Cambridge Summer School 2018

Computer Science Programme Ages 16-18

Cambridge Summer School 2018
Also in Oxford

A summer programme designed to introduce students aged 16-18 to Computer Science, including three programming languages.

2 weeks | Available July - August 2018

  • Live, dine and study in colleges of the University of Cambridge
  • Expert tutoring from ORA's faculty
  • Learn three programme languages
  • Talks and debates with world-class guest speakers
  • A truly international environment - over 130 nationalities in 2017
  • Inspirational cultural programme, including excursions to historic UK locations

Course Summary

The course aims to introduce students to the discipline of Computer Science, with particular emphasis on the exploitation of computer systems to calculate, analyse and present data. This includes the theoretical background, learning three programming languages and creating a website.

This course provides a complete introduction to the thriving field of Computer Science, using the web to illustrate key concepts. Students will learn website design using HTML for structure and CSS for formatting, and Python to provide them with a foundation in a more scientific programming language. The mathematical principles behind computer science will be explored as students will look at the use of algorithms in programming. The programme is suitable for students with intermediate-level IT skills, but does not require any programming experience.

Oxford Royale Academy’s computer science course is aimed at anyone who wants to learn more about this increasingly popular subject. In particular, it provides valuable grounding in not only utilising computers as a valuable problem-solving tool but also presenting and communicating results via the web. Teaching you no fewer than three programming languages, this course is designed for those with intermediate existing IT skills and will take your knowledge and competence to the next level.

Where could the Computer Science Programme lead you?

Why choose Computer Science Programme for 16-18 years?

On Computer Science summer programme, students will have the challenge of building their very own website. This provides practical experience of building a website in an environment in which experts are on hand to help and advise. This not only involves the practical challenges of coding and formatting, but also the design phase of creating a visually appealing and accessible layout. Next time you’re in the position of needing to communicate information via the web, the challenge will be far more manageable now that you have this experience to fall back on.

How will the Computer Science Programme help me?

As part of this course, students will learn three computer languages: HTML, CSS and Python. HTML (“hyper-text markup language”) involves dividing web pages into logically-separate pieces, a skill which is remarkably similar to tackling a large problem by subdivision into manageable goals. CSS (“cascading style sheets”) is a formatting language, knowledge of which enables you to understand how data is presented effectively and memorably. Python is a programming language which focuses on syntactical readability, and as a result has been in popular usage since 1991. What’s more, the process of learning these languages teaches you excellent discipline that can come in useful when learning other subjects, including the spoken languages you may be studying at school.

Is this course for me?

If you are hoping to undertake computer based research, enter a career in computer science, become a tech entrepreneur, or simply to gain practical skills you can add to your CV, this course is for you.

Topics covered

As part of this programme you will be able to select one online course from the selection below. Each is taught by an Oxbridge-educated teacher of Computer Science, and provides students with the opportunity to prepare for their visit to Oxford Royale Academy or, alternatively, building on their newly-acquired knowledge of Computer Science once they have returned home:

The Apple Watch Development Course explores the wealth of programming and business opportunity now available as a result of Apple’s latest device.

The iOS 10 Development Course provides the opportunity to develop and build 18 new and professional apps of the student’s own design.

The Android Development Course covers the basics of Java and enables students to produce their own cloned app for Android.

The Web Development Course covers HTML, CSS, WordPress, and much more in a rigorous introduction to web development.

The Swift Apps Course guides students through the coding required to program an original app using Swift.

The Node JS Course renders Node JS relateable and understandable through a series of tasks, leading towards the launch of the student’s own app.

The Ruby on Rails Development Course contains a series of mini-projects intended to build students’ skill and confidence in using this framework.

What will you get out of the Computer Science Programme?

Lessons on programming theory combine with skills-based workshops to allow students to learn about all aspects of Computer Science and to gain an impression of the undergraduate study of this fascinating subject. Students have access to state-of-the-art facilities for the programming workshop.

Students will learn vital and invaluable skills for the modern workplace, which they will be able to use long after they leave the summer school. These skills will be honed in the production of the students’ own websites, which will be assessed to form part of the overall grade for the course.

Welcome to the City of Cambridge - your home this summer

students walking through a small street in front of the King's College, Cambridge

Cambridge has been recognised for centuries as one of the most beautiful academic locations in the UK. With its soaring gothic buttresses, green lawns, gently meandering river, and quiet little coffee shops, Cambridge has a lot to offer in terms of quality of student experience.

Students will live, dine and study in a college of the University of Cambridge, providing them with the ideal opportunity to discover what life in a top UK university is really like. Students can immerse themselves in the teaching of knowledgeable academics, many of whom have studied at top UK institutions such as Cambridge and Oxford. They will have plenty of opportunity to explore the city in their free time, and take part in educational excursions in and around Cambridge.

Students residential in Cambridge will experience life in a top UK university city, while fulfilling their educational ambitions and enjoying the summer experience of their lives. Learn more about all that our Cambridge Summer School has to offer.

A Cambridge college dining hall
Punts lined up on the River Cam in Cambridge
Students smiling at the camera in front of the King's College, Cambridge?

Useful information for students & parents


Students will be accommodated in comfortable single or twin rooms depending on their allocated college (please contact our registrations team if you would like more information on this). Twin rooms are strictly shared by students of the same gender, and males/females are separated by corridor and/or staircase. Accommodation is the standard for undergraduates studying at the university, so students are able to get a taste of what being an Oxford student might be like. Bathrooms are typically shared between students of the same gender, however in some cases en-suite facilities are available.

Pastoral care & student welfare

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. The Counsellors ensure that students are looked after pastorally, culturally and socially during their programme. Students are able to talk informally and frankly to the Counsellors in order to raise concerns or to discuss their course. Each campus has members of staff who are residential throughout the programme and are able to assist students at any time of the day or night.

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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(If your course takes place in more than one campus in the same city and you would like to know more about which location you will be allocated, please call our registrations team)

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