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


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Program Description


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 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 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.
Last updated Feb 2018

About the School

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 ... Read More

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. Read less
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