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Engineering Preparation Programme Ages 16-18

St Andrews Summer School 2019
Also available in Oxford | Cambridge


An Engineering summer course residential in St Andrews University, designed to introduce students aged 16-18 to Engineering and help them apply to Engineering courses at top UK universities. Fuel your Engineering ambitions on our Engineering Summer School in summer 2019!

2 weeks | Available July - August 2019

  • Live, dine and study in the University of St Andrews
  • Expert tutoring from ORA's Engineering faculty
  • Study the fundamental elements of a range of Engineering disciplines
  • Talks and debates with world-class guest speakers
  • A truly international environment - make friends from all over the world
  • Inspirational cultural programme

Course Summary

Future-facing and intellectually challenging, Engineering is an exciting and rewarding discipline. This summer Engineering 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.

What to expect from the Engineering Preparation course

This course is designed to give students a deeper understanding of the real-life issues and challenges faced by modern engineers, putting students in a better position to give intelligent answers to questions they might be asked in future job interviews, as well as providing a head-start in understanding what students might be up against in a future career.

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 them. They will work on their university application, and Oxford Royale’s excellent teaching staff will be on hand to assist with aspects of their application such as personal statements and interview techniques.

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will have:

  • Explored calculus, applied fluid mechanics and dynamic modelling
  • A head start towards a successful University application and admissions interview
  • Earned how to use vital software and apply this knowledge in conjunction with essential engineering concepts to solve problems
  • Learned to use software such as GNU Octave
  • Gained fundamental problem-solving skills that they can use across the disciplines of engineering, finance, the sciences and mathematics
  • Explored the core principles of engineering, including thermodynamics and how to apply these principles to key engineering systems
  • Participated in a robot competition using LEGO Mindstorms sets

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.

Take this course if...

Take this course if you would like to explore Engineering as a career, if you would like to experience life as an Engineering student in a top university, and if you want to prepare for university Engineering interviews.

Welcome to St Andrews - your home this summer

A view of small shops on a cobbled market street in St Andrews

Situated in the picturesque small town of St Andrews on Scotland’s east coast, the University of St Andrews is a short coach ride from Edinburgh and all its historic attractions, dining experiences and diverse shopping.

Students are accommodated in superior ensuite bedrooms, which are used by undergraduates during the university term. Famous alumni of the University of St Andrews include William and Catherine - the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Students on the St Andrews summer school will experience life in a top UK university town whilst fulfilling their educational ambitions and enjoying the summer experience of their lives. Learn more about all that our St Andrews Summer School has to offer.

The entrance to the St Andrews University quad
The skyline of St Andrews town
Students meandering on the grass in front of St Andrews university

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. 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 | St Andrews is residential in the following locations:

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