the ethical issues faced by firms. Transferable Life Skills Attendees on the Oxford Enterprise Programme are encouraged to work on important key skills during their time with ORA. We believe that the experience of being away from home, living and studying in a college of the University of Oxford or Yarnton Manor, enables our students to develop a suite of transferable skills that go beyond those available to students in their own school environment. Vital for future success in any career, these skills include: developing strengths in independence, self-regulation and self-assessment; confidence in dealing with a wide range of new people and situations; responsibility for own learning, time management, and working with others; communication skills in speaking, listening, and presenting effective arguments in a variety of different contexts. Whom is the Oxford Enterprise Programme aimed at? The Oxford Enterprise Programme is for ambitious students who consider themselves budding entrepreneurs or the business leaders of tomorrow. You’ll be aged between sixteen and eighteen, and you’ll think of yourself as a Bill Gates or Richard Branson of the future. You’ll probably count shows such as The Apprentice and Dragons’ Den among your favourite television programmes, and you perhaps even see yourself as a future contestant on one of them. Whether you’re intent on setting up and running your own business, or you see yourself rising up the ranks in a multinational corporation, this course is for you. The Oxford Enterprise Programme is also suitable for students who merely want to learn more about business, perhaps to support A-level study in a related subject, such as Business Studies or Economics. It’s the ideal background for a business career of any kind, so your longer-term ambitions don’t have to revolve around your becoming a global business giant in order to benefit from attending this course. What’s more, attending this course is a good way of finding out whether or not business is something you want to pursue at university. How will the Oxford Enterprise Programme help me achieve my ambitions? We’ve designed the Oxford Enterprise Programme to be as useful as possible in giving you the strong foundations you need to get started on the right track for a competitive business career. We’ll introduce you to the background theories, models and ideas surrounding economics and business management, giving you an understanding of how a business works. You’ll develop your knowledge of aspects of running a business, such as accounting and finance, marketing, human resources, market research, business ethics and what makes businesses fail – all valuable preparation for a business career. But, more importantly, we’ll help you put that knowledge into practice by looking at real-life case studies, including a visit to Oxford’s thriving MINI plant. You will also be set fun business challenges of your own: our afternoon workshops are focused on helping you develop hands-on experience of what goes on in business, and typically involve you and your fellow students working together in groups to come up with business ideas and develop the idea to the point at which it could be launched into the real world. These business challenges are one of the most popular elements of the Oxford Enterprise Programme. Things get highly competitive as groups of students formulate business ideas and present them along with finance figures, sales and marketing ideas and a business report. These activities give you a deeper appreciation of what’s involved in setting up and running a business of your own, and of the hard work that goes into developing, researching and bringing a product or service to market. On top of this deeper understanding of the workings of a business, you’ll also develop your skills in certain areas that will benefit your business experience and