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Oxford Futures
Summer School

Join students from around the world on our Oxford Futures Summer School.
Live, dine and study on the campus of the University of Oxford, with lessons
taught by our world class faculty.

Why Study Oxford Futures?

Do you want to create your own academic course, and study whatever you choose? Our Oxford Futures Summer School gives you the chance to live and study in a real University of Oxford college. You’ll build your own programme, studying anything from Medicine, Architecture and Computer Science in the morning, to Essay Writing Skills and Business Challenge in the afternoon. With our Oxford Futures Summer School, you’ll discover your passion, transform your future, and learn what life is like as a student on the campus of the University of Oxford. You’ll live, study and get inspired in the beautiful setting of St Hugh’s College.

Join our Oxford Futures Summer School and unleash your ambition.

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Course Summary

Welcome to Oxford Royale Academy’s Oxford Futures Programme, a summer course in Oxford exclusively for students aged 12.

Build your own academic programme and tailor your study experience around your interests and goals. You’ll choose one morning class from a list of 10 options, including Medicine, Business and Enterprise, Law and Creative Writing, and one afternoon workshop from a choice of 5 options.

As the name of the programme suggests, both the academic activities and the wider social and pastoral programmes are designed to provide an insight into what life is like as an Oxford student, and to inspire each you to aim high in your future educational and career endeavours.

What’s included?

  • Residential in the prestigious colleges of the University of Oxford
  • Inspiring courses taught by experts
  • A truly international environment – over 170 nationalities in 2019
  • Accommodation, meals, tuition and cultural programmes included
  • Graduation, report cards and certificate
  • Maximum of 15 students per class
  • 20+ hours tuition / week
  • Talks and debates with world-class guest speakers
  • Inspirational cultural programme, including excursions to historic UK locations
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What you will learn

Pick and choose from the following subjects and get a taste of university life:

  • Morning: Architecture, Business, Climate & Sustainability, Computer Science, Creative Writing, Engineering, Law, Mathematics, Medicine, Politics
  • Afternoon: Acting & Performance Skills, Business Challenge, Essay Writing Skills, Photography & Sketching, Public Speaking & Debate

Course Topics

Morning Classes
Architecture
Study Architecture while living among the stunning spires and colleges of Oxford this summer on our Architecture summer course for 12-year-olds, running for the very first time in summer 2020.
Business and Entrepreneurship
This course for ambitious students aged 12 introduces students to different aspects of business and encourages them to think about the effect businesses have had on their daily lives.
Climate and Sustainability
Are you ready to save the world? There is no greater challenge to humanity than problems with the climate and environment, and this course sets students aged 12 on the road to becoming the climate protectors of the future.
Computer Science
This course, open to 12-year-olds in Oxford for the very first time in summer 2020, provides an introduction and insight into the world of Computer Science.
Creative Writing
In this Creative Writing course, young learners aged 12 will be introduced to a wide range of literary techniques.
Engineering
Are you ready to start your journey in the fascinating field of Engineering? On this Engineering summer course for 12-year-olds, students will explore the wide variety of Engineering specialisms available as subjects and careers, from civil engineering to mechanical engineering.
Law
'Order! Order!' If you're interested in the Law and want to get a head start, this is the perfect Law summer course for you.
Mathematics
This course focuses on strengthening fundamental skills and techniques learned at school, before introducing new topics in order to develop confidence and ensure students get ahead of their peers during the summer. Students will have the opportunity to present work in small groups, to practice graph drawing, and to learn about general logic using mathematical puzzles and riddles.
Medicine
Study the fascinating discipline of Medicine in a college of the University of Oxford! In 2020, for the first time, students aged 12 can learn the basics of this most interesting of subjects, whilst experiencing life at one of the best universities in the world.
Politics and Leadership
If you're aged 12 and interested in the world of Politics while also looking to develop your own leadership skills, then this is the summer course for you.
Afternoon Workshop
Acting and Performance Skills
Oxford Royale Academy's Acting and Performance Skills course is now available to 12 year-olds for the very first time.
Business Challenge
Get ready for your first steps towards a career in business on Oxford Royale Academy's Business Challenge course for 12 year-olds, residential in an Oxford college in summer 2021!
Essay Writing Skills
The Essay Writing Skills workshop is ideal for the younger learner who needs to learn how to communicate in writing using an academic style.
Photography and Sketching
In this Photography and Sketching course students aged 12 practice 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 and Debate
In this Public Speaking and Debate course for 12 year-olds, students learn how to compose a speech on a particular topic, compose a strong argument, and respond composedly to different speakers.

