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London Summer School 2018

Broadening Horizons Ages 16-18

Imperial College London Summer School 2018
Also in Oxford | Cambridge


An academic summer programme for students aged 16-18 offering 30 subject options and a full activities timetable.

2 or 4 weeks | Available July - August 2018

  • Live, dine and study in Imperial College London
  • Expert tutoring from ORA's faculty
  • 30 subject options to choose from - tailor your course
  • Talks and debates with world-class guest speakers
  • A truly international environment - over 130 nationalities in 2017
  • Inspirational cultural programme

Course Summary

Oxford Royale Summer Schools's Broadening Horizons course offers students aged 16-18 the opportunity to study a combination of subjects in one of our historic summer venues, whether a college of the University of Cambridge, a college of the University of Oxford, Imperial College London, or Yarnton Manor. Students choose three subjects from the 30 options available, allowing them to pursue areas of interest or to try out something new.

Morning Subjects take place in small study groups; Afternoon Workshops are comprised typically of larger groups suitable for interactive activities, focusing on more practical skills. With subjects available ranging from Astronomy to Digital Marketing (see 'topics covered' below), you can build your perfect summer course with the Broadening Horizons programme.

Where could the Broadening Horizons summer course lead you?

Why choose Broadening Horizons for 16-18 years?

The Broadening Horizons programme is Oxford Royale Summer Schools's most flexible summer programme for 16-18s, allowing students to combine multiple subjects. Students select two unique Morning Subject options (one from List A and one from List B) and an Afternoon Workshop subject - see 'topics covered' for the list of subject options available. The variety offered by the programme makes it our most popular summer course, allowing students the chance to focus on areas they may wish to improve or to try something brand new for general interest.

How will Broadening Horizons help me?

The ability to tailor your programme means the Broadening Horizons programme has multiple benefits for students. Students can choose to study subjects they need to improve in order to boost their school grades, they may wish to choose subjects they are thinking of studying beyond school at university, or they may simply want to try out something new that they have yet to study - Broadening Horizons gives students the chance to do all three.

Is this course for me?

If you are are looking for a flexible summer programme and the ability to combine multiple subjects of your choice, then this course is for you.

Topics covered

Students may choose one subject from List A, one (different) subject from List B, and one afternoon workshop. Click on the links below to learn more about each subject option.

Please note that, where a subject appears in both List A and List B, it is not possible to choose the same subject from both lists. For example, it is not possible to choose List A Mathematics and List B Mathematics. All option choices must be unique.

On this course, students will delve into the complex world of business finance, covering aspects ranging from company finance to the bigger picture of the UK economy. Students will investigate how big businesses weather the storm of turbulent economic times, with topical debate on the impact of Brexit on the UK’s businesses and their finances.

Students will be introduced to aspects of business finance such as investment, the finance of mergers and acquisitions and financial forecasting. They will explore what happens when a company becomes publicly listed, and gain an understanding of the relationship between a business and its shareholders. They will discuss specific business case studies, as well as working in groups to complete exercises such as creating a pitch for investment for a fictional company.

Finance is a lucrative and sought-after career, and attendance on this course will stand students in good stead for pursuing jobs in this sector. Students will gain an excellent introduction to the world of business finance during their time on this course, providing valuable knowledge and experience that can be mentioned on CVs and in job applications. Students who wish to pursue a career in business finance will have the chance to quiz our expert teachers about university applications and what employers in this sector look for in candidates.

This Creative Writing course aims both to inspire students, and to provide students with an overview of techniques and processes available to writers, encouraging them to think beyond their perceived limitations while equipping them to exceed themselves.

Students are encouraged to experiment with their own writing, as well as engaging in literary reviews of writing that have preceded them. Based around advice and examples from famous literary figures, students will encounter the obstacles and opportunities that present themselves when writing – including learning ways to overcome the dreaded writer’s block.

This exciting Economics Summer Course in London has been designed to introduce students to basic economic theory while also looking at the way in which it is applied, to help students understand current economic issues, from unemployment to the benefits and disadvantages of the Eurozone.

