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Broadening Horizons

Broadening Horizons

Oxford Royale Academy’s most popular academic summer programme for students aged 16-18, offering a flexible course with 30 subject options to choose from and a full timetable of activities.

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Course Summary

Oxford Royale Academy’s world-renowned Broadening Horizons course offers students aged 16-18 the opportunity to study a combination of subjects of their choice. There are more than 30 options available, ranging from Archaeology to Neuroscience. This provides a perfect opportunity for students to pursue areas of interest in more detail or to try out something brand new.

Morning lessons in small study groups are combined with interactive afternoon workshops and masterclasses to provide a rounded educational experience that covers core personal skills as well as in-depth academic knowledge in students’ chosen subjects. With over 30 subjects to choose from (see ‘topics covered’ below) along with a choice of three outstanding venues, you can build your perfect course this summer with the Broadening Horizons programme.

 

What to expect from Broadening Horizons 16 - 18 years

The Broadening Horizons programme is Oxford Royale Academy’s most flexible summer course, allowing multiple subjects to be combined to produce a unique itinerary powered by individual preference.

Students select two unique Morning Subject options (one from List A and one from List B) and an Afternoon Workshop to personalise the course around their interests. The variety offered makes Broadening Horizons our most popular summer course, as students can choose to improve existing subject skills or try something brand new.

Morning Subjects take place in small study groups, whilst Afternoon Workshops typically comprise larger groups participating in interactive, practical activities. The varied structure ensures both group and individual learning, alongside gaining a diverse set of skills throughout the course.