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.

Oxford Royale Academy Summer School is back for 2021!

After the devastating year we have all had with COVID-19, we need something to look forward to. Our award winning summer school is back for summer 2021! Get ready for an inspirational summer of unparalleled learning as you make new friends from around the world. Discover hidden passions and hidden talents, open your mind to new possibilities, and experience world class culture. Join us for an unforgettable summer!

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Experience life on the campus of the University of Oxford

What’s life like at the oldest university in the English-speaking world? Join us this summer to find out! Your Oxford summer school is hosted in historic residential colleges where you will experience authentic undergraduate life. Sleep in student bedrooms set in centuries-old quadrangles, socialise in vibrant student common rooms, and relax in glorious college gardens. Take your place in vaulted halls where students have dined for over eight centuries. Learn in lecture theatres and laboratories where groundbreaking discoveries have been made, and study in the classrooms where 55 Nobel prize winners developed the key academic and life skills crucial for future success.

Learn from the world’s best minds

Have you ever wondered what it takes to make a new discovery at the cutting edge of science? Would you like to learn what it’s like to study in an Oxford tutorial, a Cambridge supervision, or in a top British boarding school? Or explore whether university study in your favourite subject is really for you?

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. Every tutor will guide you on your path to future greatness.

Experience Life on the Campus of the University of Oxford

What’s life like at the oldest university in the English-speaking world? Join us this summer to find out! Your Oxford summer school is hosted in St Hugh's College, where you will experience authentic student life. Sleep in student bedrooms set in centuries-old quadrangles, socialise in vibrant student common rooms, and relax in glorious college gardens. Take your place in vaulted halls where students have dined for over eight centuries. Learn in lecture theatres and laboratories where groundbreaking discoveries have been made, and study in the classrooms where 55 Nobel prize winners developed the key academic and life skills crucial for future success.

Join exciting activities and trips

Summer should be fun, right?! Don’t worry, we get that – we never forget that you’re on holiday!

We can help you to uncover Oxford’s secrets, from the best coffee shops to the dreamiest riverside parks, from Oxford’s very own castle to must-visit shops, galleries and museums. You and your friends will enjoy an amazing extra-curricular timetable, including dazzling graduation balls, excursions offering a glimpse of Britain’s past, and much more.

Make Instagram-worthy memories as you visit glitzy attractions such as the bright lights of London’s theatres, Windsor Castle, and Blenheim Palace.

Something for the parents too…

Would you like to network with high achievers from over 170 countries, and gain your own taste of the Oxford experience? And would you like to visit classic venues such as the Ashmolean, the world’s oldest university museum? Or Oxford’s Grand Cafe, site of England’s first coffee house? If so, our parents’ events are definitely for you!

At the beginning of each summer school, we invite students’ parents, families and carers to join us for a reception hosted at a stunning Oxford venue. Mingle with other high flyers, and meet senior ORA staff and company founders who will be delighted to answer your questions about the summer school. Build new connections while enjoying an exclusive peek into the experiences that your children will enjoy this summer. We can’t wait to meet you!

Useful Information

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What to Pack

You will receive a Welcome Pack after you enrol. Your Welcome Pack will provide a full list of what to pack and which personal items and travel documents you will bring with you when you join the programme

Pastoral Care

Over 15 years of delivering world-class summer programmes, we have established robust processes and structures to ensure all of our over 25,000 students have been well looked after during their stay with ORA. We pride ourselves on the exceptional levels of pastoral care we provide to our students

Arrival and Departure

Welcome to the Summer School Arrivals and Departures Hub. Here you can find all the information you need prior to departure including information about flights, transfer options and other important information regarding your arrival and departure.

Medical Care and Insurance

All students must be comprehensively insured for their time with Oxford Royale Academy. Details of insurance available through ORA for our 2021 programmes will be announced in due course. If you would like further information on course insurance, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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