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1:1 Research projects

Study a subject you are passionate about in even greater depth with our 1:1 research projects.

Gain unparalleled knowledge and insight into a subject you are passionate about by developing an independent Research Project with one of our world-class academics at the cutting edge of their field.

Over a minimum of three weeks and across 10 individual contact hours, you will be matched with a tutor who will guide your learning as you delve into your subject of interest and gain a head start in mastering the art of real-world project development and implementation.

On successful completion of the course, you will receive a personalised letter of recommendation for use in university and college applications, as well as a graduation certificate for proof of the achievement.

 

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Course Summary

A 1:1 Research Project will provide students with a head start in mastering the art of real-world project development and implementation.

Participants will also develop important academic research skills and, through communicating their findings, improve their written work and their presentation abilities

All participants enrolling on a 1:1 Research Project will gain access to our unique Enrichment timetable featuring guest speaker events, university and careers workshops, social events, virtual field trips and much more (see below for further details).

 

What you’ll produce

Students attending a 1:1 research project will be expected to deliver one of the following for assessment:

  • A research paper
  • A scientific study
  • A public policy proposal
  • A multimedia presentation or a short film

Skills you’ll build

During the course of your research project, and under the guidance of your expert mentor, you will develop your abilities in the following key areas:

  • Independent research
  • Analysis of evidence
  • Forming a judgement
  • Academic writing and presentation

Course Topics

Choose from the following subjects
Business and Enterprise
How would a single, global currency help business around the world? Analyse the importance of branding in business.
Engineering
An assessment of how achievable the ‘Net zero’ targets of different countries are based on their power needs and usage. Should we be allowed to develop robots that can mimic human emotion?
Global Leadership
Has Donald Trump changed politics forever? Has Great Britain lost its status as a world power?
Law
Is the legal framework for crimes of harassment fit for the world of social media anonymity? An analysis of civil law systems and common law systems, and the successes and failures of each.
Medicine
A comparison of different cancer treatments: surgical removals and chemotherapy to immunotherapies. What factors have the greatest influence on COVID-19 death rates across the world
New Perspectives summer school - William Hague addresses students

Enrichment programme

Whether attending a Week-Long course or a 1:1 Research Project, participants on the Oxford Summer School Online will have access to a full enrichment timetable. The enrichment timetable is designed to do three things:

  1. Inspire – through access to guest lectures on the big, relevant topics of our time, we hope to encourage students to set ambitious goals for their futures, and equip themselves with the skills and knowledge to achieve them
  2. Add value – by taking part in personal development opportunities students will improve their chances of success in their future studies and careers
  3. Have fun! – through enjoying down-time as a cohort, students will form strong connections with their peers that will last long into the future

 

Find out more here

Earn your certificate

After your amazing summer of discovery, we know that you’ll want to share your success with your family, friends and teachers back at home. We also know that you’ll want to understand from your ORA tutor what you did particularly well on your course, but also where there might be room for future learning and development.

After successfully completing your course, you’ll receive a graduation certificate, awarded at a memorable ceremony hosted for you and your parents on the final Friday of your summer school. We’ll also provide a detailed report card, highlighting all that you have achieved during your time with us, as well as some next steps for future success.

Course Summary

A 1:1 Research Project will provide students with a head start in mastering the art of real-world project development and implementation

Participants will also develop important academic research skills and, through communicating their findings, improve their written work and their presentation abilities

All participants enrolling on a 1:1 Research Project will gain access to our unique Enrichment timetable featuring guest speaker events, university and careers workshops, social events, virtual field trips and much more (see below for further details).

What you’ll produce

Students attending a 1:1 research project will be expected to deliver one of the following for assessment:

  • A research paper
  • A scientific study
  • A public policy proposal
  • A multimedia presentation or a short film

Skills you’ll build

During the course of your research project, and under the guidance of your expert mentor, you will develop your abilities in the following key areas:

  • Independent research
  • Analysis of evidence
  • Forming a judgement
  • Academic writing and presentation

Course Topics

Choose from the following subjects
Business and Enterprise
How would a single, global currency help business around the world? Analyse the importance of branding in business.
Engineering
An assessment of how achievable the ‘Net zero’ targets of different countries are based on their power needs and usage. Should we be allowed to develop robots that can mimic human emotion?
Global Leadership
Has Donald Trump changed politics forever? Has Great Britain lost its status as a world power?
Law
Is the legal framework for crimes of harassment fit for the world of social media anonymity? An analysis of civil law systems and common law systems, and the successes and failures of each.
Medicine
A comparison of different cancer treatments: surgical removals and chemotherapy to immunotherapies. What factors have the greatest influence on COVID-19 death rates across the world
New Perspectives summer school - William Hague addresses students

