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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Programs

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Courses

Business Gap Year Programme

Campus Full time 10 - 10 weeks September 2017 United Kingdom Yarnton

The Business and Enterprise Gap Year programme is for the business leaders of the future. [+]

Introduction The course provides aspiring entrepreneurs, company directors, managers and leaders with the chance to develop their academic understanding of the areas that affect a business, such as macro and micro-economics, politics, international relations, ethical considerations and more. These will be studied in relation to the fundamental principle of supply and demand which is at the heart of any successful business. As well as academic concepts such as those mentioned above, students will also gain an insight into the practical side of running a business, exploring the cogs and gears that make a business run including accounting, finance, marketing, human resources and research and development. Finally, the course also encourages development in wider skills essential to the successful running of a business through workshop topics such as business leadership, public speaking, critical thinking and debating. The Project As with all of our Gap Year programmes, the Business and Enterprise 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 Business and Enterprise, often an area of debate or something featuring heavily in the news, although there is scope for producing something other than a thesis. Possible thesis titles and topics include: Global Business and Emerging Powers: The New Big Players on the World Stage Ethical Considerations in the Global Village From Branson to Sugar: Great Entrepreneurs and How They Rose To Power Management Theory... [-]

Creative Writing and Literature Gap Year programme

Campus Full time 10 - 10 weeks September 2017 United Kingdom Yarnton

The ideal programme both for students who wish to write for a living and those who wish to expand their literary horizons in order to gain a head start ahead of going to university. [+]

Even if your interest in creative writing and literature is that of a hobbyist rather than an academic, the skills you can expect to gain from this course will be highly transferable to other areas, particularly within the humanities. The emphasis of the course is not only on developing a deeper understanding of your chosen subject area, but also in training broader skills in research, communication, analysis and independent study. The Extended Project As with all of the Oxford Gap Year programmes, the Creative Writing and Literature 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. Students on the Creative Writing and Literature Gap Year programme have the choice to write an academic thesis, such as an evaluation of a particular text or texts, or to focus on producing an extended piece of creative writing, which might be a series of poems, a novella, a collection of short stories or something else along similar lines. The quiet and reflective atmosphere of Yarnton Manor is highly conducive to writing and previous residents have found that whether strolling in the grounds or sitting in the manor house, inspiration strikes at all times. Support from academic tutors and small group tutorials ensure that students remain motivated and are equipped with the tools necessary to produce their work to the highest standard. Many great writers such as J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and Philip Pullman have found inspiration in... [-]

Experimental Psychology Gap Year Programme

Campus Full time 10 - 10 weeks September 2017 United Kingdom Yarnton

The Experimental Psychology Gap Year Programme is designed to provide knowledge and practical skills to students considering further study in the field of Psychology. [+]

Introduction to Experimental Psychology Experimental Psychologists have addressed some of the most intriguing questions of life: What makes you you? What makes you different from other people? Which is more important – nature or nurture? Free Will or Determinism? How do we process and recall information? The Experimental Psychology core classes provide students with the opportunity to study, discuss and debate these alongside a wide range of other fascinating and controversial issues. This course will cover some of the most fundamental psychological concepts and introduce some of the most influential theorists. Students are encouraged to evaluate the material critically, to engage in discussion and debate, to gain insight into their own personalities and development and to relate the material to their own lives and experiences. Students get the chance to engage with the discipline on a practical level too, designing their own experiment in small groups. Learning Outcomes At the end of the course, students: Have gained a foundation of knowledge on which to build for university or the workplace; Understand the multi-faceted nature of the discipline; Know how to use different research methodologies; Have practised critically evaluating experimental research. Topics Covered A variety of topics will be studied in core classes. Modules may include: Working Memory and the Brain Individual Differences Human Development Experimental Design Writing up Psychological Research and Quantitative Research Methods Statistics in Psychology Ethics in Psychology Developmental Psychology The Extended Project Students develop their research and analytical skills through the planning and composition of an individual... [-]

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

Campus Full time 10 - 10 weeks September 2017 United Kingdom Yarnton

Take your film idea from "script to screen" in just 10 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 ten 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 10 week 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... [-]

Game Development Programme

Campus Full time 10 - 10 weeks January 2018 United Kingdom Yarnton

The Game Development Programme provides prospective developers with the chance to gain experience in this growing field, culminating in their own creative project. [+]

