Oxford Summer School 2018

Introduction to iOS App Development Ages 13-15

Oxford Summer School 2018

Apps and smartphones help us with every aspect of our lives. With our app development summer course, you can learn to build your own iOS apps while living in an Oxford University college.

Oxford Royale also offers an iOS App Development Programme for ages 16-18

2 weeks | Available July 2018

  • Live, dine and study in colleges of the University of Oxford
  • Expert tutoring from ORA's technology faculty
  • Learn to build and test your own iOS apps
  • Master the basics of the XCode environment and Swift programming
  • 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

Over the last ten years, smartphones and apps have transformed the way in which we live. Map-based applications help us find our way when we're lost; translation and language apps help us communicate in a foreign country; and gaming apps mean that boredom never sets in while we're on the move!

Skills in app development are useful not only if you're interested in a career in tech, but also for other lines of work and study. With smartphone apps so central to the way we live, a command of how they work - and how to build them - has never been more useful.

Oxford Royale Academy's Introduction to iOS App Development course introduces students aged 13-15 to the world of mobile software application development, and to the basics of Swift programming. By the time they leave the course, students will know how to design, build and publish their own iOS application.

This course focuses on iOS application development due to the popularity of iOS hardware and software across the world. If you would like to learn how to code apps for Android, or another platform, please contact us by sending us an email, or you can tweet our team here.

It is a wonderful time to be an app developer - technology is evolving quickly and producing exciting devices that bring enjoyment and assistance to millions of users. Now is the best time to become a part of this exciting world.

Students seeking a longer technology or coding summer school might like to combine this course with our Computer Science course or our Robotics course, both of which can be combined with the iOS App Development summer course for a longer stay in the University of Oxford.

Where could the iOS App Development summer course lead you?

Why choose Introduction to iOS App Development for 13-15 years?

A key aim of this iOS App Development summer course is to help students develop a passion for the field of of computer programming, and specifically for iOS mobile app development. By providing students with an awareness of the entire application development life cycle (ADLC), with a focus on mobile, this course aims to provide students with an insight into what life as an app developer might be like, as well as a head-start in some of the key skill areas required to be successful.

The hands-on approach introduces our students aged 13 years old, 14 years old and 15 years old to the programming concepts and skills needed for industry-standard app development projects.

How will Introduction to iOS App Development help me?

This course will equip students with the skills needed to develop an iOS mobile app from scratch. It is dedicated to teaching Swift programming - the new powerful language for iOS. Participants will be introduced to best practices and will become proficient with syntax, object-oriented principles, memory management, functional concepts and more. Participants will also learn new features and capabilities that will take them to the forefront of writing iOS apps.

Is this course for me?

If you would like to build your own app from start to finish, test trial it with help from our expert tutors, and find out how to upload your product to the Apple App Store, then this course is for you.

Topics covered

The course will start with an introduction into programming concepts and the fundamentals of app design and development. This will cover, for example, the ADLC, native vs cross-platform apps, web and hybrid app development, UI & UX issues, and more.

Students will then learn how to design app interfaces from prototypes & wireframes using Sketch. This will be followed by an introduction to Xcode, the Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for MacOS, and programming with Swift.

We will conclude the course with how to publish apps on the App Store, usability testing exercises, project presentations and peer reviews of the apps created by students.

Day-by-Day Schedule

Week | Day Lesson Content
Week One | Monday - What is mobile app development?
- Introduction to Swift and XCode
- The software development life cycle (SDLC) and ADLC - Setting up the environment
Week One | Tuesday - Swift programming concepts #1
- Swift programming concepts #2
Week One | Wednesday - iOS app design
- Prototyping basics
- Project planning and basics
Week One | Thursday - iOS app architecture
- Interface Builder basics
- Building, running and debugging your code
Week One | Friday - Building a UI
- Custom controls
- Project review - milestones and problems
Week Two | Monday - Navigation and workflows
- The view controller life cycle
- Connecting the UI to the code
- Running the app in the iOS simulator
Week Two | Tuesday - Working with System View Controllers
- Applying Control Flow and Functions
Week Two | Wednesday - Scrolling and table functions
- Custom controls
- Defining a data model
- Project milestone assessment - challenges and readiness for deployment
Week Two | Thursday - Adaptive UIs
- Usability Testing
Week Two | Friday - Publishing apps in the Apple App Store
- Presentations and peer-reviews

What will you get out of the iOS App Development course?

By the end of the course each student will have acquired full knowledge of the Application Development Life Cycle, and the various elements thereof, produced a working app, and presented their app to their peers for review.

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 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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