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SAT Preparation

A summer programme designed to help students improve their SAT score. Includes general advice on exam technique, as well as
specific focus on Math, Reading and Writing. Residential in Balliol College, University of Oxford.   Apply

At a Glance

  • University of Oxford campus
  • 130715_ORAicons_19_SAT SAT practice
  • 130715_ORAicons_20_42_taught_hours Over 40 taught hours
  • 130715_ORAicons_3_coach_excursions 2 coach excursions included
  • 130715_ORAicons_4_formal_graduation Formal graduation ceremony
  • 130715_ORAicons_5_recieve_report_cards_and_certificates Report cards and a certificate
  • 130715_ORAicons_6_make_friends Make new international friends

Overview

Strong SAT scores are vital for students who wish to apply to American universities. Our two-week summer SAT preparation course introduces students aged 16-18 to the core principles of Math and Evidence-based Reading and Writing that they will need to master in order to achieve a high score on this exam.

The programme is taught in small classes to ensure that students receive individual attention. At the start and the end of each session, students complete a full diagnostic test with questions typical of the actual SAT exams.

Academic Content

The SAT Preparation course at Oxford Royale Academy includes the following key features:

  • Small class size

  • Over 40 instructional contact hours

  • Diagnostic tests

  • Practice tests and mini-timed sections

  • SAT vocabulary

  • SAT reading comprehension

  • SAT essay writing

  • SAT grammar

  • SAT math question types

Students will attend a morning session on General SAT Prep, before specialising on their choice of Math or Reading & Writing in the afternoon session.

This course requires no previous knowledge. The course will be found helpful by students who have taken the exam before as well as those for whom the exam is totally new.

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Learning Objectives

This course aims to:

  • equip students with the skills necessary to take the SAT to the best of their abilities;

  • review all necessary knowledge on a regular basis;

  • improve students’ confidence in their test-taking abilities;

  • give students access to conditions that are as realistic as possible.

At the end of the course, each student will:

  • be able to understand how exactly to interpret the questions asked in each section of the exam;

  • have an extended vocabulary upon which they will be able to draw during the actual exam in both the writing and reading sections of the test;

  • have a solid understanding of all of the math that will be required of them in the exam;

  • be able to write a persuasive and competent essay in an efficient manner;

  • understand the best techniques with which to answer the questions, including tactics for timing and answer choice selection, as well as relaxation exercises to ensure that they do their best on the day of the exam.

Transferable Life Skills

Attendees on the SAT Preparation Programme are encouraged to work on important key skills during their time with ORA. We believe that the experience of being away from home, living and studying in a college of the University of Oxford, enables our students to develop a suite of transferable skills that go beyond those available to students in their own school environment. Vital for future success in any career, these skills include:
  • 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.

How will we teach SAT Preparation at Oxford Royale Academy?

We recognise that, within a class of 15 students, there will be considerable variety in terms of strengths, weaknesses and areas to improve.  For that reason, we will retain a degree of flexibility for the SAT Preparation lessons.

All 15 students in a class will take all of their morning lessons together.  These morning sessions will be ‘General SAT Prep’, and will cover an overview of Math, Reading and Writing and will include useful general tips, advice on exam technique, different styles of questions and more.

For the afternoon sessions, which take place on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of each week, students will be asked to select a specialism of either “Reading & Writing” or “Math” as the area on which they would like to work further.

This new structure will enable students to improve on all areas of the SAT, whilst also allowing them to target an area that needs further development.  We are confident that this is the best way to boost SAT scores.

Our Students

Every summer, ORA welcomes hundreds of the world’s brightest, most academically gifted students to our Oxford courses. In 2017, attendees came from 135 different nations, each bringing with them unique cultures, perspectives and stories to share with their new friends. For the SAT Preparation programme, students from 15 nations attended.

Timetable for students aged 16 to 18

Roll over the items in the timetable for more details!
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Roll over the items in the timetable for more details!
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Breakfast

Breakfast

07:30 - 08:30
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  • Get ready for the day ahead with breakfast in college
  • Breakfast is included for all ORA students
Walk to lessons

Walk to lessons

08:30 - 09:00
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  • Some teaching rooms are located on campus, others are elsewhere in Oxford
  • Students studying off-site are escorted by Campus Staff
Cultural excursion

Cultural excursion

09:00 - 18:00
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  • Visit places of cultural and historical interest in the UK
  • Possible excursions for students aged 16-18: City of Bath, Windsor Castle, Hampton Court, Woburn Abbey and more!
Morning Lessons

Morning Lessons

09:00 - 10:30
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  • Students follow their chosen study option for 90 minutes in the morning
  • Guidance from expert teachers
Morning Break

