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Introduction to iOS App Coding Ages 13-15

Cambridge Summer School 2020
Also available in Oxford

Oxford Royale also offers an iOS App Coding Programme for ages 16-18

Apps and smartphones help us with every aspect of our lives. With our app coding summer course, you can learn to build your own iOS apps while living in an Cambridge University college.

2 weeks | Available July 2020

  • Live, dine and study in colleges of the University of Cambridge
  • Expert tutoring from ORA's technology faculty
  • Learn to build and test your own iOS apps
  • Master the basics of the XCode environment and Swift programming
  • Talks and debates with world-class guest speakers
  • A truly international environment - over 150 nationalities in 2019
  • Inspirational cultural programme, including excursions to historic UK locations

Course Summary

Oxford Royale Academy’s Introduction to iOS App Development course introduces students to the modern world of mobile software application development. This course focuses on the popular iOS application development and introduces students to the basics of Swift programming. By the time they leave the course, students will know how to design, build and publish their own iOS application.

It is an ideal time to be an app developer - technology is evolving quickly and producing exciting devices that bring enjoyment and assistance to millions of users. Now is the best time to become a part of this exciting world and to gain a head-start using cutting-edge methods and practices.

Students seeking a longer technology or coding summer school might like to combine this course with our Computer Science course or our Robotics course, both of which can be combined with the iOS App Development summer course for a longer stay with Oxford Royale Academy.

What to expect from the iOS App Development summer course

A key aim of the iOS App Development summer course is to help students develop a passion for the field of computer programming and specifically for iOS mobile app development.

By providing students with an awareness of the entire mobile Application Development Life Cycle (ADLC), this course aims to fascinate students whilst providing a key insight into life as an app developer. For those keen to pursue this career path, the course also ensures a headstart in the key skill areas required to be successful.

Course Outcomes

By the time they leave the course, students will have:

  • Learned how to design, build and publish their own iOS application
  • Acquired full knowledge of the Application Development Life Cycle
  • Produced a working app
  • Presented their app to their peers for review

Topics covered

  • Introduction to programming concepts and the fundamentals of app design and development
  • ADLC, native vs cross-platform apps, web and hybrid app development, UI & UX issues, and more.
  • How to design app interfaces from prototypes & wireframes using Sketch
  • Introduction to Xcode, the Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for MacOS and programming with Swift
  • Publishing apps on the App Store
  • Usability testing exercises
  • Project presentations

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.

Week 1 (Scroll right for week 2) Week 2
Monday Introduction to App Coding
Application Development Lifecycle
Workshop 1
Basic UI and the UIKit Custom Controls
Workshop 3
Tuesday Programming with Swift More programming concepts Navigation and Workflows The View Controller
Wednesday No lessons- Excursions No lessons- Excursions
Thursday Design your app
Prototyping Basics, Storyboards
Workshop 4
Working with System View Controllers
Implementing Control Flows&Functions Scroll
Table Views
Friday Workshop 2
iOS Architecture and Interface Builder
Build, Run and Debug!
Workshop 5 - presentations
Adaptive User Interfaces
Usability and Testing
Run your app on a physical device
Workshop 6

Take this course if...

Take this course if you would like to build your own app from start to finish, test trial it with help from our expert tutors and find out how to upload your product to the Apple App Store.

Welcome to the City of Cambridge - your home this summer

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Cambridge has been recognised for centuries as one of the most beautiful academic locations in the UK. With its soaring gothic buttresses, green lawns, gently meandering river, and quiet little coffee shops, Cambridge has a lot to offer in terms of quality of student experience.

Students will live, dine and study in a college of the University of Cambridge, providing them with the ideal opportunity to discover what life in a top UK university is really like. Students can immerse themselves in the teaching of knowledgeable academics, many of whom have studied at top UK institutions such as Cambridge and Oxford. They will have plenty of opportunity to explore the city in their free time, and take part in educational excursions in and around Cambridge.

Students residential in Cambridge will experience life in a top UK university city, while fulfilling their educational ambitions and enjoying the summer experience of their lives. Learn more about all that our Cambridge Summer School has to offer.

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Students smiling at the camera in front of the King's College, Cambridge?

Useful information for students & parents


Students will be accommodated in comfortable single or twin rooms depending on their allocated college (please contact our registrations team if you would like more information on this). Twin rooms are strictly shared by students of the same gender, and males/females are separated by corridor and/or staircase. Accommodation is the standard for undergraduates studying at the university, so students are able to get a taste of what being an undergraduate student might be like at Oxford or Cambridge. Bathrooms are typically shared between students of the same gender, however in some cases en-suite facilities are available.

Pastoral care & student welfare

The programme is overseen by the Programme Director, who implements the day-to-day running of the programme. The Director is assisted by a team of Counsellors who very often are current members of the University of Oxford or University of Cambridge. The Counsellors ensure that students are looked after pastorally, culturally and socially during their programme. Students are able to talk informally and frankly to the Counsellors in order to raise concerns or to discuss their course. Each campus has members of staff who are residential throughout the programme and are able to assist students at any time of the day or night.

Eligibility & pre-requisites

Students on this course:

  • Must conform to our age policy.
  • Must be fluent or near-fluent English language speakers – if you are unsure whether your English level is suitable for this programme, please contact our Registrations Team on [email protected] and they will be able to assist you.
  • Must be able to fulfil the basic requirements of the programme, in terms of attendance at lessons, meals and events. Please contact our Registrations Team for more detailed information.

Our Teaching Faculty

At Oxford Royale Academy we are committed to providing our students with the most qualified and high-calibre teaching faculty available. All Oxford Royale Academy teachers are passionate about their subjects, and are looking forward to passing their knowledge on to their students this summer! For full details of last summer’s teaching faculty, please click here.

Guest Lectures & Debates

At ORA, we go the extra mile to enhance the study abroad experience of our students. As part of this, every year our dedicated Events Team organises a series of fascinating guest lectures. Guest speakers come from a wide range of backgrounds and specialisms, including the worlds of online media, television and academia. Our students also have the opportunity to watch and participate in a number of debates, which take place on campus. These range from formal Panel Debates, involving teaching faculty and other staff, to informal discussions about current “hot topics” led by Counsellors.

Coach Excursions

The United Kingdom has a rich cultural heritage, and a course with Oxford Royale Academy is the perfect way for a young learner to explore this. All ORA courses include at least one coach excursion to places of historical and social significance in the UK.

Extracurricular Activities

At ORA, we never forget that our students are on holiday! Included with every ORA course is an extra-curricular timetable, carefully designed by our dedicated Events Team to ensure our students have fun, make friends and get the most out of their time with us.

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