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Online learning and enrichment resources

Online learning and enrichment resources

We are aware that many students are currently experiencing disruption to their education and may be learning from home - we have pulled together some recommended online resources that we hope will support learning and cultural enrichment during this unprecedented time.

Can ORA provide any online learning support while students are unable to attend school or travel?

Yes! We understand that during a time of school closures and uncertainty around exam arrangements across the world, students and their families are likely to be in need of additional online resources to support their learning, both inside and outside the classroom.

Virtual Summer School

Our curriculum development team have been hard at work making our award-winning summer school programmes available in an online format – our accredited course materials and top-class teaching from our esteemed faculty can now be enjoyed in the comfort of your own home through our new virtual platform.

Find out more about our Virtual Summer School at

Learning is delivered through a mixture of virtual lectures and seminars, guided project work, interactive material and resources, with over 4 hours of guided study time each day. Different timezone options are available to accommodate all locations. The Virtual Summer School is an ideal way for students to keep their minds occupied and develop those crucial academic skills that will prepare them well for returning to educational normality after the summer. Students completing a virtual programme will receive a final grade and a graduation certificate.


Year-round online learning with ORA

We would like to remind you that all students booked into an ORA course for Summer 2020 are eligible for free access to all of our online courses, and will be able to access these until 1st September 2020. This is a great way to keep your mind engaged and to learn more about subjects of interest during a time when you might not have access to all of the resources you normally might.

Browse our range of courses and sign up to as many as you like: Students without an existing booking can choose to sign up to a single course, or take up one of our membership options, giving access to the full suite of courses for a set period of time.

Recommended learning and enrichment resources

We are compiling an ongoing list of open-access online resources from recommended educational and cultural institutions, from which students (and parents!) unable to attend school might benefit. Whilst we will only post resources here that have been vetted and recommended, please note that Oxford Royale is not responsible for the content hosted on third party website or media channels.

Study support and online learning

  • Oxplore – the ‘Home of Big Questions’ is an online learning portal from the University of Oxford, which aims to engage those from 11 to 18 years with debates and ideas that go beyond what is covered in the classroom. Big questions tackle complex ideas across a wide range of subjects and draw on the latest research undertaken at Oxford.
  • The Brilliant Club – online support for learners aged 10-18 who are considering their future university options, including a range of subject-specific Masterclasses and study skills sessions. 
  • Harvard University Online Courses – 56 free online courses you can take from Harvard! Start your Ivy League Experience at home.
  • ThoughtCo. – a collection of lifelong learning resources, including science experiments that can be done at home (aimed at ages 12 – 15) – scientific fun for the whole family!
  • Top tips to help you maximise your time spent studying at home.
  • Skillshare – short classes that are primarily free, and range from soft to academic skills
  • Coursera free courses – Coursera is a respected provider of full courses from world-renowned institutions and universities (including the Museum of Modern Art, and Yale University) – their range of available courses is huge, and many of them are completely free.

Online cultural enrichment

One of the key features of an ORA summer course is our cultural enrichment programme, and we believe that this is just as important if students are spending more time at home than they are used to!

  • The Google Arts and Culture project allows you to take a virtual walk through some of the world’s finest art galleries, and view their collections in incredibly high resolution.
  • The Berlin Philharmonic have made their Digital Concert Hall free for everyone for a month using a code.
  • The Metropolitan Opera are providing a series of free video streams of performances from their archive
  • Project Gutenberg is an online collection of over 60,000 free e-books, which are out of copyright and can be downloaded for Kindle or other readers, as well as just being viewed online.
  • The Royal Opera House – this British cultural institution is providing free online content for the culturally curious, including opera, ballet and much more.
  • National Theatre at Home – the UK’s National Theatre is providing access to free full-length plays every Thursday on YouTube while their building is closed – take the rare chance to see their award-winning productions for free, often shown to the paying public in cinemas around the UK as well as on their own stage.
  • London Virtual Tour – we know that a visit to London is the highlight of our cultural programme for many ORA students, so those stuck at home can use the time to virtually enter and have a look around some of London’s top attractions, such as Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s Cathedral, and get a general feel for one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world.
  • Audible – for as long as schools are closed, Audible have made their audiobook streaming service, including an incredible collection of stories across six different languages, available completely free of charge.


These lists will be regularly updated with new resources, so do keep checking back, and if you discover any yourself that you think our students might enjoy, please get in touch to let us know!

Study in confidence