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Oxford Futures 12 year-olds

Oxford Summer School 2020

For our equivalent programme for 13-15s, see the New Perspectives Programme

For the very first time in summer 2020, ORA is delighted to be running a flexible summer course exclusively for students aged 12 in Oxford. Students can pursue a combination of subjects of their choice while living and studying in St Hugh's College, Oxford.

2 or 4 weeks | Available July - August 2020

  • