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New Perspectives

New Perspectives

ORA’s most popular academic summer programme for ambitious students aged 13-15. Pursue a flexible combination of subjects of your choice while living and studying in colleges of a top university.

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Course Summary

The New Perspectives programme is ORA’s flagship summer programme for ages 13-15. Students have the opportunity to live in a top university while studying a combination of subjects of their choice, taught by expert tutors. For each two-week session, students choose their own selection of subjects, allowing them to pursue areas of interest or to try out something new. This makes it the most flexible of all courses for ages 13-15 and one of ORA’s most popular summer programmes.

Outside of class, an exciting enrichment and activity programme ensures students make the most of their time in the UK, enjoying new experiences and being exposed to new ideas. Trips to sites of interest, fun educational activities, debates and lectures ensure that students are challenged outside of class as well as in lessons.

What to expect from New Perspectives for ages 13-15

Students can expect an inspiring two weeks of in-depth study in subjects of their choice, along with additional enrichment and cultural activities, all in some of the UK’s most prestigious university settings. Students who choose to study New Perspectives have the benefit of being able to explore three different subject options during their two weeks, which will enable them to make decisions about where their strengths and weaknesses lie, and to determine which subjects they would like to pursue further.

Students staying for two weeks choose two morning subjects (one each from Lists A & B below) and one workshop class from 15 possible options, receiving more than 20 hours of tuition per week. Attendees taking the four-week programme are asked to select four morning options and two workshop classes.

