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Oxford Royale's Oxford Summer School 2018

iOS App Development Programme Ages 16-18

Oxford Summer School 2018

Apps and smartphones help us with every aspect of our lives. With our app development summer course for 16-18s, 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

Course Summary

What do Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat all have in common? Apart from being mobile and web applications, they are programs designed to improve our daily lives, through being useful and providing enjoyment. These apps were all built from scratch with specific tools such as the ones students are exposed to in this iOS app development programme at Oxford Royale's Oxford University summer campus.

The programme introduces students to the fields of computer programming and iOS mobile app development, exposing them to the computer science that lies behind app development and to the processes involved in the application development life cycle (ADLC). The course takes a hands-on approach to introduce basic programming concepts and skills needed for industry-standard app development projects.

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

Where could iOS App Development lead you?

Why choose iOS App Development for 16-18 years?

This course is comprehensive, starting with an introduction into programming concepts and the fundamentals of app design and development (e.g. ADLC, native vs. cross platform apps, web and hybrid app development, User interface & experiences issues etc.). Students then progress to study 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, an object-oriented programming language. The course concludes with exploring published apps on App store, usability testing exercises, project presentations and peer reviews of the apps created by students.

How will iOS App Development help me?

The programme will equip students with the skills needed to develop an iOS mobile app from scratch, learning how to apply simple programming techniques and concepts to solving complex problems using Swift programming - the new, powerful language for iOS. They will be introduced to best practices and will become proficient with syntax, object-oriented principles, memory management, functional concepts and more in programming with Swift. They will also learn new features and capabilities that will take them to the forefront of writing iOS apps.

Students who would like to learn how to build an app from the ground up, or enter a career in app development in the future, will benefit from this course. This two-week program takes a hands-on approach, with a wide range of activities organised in order to introduce key concepts. Although it is not a requirement to have prior knowledge of Swift programming, familiarity with some computing terminology or concepts will be useful.

Is this course for me?

We use apps all the time in our day to day lives. Students who have explored apps, and thought “I could do better”, would be the perfect candidates for this course.

Topics covered

...from the basics of Swift to designing & developing user interfaces (UI) for your apps. Finally, you will go into core iOS App Development to add functionalities to your apps. This will expand your programming skills overall and help you apply them to authentic app development projects. By the end of this course, you will be able to design, develop and test an iOS app. There will be several challenges in class including performing user tests for the functionality and usability of your app and a final project presentation.

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

By the end of the course each student will have:

  • Produced a working iOS app for Apple devices
  • Learned strategies for problem solving
  • Project planning and communicating ideas
  • Learned to think creatively, reason systematically and work collaboratively

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 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 iOS App Development 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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