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iOS App Development Programme Ages 16-18

Oxford Summer School 2020

Apps and smartphones help us with every aspect of our lives. With our app development summer course for 16-18s, you can learn to build your own iOS apps while living in an Oxford University college.

Oxford Royale also offers an Introduction to iOS App Development course for ages 13-15

2 weeks | Available July 2020

  • Live, dine and study in colleges of the University of Oxford
  • Expert tutoring from ORA's technology faculty
  • Learn to build and test your own iOS apps
  • Master the basics of the XCode environment and Swift programming
  • Talks and debates with world-class guest speakers
  • A truly international environment - over 150 nationalities in 2019
  • Inspirational cultural programme

Course Summary

What do Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat all have in common? Apart from being mobile and web applications, they are programs designed to improve our daily lives, through being useful and providing enjoyment. These apps were all built from scratch with specific tools such as the ones students are exposed to in this iOS app development programme at Oxford Royale's Oxford summer school

The course introduces students to the fields of computer programming and iOS mobile app development, exposing them to the computer science that lies behind app development and to the processes involved in the application development life cycle (ADLC). The course takes a hands-on approach to introduce basic programming concepts and skills needed for industry-standard app development projects.

Students seeking a longer technology or coding summer school might like to combine this Programme with our Computer Science course .


Although it is not a requirement to have prior knowledge of Swift programming, familiarity with some computing terminology or concepts will be useful.

What to expect from the iOS Development Course

This course is comprehensive, providing an initial introduction into programming concepts and the fundamentals of app design and development (e.g. ADLC, native vs. cross platform apps, web and hybrid app development, user interface & experiences issues etc.).

Students then study how to design app interfaces from prototypes & wire frames using Sketch. Next comes an introduction to Xcode, the Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for MacOS and programming with Swift, an object-oriented programming language.

The course concludes with exploring published apps on App store, usability testing exercises, project presentations and peer reviews of the apps created by students.

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will have:

  • Produced a working iOS app for Apple devices
  • Learned strategies for problem solving
  • Successfully project planned and communicated ideas
  • Learnt to think creatively, reason systematically and work collaboratively
  • Learnt about the application development life cycle from the basics of Swift to designing and developing user interfaces (UI) for apps
  • Discovered core iOS App Development to add functionalities to apps
  • Designed, developed and tested an iOS app

Take this course if...

Take this course if you want to learn how to build an app from the ground up, or if you want to enter a career in app development in the future.

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 admissions team if you would like more information. Twin rooms are strictly between students of the same gender, and males/females are separated by corridor and/or staircase. 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.

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 university applications. Each campus has members of residential staff who live in the college 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 Admissions 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 Admissions 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.

Extra-curricular 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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iOS App Development for Ages 16-18 is residential in the following venues:

(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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