acumen. Examples include – but are by no means limited to – the following: Leadership and management – to be successful in business, you’ll almost certainly find yourself having to manage other people. To do this effectively and get the most from your employees, you’ll need to become adept at motivating other people. While this course doesn’t claim to transform you into the perfect business leader in just two weeks, what it will do is give you an understanding of the techniques managers can use to motivate their employees. Presentation skills – presentations are a fact of life when you’re in business, when you’ll have to pitch your business ideas, products or services to clients, customers and investors. If you dislike having to give presentations at school, or you simply feel that there’s room for improvement in your style and technique, this is your chance to conquer your apprehension and learn how to deliver a slick and impressive presentation. Working in teams – most top business people will tell you that business is fundamentally about getting on with other people; it’s why networking is so important. People like to do business with people they like and enjoy working with, and being personable will get you a long way in the world of business. The Oxford Enterprise Programme gives you invaluable practice at working effectively with others, which is one of the most fundamental aspects of building a name for yourself. To succeed in your career, you need to be able to rise above the sort of squabbles you see on The Apprentice, and you need to develop your ability to contribute ideas, articulate your opinion calmly, and praise the efforts of others. You’ll have the opportunity to do all these things and plenty more during your time at Oxford Royale Academy. Why attend the Oxford Enterprise Programme now? This summer course makes ideal preparation for a business degree, as it introduces you to the concepts you’ll cover in more depth at university, giving you a headstart. What’s more, it’s a way of demonstrating to university admissions tutors that you’re serious about pursuing your goals, and it’s highly relevant experience to talk about on your personal statement. Attending the Oxford Enterprise Programme will benefit your A-level studies, too, and not just Business Studies. For example, the presentation skills you’ll build on during your time with us will come in handy for the presentations you’ll have to give at school (and university beyond that). Your attendance on the Oxford Enterprise Programme will also be a great addition to your CV, as it shows potential employers that you understand more about business than most other applicants. This can be a great benefit even if you’re only looking for short-term work, such as a part-time Saturday job to fit around your studies; it sets you apart from other candidates, shows that you’re someone who takes business seriously, and demonstrates that you’re someone who’s eager to learn from your experience with that employer. With such wide-ranging benefits to this enjoyable summer course, it makes sense to devote a couple of weeks of your summer holidays to coming to Oxford Royale Academy. Eligibility and Pre-requisites Students on the Oxford Enterprise Programme: Must conform to our Age Policy. Must be fluent or near-fluent English language speakers – if you are unsure whether your English level is suitable for this programme, please contact our Registrations Team on admin@oxford-royale.co.uk and they will be able to assist you. Must be able to fulfil the basic requirements of the programme, in terms of attendance at lessons, meals and events. Please contact our Registrations Team for more detailed information. Should check the pre-requisites of each option they select before enrolling, to ensure they possess the necessary knowledge to benefit from the subject matter discussed in the classes. [-]

