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Engineering Preparation

Engineering Preparation

An Engineering summer course designed to introduce students aged 16-18 to the discipline of Engineering and help them apply to courses at top universities.

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Course Summary

Future-facing and intellectually challenging, Engineering is an exciting and rewarding discipline. This summer Engineering course introduces students to the fundamentals of Engineering and gives them a taste of the wide range of options they have when studying Engineering at university. Students 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 are 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 Engineering Preparation for 16 - 18 years

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 have the opportunity to explore what degrees are on offer from different university Engineering departments and understand how courses differ. The programme 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 they think would best suit them. They will work on their university application, and Oxford Royale Academy’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:


Topics covered

Students explore calculus, applied fluid mechanics and dynamic modelling. They 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 gain fundamental problem-solving skills that they can use across the discipline of Engineering and other disciplines like finance, the sciences, and mathematics.

In addition, students have to chance to delve further into the core principles of Engineering. Their academic abilities will be stretched as they explore advanced applied thermodynamics and how to apply these principles to key Engineering systems. Students can showcase and test their understanding of the material as they present technical content to the class and are questioned on it. To round up the course, students participate in a robotics competition. Using LEGO Mindstorms sets, they build their own custom programmable robot and race them against each other. The competition gives students an appreciation for everyday challenges of Engineering, and is part of their continuing assessment and general feedback given throughout the programme.

The table below gives an indication of the subject areas that will be covered in each day’s lecture and seminar. Although every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, please note that topics and timings may be subject to change.

Day Week 1 Week 2
Monday Lesson 1: Introduction to the course Lesson 14: PAT mock (optional)
Lesson 2: Calculus 1 Lesson 15: Feedback workshop and modelling experiment
Lesson 3: Calculus 1 Lesson 16: Presentations
Tuesday Lesson 4: Calculus 2 Lesson 17: Introduction to stress analysis
Lesson 5: Calculus 2 Lesson 18: Introduction to stress analysis
Wednesday Lesson 6: University applications and practical tips Lesson 19: Applied thermal dynamics (advanced)
Lesson 7: Personal statement: writing and practice Lesson 20: Applied thermal dynamics (advanced)
Lesson 8: Interview techniques and mock interview practice Lesson 21: Applied thermal dynamics (advanced)
Thursday Lesson 9: Introduction to applied fluid mechanics Lesson 22: Robotics workshop
Lesson 10: Introduction to applied fluid mechanics Lesson 23: Robotics workshop
Lesson 24: Robotics workshop
Friday Lesson 11: Dynamic modelling coursework Lesson 25: Robotics workshop
Lesson 12: Dynamic modelling coursework Lesson 26: Robotics competition and course summary
Lesson 13: Dynamic modelling coursework


St Andrews University

  • Location St Andrews
  • Ages Ages: 16-18
  • Bedroom Type Superior single
  • Bathroom Type En-suite
  • Year Built Founded in 1413

Oxford College Accommodation

  • Location Oxford
  • Ages Ages: 12+, 13-15, 16-18, 19+
  • Bedroom Type Single and twin
  • Bathroom Type En-suite & Shared (single gender)
  • Year Built Founded in 1096 (University of Oxford)

Cambridge University Accommodation

  • Location Cambridge
  • Ages Ages: 13-15, 16-18
  • Bedroom Type Single and twin
  • Bathroom Type En-suite & shared (single gender)
  • Year Built Founded in 1209 (University of Cambridge)

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