Oxford Summer School 2018

Computer Science Programme Ages 16-18

Oxford Summer School 2018
Also available in Cambridge


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 Oxford
  • 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

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 Summer Schools’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 the 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 students are in the position of needing to communicate information via the web, the challenge will be far more manageable now when 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 them 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 them excellent discipline that can come in useful when learning other subjects, including the spoken languages they 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.

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 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 & 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. Twin rooms are strictly between students of the same gender, and males/females are separated by corridoor and/or staircase. 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.

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 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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