For students aged 16-18 with an interest in this subject, ORA offers the Computer Science Programme.
The Introduction to Computer Science course has been designed to provide 13- 15 year old students with a head start in the complex discipline of Computer Science. With a particular emphasis on the exploitation of computer systems to calculate, analyse and present data, the course includes theoretical background, learning programming languages and creating a website. Students will gain an insight into what future study or a career in Computer Science might be like. In addition, skills sessions and group projects will help students develop key abilities for future success, including leadership, teamwork and presentation skills.
Included with this programme is your choice of one online course from a selection of seven, all taught by an experienced, Oxbridge-educated Computer Science teacher. Students will be able to follow their chosen course at their own pace in their spare time, either prior to their visit to Oxford, whilst on campus, or once back at home. Students can choose from:
iOS 10 Development Course: covers the basics of coding in app development and enables students to build up to 18 professional apps of their own design.
Apple Watch Development Course: explores the wealth of programming and business opportunity now available as a result of Apple’s latest device.
Android Development Course: introduces students to Java and guides them through the production of a cloned app for Android.
Web Development Course: aims to get students up to professional-level development in just 6 weeks, covering HTML, CSS, WordPress, and much more.
Swift Apps Course: boosts the coding skills required to program an original app using Swift.
Node Development Course: demystifies Node JS into a series of relatable lessons and tasks, ultimately enabling students to build and launch their own Node app.
Ruby on Rails Development Course: rigorously introduces this wildly popular framework, guiding students through mini-projects to increase skill and confidence.
All that is required for each course is access to a PC or Mac – no prior knowledge of computer science is assumed. Students enjoy lifetime access to their courses once they have been installed, giving them the opportunity to enjoy each in their own time or to hone their newly-acquired skills as often as desired.
This course aims to:
- introduce students to what further study of Computer Science entails;
- examine key theories of Computer Science and the applied usage of these;
- aid students to articulate their ideas and inspire creative thinking through case studies, presentations, and group discussion tasks.
By the end of the course, students will have:
- applied practical skills in Computer Science;
- built their knowledge and understanding of the fundamental scientific theory behind Computer Science;
- explored possibilities for their future careers;
- Learned key theories, programming languages, and designed their own website.
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 courses. In 2016, attendees came from 108 different nations, each bringing with them unique cultures, perspectives and stories to share with their new friends. On Introduction to Computer Science, students from 17 different nations attended.
Timetable for students aged 13 to 15
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 Computer Science course, attendees will board the ORA coach to two such destinations. Last summer, coach excursions for students aged 13-15 included visits to Blenheim Palace and Cotswold Wildlife Park. This summer, the students will also have the option to visit the Warner Brothers Studio Tour – The Making of Harry Potter.
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 Computer Science 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!
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
Oxford Royale Academy’s summer programmes are designed with the academic rigour of their prestigious environment firmly in mind. Students studying ORA’s Introduction to Computer Science programme will live and study in the historic city of Oxford, providing them with a unique opportunity to discover the atmosphere and architecture of its world-renowned university buildings. This course is residential in St Peter’s College and Lady Margaret Hall. St Peter’s College is a small and friendly College located right in the city centre. Founded in 1929, it combines traditional and modern architectural styles. Lady Margaret Hall is a constituent College of the University of Oxford. It is located on the River Cherwell and best known for its elegant architecture and spacious gardens.
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:
Lessons on the Introduction to Computer Science programme will take place either in teaching rooms on the same site as the accommodation, or at nearby venues in the city of Oxford. 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 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 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 Introduction to 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||2 Jul – 15 Jul||4,295 GBP||Lady Margaret Hall|
|16 Jul – 29 Jul||4,295 GBP||Lady Margaret Hall|
|30 Jul – 12 Aug||4,295 GBP||St. Peter’s College|
How to Apply
If you are ready to apply now, the quickest and easiest way to secure your place on the Introduction to 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.