Course Topics

Morning Option 1
Artificial Intelligence
This course introduces students to the rapid technological advances made in the simulation of human intelligence, its implications for society, and the debate over the risks posed by highly intelligent AI. With cutting-edge AI displaying increasingly ‘human’ abilities (such as learning and reasoning), there is no better time to study this exciting topic.
Climate and Sustainability
The field of Climate and Sustainability is rapidly evolving. This course will help you understand the new information available, to help you progress into future studies and help you to become a more sustainable citizen, striving for a more sustainable society.
Creative Writing
In this Creative Writing course, students will be introduced to a wide range of literary techniques, being coached in the development of a readable piece of prose, guided around the pitfalls of cliché, and learning how to compose, draft, and edit their own work.
Economics & Management
Our Economics and Management course has been designed as an introductory course for students who are relatively or entirely new to either subject, to outline the sorts of theories and issues with which business management theorists and economists are concerned, that students might study at university, and that generally allow students to engage with the world around them to a greater degree.
English Literature
Students on this English Literature course will spend their time grappling with some of the most famous works in the English language, coming to terms with the basics of literary criticism and developing an understanding of how to examine and dissect the many facets of literature.
Environmental Science
This Environmental Science course is designed to introduce students to a broad-ranging and hugely topical subject area, investigating the relationship between people and the natural world- a subject of great interest to the future of our global environment.
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.
Forensic Science
Forensic Science applies science to criminal and civil laws during criminal investigation. By the end of this course, you will be able to interpret forensic evidence and you will have covered a wide range of related topics to the field. This course is for those who want to be empowered to think more widely about the value that forensic science can add to our society and potentially go on to further study and/or a career in forensic science.
Genetics
Genetics is a branch of biology concerned with the study of genes. This two-week course will cover basic concepts underpinning modern genetics; DNA and how it is replicated; the scientists who discovered DNA; the topic of inheritance; and the relationship between genetics and the environment.
Human Biology
This Human Biology course is designed for students who wish to extend their knowledge and understanding of the science behind human physiology, introducing students to the basic scientific principles behind human biology, inspiring curiosity about more than they have covered in school classes.
Mathematics
This course focuses on strengthening fundamental mathematics skills and techniques, before introducing new and advanced topics in order to strengthen existing knowledge and to give the students more confidence in dealing with more sophisticated topics in future.
Modern History
This course looks at recent history, how it is studied, and its continuing repercussions on the international community, considering changes and trajectories around the world from the end of the Second World War onwards, focusing on the late 20th century to the present day.
Physics & Chemistry
Our Physics and Chemistry course develops students' curiosity as well as their scientific imagination and reasoning, experimentation, and perseverance, boosting their understanding of core physical and chemical concepts beyond school curricular to introduce new, more advanced concepts.
Politics & International Relations
This Politics and International Relations course introduces students to the methods of social scientific enquiry and contemporary issues which dominate the two disciplines, progressively exposing them to the principles of liberal democratic politics and the contemporary issues dominating world politics.
Sociology
A ubiquitous discipline, sociology informs the decisions made by politicians, businesses, and charities. This course will offer students a taster of this huge field of study. The syllabus will introduce the different scientific methods of studying society, what we can learn from them, and the patterns they reveal to us.
Morning Option 2
Artificial Intelligence
This course introduces students to the rapid technological advances made in the simulation of human intelligence, its implications for society, and the debate over the risks posed by highly intelligent AI. With cutting-edge AI displaying increasingly ‘human’ abilities (such as learning and reasoning), there is no better time to study this exciting topic.
Climate and Sustainability
The field of Climate and Sustainability is rapidly evolving. This course will help you understand the new information available, to help you progress into future studies and help you to become a more sustainable citizen, striving for a more sustainable society.
Creative Writing
In this Creative Writing course, students will be introduced to a wide range of literary techniques, being coached in the development of a readable piece of prose, guided around the pitfalls of cliché, and learning how to compose, draft, and edit their own work.
Economics & Management
Our Economics and Management course has been designed as an introductory course for students who are relatively or entirely new to either subject, to outline the sorts of theories and issues with which business management theorists and economists are concerned, that students might study at university, and that generally allow students to engage with the world around them to a greater degree.
English Literature
Students on this English Literature course will spend their time grappling with some of the most famous works in the English language, coming to terms with the basics of literary criticism and developing an understanding of how to examine and dissect the many facets of literature.
Environmental Science
This Environmental Science course is designed to introduce students to a broad-ranging and hugely topical subject area, investigating the relationship between people and the natural world- a subject of great interest to the future of our global environment.
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.
Forensic Science
Forensic Science applies science to criminal and civil laws during criminal investigation. By the end of this course, you will be able to interpret forensic evidence and you will have covered a wide range of related topics to the field. This course is for those who want to be empowered to think more widely about the value that forensic science can add to our society and potentially go on to further study and/or a career in forensic science.
Genetics
Genetics is a branch of biology concerned with the study of genes. This two-week course will cover basic concepts underpinning modern genetics; DNA and how it is replicated; the scientists who discovered DNA; the topic of inheritance; and the relationship between genetics and the environment.
Human Biology
This Human Biology course is designed for students who wish to extend their knowledge and understanding of the science behind human physiology, introducing students to the basic scientific principles behind human biology, inspiring curiosity about more than they have covered in school classes.
Human Geography
This Human Geography course explores economic and cultural geography, giving an understanding of the social patterns that shape human life, in order to teach how communities around the world are coping with major changes in society through economics, government, and how corporate and individual decisions can shape cultural identity.
Mathematics
This course focuses on strengthening fundamental mathematics skills and techniques, before introducing new and advanced topics in order to strengthen existing knowledge and to give the students more confidence in dealing with more sophisticated topics in future.
Modern History
This course looks at recent history, how it is studied, and its continuing repercussions on the international community, considering changes and trajectories around the world from the end of the Second World War onwards, focusing on the late 20th century to the present day.
Physics & Chemistry
Our Physics and Chemistry course develops students' curiosity as well as their scientific imagination and reasoning, experimentation, and perseverance, boosting their understanding of core physical and chemical concepts beyond school curricular to introduce new, more advanced concepts.
Politics & International Relations
This Politics and International Relations course introduces students to the methods of social scientific enquiry and contemporary issues which dominate the two disciplines, progressively exposing them to the principles of liberal democratic politics and the contemporary issues dominating world politics.
Sociology
A ubiquitous discipline, sociology informs the decisions made by politicians, businesses, and charities. This course will offer students a taster of this huge field of study. The syllabus will introduce the different scientific methods of studying society, what we can learn from them, and the patterns they reveal to us.
Afternoon Workshop
Acting & Performance Skills
Our Acting and Performance Skills course aims to provide students with an initial grounding in fundamental performance techniques, as well as increased on-stage confidence and the ability to work creatively in a group.
Business Challenge
This course for ambitious teens focuses primarily on developing a new business or product, introducing students to different aspects of business and encouraging them to think about the effect businesses have had on their daily lives.
Digital Skills
In our current digital era, the digital economy is continuing to experience exponential growth. This two-week series of workshops will enable you to take advantage of digital technologies to further your academic, personal and professional pursuits.
Essay Writing Skills
Essay styles and best practices vary around the world, but the skill of writing is generic: in this workshop, students will be equipped with the ability to write clearly and the construct thoughtful, readable prose, a skill of immense benefit in every walk of life
Film Challenge
Film Challenge is a fully practical series of workshops over the course of two weeks. You will gain hands-on experience of the filmmaking process, including directing, producing, cinematography and post-production. This is an incredible opportunity for all budding filmmakers to start their career, producing their very own short film. Those students looking to spend their entire time with ORA studying film, may be interested in our immersive Film Academy.
Journalism Challenge
This course will expose students to the practical demands of the world of journalism. Throughout the course, students will develop a keen awareness of how to successfully create various forms of media - from traditional forms like print and broadcast, to the modern and increasingly dominant digital form.
Leadership & Teambuilding
This Leadership and Teambuilding course for teens is designed to increase confidence and self-belief in the students, by engaging them in a number of dynamic team activities and scenarios, fostering creativity and developing students' leadership skills through speeches and presentations.
Photography & Sketching
Study Photography and Sketching with our Oxford Summer School 2020. In this Photography and Sketching course students practise their artistic skills in a number of practical sessions, learning about different practical aspects in addition the theoretical concepts surrounding different artistic schools, all in the beautiful setting of Oxford.
Public Speaking & Debate
In this Public Speaking and Debate course for teens, students learn how to compose a speech on a particular topic, compose a strong argument, and use rhetoric in declaiming and in responding composedly to different speakers, testing their skills by preparing speeches to perform in front of fellow members of the class.