Summer course - Oxford Summer English (for ages 16-18 years)

Campus Full time 2 - 4 weeks July 2017 United Kingdom Yarnton Oxford + 1 more

Teachers on this EFL programme are native-level English speakers and all have at least a bachelor’s degree. Teachers are qualified according to British Council standards (CELTA, Trinity CertTESOL or equivalent Level 5 TEFL qualification). [+]

Overview Teachers on this EFL programme are native-level English speakers and all have at least a bachelor’s degree. Teachers are qualified according to British Council standards (CELTA, Trinity CertTESOL or equivalent Level 5 TEFL qualification). Class sizes for morning and afternoon sessions are kept to a maximum of 12 students. Attendees on this programme come from all over the world, staying for up to 4 weeks. For younger students, ORA offers Oxford Summer English for 13-15 years. Academic Content The teaching programme consists of over 20 taught hours per week (15 class hours and 6 taught workshop hours). Oxford Summer English (OSE) encourages students to learn English and develop their ability to communicate with people from different cultures and countries. ORA promotes a coherent multi-cultural approach to English language learning, encouraging students to share ideas and focus on the positive aspects of actively expanding their English abilities. Areas covered: Grammar Vocabulary Pronunciation Speaking Listening Reading Writing Colloquial English How ORA will improve students’ English in and out of school: ORA has its own English programme developed by EFL experts; Oxford Summer English maximises student learning in small class sizes; ORA’s EFL teachers use dynamic, interactive and fun student-centred teaching methods; ORA’s EFL courses are integrated with cultural activities and excursions outside of the classroom to provide context and practical application opportunities. Learning Objectives This course aims to: help students quickly improve their English skills for general contexts; build students’ confidence in their use of spoken English; develop students’ knowledge of English grammar, syntax and vocabulary; improve students’ English reading and writing skills; encourage independent learning; provide an insight into various aspects of British culture; promote the discussion in English of general topics of world interest. Why choose our EFL course? Each year, 16 to 18-year-old students from dozens of nationalities flock to Oxford Royale Academy to take our English as a Foreign Language (EFL) course, immersing themselves in our unique educational environment and taking their grasp of English to new heights. Overcome the challenges of mastering English Many students find that English can be a complex language to learn, with many bizarre idioms, exceptions to rules and unexpected pronunciations. Its idiosyncrasies mean that it can be difficult to get your knowledge of English beyond a basic level to a stage at which it becomes useful in either a general or academic setting. Our EFL courses are designed to provide an intensive yet enjoyable learning environment for students keen to progress their English skills, allowing them to tackle this challenging language in the company of like-minded students who are committed to improving their knowledge. The benefits of the EFL course The benefits of choosing to take an EFL course are numerous, and these benefits will stay with you throughout your academic life and beyond. The Oxford Royale Academy EFL course provides a particularly advantageous environment in which to develop your English skills, as it is set in the scholarly surroundings of the University of Oxford – home to true masters of the English language. Some of the reasons for which students choose to take our EFL course include: Preparing for university – many of our 16-18 students are preparing to apply for an English-speaking university, and take an EFL course to boost their English skills in readiness for use in an academic context. If you’re about to apply to a UK university, our EFL course will help you hone your English to the standard expected by admissions tutors, teaching you valuable academic vocabulary along the way. Improving communication – all our EFL students want to improve their communication in English, both written and spoken. Our EFL courses introduce you to the new vocabulary, grammar and syntax you need to ensure your English skills dazzle. Rapid progress – one of the major benefits of our EFL course is that it allows you to progress your English very rapidly. With over 20 hours of English lessons a week, the intensive tuition and company of other students will mean you quickly absorb new knowledge. Boost your confidence – speaking in a foreign language can be daunting, but the EFL course is designed to build your confidence with lots of opportunity for conversing in English. Deepen your cultural knowledge – our EFL courses don’t just focus on studying. We also provide a full programme of extra-curricular activities and trips that teach you about different aspects of British culture and history. This deepens your understanding of the language by introducing you to the contexts in which it is spoken. Transferable Life Skills Attendees on the 16-18 Oxford Summer English programme are encouraged to work on important key skills during their time with ORA. We believe that the experience of being away from home, living and studying in a college of the University of Oxford, enables our students to develop a suite of transferable skills that go beyond those available to students in their own school environment. Vital for future success in any career, these skills include: developing strengths in independence, self-regulation and self-assessment; confidence in dealing with a wide range of new people and situations; responsibility for own learning, time management, and working with others; communication skills in speaking, listening, and presenting effective arguments in a variety of different contexts. Eligibility and Pre-requisites Students on the Oxford Summer English course: Must conform to our Age Policy. Must be intermediate-level (B1) English language speakers – if you are unsure whether your English level is suitable for this programme, please contact our Registrations Team on admin@oxford-royale.co.uk and they will be able to assist you. Must be able to fulfil the basic requirements of the programme, in terms of attendance at lessons, meals and events. Please contact our Registrations Team for more detailed information. Should check the pre-requisites of each option they select before enrolling, to ensure they possess the necessary knowledge to benefit from the subject matter discussed in the classes. [-]

Summer course - Politics, International Relations and Leadership (for ages 19-25)

Campus Full time 2 weeks July 2017 United Kingdom Oxford Yarnton + 1 more

Whether we realise it or not, political issues have a bearing on every aspect of our lives. On this fascinating course, you will enjoy an intellectually stimulating introduction to this discipline and its relevance to contemporary world issues. [+]

