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The Introduction to Engineering course from Oxford Royale Academy provides students with a comprehensive grounding in all things engineering. The practical skills and theoretical knowledge gained will undoubtedly ensure an advantage in future studies and careers in the sector.
During their two weeks of study, participants will dive straight into the discipline, covering the diverse branches of Engineering Science including Civil, Structural and Mechanical. Practical skills will be acquired through a series of design-led workshops, enabling students to gain a thorough understanding of the discipline. Classes will also ensure that students are taught the fundamental principles of each strand of Engineering Science and that individuals are well-equipped for a future in engineering.
This course offers an interactive learning experience for students keen to immerse themselves in the dynamic field of Engineering Science. Classes will introduce the technical and analytical skills that are vital to pursuing a degree and career in Engineering.
The programme is suitable both for those seeking to experience the practical applications of scientific theory and for those who aim to pursue further education in the field of Engineering Science.
By the end of the course students will have:
The Introduction to Engineering course will cover a wide range of theory and concepts, including:
|Week 1 (Scroll right for week 2)||Week 2|
|Monday||Lesson 1: Introduction & Knowledge refresher: elementary Physics, Scalars and Vectors
Lesson 2: Knowledge Refresher: elementary, Mathematics, probability, progression, series.
Lesson 3: Spaghetti tower
|Lesson 11: Electrical Engineering, knowledge refresher: Ohm’s law, circuit symbols
Lesson 12: Working of a potentiometer, chemical battery
Lesson 13: Construction of a solenoid
|Tuesday||Lesson 4: Assessing mechanical motion in everyday life
Lesson 5: Concept of Stress, Strain, problem solving lesson
|Lesson 14: Introduction to Bioengineering
Lesson 15: Introduction to Chemical Engineering
|Wednesday||Field trip or guest speakers||Lesson 16-17: Presentations
Lesson 18: Different forms of Sustainable Engineering
|Thursday||Lesson 6: Analysis of bridges, dams and buildings
Lesson 7: Analysis of beam deformation
|Lesson 19: Logical and mathematical puzzles: a systematic approach to solving puzzles
Lesson 20: Introduction to binary system
|Friday||Lesson 8: Design contest: proposals and feedback
Lesson 9: Design contest: construction
Lesson 10: Design contest: construction and testing
|Lesson 21: Introduction to Engineering courses at University
Lesson 22: Group discussion of personal statements
Lesson 23: Mock interviews and final lesson
Take this course if you have been inspired by the many feats of engineering from around the world and you want to understand the fundamental aspects of this dynamic subject.
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 or twin rooms depending on their allocated college (please contact our registrations team if you would like more information on this). Twin rooms are strictly shared by students of the same gender, and males/females are separated by corridor and/or staircase. Accommodation is the standard for undergraduates studying at the university, so students are able to get a taste of what being an undergraduate student might be like at Oxford or Cambridge. Bathrooms are typically shared between students of the same gender, however 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. The Counsellors 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 their course. Each campus has members of staff who are residential throughout the programme and are able to assist students at any time of the day or night.
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.
The United Kingdom has a rich cultural heritage, and a course with Oxford Royale Academy is the perfect way for a young learner to explore this. All ORA courses include at least one coach excursion to places of historical and social significance in the UK.
At ORA, we never forget that our students are on holiday! Included with every ORA course is an extra-curricular timetable, carefully designed by our dedicated Events Team to ensure our students have fun, make friends and get the most out of their time with us.
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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.