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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.
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.
By the end of the course, students will have:
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 | 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Students on this course:
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
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.
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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Information about how to travel to and from an ORA summer course.Read more
With an ORA summer course you also get:
(If your course takes place in more than one campus in the same city and you would like to know more about which location you will be allocated, please call our admissions team)
What our students have to say
Read how Sara has returned year on year, experiencing different summer courses in Oxford and Cambridge.Read Sara's story
Read how Mifta's experience with us introduced her to lifelong friends from across the world.Read Mifta's story
An aspiring cinematographer, Rebecca joined us at the ISC for our Future Filmmakers Gap Year Programme.Read Rebecca's story
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Oxford Royale Academy is a part of Oxford Programs Limited, a company registered in England as company number 6045196. Registered office: 14 King Street, Bristol, BS1 4EF. The company contracts with institutions including Oxford University for the use of their facilities and also contracts with tutors from those institutions but does not operate under the aegis of Oxford University.