Oxford Summer School 2018

Introduction to Computer Science Ages 13-15

Oxford Summer School 2018
We also offer a Computer Science Programme for 16-18s


The Introduction to Computer Science course from Oxford Royale Summer Schools has been designed to provide students with a head start in the fascinating discipline of Computer Science. During two weeks of interactive study, participants will go far beyond what they learn at school, gaining an insight into what future study or a career in Computer Science might be like.

2 weeks | Available July - August 2018

  • Live, dine and study in colleges of the University of Oxford
  • Expert tutoring from ORA's faculty
  • Learn programming languages & computer science theory
  • 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 Introduction to Computer Science course is designed to provide students aged 13-15 with a grounding in the basics of coding and programming, setting them up for further study - and indeed careers - in this fast-developing domain.

In addition to tuition in technical areas with ORA's expert tutors, skills sessions and group projects will help students develop key abilities for future success, including leadership, teamwork and presentation skills.

Where could the Introduction to Computer Science course lead you?

Why choose Introduction to Computer Science for 13-15 years?

The Introduction to Computer Science course has been designed to provide 13- 15 year old students with a head start in the complex discipline of Computer Science. With a particular emphasis on the exploitation of computer systems to calculate, analyse and present data, the course includes theoretical background, learning programming languages and creating a website. Students will gain an insight into what future study or a career in Computer Science 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.

How will Introduction to Computer Science help me?

Students will explore computer science as a discipline, which will enable them to decide if they would like to study it at university. Students will cover all the relevant skills, including programming languages, website design, robotics, and much more - all of which will help them decide which field of computer science they would like to go into, and give them the edge over their peers in getting there.

Is this course for me?

If you enjoy working with computer systems, programming and data, and want to find out more about what a career in Computer Science is really like - while also enjoying a fantastic cultural summer programme - then this course is for you.

Topics covered

On the Introduction to Computer Science course, students will be introduced to the defining skills required of a computer scientist.

During two weeks of captivating study, participants will go far beyond what they learn at school, providing an insight into what future study or a career in Computer Science might be like. They will cover programming languages, robotics, writing code, and the basics of web design.

  • The use of the programming language Python - expressions, functions, tuples and more
  • The fundamentals of writing code
  • How computer science is used in the field of robotics
  • Basic website design
  • The use of web services - Google robots, search indexing, and spiders

What will you get out of the Introduction to Computer Science course?

By the end of the course each student will have learned and applied practical skills in Computer Science, and built their knowledge and understanding of the fundamental scientific theory behind Computer Science. They will have explored possibilities for their future careers, learned key theories, programming languages, and designed their own website.

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 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 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 Computer Science 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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