For students aged 13-15, ORA offers an Introduction to Computer Science course.
This course provides a complete introduction to the thriving field of Computer Science, using the web to illustrate key concepts. Students will learn website design using HTML for structure and CSS for formatting, and Python to provide them with a foundation in a more scientific programming language. The mathematical principles behind computer science will be explored as students will look at the use of algorithms in programming. The programme is suitable for students with intermediate-level IT skills, but does not require any programming experience.
As part of this programme you will be able to selected one online course from the selection below. Each is taught by an Oxbridge-educated teacher of Computer Science, and provides students with the opportunity to prepare for their visit to Oxford Royale Academy or, alternatively, building on their newly-acquired knowledge of Computer Science once they have returned home. Students can choose any one of the following seven courses:
The Apple Watch Development Course explores the wealth of programming and business opportunity now available as a result of Apple’s latest device.
The iOS 10 Development Course provides the opportunity to develop and build 18 new and professional apps of the student’s own design.
The Android Development Course covers the basics of Java and enables students to produce their own cloned app for Android.
The Web Development Course covers HTML, CSS, WordPress, and much more in a rigorous introduction to web development.
The Swift Apps Course guides students through the coding required to program an original app using Swift.
The Node JS Course renders Node JS relatable and understandable through a series of tasks, leading towards the launch of the student’s own app.
The Ruby on Rails Development Course contains a series of mini-projects intended to build students’ skill and confidence in using this framework.
No prior knowledge of Computer Science is required – access to a PC or Mac is the only prerequisite for any of these courses. Once installed, students have access to their course for life, and can hone their newly-acquired skills as often as desired.
Lessons on programming theory combine with skills-based workshops to allow students to learn about all aspects of Computer Science and to gain an impression of the undergraduate study of this fascinating subject. Students have access to state-of-the-art facilities for the programming workshop.
Students will learn vital and invaluable skills for the modern workplace, which they will be able to use long after they leave the summer school. These skills will be honed in the production of the students’ own websites, which will be assessed to form part of the overall grade for the course.
Whom is the Computer Science course aimed at?
Oxford Royale Academy’s computer science course is aimed at anyone who wants to learn more about this increasingly popular subject. In particular, it provides valuable grounding in not only utilising computers as a valuable problem-solving tool but also presenting and communicating results via the web. Teaching you no fewer than three programming languages, this course is designed for those with intermediate existing IT skills and will take your knowledge and competence to the next level.
You don’t necessarily have to be aiming to study Computer Science at university to benefit from embarking on this course. The material will be useful for anyone aiming to undertake computer-based research. It has been designed as a standalone course to embellish your general knowledge of a fundamental aspect of the modern world. You may also choose to take the Computer Science course to help you decide whether or not it’s a subject you wish to pursue at university.
However, you will gain most benefit from attending this summer programme if your future ambitions involve the physical sciences, engineering or the tech industry. If you see yourself as a future web or app developer, or a tech entrepreneur – perhaps you have your sights set on becoming the next Mark Zuckerberg or creating a rival to eBay – this course will set you on the right path. Similarly, if you’re interested in a career in a related area, such as web design or digital marketing, this course will provide useful background knowledge.
How will the Computer Science course help me achieve my ambitions?
Whatever your long-term aims, we’ve designed the Computer Science course with the intention of giving you the experience you need to help you succeed. That’s why the course doesn’t just teach you the theory; it gives you the hands-on experience so necessary for success in any area involving the production of websites.
Some of the benefits you’ll receive if you attend the Computer Science course are outlined below.
Practical experience of building websites
During the course of the Computer Science summer programme, you’ll have the challenge of building your very own website, which will contribute towards your final grade for the course. This provides practical experience of building a website in an environment in which experts are on hand to help and advise. This does not only involve the practical challenges of coding and formatting, but also the design phase of creating a visually appealing and accessible layout. Next time you’re in the position of needing to communicate information via the web, the challenge will be far more manageable now that you have this experience to fall back on.
Learn three new programming languages
As part of this course, you’ll learn three computer languages: HTML, CSS and Python. HTML (“hyper-text markup language”) involves dividing web pages into logically-separate pieces, a skill which is remarkably similar to tackling a large problem by subdivision into managable goals. CSS (“cascading style sheets”) is a formatting langauge, knowledge of which enables you to understand how data is presented effectively and memorably. Python is a programming language which focuses on syntactical readability, and as a result has been in popular usage since 1991. What’s more, the process of learning these languages teaches you excellent discipline that can come in useful when learning other subjects, including the spoken languages you may be studying at school.