Morning Break

10:30 - 11:00
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  • Time for students to have refreshments
Morning Lessons

Morning Lessons

11:00 - 12:30
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  • Students follow their chosen study option for 90 minutes in the morning
  • Guidance from expert teachers
Arrival at your college

Arrival at your college

12:00 - 16:30
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  • Student photographs
  • Collection of arrival pack and timetable
  • Move in to your room and unpack
  • Meet your new friends
  • Tea and coffee for parents
Lunch

Lunch

12:30 - 13:45
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  • Grab a bite to eat from one of the many cafes in Oxford
  • Just like an undergraduate in the city would!
  • Includes time for students to get to their Afternoon Workshops
Afternoon Workshop

Afternoon workshop

13:45 - 15:30
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  • Students enjoy an interactive workshop session in their chosen subject area
  • Guidance from expert teachers
'Insight Masterclass' workshop event

'Insight Masterclass' Workshop Event

13:45 - 18:00
Masterclass
  • A range of career-focused interactive workshops
  • Featuring taster sessions in Crime Scene Investigation, Journalism, Architecture, Business and more!
Afternoon Workshop

Afternoon workshop

13:45 - 15:30
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  • Students enjoy an interactive workshop session in their chosen subject area
  • Guidance from expert teachers
Afternoon options: Tours of Christ Church Punting Real Tennis

Afternoon options

13:45 - 18:00
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  • Other possible options:
  • Scavenger Hunts
  • Visiting Modern Art Oxford
  • Visiting Oxford Castle
  • Exploring the Botanic Garden
Afternoon Workshop

Afternoon workshop

13:45 - 15:30
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  • Students enjoy an interactive workshop session in their chosen subject area
  • Guidance from expert teachers
Welcome reception

Welcome reception

17:00 - 18:00
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  • Welcome presentation by the Programme Director
  • Parents can meet the Campus Staff and other ORA parents
  • Chance for students to meet their new friends from around the world
Tours of Oxford

Tours of Oxford

16:00 - 18:00
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  • Visit many of Oxford's famous landmarks
  • Including the Bodleian Library, the Radcliffe Camera and the Sheldonian Theatre
  • Let Oxford's 'Dreaming Spires' inspire you!
Visits to the Bodleian Library & the Sheldonian Theatre

Visits to the Bodleian Library & the Sheldonian Theatre

16:00 - 18:00
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  • Visit some of Oxford's most famous sites, such as the Bodliean Library and the Sheldonian Theatre
  • Your Counsellors will accompany you there and back, adding their own wisdom along the way!
Visit to the Ashmolean Museum

Visit to the Ashmolean Museum

16:00 - 18:00
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  • Visit some of Oxford's many museums, such as the famous Ashmolean Museum. A good opportunity for some to conduct research for their classes!
  • Your Counsellors will accompany you there and back, adding their own wisdom along the way!
Dinner

Dinner in college

18:00 - 19:30
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  • Eat in your college's dining hall on every night of the programme (except when on an exciting excursion!)
  • Evening meals are included for ORA students aged 16-18
Induction talk and "Ice Breaker" activities

Induction talk and "Ice Breaker" activities

19:30 - 22:30
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  • Presentation by Programme Director to students
  • Ice breaker activities: have fun with your Counsellors and get to know your new friends!
Quiz night

Quiz night

19:30 - 22:30
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  • Test out your general knowledge
  • Prizes will be given for the winners and for the best team name!
Evening options: Table Tennis Competition Board Games in the Marquee

Evening options

19:30 - 22:30
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Every evening, our team of Junior Deans and Counsellors will provide a wide range of activity options to suit all interests! Table tennis competitions in the Junior Common Room and Board Game evenings in the Marquee are often amongst the options offered.
Evening options: Film Night on Campus Homework Club

Evening options

19:30 - 22:30
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Every evening, our team of Junior Deans and Counsellors will provide a wide range of activity options to suit all interests! Catch the latest blockbuster, or an old classic, with your new friends on campus. Or, catch up on some reading and make a start on your assignments from the first two days of lessons.
Evening options: Salsa Dancing Workshop Inter-Campus Olympics

Evening options

19:30 - 22:30
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Every evening, our team of Junior Deans and Counsellors will provide a wide range of activity options to suit all interests! Learn Salsa Dancing with our expert teacher - a fun and energetic activity. Or, put on your campus colours and facepaint and represent your campus in Olympic events against other ORA centres!
Party

Party

19:30 - 22:00
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  • Dance the night away with your new friends!
  • Every party has an exciting theme: Wild West, Circus, Olympics and many more have taken place in recent years!
Evening options: Scavenger Hunt on campus Architecture Workshop

