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

Course: Business Gap Year Programme

Campus Full time 10 - 10 weeks March 2018 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.... [-]


Course: STEM Themes Gap Year Programme

Campus Full time 10 - 10 weeks March 2018 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.... [-]


Creative Writing and Literature Gap Year programme

Campus Full time 10 - 10 weeks March 2018 United Kingdom Yarnton Oxford + 1 more

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.... [-]


Experimental Psychology Gap Year Programme

Campus Full time 10 - 10 weeks March 2018 United Kingdom Yarnton Oxford + 1 more

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.... [-]


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

Campus Full time 10 - 10 weeks March 2018 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.... [-]


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.... [-]


Law Gap Year Course Programme (for ages 17-19)

Campus Full time 10 - 10 weeks March 2018 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:... [-]


Politics and International Relations Gap Year Programme

Campus Full time 10 - 10 weeks March 2018 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:... [-]


Summer courses

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

Campus Full time 1 - 5 weeks July 2018 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. ... [-]

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. ... [-]

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

Campus Full time 2 weeks July 2018 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 2018 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

In our challenging Computer Science and App Programming course, you will be introduced to the basics of computer science and how 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. ... [-]


Summer course - Economics (for ages 19-25)

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

Summer course - Engineering (for ages 19-25)

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

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

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


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

Campus Full time 1 - 5 weeks July 2018 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. ... [-]

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.... [-]


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

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

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 Program (for ages 16-18)

Campus Full time 2 weeks June 2018 United Kingdom Oxford Yarnton + 1 more

The Oxford Enterprise Program 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!

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The Oxford Enterprise Program 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 program 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 program will include a competitive element in which students will work as a group to research, design and market a new business idea. The program will culminate with an Enterprise Fair during which students will have the opportunity to present their ideas to others within the school. ... [-]


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

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

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

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

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