Course Topics

Morning List A
Archaeology & Anthropology
This archaeology summer course introduces students to a broad array of intellectually stimulating and thought-provoking debates within Archaeology and the associated discipline of Anthropology, exploring some of the key theoretical principles underpinning the fields' practices to reconsider humanity in an entirely new light.
Astronomy
This course gives students the chance to explore a fascinating subject seldom taught at school, gaining an understanding of celestial phenomena including supernovae, planets, and stars.
Biotechnology
Study Biotechnology if you are interested in engaging with cutting edge material, the applications of Biotechnology across a range of fields, and gaining an insight into the future directions of Biotechnology.
Blockchain Foundations
Students will begin by looking into the technical and mathematical details of how the blockchain functions, as well as the other new technologies.
Business Finance
On this course, students will delve into the complex world of business finance, from micro-studies to macro-finance.
Chemistry
This Chemistry summer course focuses on strengthening core concepts as well as introducing new and exciting topics, to go beyond what students might have had a chance to cover at school.
Classical Civilisations
An introduction to the history, literature, philosophy and belief systems of Ancient Greece and Rome.
Climate and Sustainability
Study Climate and Sustainability to be an empowered sustainable citizen, who is striving to be part of a more sustainable society. By exploring ideas for our future society, such as Sustainable Cities, you will realise the complexities of the societal change needed for our future.
Contemporary History
This History summer course takes students through the most important global events and processes which have taken place since the end of the Second World War, from the Cold War to the decolonisation process, the rise of China, the Middle Eastern conflicts, and the response of the international community to the rise of terrorism.
Creative Writing
This Creative Writing course aims both to inspire students, and to provide students with an overview of techniques and processes available to writers, encouraging them to think beyond their perceived limitations while equipping them to exceed themselves.
Criminology
Study Criminology to gain an understanding of the key terms in Criminology, then tackle the central questions behind what makes an act or action a crime. You will explore the interaction between real-world issues and psychological research, and learn about Criminology from a range of perspectives.
Cryptocurrencies
Students will learn about the emergence of cryptocurrency and explore the consequences that its development has already had and may continue to have in future.
Economics
This exciting Economics Summer Course in Oxford has been designed to introduce students to basic economic theory while also looking at the way in which it is applied, to help students understand current economic issues, from unemployment to the benefits and disadvantages of the Eurozone.
English Literature
This course takes in a huge swathe of English Literature from the past 500 years, from Shakespeare’s The Tempest right up to modern-day metafiction. Students will be provided with the fundamental skills for literary analysis and to build on these with the introduction of more complex texts.
Experimental Psychology
This Experimental Psychology course follows the pioneers of the field in seeking answers to some of life's most intriguing questions, giving students the opportunity to study, discuss and debate issues of identity, consciousness, morality, and more.
FinTech
Study FinTech if you have an interest in how our global finance landscape is rapidly changing. No prior knowledge is required; just the desire to open your eyes to how to utilise and manage financial technologies in an increasingly digitalised world.
Forensic Science
Uncover the fundamental concepts and topics of Forensic Science, and look to the future by studying emerging confirming laboratory techniques. This course will empower you to think about the value of Forensic Science in our society, supporting your journey to further studies or a future career in the field.
Genetics
Students on this demanding Genetics course will gain an understanding of human evolution while being introduced to advanced concepts such as genetic engineering.
Human Sciences
This Human Sciences summer course has been designed to provide students with an overview of the social and biological factors that affect human life, ranging from the study of genetics and evolution to how humans are affected by their own social structures, and also considering the academic interplay between the subject and others.
Journalism
This course is designed to introduce students to the study of journalism by developing their ability to respond critically to a wide range of journalistic media; it is suitable for both those seeking general exposure to the field and those who aim to pursue a career in journalism and want to hone their skills while considering journalism's requirements.
Management Studies
A course with direct relevance to students’ future careers, Management Studies provides an excellent introduction to the world of business and the challenges it entails.
Marketing
This course has been designed to open students’ eyes to the wide-ranging field of marketing, omnipresent but seldom taught at school. The course explores marketing in its many guises, from traditional television advertising and public relations to the various forms of digital marketing, such as social media, email, search engine optimisation and paid search marketing.
Mathematics
This Mathematics summer course in Oxford is designed for students with a keen interest in Mathematics. Our focus will be on the introduction of basic concepts from higher mathematics, on the development and practise of critical thinking skills, and on fun and exciting topics that the student is not likely to be taught on a standard school curriculum.
Medical Biology
This summer Medical Biology course is designed for students who wish to extend their knowledge and understanding of the science behind modern medical practice, encouraging students to consider human health and its wider impact more broadly.
Neuroscience
Students on this challenging Neuroscience course will explore the complex workings of the human brain, covering difficult issues including memory, the storage of information, the role of sleep, and how emotions and pain affect neural pathways.
Philosophy
This Philosophy summer course has been designed to offer our brightest learners the opportunity to study challenging topics which rarely features in the school curriculum, offering some of the most brilliant ideas of history's most brilliant thinkers, in addition to universally applicable transferable skills.
Physics
This physics summer course aims to introduce students to aspects of physics beyond what is taught in most schools, introducing them to topics encountered at a degree level in order to give an impression of the current state of modern physics and its most intellectually challenging -and rewarding- aspects.
Political Science & International Relations
This Politics summer course is designed to introduce students to the academic disciplines of Political Science and International Relations, exposing them to the methods of social scientific inquiry and contemporary issues dominating the discipline.
Morning List B
Archaeology & Anthropology
This archaeology summer course introduces students to a broad array of intellectually stimulating and thought-provoking debates within Archaeology and the associated discipline of Anthropology, exploring some of the key theoretical principles underpinning the fields' practices to reconsider humanity in an entirely new light.
Astronomy
This course gives students the chance to explore a fascinating subject seldom taught at school, gaining an understanding of celestial phenomena including supernovae, planets, and stars.
Biotechnology
Study Biotechnology if you are interested in engaging with cutting edge material, the applications of Biotechnology across a range of fields, and gaining an insight into the future directions of Biotechnology.
Blockchain Foundations
Students will begin by looking into the technical and mathematical details of how the blockchain functions, as well as the other new technologies.
Business Finance
On this course, students will delve into the complex world of business finance, from micro-studies to macro-finance.
Chemistry
This Chemistry summer course focuses on strengthening core concepts as well as introducing new and exciting topics, to go beyond what students might have had a chance to cover at school.
Classical Civilisations
An introduction to the history, literature, philosophy and belief systems of Ancient Greece and Rome.
Climate and Sustainability
Study Climate and Sustainability to be an empowered sustainable citizen, who is striving to be part of a more sustainable society. By exploring ideas for our future society, such as Sustainable Cities, you will realise the complexities of the societal change needed for our future.
