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Oxford Summer School 2018

Introduction to Engineering Ages 13-15

Oxford Summer School 2018
We also offer a 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 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

The Introduction to Engineering course from Oxford Royale Summer Schools has been designed to provide students with a head start in their studies and future careers within the field of Engineering.

During their two weeks of study, participants will go far beyond what they learn at school, covering the diverse branches of Engineering Science including Civil, Structural, and Mechanical.

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

Where could the Introduction to Engineering summer course lead you?

Why choose 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. Through presentations and practical group-based activities, they will hone transferable skills such as communication and public speaking, and will grow more confident in conveying their ideas, gaining the tools and vocabulary to discuss the technical topics and new concepts covered within the course. The programme is suitable both for those seeking to gain exposure to the practical applications of scientific theory and for those who aim to pursue further education in the field of Engineering Science.

How will Introduction to Engineering help me?

Attendance on the course gives students another educational experience to talk about when they come to apply for university, showing admissions tutors that they are self-motivated and enthusiastic about learning. As well as the specific practical and technical skills students will gain on this course, they will also develop transferable skills that can be used at school, university and beyond. This includes working in a team with other students, communicating effectively and thinking spatially.

Is this course for me?

If you have been inspired by the many feats of engineering from around the world, and want to understand the fundamental aspects of this dynamic subject, then this course is for you.

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).

What will you get out of the Introduction to Engineering course?

By the end of the course students will have applied practical skills in design-led workshops and activities and explored the application of engineering solutions to both everyday problems and more complex issues including renewable energy.

They will have built their knowledge and understanding of the foundational scientific theory behind Engineering, including Maths and Physics, explored possibilities for their future careers, and learned about the fundamental specialisations in Engineering branches, including civil, mechanical and electrical.

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 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 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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