Overview Whether we realise it or not, political issues have a bearing on every aspect of our lives. On this fascinating course, you will enjoy an intellectually stimulating introduction to this discipline and its relevance to contemporary world issues. Academic Content This course combines politics and international relations with the study of what it takes to be a successful leader. Through a compelling mixture of debate, written assignments and lectures, you’ll learn all about the contemporary issues that dominate world politics, ranging from human rights infringements to terrorism and nuclear proliferation. You’ll consider the methods of social scientific enquiry, the role of democracy in British politics, and the political systems of other countries. Discussion is enhanced by the numerous different perspectives offered by you and your fellow students, who come to Oxford Royale Academy from all over the world. You’ll also start to learn about different styles of leadership in politics and business, looking at world leaders and their individual methods. You’ll also consider the skills required for successful leadership, such as effective communication and conflict resolution. Why take this course? Designed for gap year students, university undergraduates and recent graduates, our Politics, International Relations and Leadership course will strengthen your knowledge of current affairs and help you get more out of watching the news, whether or not you’re planning to pursue these subjects further. The course will provide an excellent grounding for gap year students, while other students and graduates will find it a thought-provoking academic experience that will develop an informed perspective on world politics and events. The leadership element of the course has obvious value to your future career, and indeed the course as a whole is an excellent addition to your CV. As well as learning about specific leadership skills in readiness for entering the workplace, you will also develop transferable skills – such as analytical awareness and confidence in public speaking – which can be exercised in any context throughout life. Eligibility and Pre-requisites Students on the Politics, International Relations and Leadership programme: Must conform to our Age Policy. Must be fluent or near-fluent English language speakers – if you are unsure whether your English level is suitable for this programme, please contact our Registrations Team on admin@oxford-royale.co.uk and they will be able to assist you. Must be able to fulfil the basic requirements of the programme, in terms of attendance at lessons, meals and events. Please contact our Registrations Team for more detailed information. Should check the pre-requisites of each option they select before enrolling, to ensure they possess the necessary knowledge to benefit from the subject matter discussed in the classes. [-]

Foundation Year

Business, Organisation, Finance and Management Foundation Year

Campus Full time 6 - 9 months January 2016 United Kingdom Yarnton Oxford + 1 more

The Business, Organisation, Finance and Management university foundation course enables students to apply for university degree courses in a variety of subjects including Law, Economics and Accounting, as well as the most popular degree course in the UK, Business and Management. [+]

The Business, Organisation, Finance and Management university foundation course enables students to apply for university degree courses in a variety of subjects including Law, Economics and Accounting, as well as the most popular degree course in the UK, Business and Management. Why take the Business, Organisation, Finance and Management foundation year? The Business, Organisation, Finance and Management course opens up many doors in terms of degree choice, postgraduate training, and career choices. The year provides students with an understanding of how organisations think and work, how they are managed, and how businesses develop strategies, handle risk, and take decisions. Taking a foundation year is one of the best ways to gain the knowledge and skills that will help you stand out from the crowd when you go to university. Studying within ORA’s Oxbridge-style tutorials, our dedication to small class sizes means that students receive regular, personalised feedback from their expert tutors. Outcomes After successfully taking the Business, Organisation, Finance and Management foundation year: You will be ready to start university in the UK or another English-speaking country You will have made UK university applications and received assistance in getting offers You will have improved your IELTS score ready for university entry You will have improved your study skills, including exam technique and ICT skills You will have gained an understanding of subjects allied to business, organisation, finance and management appropriate to your choice of undergraduate degree Modules In each Foundation course, students have 25 hours of contact time per week. There is, in addition, timetabled and supervised guided study time, when students are expected to be completing coursework or revising for exams, as well as timetabled self-study time. All students study compulsory modules: Introduction to Business and Enterprise EFL for Academic Purposes (introductory) * EFL for Academic Purposes (advanced) *(Students on the six-month fast-track programme do not take the introductory EFL course) Academic Modules Having studied the Introductory module, students then choose three more module options from the following: Economics Maths Ethics Accounting Business, Organisation and Management UK and European Law Mind, Brain and Behaviour (Please note that additional modules may become available during the year, and that not all modules run every year; to check that your chosen modules will be on offer, please contact us). English Language Modules These modules cover all the core skills in the study of English as a foreign or second language. They enable students to improve their language skills rapidly, while incorporating the study of English grammar to ensure that standards of accuracy are maintained as students progress. Additionally, exam preparation classes help students achieve the highest IELTS level of which they are capable when they come to sit the exam. The ORA approach to English language teaching on the University Foundation programme is to make sure students become familiar with the requirements of an academic degree course. The modules cover not only the spoken language competencies that universities require, but also teach students the norms of essay, report, and other document writing in Anglophone universities, which may be different from those in their home countries, so that students are prepared for every aspect of the writing skills that they will need at university. Additional support Our dedicated team advises students on the often complicated process of getting a place at a UK university, from choosing which universities to apply to, all the way up to admission. For students who are unfamiliar with the UCAS system and with UK universities generally, this advice is invaluable in simplifying and explaining the process so that students can get the offers they need and deserve. We cover the following: Choosing your university Writing a personal statement University entrance exams Interview practice Academic writing skills English presentation skills Debate and discussion Academic research skills Note-taking and note-making Examination technique Start dates: January and September Entry requirement: 12 years schooling, Age 17 on entry, 4 GCSEs or equivalent at Grade C or above, at least IELTS 5.5 (IELTS 6.0 in the case of fast-track students). [-]