Introduction For students who are computer game enthusiasts, and would like to investigate the possibility of working in the games industry, this course will provide a perfect opportunity to gain practical experience, and either start a portfolio of work, or make valuable additions to their existing body of work. The Project The Game Development Programme focuses on the production of an extended piece of work that the student will conceptualise and produce independently under the guidance of our tutors. This will likely consist of a playable game concept, developed from an idea through to a playable alpha-state project. Students will explore ideas and concepts with their experienced tutors, moving through to early exploration of the Unity game engine, before spending the bulk of their time in constructing and refining their game. 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 game development, using the Unity engine as the basis for lessons. Students will cover: Scripting Animation Asset Generation and Management Optimisation Quality Assurance Testing Audio [-]

Law Gap Year Programme (for ages 17-19)

Campus Full time 10 - 10 weeks September 2017 United Kingdom Yarnton

The Law 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 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 [-]

Politics and International Relations Gap Year Programme

Campus Full time 10 - 10 weeks September 2017 United Kingdom Yarnton

The Politics and International Relations Gap Year programme is an academic Project for the politicians and leaders of the future. [+]

Introduction This course provides aspiring politicians, diplomats, civil servants and business leaders with an academic grounding in the key principles of Politics and International Relations, including political theory, international politics, comparative politics and globalisation. This grounding is invaluable for students wishing to study Politics and International Relations at a top university and those seeking a potential career in government, whilst also being accessible for those with a general interest in this diverse field. The Project The Project 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 Politics and International Relations that the student chooses, often an area of debate or something featuring heavily in the news, although there is scope for producing something other than a thesis. The emphasis of the course is not only on developing a deeper understanding of your chosen subject area, but also in training broader skills in research, communication, analysis and independent study. Some sample thesis topics include: New Superpowers in a Changing World and the Future of the West Brexit: the Consequences of Britain Leaving the EU The New, Not-So-Cold, War With Russia The Politics of Climate Change: Seeking Sustainability in a Divided World Other possibilities beyond the production of a thesis include: The creation of a ‘beginner’s guide’ to Politics and International Relations for beginner students. Topics Covered Following Orientation Week, tuition at our International Study Centre... [-]

STEM Themes Gap Year Programme

Campus Full time 10 - 10 weeks September 2017 United Kingdom Yarnton

Expert tuition and project work in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Themes for Gap Year students. [+]

The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Themes Gap Year programme strengthens students’ knowledge and encourages them to further explore topics through individual extended project work. Introduction to STEM themes The STEM Themes Gap Year programme is ideal for students willing to challenge their existing knowledge and to develop their quantitative and research skills in preparation for a university degree or a work placement. Small core classes led by experienced teachers enable students to ascertain their understanding of the topics covered, while a selection of elective classes helps them develop new competencies. Students are also encouraged to think creatively to tackle topical issues. The Project As part of the Oxford Gap Year programme, students have the opportunity to fully explore their chosen topic through an individual extended project. Students attend workshops and tutorials with expert teachers to guide them. The extended project can take different forms depending on the chosen topic; an essay or an experiment for example; and concludes with an oral presentation. Topics Covered In addition to core Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics topics, the Gap Year programme encourages creative thinking on various topics related to physics, materials, biology, chemistry, health and environmental sciences such as: Designing F1 cars Changing the human body through steroids and prosthetics Could we colonise another planet? Food production and its impact on us and our environment Why take the programme? The relevance and the importance of STEM subjects in every student’s education are increasingly acknowledged. Constant developments in science and technology have... [-]

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... [-]

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

Campus Full time 2 - 4 weeks June 2018 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... [-]

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... [-]

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... [-]

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... [-]

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... [-]

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... [-]

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... [-]

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.... [-]

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

Campus Full time 2 weeks June 2018 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... [-]

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

Campus Full time 2 weeks July 2017 United Kingdom Oxford Yarnton + 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.... [-]

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... [-]

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... [-]

Summer course - Oxford Architecture Programme

Campus Full time 2 weeks June 2018 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... [-]

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

Campus Full time 2 weeks June 2018 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... [-]

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

Campus Full time 2 - 4 weeks July 2017 United Kingdom Oxford Yarnton + 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... [-]

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... [-]

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

Oxford Royale Academy

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