Skills to enhance your future career success
Perhaps the most valuable aspect of this course is that it teaches you practical skills that you can add to your CV. Whether or not you want to become a web developer, the programming languages you’ll learn, together with your wider knowledge of how websites work, will prove a valuable asset to the workplace of the future. No business has been left untouched by the digital revolution, yet employers are facing a skills shortage in this area. This means that any such knowledge you can demonstrate on your CV will help set you apart from other candidates, making career success more likely.
Why attend the Computer Science course now?
When it comes to increasing your knowledge and adding to the education you receive at school, there’s no time like the present. If the prospect of an uneventful summer stretches before you, why not put it to good use by learning some new skills with us here at Oxford Royale Academy? You’ll spend two weeks of your summer holiday learning valuable skills in a discipline that’s highly relevant to everyday life – and you’ll make lots of new friends, explore the picturesque city of Oxford, and plenty more besides.
Our Computer Science course can complement your A-level studies or help you learn about a discipline you may not have studied before. Even if you already consider yourself to be quite proficient in the IT department, you may not be aware of the theory behind what you’re able to do on a computer, nor how to use programming languages to achieve certain goals, or design a website. The course can also illuminate other subjects you may be studying at A-level; it is a useful accompaniment to the study of mathematics, for example, as it looks at the mathematical theory behind computer algorithms, providing a practical application for a subject that can sometimes seem quite dry.
As already mentioned, you don’t necessarily have to be aiming to pursue Computer Science at university in order to benefit from this course, but if you are, this course will give you some relevant experience to mention on your personal statement and discuss in university interviews. Your attendance on the Computer Science course demonstrates your commitment to mastering this useful subject, showing that you’re serious about your studies and are worthy of a place. As the subject is increasing in popularity, it pays to take steps to set yourself apart from the competition for university places, and the Oxford Royale Academy Computer Science programme is a superb way of doing that.
As if that wasn’t enough, your attendance on this course will also enhance your CV, which won’t just benefit you in the long term; it will help you when you’re applying for part-time jobs while you’re still at school and university, and help give you the experience you may need to secure competitive internships in the tech industry. Apply today and take your knowledge of Computer Science to the next level.
Transferable Life Skills
- developing strengths in independence, self-regulation and self-assessment;
- confidence in dealing with a wide range of new people and situations;
- responsibility for own learning, time management, and working with others;
- communication skills in speaking, listening, and presenting effective arguments in a variety of different contexts.
Every summer, ORA welcomes hundreds of the world’s brightest, most academically gifted students to our Oxford, Cambridge and London courses. In 2016, attendees came from 108 different nations, each bringing with them unique cultures, perspectives and stories to share with their new friends. For the Computer Science programme, students from 17 nations attended.
Timetable for students aged 16 to 18
Our Teaching Faculty
At Oxford Royale Academy we are committed to providing our students with the most qualified and high-calibre teaching faculty available. All Oxford Royale Academy teachers are passionate about their subjects, and are looking forward to passing their knowledge on to their students this summer! For full details of last summer’s teaching faculty, please click here.
Guest Lectures and Debates
At ORA, we go the extra mile to enhance the study abroad experience of our students. As part of this, every year our dedicated Events Team organises a series of fascinating guest lectures. Guest speakers come from a wide range of backgrounds and specialisms, including the worlds of online media, television and academia. Our students also have the opportunity to watch and participate in a number of debates, which take place on campus. These range from formal Panel Debates involving teaching faculty and other staff, to informal discussions about current “hot topics” led by Counsellors.
The United Kingdom has a rich cultural heritage, and a course with Oxford Royale Academy is the perfect way for a young learner to explore this. All ORA courses include coach excursions to places of historical and social significance in the UK. On the Computer Science Programme, attendees will board the ORA coach to two such destinations.
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 their time with us.
Some past afternoon activities enjoyed by our students include the following:
- Punting: travel the waterways of the River Cherwell in a flat-bottomed boat, using a five-metre-long pole to propel your vessel! This mode of transport is unique to Oxford and Cambridge. Our team of Counsellors will be on hand to advise you (or to do it for you!).
- Summer sports: have you ever played the traditional English game of croquet? There will be the chance to do so on the lawns of your campus! Real tennis (a variation of tennis played indoors, with a heavier ball) has also been enjoyed by our previous students.
- Cultural tours: if you are thinking of applying to study at a UK university, an ORA course is the perfect opportunity to visit some of the country’s most famous sites. You will also have the chance to visit Oxford or Cambridge museums.
- Dance and music workshops: have you ever wanted to try Indian dance? How about Salsa dancing? Or drumming? Experts in these art forms will be dropping in to our campuses to run workshops, allowing our students to unleash their creative sides.
The events and entertainment on offer at our campuses don’t stop when the sun starts to go down! The following will be available to every student on our Computer Science Programme:
- Film nights on campus: catch a movie with your new friends, without having to leave your College!
- Karaoke night: grab your friends and sing along to the latest hits!