Evening options

19:30 - 22:30
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Every evening, our team of Junior Deans and Counsellors will provide a wide range of activity options to suit all interests! Explore your campus in teams as part of a Scavenger Hunt. Or, see how high you can build a structure as you learn the basics of architecture!
Curfew

Curfew

22:30 - 23:00
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  • Evening briefing from Campus Staff
  • Lights out
SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
Breakfast

Breakfast

07:30 - 08:30
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  • Get ready for the day ahead with breakfast in college
  • Breakfast is included for all ORA students
Free time to complete homework assignments and explore Oxford

Free time

08:30 - 15:30
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Enjoy a leisurely breakfast, followed by time to work on your assignments and explore Oxford in groups.
Walk to lessons

Walk to lessons

08:30 - 09:00
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  • Some teaching rooms are located on campus, others are elsewhere in Oxford
  • Students studying off-site are escorted by Campus Staff
Departure day

Departures

09:00 - 17:00
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  • Say goodbye to Oxford and to your college
  • Collect your reports and your certificates
Morning Lessons

Morning Lessons

09:00 - 10:30
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  • Students follow their chosen study option for 90 minutes in the morning
  • Guidance from expert teachers
Morning Break

Morning Break

10:30 - 11:00
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  • Time for students to have refreshments
Morning Lessons

Morning Lessons

09:00 - 10:30
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  • Students follow their chosen study option for 90 minutes in the morning
  • Guidance from expert teachers
Lunch

Lunchtime

12:30 - 13:45
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  • Grab a bite to eat from one of the many cafes in Oxford
  • Just like an undergraduate in the city would!
  • Includes time for students to get to their Afternoon Workshops
Afternoon Workshop

Afternoon workshop

13:45 - 15:30
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  • Students enjoy an interactive workshop session in their chosen subject area
  • Guidance from expert teachers
Afternoon options: Punting University discussion

Afternoon Options

13:45 - 18:00
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  • Other possible options:
  • Scavenger Hunts
  • Visiting Modern Art Oxford
  • Visiting Oxford Castle
  • Visiting the Ashmolean Museum
Afternoon Workshop

Afternoon workshop

13:45 - 15:30
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  • Students enjoy an interactive workshop session in their chosen subject area
  • Guidance from expert teachers
Cultural Excursion: London Musical

Cultural excursion

13:45 - 18:00
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  • Visit London - the capital of the United Kingdom and one of the most dynamic cities on the planet!
  • Finish the evening at a West End musical. Jersey Boys, Thriller: Live! and The Lion King have all featured in recent summers.
Afternoon Workshop

Afternoon workshop

13:45 - 15:30
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  • Students enjoy an interactive workshop session in their chosen subject area
  • Guidance from expert teachers
ORACLE: inspiring talks and workshops

ORACLE

16:00 - 18:00
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ORACLE is an academic event during which students can attend fascinating talks and inspiring workshops, following their own personal interests in order to expand their knowledge. Please note that ORACLE is only running during Sessions 3, 4 and 5 of the summer school. Full details are available by clicking the ORACLE option from the Students menu at the top of this page.
Visit to the Pitt Rivers natural history museum in Oxford

Visit to the Pitt Rivers Museum

16:00 - 18:00
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Founded in 1884, The Pitt Rivers Museum houses Oxford University's archaeological and anthropological collections. Join your fellow students for a group tour arranged by the Oxford Royale Academy events team.
Visit to Oxford's Botanic Garden

Visit to Oxford's Botanic Garden

16:00 - 18:00
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Founded in 1621, the University of Oxford's Botanic Garden is one of the oldest scientific gardens in the world. More recently, it has appeared in and inspired some famous literary works, notably Lewis Carroll's 'Alice in Wonderland' and Philip Pullman's 'His Dark Materials' trilogy. Well worth a visit!
Graduation ceremony

Graduation ceremony

16:00 - 18:00
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  • Graduate from Oxford Royale Academy in a ceremony at your college
  • Listen to speeches from the Programme Director, other campus staff and fellow students
  • Parents are welcome to attend
Dinner

Dinner in college

18:00 - 19:30
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  • Eat in your college's dining hall on every night of the programme (except when on an exciting excursion!)
  • All meals are included for ORA students aged 13-15
Dinner

Dinner in college

18:00 - 19:30
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  • Eat in your college's dining hall on every night of the programme (except when on an exciting excursion!)
  • All meals are included for ORA students aged 13-15
Evening options:Homework clubYoga in the college groundsFree time

Evening options

19:30 - 22:30
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Every evening, our team of Junior Deans and Counsellors will provide a wide range of activity options to suit all interests! Work on your assignments with help from your counsellors. Or, relax with some yoga in the peaceful grounds of your college.
Evening options: Drumming workshop Ice cream at G&D's

