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Computer Science Programme Ages 16-18

London Summer School 2020
Also in Oxford | Cambridge | St Andrews

The Computer Science summer programme is designed to introduce students aged 16-18 to Computer Science, including three programming languages. Students will live and study in Imperial College London, experiencing life as a London student while learning from expert tutors.

2 weeks | Available July - August 2020

  • Live, dine and study in Imperial College London
  • Expert tutoring from ORA's faculty
  • Learn three programme languages
  • Talks and debates with world-class guest speakers
  • A truly international environment - over 135 nationalities in 2019
  • Inspirational cultural programme

Course Summary

On this Computer Science summer course, technological teens are given the chance to learn about the core theory of Computer Science as well as practical instruction in how to programme and code in three different languages. Students will ultimately possess all the skills necessary to build a website, which they will showcase to their peers at the end of the course.

The Computer Science Programme introduces students to the ever-changing discipline of Computer Science, with particular emphasis on the exploitation of computer systems to calculate, analyse and present data. In particular, the course provides valuable grounding in not only utilising computers as a valuable problem-solving tool but also in presenting and communicating results via the internet.


Oxford Royale Academy’s Computer Science Programme is aimed at anyone who wants to learn more about this increasingly popular - and vital - subject. The programme is suitable for students with intermediate-level IT skills, but does not require any programming experience.

What to expect from the Computer Science Programme course

This course provides a complete introduction to the thriving field of Computer Science, using the internet to illustrate key concepts. Students will learn website design using HTML for structure, CSS for formatting and Python to provide them with a foundation in a more scientific programming language. The mathematical principles behind computer science will also be explored, as students investigate the use of algorithms in programming.

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will have:

  • learnt about all aspects of Computer Science
  • learnt three computer languages: HTML, CSS and Python
  • built their own website
  • acquired invaluable skills for the modern workplace
  • participated in lessons on programming theory combined with skills-based workshops

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 Lesson 1 : Welcome and Setup
Lesson 2: Introduction to HTML5
Lesson 3: LAB Project
Lesson 14: Methods & Functions
Lesson 15: Data Structures
Lesson 16: LAB Project
Tuesday Lesson 4: Tables and Multimedia
Lesson 5: CSS Web Styling
Lesson 17: Strings & REGEX
Lesson 18: File Operations
Wednesday Lesson 6: HTML Forms & User Imput
Lesson 7: Web Scripting JavaScript
Lesson 8: LAB Project
Lesson 19: Students Presentations
Lesson 20: Student Presentations
Lesson 21: LAB Project
Thursday Lesson 9: Welcome to Python
Lesson 10: Variables and Operators
Lesson 11: LAB Project
Lesson 22: Debugging Lesson
23: Student Presentations
Friday Lesson 12: Control Statements
Lesson 13: LAB Project
Lesson 24: Evolution and Maintenance
Lesson 25: Code Challenge
Lesson 26: Code Challenge

Take this course if..

Take this course if you want to know how to build your own website, if you are hoping to undertake computer-based research, enter a career in computer science, become a tech entrepreneur, or simply to gain practical skills you can add to your CV.

Welcome to London - your home this summer

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The most bustling of all our centres, London is a cosmopolitan hotspot where students can really experience the melting pot of the United Kingdom. Our London summer school takes place in Imperial College London, situated in the desirable Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Students will stay in accommodation at Prince’s Gardens, located just a stone’s throw from such iconic London landmarks as the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, and the Royal Albert Hall.

Students will live and study in Imperial College London, experiencing student life in one of the world’s most respected and prestigious academic institutions. As well as ranking consistently in the top ten universities worldwide, Imperial has already produced an impressive number of Nobel Laureates – no mean feat considering the university was officially founded as recently as 1907.

Students in London will experience life in the buzzing heart of the UK's capital, while fulfilling their educational ambitions and enjoying the summer experience of their lives. Learn more about all that our London Summer School has to offer.

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Useful information for students & parents


Students will be accommodated in comfortable single or twin rooms depending on their allocated college - please contact our admissions team if you would like more information. Twin rooms are strictly between students of the same gender, and males/females are separated by corridor and/or staircase. Accommodation is the standard accommodation for university undergraduates who study at the university, so students are able to get a flavour for what being an undergraduate at the university might be like. Bathrooms are typically shared between students of the same gender, though 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 university applications. Each campus has members of residential staff who live in the college 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 Admissions 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 Admissions 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.

Extra-curricular 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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Computer Science Programme for Ages 16-18 | London is residential in the following venues:

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