Enrichment programme

Whether attending a Week-Long course or a 1:1 Research Project, participants on the Oxford Summer School Online will have access to a full enrichment timetable. The enrichment timetable is designed to do three things:

  1. Inspire – through access to guest lectures on the big, relevant topics of our time, we hope to encourage students to set ambitious goals for their futures, and equip themselves with the skills and knowledge to achieve them
  2. Add value – by taking part in personal development opportunities students will improve their chances of success in their future studies and careers
  3. Have fun! – through enjoying down-time as a cohort, students will form strong connections with their peers that will last long into the future
Find out more here

Earn your certificate

After your amazing summer of discovery, we know that you’ll want to share your success with your family, friends and teachers back at home. We also know that you’ll want to understand from your ORA tutor what you did particularly well on your course, but also where there might be room for future learning and development.

After successfully completing your course, you’ll receive a graduation certificate, awarded at a memorable ceremony hosted for you and your parents on the final Friday of your summer school. We’ll also provide a detailed report card, highlighting all that you have achieved during your time with us, as well as some next steps for future success.

Why Choose Oxford Summer School Online?

World-class teaching faculty

Whatever your motivation, our exceptional, inspiring, world-leading teachers can help you achieve more this summer. Our amazing array of talented tutors includes Oxbridge academics, Ivy League lecturers, groundbreaking medical researchers, glittering industry leaders in film and fashion, acclaimed authors, and more! We assemble our diverse faculty from all over the world, exclusively for you, so you only learn from the very best. During each virtual lecture you will learn from the world's leading academics, while also being able to ask questions and discuss material in a fully immersive digital learning environment using Microsoft teams.

A global classroom

Our Online Summer School consists of week-long summer courses starting every Monday from the beginning of May to the end of August. Our courses are the perfect way to expand on your knowledge and prepare you for any study ahead, while also being an engaging and exciting dive into new or familiar subjects. Guided and independent study periods, along with student-led breakout rooms, enable you to explore your chosen field with expert tutors and international peers. These interactive sessions are more student-led and provide a unique opportunity for learning and an exchange of ideas in a truly global classroom. You will learn as from each other as well as from your tutor, broadening your view of the world and expanding your appreciation for different peoples and cultures.

Business summer school - Business teacher presenting

Full Enrichment Programme

You will enjoy a full enrichment programme that includes lectures and seminars from industry experts and professionals on relevant global topics, as well as workshops on university applications and talks from prestigious universities. The aim of the Enrichment Programme is to enhance students' key skills and allow them the opportunity to link, socialise and network with their international peers.

Individual tutoring for Research Projects

If group lessons are not for you, and you would prefer to have individual tutoring to develop your own independent research project you can contact our team to arrange this. We will match you with a world class academic with expertise in your field of interest. Over a minimum of 3 weeks, you will have the opportunity to independently develop a research project, with 10 hours' worth of one-to-one contact with your tutor. This project will give you the chance to expand your knowledge and delve deeper into a subject you are passionate about. Your project will be assessed and graded with detailed feedback, and a letter of recommendation and/or certificate will be awarded upon completion.

Any questions?

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How do I book a place on the course I want?

Once you have decided which course you would like to attend, you can book online using our secure booking system. Once your application has been submitted, you will be sent an email confirming that it has been received.

If you prefer, you can download an Application Form by clicking here. You can return the Application Form to us by any of these methods:

  • Scan and email to [email protected]
  • Fax to +44 (0) 845 280 01 22
  • Post to Oxford Royale Academy, Yarnton Manor, Church Lane, Kidlington, Oxford, OX5 1PY, UNITED KINGDOM.

Once your booking has been processed by one of our members of staff, you will receive email confirmation of your place on the course of your choice. A Welcome Pack will be available to download from the ORA Portal from April. If at any time you would like to discuss your booking with a course advisor, please feel free to email [email protected] or call us on +44 (0) 1865 954 800.

How do I pay for my course?

All courses require a deposit payment to secure the booking. For Summer 2021, this is £995 GBP for all two-week courses for ages 13+, and £395 for one-week courses for 8-12 years. You may either pay the full course fee when you book your place, or pay the deposit amount and then the balance at a later date. The balance clearance is required at least 60 days before the start date of the course. Where the student is booking less than 60 days before the start date, the balance must be covered in full.

