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Mathematics Summer Course in Oxford Ages 13-15

Oxford Summer School 2020
Also in Cambridge | London

Part of the NEW PERSPECTIVES Programme


Study Mathematics with our Oxford Summer School 2020. This course focuses on strengthening fundamental skills and techniques, before introducing new and advanced topics in order to strengthen existing knowledge and to give the students more confidence in dealing with more sophisticated topics in future.

2 or 4 weeks | Available July - August 2020

  • Residential in historic buildings in Oxford
  • An inspiring Mathematics summer course taught by experts.
  • Combine this course with other options - tailor your programme
  • A truly international environment - over 150 nationalities in 2019

Course Summary

The Maths course is designed for students with knowledge equivalent to GCSE level. The focus is on strengthening fundamental skills and techniques as well as introducing new and advanced topics. The aim is to strengthen existing knowledge and to give the students more confidence in dealing with more sophisticated topics in the future. Moreover, new techniques for solving well-known problems will be introduced. In addition, the students will be faced with completely new concepts such as those arising from the history of maths. Mathematics is relevant and important for a huge variety of subjects, so will be useful to students regardless of the path that they are interested in taking in future – and if they are budding mathematicians, then so much the better.

Students will have the opportunity to present work in small groups, to practise graph drawing, and to learn about general logic using mathematical puzzles and riddles. The class will also give short ‘previews’ of the mathematics taught in higher classes and an explanation of the practical importance of the subject. In this way, it helps prepare students for further studies in Mathematics, and may even assist them in deciding whether it is something that they would like to study at degree level.

Along the way, students also practise teamwork and collaboration to produce presentations in groups, summarising and explaining the history of a mathematical topic to the rest of the class. The course concludes with a quiz, testing the students’ knowledge in a more informal way. In this fast-paced and engaging environment, students who have studied any of the course topics before are given differentiated activities in order to deepen their understanding further.

What will you get out of the Mathematics Summer Course?

The course introduces students to GCSE-level mathematical concepts: algebra, geometry and trigonometry; the ability to work with variables and functions; calculating probabilities; solving various algebraic equations using familiar and more advanced methods; calculating the angles, area and circumference of geometric shapes and constructing the circles of the triangle; the concepts of sin, cos and tan and the application of these theorems to calculations; how to produce graphs of various functions and interpret transformations; to understand basic concepts of calculating probabilities and tree diagrams; and quadratic equations.

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

A basic background in Algebra as well as Geometry will be expected. In particular, students should be familiar with the techniques to substitute, expand, factorise, and simplify to solve algebraic equations of one or several variables as well as simultaneous equations of two variables. Geometrical knowledge of triangles, squares and circles is also required, as well as familiarity with angles, areas and circumference.

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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