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Introduction to Engineering Ages 13-15

Cambridge Summer School 2019
Also available in Oxford

We also offer an Engineering Preparation Programme for 16-18s


The Introduction to Engineering summer course will provide an insight into what future study or a career in Engineering 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.

2 weeks | Available July - August 2019

  • Live, dine and study in colleges of the University of Cambridge
  • Expert tutoring from ORA's faculty
  • Study the fundamental elements of a range of Engineering disciplines
  • Talks and debates with world-class guest speakers
  • A truly international environment - over 135 nationalities in 2018
  • Inspirational cultural programme, including excursions to historic UK locations

Course Summary

The Introduction to Engineering course from Oxford Royale Academy provides students with a comprehensive grounding in all things engineering. The practical skills and theoretical knowledge gained will undoubtedly ensure an advantage in future studies and careers in the sector.

During their two weeks of study, participants will dive straight into the discipline, covering the diverse branches of Engineering Science including Civil, Structural and Mechanical. Practical skills will be acquired through a series of design-led workshops, enabling students to gain a thorough understanding of the discipline. Classes will also ensure that students are taught the fundamental principles of each strand of Engineering Science and that individuals are well-equipped for a future in engineering.

What to expect from the Introduction to Engineering course

This course offers an interactive learning experience for students keen to immerse themselves in the dynamic field of Engineering Science. Classes will introduce the technical and analytical skills that are vital to pursuing a degree and career in Engineering.

The programme is suitable both for those seeking to experience the practical applications of scientific theory and for those who aim to pursue further education in the field of Engineering Science.

Course Outcomes

By the end of the course students will have:

  • Applied practical skills in design-led workshops and activities
  • Explored the application of engineering solutions to both everyday problems and more complex issues
  • Built their knowledge and understanding of the foundations of scientific theory behind Engineering, including Maths and Physics
  • Explored possibilities for their future careers
  • Learnt about the fundamental specialisations in Engineering branches, including civil, mechanical and electrical

Topics covered

The Introduction to Engineering course will cover a wide range of theory and concepts, including:

  • Elementary theory in Mathematics and Physics (essential to Engineering Science)
  • Manufacturing concepts including function, environment and safety in Mechanical and Structural Engineering
  • The application of electromechanics and circuit theory to Electrical Engineering
  • The interaction of logic and mathematics fundamental to engineering.
  • Creative approaches to current and future problems within the fields of Biomedical, Chemical and Sustainable Engineering
  • The practical design skills and processes fundamental to multiple fields of Engineering (including structural and circuit design).

Take this course if...

Take this course if you have been inspired by the many feats of engineering from around the world and you want to understand the fundamental aspects of this dynamic subject.

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

Accommodation

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 undergraduate student might be like at Oxford or Cambridge. 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 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.

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Introduction to Engineering for Ages 13-15 is residential in the following locations:

(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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