Campuses

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

Oxford College Accommodation

  • Location Oxford
  • Ages Ages: 13-15, 16-18, 19+
  • Bedroom Type Single
  • Bathroom Type En-suite & Shared (single gender)
  • Year Built Founded in N/A

Further Information

How to Enrol

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  2. Click 'Apply Now' on an available course.

Availability for: New Perspectives

4th - 17th Jul 2021

  • Location

    Oxford

  • Price

    £4,995.00

  • Duration

    2 Weeks

Good Availability

4th - 17th Jul 2021

  • Location

    Cambridge

  • Price

    £4,995.00

  • Duration

    2 Weeks

Good Availability

4th - 31st Jul 2021

  • Location

    Oxford

  • Price

    £9,595.00

  • Duration

    4 Weeks

Good Availability

4th - 31st Jul 2021

  • Location

    Cambridge

  • Price

    £9,595.00

  • Duration

    4 Weeks

Good Availability

18th - 31st Jul 2021

  • Location

    Oxford

  • Price

    £4,995.00

  • Duration

    2 Weeks

Good Availability

18th - 31st Jul 2021

  • Location

    Cambridge

  • Price

    £4,995.00

  • Duration

    2 Weeks

Good Availability

18th Jul - 14th Aug 2021

  • Location

    Oxford

  • Price

    £9,595.00

  • Duration

    4 Weeks

Good Availability

1st - 14th Aug 2021

  • Location

    Oxford

  • Price

    £4,995.00

  • Duration

    2 Weeks

Good Availability

1st - 28th Aug 2021

  • Location

    Oxford

  • Price

    £9,595.00

  • Duration

    4 Weeks

Good Availability

15th - 28th Aug 2021

  • Location

    Oxford

  • Price

    £4,995.00

  • Duration

    2 Weeks

Good Availability

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