“Scientists study the world as it is; engineers create the world that has never been.” —Theodore von Kármán
Future facing and intellectually challenging, engineering is an exciting and rewarding discipline. This course aims to introduce students to the fundamentals of engineering and give them a taste of the wide range of options they have when studying engineering at university. Students will examine the challenges facing the modern engineer and explore some of the major unsolved problems that contemporary engineering faces.
For students aged 13-15 with an interest in Engineering, ORA offers an Introduction to Engineering course.
This course uses an applied approach, designed to give students as much opportunity as possible to stretch their academic skills, test out their understanding of theoretical concepts through practical tasks and university level problem-solving methods, and to explore different branches of engineering. They will be encouraged to consider engineering as a multi-disciplinary subject, drawing on scientific theory and mathematics to understand and develop technical solutions.
In the first week, students will explore various fundamentals of engineering including calculus, applied fluid mechanics and dynamic modelling. They will learn how to use vital software and apply this knowledge in conjunction with essential engineering concepts to solve problems. By learning to use software such as GNU Octave, students will gain fundamental problem-solving skills that they can use across the discipline of engineering and other disciplines like finance, the sciences, and mathematics. Students are required to complete a piece of coursework for the dynamic modelling module; this work will help students to gain a greater understanding of modelling and simulation as they build and subsequently evaluate their own models. This a core part of modern engineering.
During the second week students will delve further into the core principles of engineering; their academic ability will be stretched as they explore advanced applied thermodynamics and how to apply these principles to key engineering systems. Students will also have the chance to showcase and test their understanding of the material as they will present technical content to the class and be questioned on it. To round up the course, students will participate in a robotics competition! Using LEGO Mindstorms sets, they will build their own custom programmable robot and race them against each other. The competition aims to give students an appreciation for everyday challenges of engineering.
Further education is something many of our students are interested in, so they will have the opportunity to explore university engineering courses and how they differ, looking into a variety of engineering fields, such as mechanical, electrical, civil and chemical, and the associated opportunities and potential careers. They will also have the chance to get constructive feedback on their university application as well as the opportunity to practise admission tests. An excursion to London is part of the course and students will visit Imperial College; here they can ask students and teaching staff any questions they may have about university life and the admissions process. They will also visit the Science Museum to view their award-winning exhibitions.
The course aims to introduce students to the wide range of options they have when studying engineering at university, as well as the challenges facing the modern engineer. By the end of the course, students will:
- Have a basic understanding of the fundamentals of engineering;
- Understand how these fundamentals are used to comprehend the world around us;
- Have a basic understanding of modern applications in engineering;
- Possess the skills necessary for a successful admissions interview.
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.
Whom is the Engineering Preparation course for?
As the name suggests, the Engineering Preparation course is a summer programme for aspiring engineers. Those embarking on this interesting course are typically ambitious students aged between sixteen and eighteen, who aim to study engineering at university before embarking on a career in engineering or a related field. Your idols will probably include such illustrious figures as Isambard Kingdom Brunel or George and Robert Stephenson, and you may see yourself one day following in their footsteps. If you’re beguiled by bridges, curious about construction or fascinated by physics, engineering could be just the course for you, and this Oxford Royale Academy summer course will help you learn how to take the next step towards pursuing this multi-disciplinary subject.
Although the course is mainly geared towards those who already know that they want to study engineering at university, it is also suitable for those who are considering engineering as one of a number of possible university and/or career options. You’ll need to have more than a passing interest in engineering to get the most from this stimulating course, but the academic study part of the programme may prove useful background knowledge to those studying A-levels in related areas, such as physics, mathematics or chemistry. Knowledge of engineering illuminates some of the practical applications of these scientific subjects, which can sometimes seem hard to relate to real life.
How will the Engineering Preparation course help me achieve my ambitions?
We’ve structured the Engineering Preparation course with the express intention of making it as useful as possible to those applying to study engineering at university. Engineering is a competitive subject, so anything you can do to boost your chances of a successful application will be of enormous benefit. We’ve found a winning formula for helping aspiring engineering students achieve their goals: a combination of spending a week learning more about engineering and a week focusing on the practicalities of studying engineering at university. Below, we’ve outlined some of the major benefits of coming to study the Engineering Preparation course at Oxford Royale Academy.
Finding the right university course for you – as part of the time you spend on the Engineering Preparation course, you’ll have the opportunity to explore what degrees are on offer from different university engineering departments and understand how courses differ. We’ll help you to narrow down your options to a particular branch of engineering that you’re most interested in studying, and we’ll assist you in finding out which universities offer a course you think would best suit you. You’ll even be able to visit the engineering faculty of a prominent London university, and participate in a Q&A with staff and students there. The course also has a more long-term outlook, as you’ll learn about what career options are possible with different engineering degrees. You’ll leave with a much clearer picture of how you see your pursuit of engineering unfolding.
