Study Mathematics with our Oxford Summer School 2018 | Students aged 16-18

Also available for students aged 13-15.

Class Summary

This summer Maths course is designed for students with a keen interest in mathematics. Our focus will be on the introduction of basic concepts from higher mathematics, on the development and practise of critical thinking skills, and on fun and exciting topics that the student is not likely to be taught in the average schoolroom.

The class introduces several different facets of modern mathematics; students will encounter important ideas in arithmetic, geometry, graph theory, logic, computer science, and game theory, to name a few. Students will also solve riddles and critical thinking puzzles, draw tessellations and fractals, play strategic mathematical games, and even get the chance to build a primitive computer! The aim is to give students more confidence and curiosity towards the subject of mathematics for the future. Students will see how mathematics is evident in art, music and nature as they learn to think visually and imaginatively about the subject.

The core aim of the course is to show students just how fun mathematics can be, as well as introducing important mathematical concepts that they may encounter in later years. The breadth of modern mathematics, beyond the range of what is taught in most schools, will be introduced. Teamwork is taught in the context of problem-solving. In addition, students will learn the valuable skill of communicating complicated concepts to an audience by giving a presentation to the class on a subject of their choice.

The course assessment is based on class participation, class presentations, homework, written assignments, and attendance and punctuality. As this course aims to stretch students and present them with material that they will not have encountered previously, enthusiasm and a willingness to learn new things will be highly rewarded. Students should be willing to have a go and learn from their mistakes to build their knowledge for the future; they should not expect to get every answer right first time, but should expect to have fun in the enjoyable process of working their way towards the right answer as they develop their understanding of and engagement with a particular topic.


The course will cover both new and familiar material. As such, all sessions will begin with consideration of students’ current knowledge. No mathematical background beyond basic arithmetic, algebra, and geometry will be expected. Nonetheless, a degree of curiosity and intellectual maturity is required for the critical thinking and problem solving that we will do.

In geometry, a background in shapes such as triangles, squares and circles is required. The student should know how to calculate angles, areas, and circumference.

Please note

It is not possible to choose Mathematics from both List A and List B, as the course content is the same. All option choices must be unique.