Over two weeks, students will look at a range of topics in microeconomics, macroeconomics and international economics. In microeconomics, students will look at the basic economic problem of scarcity and choice, supply and demand, different models of market structure, the occurrence of market failure (e.g. due to the absence of markets for public goods, problems of information, and externalities), and the incidence and effectiveness of government intervention. In macroeconomics, students will learn about about policy objectives, the AD-AS model, and the operation of an independent central bank. Finally, in international economics, students will learn about about trade, protectionism and exchange rates. A great deal of ground is covered in these two weeks, spurring students to take their new-found economic curiosity further once they leave London.

This Mathematics summer course in London 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 on a standard school curriculum.

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.

This Politics summer course is designed to introduce students to the academic disciplines of Political Science and International Relations, exposing them to the methods of social scientific enquiry and contemporary issues dominating the discipline.

Over the course of two weeks, the classes build a progressive understanding from the foundations of Political Science to some of the most pressing issues faced in the field of International Relations.

Week One

During the first week, students examine basic academic principles; the focus thereafter is on the development of international politics, with classes exploring issues such as the consequences of globalization, human rights, the ethical dilemma of torture, and the evolution of modern warfare (with particular emphasis on counter-terrorism legislation).

Week Two

In their second week students on this politics summer course will study the conceptual basis of global governance, present to their peers on a major international institution, and participate in a class debate on whether or not war can be just.

This exciting Economics Summer Course in London has been designed to introduce students to basic economic theory while also looking at the way in which it is applied, to help students understand current economic issues, from unemployment to the benefits and disadvantages of the Eurozone.

Over two weeks, students will look at a range of topics in microeconomics, macroeconomics and international economics. In microeconomics, students will look at the basic economic problem of scarcity and choice, supply and demand, different models of market structure, the occurrence of market failure (e.g. due to the absence of markets for public goods, problems of information, and externalities), and the incidence and effectiveness of government intervention. In macroeconomics, students will learn about about policy objectives, the AD-AS model, and the operation of an independent central bank. Finally, in international economics, students will learn about about trade, protectionism and exchange rates. A great deal of ground is covered in these two weeks, spurring students to take their new-found economic curiosity further once they leave London.

This Experimental Psychology course follows the pioneers of the field in seeking answers to some of life's most intriguing questions, giving students the opportunity to study, discuss and debate issues of identity, consciousness, morality, and more.

Experimental Psychologists have addressed some of the most intriguing questions of life: What makes you you? What makes you different from other people? Is there always a clear difference between Good and Evil? This class provides students with the opportunity to study, discuss and debate these alongside a wide range of other fascinating and controversial issues.

This course will cover some of the most fundamental psychological concepts and introduce some of the most influential theorists. Students are encouraged to evaluate the material critically, to engage in discussion and debate, to gain insight into their own personalities and development and to relate the material to their own lives and experiences. Topics will be explored through a combination of structured teaching, varied activities and exercises, class discussion, and video sessions.

A course with direct relevance to students’ future careers, Management Studies provides an excellent introduction to the world of business and the challenges it entails.

Students will spend part of their time on this course exploring the skills and personality traits required for management, as well as learning about the responsibilities typically expected of the modern manager.

They will discuss leadership and management styles, and they will be introduced to some of the techniques required to be an effective manager. Students will gain an understanding of hierarchies of management and of human resources, discussing some of the challenges a manager might come up against in the course of their duties and debating how best to approach various challenging scenarios.

Some of the Management Studies course will be devoted to teaching students about the theories underpinning modern management, such as the economics of business and management. They will explore the financial considerations and constraints that most managers will be required to work within, both at the company level and in the context of an unstable economy.

This course has been designed to open students’ eyes to the wide-ranging field of marketing, omnipresent but seldom taught at school. The course explores marketing in its many guises, from traditional television advertising and public relations to the various forms of digital marketing, such as social media, email, search engine optimisation and paid search marketing.

