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iOS App Programming and Web Development Ages 19+

Oxford Summer School for Adults 2020

Learn to build apps and websites in colleges of the University of Oxford this summer on Oxford Royale Academy's iOS App Programming and Web Development summer course for adults.

2 weeks | Available July 2020

  • Live, dine and study in colleges of the University of Oxford
  • Programming and coding tuition with experts
  • Talks with world-class guest speakers
  • A truly international environment - form a global network
  • Inspirational cultural programme

Course Summary

How many times have you found yourself saying “There’s an app for that”? Apps - and iOS apps in particular - have become so vital to our daily lives that it’s difficult to imagine life without them. This makes them the most exciting areas in which to grow your knowledge and skills – and this course is the ideal way to get started.

The iOS App Programming and Web Development course is a fascinating and highly relevant programme designed for gap year students, undergraduates, and others who wish to learn how to construct cutting-edge smartphone apps and websites.

Time spent on this course will give students a deeper understanding of these technologies which have become so fundamental to daily life, and will equip them with new knowledge and skills that have the potential to lead to a lucrative career, or to supercharge their own start-up business. Even if students don’t target a career in tech, the course will provide a useful foundation that will come in handy for a wide range of careers.

What to expect from the iOS App Programming & Web Development course

This course will focus heavily on iOS Application Programming. It is dedicated to teaching Swift programming, which is the new, powerful and popular language for iOS. Students will become proficient with syntax, object-oriented principles, memory management, functional concepts and more, resulting in a competent and independent use of Swift. The course will ultimately progress to teach students about iOS App Development with Swift specialisation.

Course Outcomes

By the end of the course, students will have:

  • Explored XCode basics, Core iOS and CocoaTouch
  • Programmed their own app to perform a specific set of functions
  • Tested and streamlined their app to make it as user-friendly as possible
  • Examined HTML and CSS for websites
  • Built their own website

Topics covered

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-by-Day Schedule

Week | Day Lesson Content
Week One | Monday - Introduction and Installations
- Introduction to Swift Programming
Week One | Tuesday - Collection Types
- Control Flow
- Functions, Classes
- Advanced Swift
Week One | Wednesday - Image Processing in Swift
- Peer Assignment (InstaFilter Processor)
Week One | Thursday - Field trip
Week One | Friday - Welcome to iOS App Development
- Further Introduction to XCode
Week Two | Monday - UIKit and the Interface Builder
- Building a Basic UI
Week Two | Tuesday - On-campus full-day workshop
Week Two | Wednesday - Advanced UI Concepts
- Custom Control & Defining your Data Model
Week Two | Thursday - User Interactivity
- The Internet and the Web
- Web Development
- Advanced HTML5
Week Two | Friday - Styling your Website – CSS
- Javascript

Take this course if...

Take this course if you find yourself scrolling through the app store and thinking “Why isn’t there an app for that?”. Those who are creatively minded and technologically keen will also thrive on this course.

Welcome to the City of Oxford - your home this summer

ORA Experience

Oxford is a city like no other, combining startlingly beautiful architecture with a buzzing, modern city centre, with superb shopping, restaurants, cafés and more. With the colleges of Oxford University at its heart, some almost 800 years old, it is a city steeped in history and academia.

Students on Oxford Royale's Oxford summer courses will have the chance to live, dine and study in this stunning city, exploring all of its major sites and discovering its hidden secrets. Through both organised trips to key landmarks and free time in the evenings, students will become acquainted with all that Oxford has to offer.

As students walk the cobbled streets and gaze up at the spires, gargoyles and honey-coloured stone buildings, they will be walking in the footsteps of some of the most influential figures in history, including prime ministers, presidents, Nobel prize-winning scientists, authors and more.

Why study in Oxford?
Why study in Oxford?
Why study in Oxford?

Useful information for students


Students will be accommodated in comfortable single rooms in either Merton or University College, depending on the course chosen - please contact our registrations team if you would like more information. 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.

Programme Staff

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 and are able to provide an insight into life at these prestigious institutions.

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.

Extra-curricular Activities

At ORA, we never forget that our students are on vacation and seeking new experiences outside of the classroom as well as in lessons. Included with every ORA course is an extra-curricular timetable, carefully designed by our dedicated Events Team to ensure our adult students have fun, network, and get the most out of their time with us.

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