- Themed parties at local hotels and country houses: head to a local venue and enjoy dinner and dancing with your friends from around the world. Every party has a theme: Hollywood, Venetian Masquerade and the Olympics are examples of past themes.
- Graduation: a formal graduation ceremony will be held on the last night of your course. This is followed by your Graduation dinner and party — a glamorous conclusion to your stay with Oxford Royale Academy!
Our Summer School Locations
All ORA courses are residential in academic locations in our Summer School cities. This means our students have the fantastic opportunity to spend part of their summer living and studying in the environments of the best universities in the world. Oxford and Cambridge each boast a unique ensemble cast of architectural marvels famed the world over. These ancient cities, continue to host some of the most progressive and innovative thinkers of the twenty-first century. Oxford Royale Academy’s summer programmes are designed with the academic rigour of their prestigious environment firmly in mind. The experience of living and studying in an academic environment is particularly valuable for our students aged 16-18, as they begin to consider their academic lives beyond high school. Many attendees on our courses are so impressed by the architecture and atmosphere of their chosen location that they are inspired to apply to study as undergraduates at top UK universities. The Medical School Preparation Programme for 2017 is residential in Oxford or Cambridge.
Our summer courses offer our students the complete study abroad experience. The grid below describes everything that is included with an ORA course:
- Over 20 taught hours per week
- Study files and materials
- Guest lectures from academic speakers
- Personalised academic reports
- Course certificate after graduation
- Wide selection of afternoon and evening activities
- 2 coach excursions per course
- Welcome and graduation events (parents invited)
- Accommodation in Oxford or Cambridge
- Breakfast and Dinner included
- Free WiFi (subject to availability)
- Daily updates on the ORA blog (great for parents!)
- Private Medical / Travel insurance
- ORA T-shirt
- ID badge and lanyard
- Welcome and arrival packs
- Year group photo
- Course memento photos
- ORA notebook
The safety and security of our students is ORA’s top priority. All of the centres at which our courses run are safe, secure environments, which are perfect for our students. Each centre is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by a team of Porters. In addition, Oxford Royale Academy’s comprehensively trained team of campus staff are always on hand. If you join us this summer, you will see the following members of staff on your campus:
Some lessons on the Computer Science Programme take place in the campus; others are held at nearby venues in the city. Students who are required to travel to alternative venues are escorted by Counsellors on the first day, so they know how to get there safely and on time.
Most students who come to ORA will have to book a flight to the UK. ORA courses do not include flights. Information on the best time to arrive will be on your course confirmation email and in your Welcome Pack.
Arrival / Departure Transfers
ORA offers coach transfers between all of our campuses and London airports, for an extra charge. We are also able to arrange taxi transfers from all other airports and destinations, again at an extra charge. For more information, please click here.
Every year, ORA offers a number of scholarships to talented students aged 16-18 from around the world. If you would like to read more about the financial aid we can offer, please click here.
Welcome Reception and Graduation
Parents / family are welcome to attend these events at the start and end of their student’s course. For more information, please contact our Registrations Department on email@example.com.
Medical and Dietary Information
All students who enrol are required to complete our Medical and Dietary Information form. A link will be emailed to all students once their enrolment is confirmed.
Eligibility and Pre-requisites
Students on the Computer Science Programme:
- Must conform to our Age Policy.
- Must be fluent or near-fluent English language speakers – if you are unsure whether your English level is suitable for this programme, please contact our Registrations Team on firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Dates, Fees and Locations
|Course Length||Course Dates||Course Fees||Location|
|2 weeks||18 Jun – 1 Jul||4,295 GBP||Yarnton Manor|
|2 Jul – 15 Jul||4,295 GBP||Balliol College (Oxford), Clare College (Cambridge),|
|16 Jul – 29 Jul||4,295 GBP||Balliol College (Oxford), Clare College (Cambridge),|
|30 Jul – 12 Aug||4,295 GBP||Balliol College (Oxford)|
|13 Aug – 26 Aug||4,295 GBP||Yarnton Manor|
How to Apply
If you are ready to apply now, the quickest and easiest way to secure your place on the Computer Science Programme for 2017 is online. You will need full details of the student and, if different, the customer responsible for paying the fees, as well as a valid credit or debit card to submit the deposit payment of GBP 795.00 (we regret that we are not able to accept American Express as a form of payment).
To get started, please click the link below – you will be asked to choose the date that you would like to study the course.
If you prefer, you can complete our paper application form, which is available for download by clicking here. You can then return this to our offices by one of the following methods:
- Scan and e-mail to email@example.com
- Fax to +44 (0) 845 130 01 22
- Post to the address below
For enrolments via the paper application form, we are able to accept the GBP 795.00 course deposit by credit or debit card, bank transfer or cheque. Please see the form for full details.