Students on this course will consider the crossover between traditional and digital marketing, learning how online marketing techniques can complement offline marketing campaigns. This theory will be supported with reference to well-known examples; for instance, certain big supermarket Christmas television adverts and the social media campaigns that support them.

Students will spend part of this course developing an understanding of marketing strategy and how to plan effective market research, including how to segment groups of people into appropriate target audiences. Classes will also examine the psychology behind marketing and what makes people buy, teaching students an overview of the consumer decision-making process, which every marketer must understand in order to plan an effective campaign.

Throughout the course, students will have the chance to analyse a number of famous marketing campaigns, learning about how such campaigns are put together and debating what it is that makes them successful. They will also critically evaluate the Conventional and Digital Marketing strategies and campaigns of an organisation making such recommendations.

Some of the Management Studies course will be devoted to teaching students about the theories underpinning modern management, such as the economics of business and management. They will explore the financial considerations and constraints that most managers will be required to work within, both at the company level and in the context of an unstable economy.

A summer course designed for students aged 16-18 with a keen interest in business and entrepreneurship.

Our dynamic Business Challenge workshop has been designed to get students thinking about what makes a good business strategy, as they start up their own entrepreneurial brainchild and test it against the practical realities of business management. Students are divided into groups for the challenge, and much negotiate real-life obstacles such as marketing, budgeting, and the importance of leadership and teamwork in a business context. Within this context students are encouraged to be innovative and consider their own role in the launching of a hypothetical new product.

Students have the opportunity to develop any idea of their group’s choice, in order to exercise their creativity to the full. Each group will be expected to present some detailed written work, which will be produced collaboratively, and make a formal presentation to the judges and other students. This reflects the skillset required of entrepreneurs in real life and helps students improve their own approach to management and enterprise. Students can expect to increase their confidence in themselves and in their ideas as their presentation and sales skills are honed.

Each group will be expected to present a brief in which they describe their product, outline their mission statement and corporate objectives, present a marketing audit consisting of their own primary and secondary research, outline their marketing objectives and marketing strategy as well as how much finance they require. The workshops will use a variety of visual, auditory and kinaesthetic activities, tasks and skills to help all learners participate effectively. The main aim of the workshop is to consolidate their class-based learning and encourage students to be business leaders – creative, innovative and team-spirited.

This Leadership and Teambuilding course replicates contexts that students are likely to encounter in their future academic, professional, and social development, equipping them with lessons from great leaders of the past.

This course involves activities, games and exercises that aim to develop principles of teamwork and leadership, replicating contexts that students are likely to encounter in their future academic, professional, and social development. Students are encouraged to reflect on their own experiences, as well as to look at the behavioural styles of famous leaders.

In this course students consider what it really means to be a part of a team, and what attitudes and insights they might need if they were placed in a position of leadership. In addition to practical team-building activities, students are also required to reflect upon and discuss the more theoretical elements of leadership. These two elements will be used in conjunction with each other to allow students to replicate the kinds of situations faced during everyday life, as well as discuss and evaluate their performance. It goes without saying that these transferable skills will be of immense use to students even outside the classroom.

In spite of its more serious elements, the course is also designed to allow students to enjoy themselves and have the opportunity to get to know their peers as they work together to solve the tasks that the workshop leader throws at them. Students come from a wealth of diverse backgrounds, and the the unique insights that this provides can be used to great advantage over the course of the workshops.

This course is intended to offer students a brisk and lively introduction to the history of European art and architecture, with particular close attention paid to London’s unique heritage, to endow students with the skills needed to critically engage with works.

The course is divided into six separate classes, with each session following roughly the same format. After approximately thirty minutes of classroom learning on a particular artistic period or style, students then embark on a ninety-minute walking tour of London’s buildings, colleges, art collections and museums, observing ‘case studies’ which illustrate the period under discussion. Periods range from the development of art and architecture in Europe between the Roman and Norman Conquests to the architecture of the University in the 20th and 21st centuries, looking at how the forces of Modernism and Post-Modernism have shaped art and architecture in London. These developments will be viewed through the expression of these major currents and styles in the artistic and architectural legacy of London, one of the world’s greatest cultural centres.