Evening options

19:30 - 22:30
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Every evening, our team of Junior Deans and Counsellors will provide a wide range of activity options to suit all interests! Team up with your new friends to create a musical masterpiece at our drumming workshop. Or, join your Counsellors for a trip to an Oxford institution - G&D's ice cream parlour!
Evening options: Business Challenge Workshop Ghost Tour

Evening options

19:30 - 22:30
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Every evening, our team of Junior Deans and Counsellors will provide a wide range of activity options to suit all interests! Wheel and deal on our virtual trading floor as part of the Stock Market Challenge. Or, prepare to learn Oxford's dark and spooky secrets with a ghost trail from famous Oxford tour guide, Bill Spectre.
Evening options: 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' Sports in Uni Parks

Evening options

19:30 - 22:30
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Every evening, our team of Junior Deans and Counsellors will provide a wide range of activity options to suit all interests! Attend a Shakespeare production in the fantastic setting of an Oxford college. Or, join your Counsellors in University Parks for cricket, ultimate frisbee, five-a-side football and more.
Graduation party

Graduation party

19:30 - 22:00
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  • A chance for students to spend one last evening together
  • Every party has an exciting theme: Wild West, Circus, Olympics and many more have taken place in recent years!
Curfew

Curfew

22:30 - 23:00
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  • Evening briefing from Campus Staff
  • Lights out

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.

Coach Excursions

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 SAT Preparation Programme, attendees will board the ORA coach to two such destinations. Last summer, coach excursions for students aged 16-18 included visits to Blenheim Palace, Hampton Court and London.

Extra-Curricular Activities

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 at our campuses don’t stop when the sun starts to go down! The following will be available to every student on our SAT Preparation Programme:

  • 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 programmes are designed to give students a sense of the independence that studying at university brings. Students on the SAT Preparation Programme can explore the nearby area with friends in the free time that they are given in the afternoons and evenings. Students can also use this time to research assignments and complete homework.

College Life

Oxford Royale Academy’s summer programmes are designed with the academic rigour of their prestigious environment firmly in mind. Students studying ORA’s SAT Preparation programme will get the chance to live and study in the historic city of Oxford. This course is residential in Balliol College, 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.

What’s Included?

Our summer courses offer our students the complete study abroad experience. The grid below describes everything that is included with an ORA course:

  • Study

    • Over 20 taught hours per week
    • Study files and materials
    • Guest lectures from academic speakers
    • Personalised academic reports
    • Course certificate after graduation
  • Explore

    • Wide selection of afternoon and evening activities
    • 2 coach excursions per course
    • Welcome and graduation events (parents invited)
    • Discounts at shops around Oxford
  • Live

    • 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
  • Extras

    • ORA T-shirt
    • ID badge and lanyard
    • Welcome and arrival packs
    • Year group photo
    • Course memento photos
    • ORA notebook

Student Welfare

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:

Each ORA campus has a Programme Director (PD), who is responsible for the day-to-day running of the summer school at their College. PDs are residential in the College for the duration of the programme, so they are always close by should they be needed. Programme Directors typically have years of experience in education and the management of schools, colleges and student welfare.
The Junior Deans (JDs) assist the Programme Director with the management of the summer school at their campus. They will also be responsible for leading excursions and activities. JDs are typically returning for their third summer with Oxford Royale, or have extensive experience in summer schools or camps elsewhere. JDs are usually residential in their College.
Each ORA campus has a team of Counsellors who will be a student’s first point of contact in most cases. All Counsellors are friendly and approachable, and are thoroughly trained by Oxford Royale in the management of events for young people. Many of our Counsellors are current or former members of the University of Oxford and other top universities in the UK; they are always happy to discuss careers or admissions with our students.
ORA has a team of private nurses, who host drop-in sessions at all of our campuses on a rota basis. If a student feels unwell, they can either see one of the Nurses, or go straight to our recommended private GP Surgery (Doctor). ORA courses include Private Medical cover should the need arise.

Some lessons on the SAT Preparation Programme take place in the Colleges; 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.

Practical Information

  • Flights

    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. For more information, please click here.

  • Scholarships

    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 admin@oxford-royale.co.uk.

  • 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 SAT 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 admin@oxford-royale.co.uk 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 LengthCourse DatesCourse FeesLocation
2 weeks
1 Jul – 14 Jul4,295 GBPBalliol College
15 Jul – 28 Jul4,295 GBPBalliol College
29 Jul – 11 Aug4,295 GBPBalliol College

How to Apply

If you are ready to apply now, the quickest and easiest way to secure your place on the SAT Preparation programme for 2018 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:

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.

Further Information and Documents

If you would like to consult with one of our Registrations Team members before making a booking, we would be delighted to hear from you.
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