Practical help with your university application – you’ll also have the chance to work on your university application, and we’ll be on hand to assist you with aspects of your application such as your personal statement and interview technique. The personal statement is the aspect of the UCAS form that most seems to daunt prospective university students, but we’ll help demystify the process and offer useful tips on how to impress the admissions tutors who’ll be reading yours. What’s more, you’ll take some practice admissions tests and take part in class discussions that will teach you what engineering admissions tutors are looking for when they look at your application.
Developing ‘people’ skills – so-called ‘people skills’ are essential for those wanting to become an engineer. That’s because engineers are often in charge of what’s happening on a site – for example building a bridge, digging a tunnel or laying down a road – and those working on the project will be coming to you for advice and instructions. Developing your awareness as early as possible of the importance of good communication, strong leadership, effective management and teamwork will stand you in good stead for achieving your engineering ambitions. Through attending the Engineering Preparation summer programme, you’ll find that you’re working on your people skills all the time just by being surrounded by other talented students, working in groups with them and articulating your opinions.
Understanding the challenges faced by engineers – this course is designed to give you a deeper understanding of the real-life issues and challenges faced by modern engineers in their day-to-day jobs. This is of use to you now because it puts you in a better position to give intelligent answers to questions you might be asked at interview, as well as giving you a headstart in understanding what you might be up against in your future career. It also gives you interesting material to discuss in your personal statement that will demonstrate your knowledge of what engineering really involves, showing that you’re switched on and that you’ve thought in depth about the subject for which you’re applying.
Why attend the Engineering Preparation course now?
If you’re aged between sixteen and eighteen and about to submit an application to university, now is the right time to attend the Engineering Preparation course because it will give you the pointers you need for preparing a strong application. It’s worth attending the course in the summer before you’re due to submit your application, so that what you’ve learned is still fresh in your mind and you’re already prepared for writing your personal statement and attending interviews. What’s more, most students find that attending this course is an inspiring experience that helps spur them on to work even harder at their A-levels and achieve the success they’re aiming for.
This course will also be a useful experience to include on your CV. Even if you’re only applying for a Saturday job, your attendance on this course demonstrates that you’re someone who’s self-motivated, and who takes responsibility for your own education and career – desirable qualities for an employer, who’ll be looking for someone intelligent upon whom they can rely.
Every summer, ORA welcomes hundreds of the world’s brightest, most academically gifted students to Oxford, London and Cambridge. 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 Engineering Preparation programme, students from 33 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 Engineering Preparation 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 accommodation! 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, Cambridge and London 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 Engineering Preparation Programme:
- Film nights on campus: catch a movie with your new friends, without having to leave your accommodation!
- 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!
Oxford Royale Academy’s summer programmes are designed with the academic rigour of their prestigious environment firmly in mind. Students studying ORA’s Engineering Preparation programme will get the chance to live and study in the historic cities of Oxford, London or Cambridge. This course is residential in Balliol College (Oxford), Yarnton Manor (Oxford), Clare College (Cambridge) and Goodenough College (London). Balliol College is one of the University’s oldest and most prestigious constituent Colleges. Ideally-placed in the town centre, it is a mere five-minute from the city’s shops, amenities, and tourist attractions. Yarnton Manor is ORA’s very own 17th-century manor house situated in the picturesque countryside just north of Oxford. Though only a stone’s throw from the city, Yarnton has a friendly and secluded feel. Clare College is known for its breathtaking architecture and historic quadrangles. It also boasts an enviable riverside location, its grounds comprising part of the iconic ‘Backs’ curving alongside the River Cam. Goodenough College is a picturesque home for international students in the very heart of the capital. Goodenough is located in London’s metropolitan Bloomsbury quarter, and provides a safe and comfortable base from which to explore the area’s world-renowned museums.
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, London 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 Engineering Preparation Programme take place in the accommodation venues themselves; 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 Engineering Preparation Programme:
- Must conform to our Age Policy.
- Must be fluent or near-fluent English language speakers – if you are unsure whether your English level is suitable for this programme, please contact our Registrations Team on 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),|
Goodenough College (London)
|16 Jul – 29 Jul||4,295 GBP||Balliol College (Oxford), Clare College (Cambridge),|
Goodenough College (London)
|30 Jul – 12 Aug||4,295 GBP||Yarnton Manor|
|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 Engineering Preparation 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.