Contemporary History
This History summer course takes students through the most important global events and processes which have taken place since the end of the Second World War, from the Cold War to the decolonisation process, the rise of China, the Middle Eastern conflicts, and the response of the international community to the rise of terrorism.
Creative Writing
This Creative Writing course aims both to inspire students, and to provide students with an overview of techniques and processes available to writers, encouraging them to think beyond their perceived limitations while equipping them to exceed themselves.
Criminology
Study Criminology to gain an understanding of the key terms in Criminology, then tackle the central questions behind what makes an act or action a crime. You will explore the interaction between real-world issues and psychological research, and learn about Criminology from a range of perspectives.
Cryptocurrencies
Students will learn about the emergence of cryptocurrency and explore the consequences that its development has already had and may continue to have in future.
Economics
This exciting Economics Summer Course in Oxford has been designed to introduce students to basic economic theory while also looking at the way in which it is applied, to help students understand current economic issues, from unemployment to the benefits and disadvantages of the Eurozone.
English Literature
This course takes in a huge swathe of English Literature from the past 500 years, from Shakespeare’s The Tempest right up to modern-day metafiction. Students will be provided with the fundamental skills for literary analysis and to build on these with the introduction of more complex texts.
Experimental Psychology
This Experimental Psychology course follows the pioneers of the field in seeking answers to some of life's most intriguing questions, giving students the opportunity to study, discuss and debate issues of identity, consciousness, morality, and more.
FinTech
Study FinTech if you have an interest in how our global finance landscape is rapidly changing. No prior knowledge is required; just the desire to open your eyes to how to utilise and manage financial technologies in an increasingly digitalised world.
Forensic Science
Uncover the fundamental concepts and topics of Forensic Science, and look to the future by studying emerging confirming laboratory techniques. This course will empower you to think about the value of Forensic Science in our society, supporting your journey to further studies or a future career in the field.
Genetics
Students on this demanding Genetics course will gain an understanding of human evolution while being introduced to advanced concepts such as genetic engineering.
Human Sciences
This Human Sciences summer course has been designed to provide students with an overview of the social and biological factors that affect human life, ranging from the study of genetics and evolution to how humans are affected by their own social structures, and also considering the academic interplay between the subject and others.
Journalism
This course is designed to introduce students to the study of journalism by developing their ability to respond critically to a wide range of journalistic media; it is suitable for both those seeking general exposure to the field and those who aim to pursue a career in journalism and want to hone their skills while considering journalism's requirements.
Management Studies
A course with direct relevance to students’ future careers, Management Studies provides an excellent introduction to the world of business and the challenges it entails.
Marketing
This course has been designed to open students’ eyes to the wide-ranging field of marketing, omnipresent but seldom taught at school. The course explores marketing in its many guises, from traditional television advertising and public relations to the various forms of digital marketing, such as social media, email, search engine optimisation and paid search marketing.
Mathematics
This Mathematics summer course in Oxford is designed for students with a keen interest in Mathematics. Our focus will be on the introduction of basic concepts from higher mathematics, on the development and practise of critical thinking skills, and on fun and exciting topics that the student is not likely to be taught on a standard school curriculum.
Medical Biology
This summer Medical Biology course is designed for students who wish to extend their knowledge and understanding of the science behind modern medical practice, encouraging students to consider human health and its wider impact more broadly.
Neuroscience
Students on this challenging Neuroscience course will explore the complex workings of the human brain, covering difficult issues including memory, the storage of information, the role of sleep, and how emotions and pain affect neural pathways.
Philosophy
This Philosophy summer course has been designed to offer our brightest learners the opportunity to study challenging topics which rarely features in the school curriculum, offering some of the most brilliant ideas of history's most brilliant thinkers, in addition to universally applicable transferable skills.
Physics
This physics summer course aims to introduce students to aspects of physics beyond what is taught in most schools, introducing them to topics encountered at a degree level in order to give an impression of the current state of modern physics and its most intellectually challenging -and rewarding- aspects.
Political Science & International Relations
This Politics summer course is designed to introduce students to the academic disciplines of Political Science and International Relations, exposing them to the methods of social scientific inquiry and contemporary issues dominating the discipline.
Afternoon Workshop
Academic Writing Skills
The perfect choice for any student looking to add that extra polish to their course work, personal statement or exam essays. The workshop complements any of the morning subjects on the Broadening Horizons course, helping improve students’ writing skills for a broad spectrum of subjects.
Acting & Performance Skills
An overview and a ‘taster’ of the fundamental skills and techniques that are used by actors on both stage and screen.
Business Challenge
Study Business this summer, a course designed for students aged 16-18 with a keen interest in business and entrepreneurship.
Cambridge’s Art and Architecture
Discover the most impressive and important Art and Architecture the city of Cambridge has to offer. This two-week series of workshops will provide a fascinating overview of the artistic and architectural periods, from Medieval times to the Modern era.
Global Issues Seminar Series
This course gives students the opportunity to examine the issues that dominate headlines around the world, from the global economy to current political controversies, as well as development and sustainability.
Graphic Design
This afternoon workshop introduces students to the basics of graphic design, teaching them about how it can be used to communicate visually and improve user experience.
Leadership & Teambuilding
This Leadership and Teambuilding course replicates contexts that students are likely to encounter in their future academic, professional, and social development, equipping them with lessons from great leaders of the past.
London’s Art and Architecture
This course offers students a brisk and lively introduction to the history of European art and architecture, to endow students with the skills needed to critically engage with works.
Oxford’s Art & Architecture
This course is intended to offer students a brisk and lively introduction to the history of European art and architecture, with particularly close attention paid to Oxford’s unique heritage, to endow students with the skills needed to critically engage with works.
People Management Skills
This series of workshops will provide you with the skills necessary to successfully manage teams in a wide range of scenarios. Through an array of practical activities in the form of role-plays and simulations, students will see the theories of People Management in practice.
Project Management Skills
This course, consisting of skills-based workshops, is for you if you want to be equipped with real-world skills needed to manage any project. Project Management is no easy task, but absolutely necessary in businesses and organisations in order to deliver quality products and services.
Public Speaking & Debate
In this course, students focus on developing their presentation and advocacy skills: an understanding of how to plan a speech; build a strong and persuasive argument; and to give a convincing speech, with plenty of practice to build confidence for the future.
Sustainability Challenge
This multidisciplinary field is at the height of its importance and it requires the acquisition of transferable skills to tackle. This series of workshops will provide you with the opportunity to gain these skills through the application of the field’s foundations of research and methodology.