New online enrolments will require a Debit or Credit Card payment of at least the deposit amount. If you would like to enrol and make your deposit payment via Bank Transfer, please contact our Admissions team, who will be happy to assist you in doing so. ([email protected])

Payments for existing enrolments can be made via a number of methods, including domestic and international bank transfer, credit or debit card, as well as local payment options; please log in to your ORA Portal and click on the ‘Pay Now’ button on your booking details.

What do my course fees include?

All course fees include the following:

  • Classes and tuition (20 taught hours per week)
  • Study files/materials
  • Guest lectures by academic speakers
  • Personalised academic reports and graduation certificate
  • Accommodation in your chosen location (see our accommodation page for the specific colleges and locations)
  • Meals in the Hall
  • Free WiFi (subject to availability)
  • Daily updates for parents and family on the ORA campus blogs
  • A wide selection of afternoon and evening activities
  • Coach excursions
  • Welcome and graduation events (parents invited)
  • A multitude of extras, including an ORA notebook and branded clothing
Will I receive a graduation certificate?

Yes, students will be awarded an Oxford Royale Academy Graduation Certificate in their chosen course upon satisfactory completion of the course. This will be presented in a graduation ceremony on the final evening of the course.

Will I have to share a room/facilities?

Most of our accommodation sites offer a mix of single and twin bedrooms, with some campuses having en-suite bedrooms available and others have shared bathroom facilities between a small group of same-sex students. If you have a particular preference for a certain room type, you can make a request on booking, which may be granted subject to availability. If a particular room type is required for medical reasons, please contact our Admissions Team who will be able to check availability on different sites, depending on the course chosen.

Sharing your room with fellow students is a great way of getting to know people and making friends.

How secure are the campuses?

All our programmes take place in a secure environment. Our students are supervised 24 hours a day by campus staff. All students must check-in regularly during the day: at roll-call at breakfast; at their morning classes; in the afternoon for lessons, workshops or activities; at dinner and in the evening before curfew. All campuses have a curfew.

Each campus office has its own safe where students may deposit items of value such as passports, travel documents, bank cards etc.

All campuses have residential staff who can be contacted 24 hours a day.

Do I need a visa to travel to the UK/US?

If your country is part of the EU or the European Economic Area you will not require a visa to enter the UK. It is always safest to check whether you need a visa with the relevant authorities.

Students attending our USA Summer Schools may be able to enter the USA on the Visa Waiver programme – we can provide individual support on request for those that do need a visa.

I want to change to another course or study option. Is this possible?

If you wish to change your course or study options (including dates), please do not hesitate to contact us. However, changes to courses are always subject to availability. For this reason, it may be more difficult for us to accommodate any changes requested less than 60 days before the course start date.

If I need to cancel my booking, will I get my money back?

Oxford Royale Academy’s terms and conditions for refunds are as follows:

Any cancellation must be received in writing and can only be on the following terms:

no refund of deposit will be made under any circumstances, once the two-week cooling-off period has concluded;
for cancellations before your course start date, the remainder of the course fees less the deposit amount will be proportionally refunded as per the table below:

Period Before Start Date Total refunded
120+ days 100%
90-119 days 50%
45-89 days 10%
0-44 days 0%
I want to attend one of your English language courses: how will you know what my level of English is and what sort of tuition I need?

All students registered to attend our English Language courses will be required to take an English Language Placement Test, which will assess the relative abilities of each student. Students are then placed into ability groups based on the results of their assessment, and the material that they study is tailored to the level of the class.

Once you have booked your place on a course we will send you information on how to take our online Placement Test. This test should take approximately one hour and should be taken by the student at least one month prior to their arrival date.

Please note that Oxford Royale Academy English courses do not cater for beginners in English.

Can I take more than one course?

It is certainly possible to take more than one course and combine a variety of study programmes. This can be done in two ways:

  • Enrol on two different programmes. For example, you may wish to have two weeks on the Broadening Horizons course and then two more weeks on the Oxford Enterprise Programme.
  • Enrol on the same programme twice, but choose different subject options. For example, you may wish to have four weeks on the New Perspectives course, choosing Creative Writing & Experimental Psychology for the first two weeks, followed by Human Biology and Physics & Chemistry for the second two weeks. Four-week courses include New Perspectives, Broadening Horizons and Oxford Summer English only.

Students staying for two consecutive sessions will be provided with accommodation for the Saturday night, and their campus will provide supervised activities between their first session ending and second session starting. Should you have any queries about how to take more than one course please do not hesitate to contact us.

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