Engineering and Computer Science Foundation Year

Campus Full time 6 - 9 months January 2016 United Kingdom Oxford Yarnton + 1 more

The Engineering and Computer Science university foundation course enables students to apply for university degree courses in a variety of subjects including Engineering, Computer Information Systems, Mathematics and Computer Science, and Computer Systems Engineering. [+]

The Engineering and Computer Science university foundation course enables students to apply for university degree courses in a variety of subjects including Engineering, Computer Information Systems, Mathematics and Computer Science, and Computer Systems Engineering. Why take the Engineering and Computer Science Foundation Year? Our Engineering and Computer Science course allows students to develop a strong grounding in relevant scientific subjects. This begins by developing their technical skills and encouraging an analytical approach to problem solving. The Computer Science element of the pathway covers theoretical and practical aspects of approaching problems and challenges in hardware or software, while the Engineering aspect introduces students to different fields of engineering including Electronic, Mechanical, Civil, and Electrical. Taking a foundation year is one of the best ways to gain the knowledge and skills that will help you stand out from the crowd when you go to university. Studying within ORA’s Oxbridge-style tutorials, our dedication to small class sizes means that students receive regular, personalised feedback from their expert tutors. Outcomes After successfully taking the Engineering and Computer Science foundation year: You will be ready to start university in the UK or another English-speaking country You will have made UK university applications and received assistance in getting offers You will have improved your IELTS score ready for university entry You will have improved your study skills, including exam technique and ICT skills You will have gained an understanding of subjects allied to Engineering and Computer Science appropriate to your choice of undergraduate degree Modules In each Foundation course, students have 25 hours of contact time per week. There is, in addition, timetabled and supervised guided study time, when students are expected to be completing coursework or revising for exams, as well as timetabled self-study time. All students study compulsory modules: Introduction to Engineering and Computer Science EFL for Academic Purposes (introductory) * EFL for Academic Purposes (advanced) *(Students on the six-month fast-track programme do not take the introductory EFL course) Academic Modules Having studied the Introductory module, students then choose three more module options from the following: Maths Foundations of Computing Computer Programming Physics Engineering Game Development Robotics (Please note that additional modules may become available during the year, and that not all modules run every year; to check that your chosen modules will be on offer, please contact us). English Language Modules These modules cover all the core skills in the study of English as a foreign or second language. They enable students to improve their language skills rapidly, while incorporating the study of English grammar to ensure that standards of accuracy are maintained as students progress. Additionally, exam preparation classes help students achieve the highest IELTS level of which they are capable when they come to sit the exam. The ORA approach to English language teaching on the University Foundation programme is to make sure students become familiar with the requirements of an academic degree course. The modules cover not only the spoken language competencies that universities require, but also teach students the norms of essay, report, and other document writing in Anglophone universities, which may be different from those in their home countries, so that students are prepared for every aspect of the writing skills that they will need at university. Additional support Our dedicated team advises students on the often complicated process of getting a place at a UK university, from choosing which universities to apply to, all the way up to admission. For students who are unfamiliar with the UCAS system and with UK universities generally, this advice is invaluable in simplifying and explaining the process so that students can get the offers they need and deserve. We cover the following: Choosing your university Writing a personal statement University entrance exams Interview practice Academic writing skills English presentation skills Debate and discussion Academic research skills Note-taking and note-making Examination technique Start dates: January and September Entry requirement: 12 years schooling, Age 17 on entry, 4 GCSEs or equivalent at Grade C or above, at least IELTS 5.5 (IELTS 6.0 in the case of fast-track students). [-]