Campuses

Yarnton Manor

  • Location Oxford
  • Ages Ages: 13-15, 16-18
  • Bedroom Type Single & twin
  • Bathroom Type Shared (single gender)
  • Year Built Founded in 1611

St Edmund’s College

  • Location Cambridge
  • Ages Ages: 16-18
  • Bedroom Type Single & twin
  • Bathroom Type Shared (single gender)
  • Year Built Founded in 1896

Imperial College London

  • Location London
  • Ages Ages: 13-15, 16-18
  • Bedroom Type Single
  • Bathroom Type En-suite
  • Year Built Founded in 1907

The Queen’s College

  • Location Oxford
  • Ages Ages: 16-18
  • Bedroom Type Single & twin
  • Bathroom Type En-suite & shared (single gender)
  • Year Built Founded in 1341

Lady Margaret Hall

  • Location Oxford
  • Ages Ages: 13-15, 19+
  • Bedroom Type Single & twin (please note that we are unable to accept requests for particular room types)
  • Bathroom Type En-suite & shared (single gender)
  • Year Built Founded in 1878

St Catherine’s College

  • Location Oxford
  • Ages Ages: 16-18
  • Bedroom Type En-suite & shared (single gender)
  • Bathroom Type Single
  • Year Built Founded in 1962

Cambridge University Accommodation

  • Location Cambridge
  • Ages Ages: 16-18 & 19+ (separate accommodation)
  • Bedroom Type Single & twin
  • Bathroom Type En-suite & shared (single gender)
  • Year Built Founded in University of Cambridge was founded in 1209

Further Information

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Availability for: Broadening Horizons

19th Jul - 1st Aug 2020

  • Location

    Oxford

  • Price

    £4,995.00

  • Duration

    2-Week Programmes

Good Availability

2nd - 15th Aug 2020

  • Location

    Oxford

  • Price

    £4,995.00

  • Duration

    2-Week Programmes

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16th - 29th Aug 2020

  • Location

    Oxford

  • Price

    £4,995.00

  • Duration

    2-Week Programmes

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30th Aug - 12th Sep 2020

  • Location

    Oxford

  • Price

    £4,995.00

  • Duration

    2-Week Programmes

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13th - 26th Sep 2020

  • Location

    Oxford

  • Price

    £4,995.00

  • Duration

    2-Week Programmes

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27th Sep - 10th Oct 2020

  • Location

    Oxford

  • Price

    £4,995.00

  • Duration

    2-Week Programmes

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26th Jul - 8th Aug 2020

  • Location

    Cambridge

  • Price

    £4,995.00

  • Duration

    2-Week Programmes

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9th - 22nd Aug 2020

  • Location

    Cambridge

  • Price

    £4,995.00

  • Duration

    2-Week Programmes

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23rd Aug - 5th Sep 2020

  • Location

    Cambridge

  • Price

    £4,995.00

  • Duration

    2-Week Programmes

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19th Jul - 15th Aug 2020

  • Location

    Oxford

  • Price

    £9,295.00

  • Duration

    4-Week Programmes

Good Availability

2nd - 29th Aug 2020

  • Location

    Oxford

  • Price

    £9,295.00

  • Duration

    4-Week Programmes

Good Availability

16th Aug - 12th Sep 2020

  • Location

    Oxford

  • Price

    £9,295.00

  • Duration

    4-Week Programmes

Good Availability

30th Aug - 26th Sep 2020

  • Location

    Oxford

  • Price

    £9,295.00

  • Duration

    4-Week Programmes

Good Availability

13th Sep - 10th Oct 2020

  • Location

    Oxford

  • Price

    £9,295.00

  • Duration

    4-Week Programmes

Good Availability

26th Jul - 22nd Aug 2020

  • Location

    Cambridge

  • Price

    £9,295.00

  • Duration

    4-Week Programmes

Good Availability

9th Aug - 5th Sep 2020

  • Location

    Cambridge

  • Price

    £9,295.00

  • Duration

    4-Week Programmes

Good Availability

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