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Oxford Summer School for Adults 2018

iOS App Programming and Web Development Ages 19-25

Oxford Summer School for Adults 2018

Learn to build apps and websites in colleges of the University of Oxford this summer on Oxford Royale Summer Schools's iOS App Programming and Web Development summer course for adults.

2 weeks | Available July - August 2018

  • Live, dine and study in colleges of the University of Oxford
  • Programming and coding tuition with experts
  • Talks with world-class guest speakers
  • A truly international environment - form a global network
  • Inspirational cultural programme

Course Summary

How many times have you found yourself saying “There’s an app for that”? The web and iOS apps have become so vital to our daily lives that it’s difficult to imagine life without them. This makes them the most exciting areas in which to grow your knowledge and skills – and this course is the ideal way to get started.

The iOS App Programming & Web Development course will help any student to become competent in these two areas, both of which are vital in the modern world.

The course will focus first on iOS Application Programming. It is dedicated to teaching Swift programming, which is the new, powerful language for iOS. You will be introduced to best practices and will become proficient with syntax, object oriented principles, memory management, functional concepts and more in relation to Swift. You will also learn its new features and capabilities that will take you to the forefront of writing iOS apps. You will start with learning programming in Swift, then move into iOS App Development with Swift specialisation. This will expand your programming skills and allow you to apply them to authentic app development projects.

Where could the iOS App Programming & Web Development course lead you?

Why choose the iOS App Programming & Web Development course?

The iOS App Programming and Web Development course is a fascinating and highly relevant programme designed for gap year students, undergraduates, and others who wish to learn how to construct cutting-edge smartphone apps and websites.

Time spent on this course will give students a deeper understanding of these technologies, which have become so fundamental to daily life, and will equip them with new knowledge and skills that have the potential to lead to a lucrative career, or to supercharge their own start-up business. Even if students don’t target a career in tech, the course will provide a useful foundation that will come in handy for a wide range of careers.

How will the iOS App Programming & Web Development course help me?

In the modern workplace, knowledge of websites and apps is always helpful and in demand, so students' attendance on the course will enhance their CVs and set them apart from other candidates. What’s more, they will develop transferable skills – such as working effectively in a team – that will stand you in good stead at university or in your future career.

Is this course for me?

If you find yourself scrolling through the app store and thinking “Why isn’t there an app for that?”, then this course is for you. Students who are creatively minded and technologically keen will thrive on this course.

Topics covered

The table below gives an indication of the subject areas that will be covered in each day’s lecture and seminar. Although every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, please note that topics and timings may be subject to change. Regarding topics, our teachers retain the flexibility to adapt to the academic interests of the students in the class, in order for the members of the class to benefit from their broad spectrum of knowledge and experience in the field.

Day-by-Day Schedule

Week | Day Lesson Content
Week One | Monday - Introduction and Installations
- Introduction to Swift Programming
Week One | Tuesday - Collection Types
- Control Flow
- Functions, Classes
- Advanced Swift
Week One | Wednesday - Image Processing in Swift
- Peer Assignment (InstaFilter Processor)
Week One | Thursday - Field trip
Week One | Friday - Welcome to iOS App Development
- Further Introduction to XCode
Week Two | Monday - UIKit and the Interface Builder
- Building a Basic UI
Week Two | Tuesday - On-campus full-day workshop
Week Two | Wednesday - Advanced UI Concepts
- Custom Control & Defining your Data Model
Week Two | Thursday - User Interactivity
- The Internet and the Web
- Web Development
- Advanced HTML5
Week Two | Friday - Styling your Website – CSS
- Javascript

What will you get out of the iOS App Programming & Web Development course?

By the end of the course, students will have:

  • Explored XCode basics, Core iOS and CocoaTouch
  • Programmed their own app to perform a specific set of functions
  • Tested and streamlined their app to make it as user-friendly as possible
  • Examined HTML and CSS for websites
  • Built their own website

Welcome to the City of Oxford - your home this summer

ORA Experience

Oxford is a city like no other, combining startlingly beautiful architecture with a buzzing, modern city centre, with superb shopping, restaurants, cafés and more. With the colleges of Oxford University at its heart, some almost 800 years old, it is a city steeped in history and academia.

Students on Oxford Royale's Oxford summer courses will have the chance to live, dine and study in this stunning city, exploring all of its major sites and discovering its hidden secrets. Through both organised trips to key landmarks and free time in the evenings, students will become acquainted with all that Oxford has to offer.

As students walk the cobbled streets and gaze up at the spires, gargoyles and honey-coloured stone buildings, they will be walking in the footsteps of some of the most influential figures in history, including prime ministers, presidents, Nobel prize-winning scientists, authors and more.

Why study in Oxford?
Why study in Oxford?
Why study in Oxford?

Useful information for students


Students will be accommodated in comfortable single rooms in either Merton or University College, depending on the course chosen - please contact our registrations team if you would like more information. Accommodation is the standard accommodation for university undergraduates who study at the university, so students are able to get a flavour for what being an undergraduate at the university might be like.Bathrooms are typically shared between students of the same gender, though in some cases en-suite facilities are available.

Programme Staff

The programme is overseen by the Programme Director, who implements the day-to-day running of the programme. The Director is assisted by a team of Counsellors who very often are current members of the University of Oxford or University of Cambridge and are able to provide an insight into life at these prestigious institutions.

Eligibility & pre-requisites

Students on this course:

  • 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 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.

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