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Introduction to Medicine Ages 13-15

Oxford Summer School 2020
Also available in Cambridge

Oxford Royale also offers a Medical School Preparation Programme for ages 16-18

A two-week medicine summer course residential in the University of Oxford. Designed to introduce students to the practical and theoretical sides of medicine.

Oxford Royale also offers a Medical School Preparation Programme for ages 16-18

2 weeks | Available July-August 2020

  • Live, dine and study in colleges of the University of Oxford
  • Expert tutoring from ORA's medicine faculty
  • Talks and debates with world-class guest speakers
  • A truly international environment - over 150 nationalities in 2019
  • Inspirational cultural programme, including excursions to historic UK locations

Course Summary

This two-week course from Oxford Royale Academy will introduce students aged 13-15 to the exciting discipline of Medicine, aiming to help students on the path to pursuing Medicine at university and as a career. With guidance from Oxford Royale Academy's expert teachers, participants will engage in theoretical study of human anatomy and associated topics, alongside interactive skills sessions to help them develop key competencies for their future studies, such as presentation and interpersonal skills. Students will also have the chance to try out some simple practical procedures.

Through both practical and theoretical exposure to the challenging and exciting world of Medicine, students will learn the basics of medical science and get the chance to assess whether they would be suited to the medical sector in the future.

What to expect from the Introduction to Medicine Course

With guidance from Oxford Royale Academy’s expert teachers, participants will develop key competencies for their future studies, such as presentation and interpersonal skills.

The key aims of the Introduction to Medicine course are to provide students with an early insight into life as a doctor and to give them a head start in the knowledge required to pursue this career.

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will have:

  • Learnt the basics of anatomy and the science behind medicine
  • Developed new skills in practical skills workshops
  • Considered and made plans for their future career paths
  • Gained a head start on the road to medical school

Topics covered

  • An insight into what a career in medicine involves
  • Practical, hands-on skills, such as cannulation, injection and testing reflexes
  • Laboratory skills

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 Week 1 (Scroll right for week 2) Week 2
Monday Lesson 1: Instructions, Global Health Issues
Lesson 2: The NHS, The major organs
Lesson 3: The heart (in health)
Lesson 14: The nervous system (in health)
Lesson 15: The nervous system (in disease)
Lesson 16: Diabetes (an introduction)
Tuesday Lesson 4: The heart (in disease)
Lesson 5: The heart (practical skills)
Lesson 17: Oncology (an introduction)
Lession 18: Oncology (poster presentations)
Wednesday Lesson 6-8 Field Trip or Guest Speakers Lesson 19: Presentations (preparation)
Lesson 20: Presentations (assessement)
Thursday Lesson 9: The lungs (in health)
Lesson 10: The lungs (in disease)
Lesson 21: History taking (intro and practice)
Lesson 22: Medical ethics (intro and debate)
Lesson 23: Applying to medical schools
Friday Lesson 11: The GI system (in health)
Lesson 12: The GI system (in disease)
Lesson 13: Dissection class (lamb’s hearts)
Lesson 24: Teacher specialist day

Take this course if...

Take this course if you are considering a career as a medical practitioner, or would like to know more about the discipline of medicine and how best to pursue it.

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 & parents


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.

Pastoral care & student welfare

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.

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.

Coach Excursions

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.

Extracurricular Activities

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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(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)

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