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Science Summer School in Cambridge

Science Summer School in Cambridge

Science is a vast subject area, full of possibilities. Our Sciences courses in Cambridge aim to encourage students to question and develop an understanding of how life works, and why.

Develop your understanding of Science with hands-on experiments

Cambridge is the perfect place to study Science. The city and its university have a long-standing scientific reputation, with nearly 100 faculty members, alumni and researchers of the University of Cambridge having won Nobel Prizes in the sciences. Joining our summer school lets you live and learn in the environment where these amazing discoveries were made.

Inherent to the world of Science is developing a hypothesis, carrying out experiments to investigate it, and then altering that hypothesis based on the results of the experiments. At Oxford Royale Academy, we think that this should be inherent to the teaching of Science as well, so we make sure that our classroom teaching includes not only study of theory, but also plenty of opportunity for our students to try out their own experiments, and learn how to analyse and respond to the results.

This is complemented by discussion and debates between students, including on issues relating to Science, such as where they believe the ethical limits of scientific research should lie.

Science courses in Cambridge

Whether you’re interested in studying the human mind, the human body, the environment or the future of our world, you’ll find a course that suits you and teachers who are keen to challenge you through a combination of theoretical and practical content and activities to ensure that you acquire a thorough and detailed understanding of your chosen discipline. 

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Come to a city of scientific greats

Cambridge is a city of scientific greats. Perhaps the most notable is Isaac Newton, a fellow of Trinity College, whose discoveries are too many to list, but who most notably formulated the laws of motion and universal gravitation – and who is also sometimes credited with inventing the catflap.

On tours of Cambridge, you’re also sure to see the Eagle pub where Francis Crick and James Watson announced the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA that they had made alongside Rosalind Franklin. Around every corner in Cambridge, there’s another laboratory, research centre or colleges where the greatest minds of the past lived and learn, and where you can follow on from them.


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Learn about cutting-edge discoveries happening on your doorstep

Scientific discovery in Cambridge is by no means a matter of history. There are countless exciting discoveries happening in Cambridge right this minute, such as the Cambridge Zero climate initiative, endorsed by David Attenborough, which aims to use the research power of the University of Cambridge to tackle climate change spanning scientific understanding, development of technology and policy expertise.

This is just one example of the amazing and groundbreaking work going on in Cambridge right now, which you can learn about from our teachers, and which you might even have the opportunity to see for yourself. 

Complement your studies with activities and excursions

While we hope you’ll find your studies at Oxford Royale Academy fascinating, that’s not all there is to do during your time with us.

Outside the classroom, your studies will be complemented with a fun range of activities and excursions. Some of these might draw on your scientific understanding, such as learning how to tie-dye a t-shirt, or seeing the animals you’ve studied roaming free at a wildlife park. Others, such as punting excursions past beautiful Cambridge colleges, are simply good fun.

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Grow confidence in voicing your own ideas

Sharing thoughts and ideas in the classroom is not only welcomed but encouraged at Oxford Royale Academy. We believe you learn better when you can fully engage with the subject, and that means speaking up rather than sitting in silence and learning passively. This benefits you as a student in that you’ll find it’s easier to pay more attention in the classroom and get more involved, but it also means you get to build your confidence in your own ideas and expressing them in front of others.

What’s more, you’ll learn how to listen and respond respectfully to the ideas of others, which is a crucial skill for a scientist.

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Find out more about the study of Science at university

There’s a considerable contrast between the study of Science at school and university, which can come as a shock to some new undergraduates.

At Oxford Royale Academy, we draw on university teaching approaches in constructing our courses, to give you a flavour of what it’s like to study Science at university. That way, you can work out whether university study of Science is right for you.

Our teachers can also help you decide on questions relating to your university application, such as which university might be best for you, and what steps you should take to boost your chances of being accepted.

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Ready to find your ideal summer programme?

“Attending Oxford Royale Academy has impacted my life in a way I cannot describe. I remember arriving not knowing what to expect, and feeling extremely nervous. The hospitality of the other students and ORA’s staff made me feel instantly comfortable.”

- Safiatou, Guinea

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“The two weeks I spent at ORA were a whirlwind of exciting activities, intense learning and unforgettable experiences!”

- Oshea, Sri Lanka

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The counsellors were extremely friendly and were always keen to join in with the activities. Their approachable manner meant that if anyone ever did have a problem, they always had someone to confide in.

- Ellie, Wales

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“I found the ORA gap year course online, saved the link as ‘life saving course.’ What I needed the most was help with my UCAS application, but I also wanted to challenge myself intellectually and learn new things.”

- Carolina, Qatar

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“I gained so much knowledge and experience from this trip; it showed me things that are totally different to my home country. Now I’m very interested in studying at a UK university in the future.”

- Vannakhone, Laos

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