Medicine and Life Sciences - Foundation Year

Campus Full time 6 - 9 months January 2016 United Kingdom Oxford Yarnton + 1 more

The Medicine and Life Sciences university foundation course enables students to apply for university degree courses in a variety of subjects including Medicine, Genetics, Biomedical Science, and Life Sciences. [+]

The Medicine and Life Sciences university foundation course enables students to apply for university degree courses in a variety of subjects including Medicine, Genetics, Biomedical Science, and Life Sciences. Why take the Medicine and Life Sciences foundation year? Our Medicine and Life Sciences course allows students to develop a strong grounding in medical sciences, including opportunities to develop their practical and technical skills. The course offers the opportunity to study Human Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Immunology, Microbiology and Pharmacology as well as options to explore Neuro-anatomy and the relationship between brain and behaviour. Taking a foundation year is one of the best ways to gain the knowledge and skills that will help you stand out from the crowd when you go to university. Studying within ORA’s Oxbridge-style tutorials, our dedication to small class sizes means that students receive regular, personalised feedback from their expert tutors. Outcomes After successfully taking the Medicine and Life Sciences foundation year: You will be ready to start university in the UK or another English-speaking country You will have made UK university applications and received assistance in getting offers You will have improved your IELTS score ready for university entry You will have improved your study skills, including exam technique and ICT skills You will have gained an understanding of subjects allied to medicine appropriate to your choice of undergraduate degree Modules In each foundation course, students spend 25 hours of contact time per week. There is, in addition, timetabled and supervised guided study time, when students are expected to be completing coursework or revising for exams, as well as timetabled self-study time. All students study compulsory modules: Introduction to Medicine and Life Sciences EFL for Academic Purposes (introductory) * EFL for Academic Purposes (advanced) *(Students on the six-month fast-track programme do not take the introductory EFL course) Academic modules Having studied the introductory module, students then choose three more module options from the following: The Human Body Genetics Mind, Brain and Behaviour Maths Ethics Research Methods (Please note that additional modules may become available during the year, and that not all modules run every year; to check that your chosen modules will be on offer, please contact us). English Language Modules These modules cover all the core skills in the study of English as a foreign or second language. They enable students to improve their language skills rapidly, while incorporating the study of English grammar to ensure that standards of accuracy are maintained as students progress. Additionally, exam preparation classes help students achieve the highest IELTS level of which they are capable when they come to sit the exam. The ORA approach to English language teaching on the University Foundation programme is to make sure students become familiar with the requirements of an academic degree course. The modules cover not only the spoken language competencies that universities require, but also teach students the norms of essay, report, and other document writing in Anglophone universities, which may be different from those in their home countries, so that students are prepared for every aspect of the writing skills that they will need at university. Additional Support Our dedicated team advises students on the often complicated process of getting a place at a UK university, from choosing which universities to apply to, all the way up to admission. For students who are unfamiliar with the UCAS system and with UK universities generally, this advice is invaluable in simplifying and explaining the process so that students can get the offers they need and deserve. We cover the following: Choosing your university Writing a personal statement University entrance exams (e.g. BMAT, LNAT) Interview practice Academic writing skills English presentation skills Debate and discussion Academic research skills Note-taking and note-making Examination technique Start dates: January and September Entry requirement: 12 years schooling, Age 17 on entry, 4 GCSEs or equivalent at Grade C or above, at least IELTS 5.5 (IELTS 6.0 for fast-track students). [-]

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Oxford Royale Academy

Address Manor Road
Oxford OX1 3UJ, United Kingdom
Website https://www.oxford-royale.co.uk/
Phone +44 845 130 6021