London has been a welcoming home to scientists for generations. It’s here that the Royal Society, the oldest national scientific organisation in the world, is headquartered, which recognises and supports scientific achievement, its list of fellows including a vast number of notable British scientists throughout history. What’s more, the city houses amazing scientific museums such as the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum, which students studying here with Oxford Royale Academy may have the opportunity to visit.
The city remains a leading centre for scientific research, spearheaded by universities such as Imperial College London and UCL. That’s why studying here with Oxford Royale Academy can have another key benefit: if you’re thinking about studying at one of London’s world-leading universities in years to come, whether as an undergraduate, postgraduate or even postdoc, it’s valuable to get a feel for the city before you make the move. Our summer school can give you a taster of what it’s like to study Science in London, so you can work out if it’s the right choice for you.
Study science with Oxford Royale Academy if you’re thinking about applying to one of London’s world-leading universities in years to come. Our summer school can give you a fantastic taster of what it’s like to study Science in London, so you can work out if it’s the right choice for you. You will take part in dissections, field trips, experiments and more. Our science programmes will introduce you to the practical applications science can have, making classes as engaging as they are educational.
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Running experiments is central to the scientific method. On our Science summer school programmes, you’ll learn how to conduct an experiment robustly, including how to use techniques such as double-blind testing.
You’ll find out how to interpret results correctly, distinguishing between causation and correlation, and how to write up your experiment into a proper scientific report.
Not only will this enhance your understanding of how scientific research is conducted, but all these skills will prove valuable to you in further studies, both at school and at university, as they are foundational to the world of science.
Open discussion of hypotheses and results is central to progress in science, so we encourage this on our science programmes as well. You’ll compare ideas and opinions with your classmates, learning how to share your thoughts constructively and respectfully, and learn from those of others.
Science is inherently collaborative; as you might have seen, some scientific papers have hundreds or even thousands of co-authors. That’s why it’s so important to learn to work together if you want to make a career in science, and our programmes support you in developing these skills.
One of the best things about studying Science in London is the range of excursions and field trips available to you to enhance your understanding of your subject, depending on which you choose. For instance, if you’re studying Biology, visiting museums such as the Natural History Museum can be transformative in bringing your studies to life, as you can see the different animals and spot how they’ve adapted to their environments.
Both our courses and our programme of extracurricular activities and excursions offer the opportunity to build on your classroom studies in this way.
Science is international, and so is Oxford Royale Academy! Students of 150 different nationalities study with us across the summer school, so you’ll be living and learning alongside peers from across the globe.
Cultural attitudes to science vary, but scientific discoveries themselves are universal and benefit from being shared. You’ll learn how both of these factors affect scientific research, and you’ll be able to explore important ethical questions in the world of science with students with different backgrounds and viewpoints, giving you fresh perspectives on your studies. This is intrinsically valuable, and can also be useful for discussion at university interviews.
Established by royal charter in 1907, prestigious Imperial College London ranks in the world’s top 10 universities. Focusing specifically on science, engineering, medicine, and business, the university cultivates excellence through its world-class teaching and research.
Imperial College London’s enviable location in South Kensington gives you the best of everything London has to offer. The Natural History and Victoria and Albert museums, the English National Ballet, and the Royal Albert Hall are right on your doorstep, as well as the green open spaces of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens.
Whether you aspire to be a research science, a science teacher, a technician, an engineer, a doctor, a science journalist or something different altogether, understanding the scientific method is important and useful.
With Oxford Royale Academy’s Science programmes, you’ll be better able to understand how the technology you use every day works, how to judge the severity of natural disasters and pandemics, how to assess whether newspaper headlines about a new discovery are accurate or overblown, and more besides. This doesn’t just make you a better student or future employee, but also a better-informed citizen.
“ORA summer school was about learning and working hard, but it meant so much more. The people you knew there were special; the friends we made were special.”
- Sofia, Cuba
“Thanks to Oxford Royale Academy, I now have the necessary tools to take on all future obstacles.”
- Cyrian, Benin
“It can be said that the teaching was not limited to the formal classes, but was incorporated throughout our journey.”
- Ariel, St Lucia
“One benefit of a programme of this kind is the diversity and the fact that the students came from many different countries. In my opinion, that made discussions and debates more dynamic, as it wasn’t biased and we almost always saw multiple sides to the same story.”
- Danae, Trinidad and Tobago
I have gained more knowledge, and can therefore make more of an impact on the world. I think that my future goals have become clearer as I have explored options at ORA.
- Nia, Belize