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Forensic Science Summer Course in Oxford Ages 13-15

Oxford Summer School 2020

Part of the NEW PERSPECTIVES Programme


Forensic Science applies science to criminal and civil laws during criminal investigation. By the end of this course, you will be able to interpret forensic evidence and you will have covered a wide range of related topics to the field. This course is for those who want to be empowered to think more widely about the value that forensic science can add to our society and potentially go on to further study and/or a career in forensic science.

2 or 4 weeks | Available July - August 2020

  • Residential in historic buildings in Oxford
  • An inspiring Forensic Science course taught by experts.
  • 17 exciting classes to choose from - tailor your programme
  • A truly international environment - over 150 nationalities at ORA in 2019

Course Summary

Forensic Science is the application of science to criminal and civil laws, mainly during criminal investigations. During this two-week course, students will uncover the origin and history of Forensic Science and how it is applied in the present day. The course will introduce a wide range of theoretical and practical knowledge to cover the topics of chemical analysis, toxicology, DNA profiling, and estimating the time of death. After building a solid foundation, students will then go on to learn how forensic methods and their findings can influence the law by looking at expert witness testimonies.

The teaching on this course will involve a mix of lecture-based and interactive learning, and students will have the opportunity to undertake practical exercises on fingerprinting and crime scene analysis.

What will you get out of the Forensic Science Summer Course?

By the end of the two-week Forensic Science course, your reflective writing and group work skills will have improved due to completing written and oral assessments. You will also be able to interpret forensic evidence and have an understanding of the current limitations and applications of forensic science. This course will not only equip you with the skills and knowledge to help you progress in your further studies and career, but that it will also empower you to think more widely about the value that forensic science brings to our society.

The New Perspectives Programme

This subject is part of the New Perspectives course at Oxford Royale's Oxford summer school.

The New Perspectives summer course, for students aged 13 to 15, is suitable both for those who are trying to decide what to pursue in further education, and for those who simply want to learn about a variety of interesting subjects - 17+ study options are available!

Students choose two morning classes and one afternoon workshop to provide a diverse and stimulating curriculum that is tailored to their needs, allowing them to pursue areas of interest or try out something new. Students studying New Perspectives in Oxford get the chance to live and learn in a college of the University of Oxford or in our 17th-century manor house, Yarnton Manor.

Click here to apply for the New Perspectives Programme in Oxford

Expectations and Pre-requisites

No specific experience or skills are expected of students wishing to participate in this course, although a strong command of the English language is vital. We ask students to bring a laptop with them. If any additional course-specific equipment or software is needed, you will be notified in advance.

Choose your options and apply for New Perspectives in Oxford

The New Perspectives programme - our flagship Oxford summer course for 13-15s - allows you to combine different subject options to enable a flexible, tailored programme that best suits your academic needs

To view other options, select your choice of options and apply, please visit the main New Perspectives Programme page

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