The final class is based in the Ashmolean Museum and takes students on a grand tour of 2,500 years of European Art – a fantastic resource for keen art historians. The city of London contains an example of every major period of English architecture from the Saxons to the present day, and is consequently the ideal location for our course.

Students will all bring their own insights from the artistic traditions of their respective countries, so entering debate and making contributions for the benefit of the whole class is strongly encouraged.

In this course, students focus on developing their presentation and advocacy skills: an understanding of how to plan a speech; build a strong and persuasive argument; and to give a convincing speech, with plenty of practice to build confidence for the future.

Over two weeks, students will work on practical aspects of speech giving, such as body language, clarity of delivery and maintaining eye contact with their audience. Students gain wide-ranging experience of public speaking and debate, and by the end of the course they have a firm grounding in essential skills and feel confident in their ability to take on new challenges.

In each session students are shown new techniques and strategies, and then given plenty of opportunities to put these into practice. Sessions are structured so that there is plenty of time for questions and discussion; this approach is central to all ORA courses, but none more so than Public Speaking and Debate, where the chance to speak up is paramount. The two-week period leads up to a formal debating competition for the whole class on a chosen subject.

The course also looks at a variety of famous speeches from history up to the present day to see how famous speakers have used various techniques, and what students can learn from their success: Martin Luther King’s ‘I have a dream’ and Julia Gillard’s ‘misogyny speech’ are both rigorously analysed.

The workshop debates address a variety of issues, ranging from easily accessible topics (e.g. the length of school holidays or the value of school uniform) to more complex and challenging social issues (the death penalty, euthanasia, the legalisation of drugs) as the students’ confidence increases.

Students will work alongside peers from across the world, often from very different cultures and backgrounds. This is a valuable opportunity to learn respectful discourse with those who hold different beliefs – crucial when discussing delicate social and political problems in debate.

What will you get out of the Broadening Horizons course?

Broadening Horizons provides an extensive and varied cultural and academic syllabus, developing knowledge in academic subjects and improving practical skills, while also exposing students to some of the most impressive cultural venues of the UK. Inside the classroom, students will be taught by expert tutors who will bring their subject to life using engaging, interactive teaching methods. Click the name of the subject you are interested in above to read more about them.

Students will leave the course with a deeper appreciation of their chosen subject, improving their ability in exams and assisting them in continuing their subject at higher level - university and beyond. They will have honed their skills in their chosen workshop area, whether public speaking, debate, leadership skills, advanced writing or whichever option they choose (see the list above). Finally, they will have also made friends for life and formed a global network of the leaders of the future.

Welcome to London - your home this summer

A view of the skyline of London, including the Gherkin and the Shard buildings, with a bright blue sky

The most bustling of all our centres, London is a cosmopolitan hotspot where students can really experience the melting pot of the United Kingdom. Our London summer school takes place in Imperial College London, situated in the desirable Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Students will stay in accommodation at Prince’s Gardens, located just a stone’s throw from such iconic London landmarks as the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, and the Royal Albert Hall.

Students will live and study in Imperial College London, experiencing student life in one of the world’s most respected and prestigious academic institutions. As well as ranking consistently in the top ten universities worldwide, Imperial has already produced an impressive number of Nobel Laureates – no mean feat considering the university was officially founded as recently as 1907.

Students in London will experience life in the buzzing heart of the UK's capital, while fulfilling their educational ambitions and enjoying the summer experience of their lives. Learn more about all that our London Summer School has to offer.

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Students posing for a photo in front of Tower Bridge
The entrance to the Apollo Theatre, with signs for Wicked the Musical

Useful information for students & parents

Accommodation

Students at Imperial College London will be accommodated in comfortable en-suite single rooms. Accommodation is the standard accommodation for university undergraduates who study at Imperial College London, so students are able to get a flavour for what being an undergraduate at the university might be like.

Learn more about our Imperial College London centre.

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 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 university applications. Each campus has members of residential staff who live in the college 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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