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Mathematics Summer Course in Oxford Ages 16-18

Oxford Summer School 2020
Also in Cambridge | London

Part of the BROADENING HORIZONS Programme

Study Mathematics with our Oxford Summer School 2020. This Mathematics summer course in Oxford is designed for students with a keen interest in Mathematics. Our focus will be on the introduction of basic concepts from higher mathematics, on the development and practise of critical thinking skills, and on fun and exciting topics that the student is not likely to be taught on a standard school curriculum.

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 challenges logically-minded students to refine their mathematical abilities and numerical curiosity, as they are introduced to several different facets of modern mathematics. Students will encounter important and interesting ideas in arithmetic, geometry, graph theory, logic, computer science and game theory.

Students will also improve their abilities through solving riddles and critical thinking puzzles, drawing tessellations and fractals, playing strategic mathematical games and even building a primitive computer!

Throughout the course, students will naturally improve their visual thinking, curiosity and confidence in the discipline as they see how mathematics is evident in art, music and nature.


No mathematical background beyond basic arithmetic, algebra, and geometry will be expected on this course. However, students should know how to calculate angles, areas and circumference.

What to expect out of the Mathematics Summer Course

The core aim of the course is to show students how fun mathematics can be, as well as introducing important mathematical concepts that they may encounter in later years. The breadth of modern mathematics, beyond the range of what is taught in most schools, will be introduced and lead to fascinating workshops and discussions. Teamwork is taught in the context of problem-solving, whilst valuable presentation skills will be acquired through communicating complicated concepts to the class on a subject of their choice.

The Broadening Horizons Programme

This subject is part of the Broadening Horizons course at Oxford Royale Summer Schools’s Oxford summer school.

The Broadening Horizons course, for students aged 16 to 18, 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 - 30+ 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 Broadening Horizons 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.

Learn more about and apply for the Broadening Horizons Programme in Oxford

Course Outcomes

By the end of the course, students will have:

  • Been assessed on class participation, presentations, homework, written assignments, attendance and punctuality
  • Developed their understanding of a particular topic
  • Increased their curiosity and intellectual maturity
  • Solved riddles
  • Encountered important ideas in arithmetic, geometry, graph theory, logic, computer science and game theory

Choose your options and apply for Broadening Horizons

The Broadening Horizons programme - our flagship Oxford summer course - 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 Broadening Horizons Programme page

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