Oxford Summer School 2018

Engineering Preparation Programme Ages 16-18

Oxford Summer School 2018
Also in Cambridge | St Andrews |

A summer programme designed to introduce students aged 16-18 to Engineering and help them apply to Engineering courses at UK universities.

2 weeks | Available July - August 2018

  • Live, dine and study in colleges of the University of Oxford
  • 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 130 nationalities in 2017
  • Inspirational cultural programme, including excursions to historic UK locations

Course Summary

Future-facing and intellectually challenging, engineering is an exciting and rewarding discipline. This course aims to introduce students to the fundamentals of engineering and give them a taste of the wide range of options they have when studying engineering at university. Students will examine the challenges facing the modern engineer and explore some of the major unsolved problems that contemporary engineering faces.

This course uses an applied approach, designed to give students as much opportunity as possible to stretch their academic skills, test out their understanding of theoretical concepts through practical tasks and university level problem-solving methods, and to explore different branches of engineering. They will be encouraged to consider engineering as a multi-disciplinary subject, drawing on scientific theory and mathematics to understand and develop technical solutions.

Where could the Engineering Preparation course lead you?

Why choose Engineering Preparation for 16-18 years?

This course is designed to give students a deeper understanding of the real-life issues and challenges faced by modern engineers. This puts students in a better position to give intelligent answers to questions they might be asked at interview, as well as providing a head-start in understanding what you might be up against in your future career. It also provides interesting material to discuss in a personal statement that will demonstrate students knowledge of what engineering really involves.

How will Engineering Preparation help me?

Students will have the opportunity to explore what degrees are on offer from different university engineering departments and understand how courses differ. The course will help students to narrow down their options to a particular branch of engineering that they are most interested in studying, and will assist them in finding out which universities offer a course you think would best suit you. Students will even be able to visit the engineering faculty of a prominent London university, and participate in a Q&A with staff and students there. They will work on their university application, and Oxford Royale’s excellent teaching staff will be on hand to assist with aspects of your application such as personal statement and interview technique.

Is this course for me?

If you would like to explore engineering as a career, experience life as an engineering student in a top university, and prepare for university interviews, then this course is for you.

Topics covered

In the first week, students will explore calculus, applied fluid mechanics and dynamic modelling. They will learn how to use vital software and apply this knowledge in conjunction with essential engineering concepts to solve problems. By learning to use software such as GNU Octave, students will gain fundamental problem-solving skills that they can use across the discipline of engineering and other disciplines like finance, the sciences, and mathematics.

During the second week students will delve further into the core principles of engineering; their academic ability will be stretched as they explore advanced applied thermodynamics and how to apply these principles to key engineering systems. Students will also have the chance to showcase and test their understanding of the material as they will present technical content to the class and be questioned on it. To round up the course, students will participate in a robotics competition! Using LEGO Mindstorms sets, they will build their own custom programmable robot and race them against each other. The competition aims to give students an appreciation for everyday challenges of engineering.

What will you get out of the Engineering Preparation?

The course aims to introduce students to the wide range of options they have when studying engineering at university, as well as the challenges facing the modern engineer.

By the end of the course, students will have a basic understanding of the fundamentals of engineering, understand how these fundamentals are used to comprehend the world around us, and have a basic understanding of modern applications in engineering. Additionally, they will possess the skills necessary for a successful admissions interview.

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


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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Engineering Preparation Programme for Ages 16-18 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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