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Introduction to Medicine Ages 13-15

London Summer School 2020
Also available in Oxford | Cambridge

Oxford Royale also offers a Medical School Preparation Programme for ages 16-18

A two-week medicine summer course residential in Imperial College London. Designed to introduce students to the practical and theoretical sides of medicine.

2 weeks | Available July-August 2020

  • Live, dine and study in Imperial College London
  • Expert tutoring from ORA's medicine faculty
  • 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

This two-week course from Oxford Royale Academy will introduce students aged 13-15 to the exciting discipline of Medicine, aiming to help students on the path to pursuing Medicine at university and as a career. With guidance from Oxford Royale Academy's expert teachers, participants will engage in theoretical study of human anatomy and associated topics, alongside interactive skills sessions to help them develop key competencies for their future studies, such as presentation and interpersonal skills. Students will also have the chance to try out some simple practical procedures.

Through both practical and theoretical exposure to the challenging and exciting world of Medicine, students will learn the basics of medical science and get the chance to assess whether they would be suited to the medical sector in the future.

What to expect from the Introduction to Medicine Course

With guidance from Oxford Royale Academy’s expert teachers, participants will develop key competencies for their future studies, such as presentation and interpersonal skills.

The key aims of the Introduction to Medicine course are to provide students with an early insight into life as a doctor and to give them a head start in the knowledge required to pursue this career.

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will have:

  • Learnt the basics of anatomy and the science behind medicine
  • Developed new skills in practical skills workshops
  • Considered and made plans for their future career paths
  • Gained a head start on the road to medical school

Topics covered

  • An insight into what a career in medicine involves
  • Practical, hands-on skills, such as cannulation, injection and testing reflexes
  • Laboratory skills

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.

Day Week 1 (Scroll right for week 2) Week 2
Monday Lesson 1: Instructions, Global Health Issues
Lesson 2: The NHS, The major organs
Lesson 3: The heart (in health)
Lesson 14: The nervous system (in health)
Lesson 15: The nervous system (in disease)
Lesson 16: Diabetes (an introduction)
Tuesday Lesson 4: The heart (in disease)
Lesson 5: The heart (practical skills)
Lesson 17: Oncology (an introduction)
Lession 18: Oncology (poster presentations)
Wednesday Lesson 6-8 Field Trip or Guest Speakers Lesson 19: Presentations (preparation)
Lesson 20: Presentations (assessement)
Thursday Lesson 9: The lungs (in health)
Lesson 10: The lungs (in disease)
Lesson 21: History taking (intro and practice)
Lesson 22: Medical ethics (intro and debate)
Lesson 23: Applying to medical schools
Friday Lesson 11: The GI system (in health)
Lesson 12: The GI system (in disease)
Lesson 13: Dissection class (lamb’s hearts)
Lesson 24: Teacher specialist day

Take this course if...

Take this course if you are considering a career as a medical practitioner, or would like to know more about the discipline of medicine and how best to pursue it.

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 at Imperial College London will be accommodated in comfortable en-suite single rooms. Accommodation is the standard accommodation for university undergraduates who study at Imperial College London, so students are able to get a flavour for what being an undergraduate at the university might be like.

Learn more about our Imperial College London centre.

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 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 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.

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