Where better to study architecture than the city of dreaming spires? Surrounded by Oxford’s inspiring buildings, the Oxford Royale Academy Introduction to Architecture course introduces you to the fascinating subject of architecture and teaches you the secrets to building designs across the ages. Ideal for expanding your general knowledge, you’ll learn so much that you’ll never look at a building in the same way again.
On this course, we’ll introduce you to the theoretical principles of architecture and give you a grounding in the history of architecture in Europe. You will learn about numerous aspects of architecture, including the principles of design and space planning. You’ll learn about concerns such as planning law and building control regulations, and you’ll gain practical skills in project design by trying your hand at architectural drawing and constructing manual and digital architectural models. You’ll also gain an understanding of what being an architect involves, including how architecture interacts with construction and engineering, giving you an insight into a possible future career path. At the end of the course, you’ll work on a design portfolio competition in a team with other students.
Why Take This Course?
The Oxford Royale Academy Introduction to Architecture course for students aged 13 to 15 is designed to expand your general knowledge of architecture in an enjoyable interactive environment. The course will help you decide whether or not architecture is a subject you might want to pursue at university and as a career; getting an idea of your long-term study plans at this early stage in your education is helpful, as it means you can tailor your subject choices over several years to give you the best chance of a successful application.
Your attendance on the course gives you another educational experience to talk about when you come to apply for university, showing admissions tutors that you’re self-motivated and enthusiastic about learning. As well as the specific practical and technical skills you’ll learn on this course, you’ll also develop transferable skills that can be used at school, university and beyond. This includes working in a team with other students, communicating effectively and thinking spatially.
Every summer, ORA welcomes hundreds of the world’s brightest, most academically gifted students to our Oxford courses. In 2016, attendees came from 108 different nations, each bringing with them unique cultures, perspectives and stories to share with their new friends.
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 2-week Introduction to Architecture course, attendees will board the ORA coach to two such destinations. Last summer, coach excursions for students aged 13-15 included visits to the Tower of London and Cotswold Wildlife Park.
At ORA, we never forget that our students are on holiday! Included with every ORA course is an extra-curricular timetable, carefully designed by our dedicated Events Team to ensure our students have fun, make friends and get the most out of being in Oxford.
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 College! Real tennis (a variation of tennis played indoors, with a heavier ball) has also been enjoyed by our previous students.
- College and museum tours: if you are thinking of applying to study at the University of Oxford, an ORA course is the perfect opportunity to visit some of the institution’s most famous Colleges (including New College, Magdalen College and Christ Church). You will also have the chance to visit Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum – famous for being the world’s first university museum.
- 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 don’t stop when the sun starts to go down at our campuses! The following will be available to every student on our Introduction to Law course:
- Film nights on campus: catch a movie with your new friends, without having to leave your College.
- Karaoke in Oxford: head to a venue in Oxford 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; past venues include Ardington House in Oxfordshire and The Randolph Hotel in the city of Oxford. 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 in Oxford!
All ORA courses are residential, either in the inspiring surroundings of a University of Oxford college, or in Yarnton Manor, our Jacobean country house, just a short bus ride from Oxford city centre. This means our students have the fantastic opportunity to spend part of their summer living and studying in the environment of one of the best universities in the world. Oxford is quite unlike anywhere else. With a unique ensemble cast of architectural marvels famed the world over, the city feels incredibly ancient, yet continues to be home to 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 in Oxford 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 Oxford and of their College, they are inspired to apply to study as undergraduates at the University of Oxford.
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)
- Discounts at shops around Oxford
- Accommodation in the University of Oxford
- Breakfast and Dinner in the Hall
- 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 venues at which our courses take place are safe, secure environments, which are perfect for our students. Each venue is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – 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:
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 Oxford campuses and London Heathrow airport, for a small 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 13-15 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Introduction to Architecture 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 email@example.com 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||3 Jul – 16 Jul||4,295 GBP||Lady Margaret Hall|
|17 Jul – 30 Jul||4,295 GBP||Lady Margaret Hall|
How to Apply
If you are ready to apply now, the quickest and easiest way to secure your place on the Introduction to Architecture 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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.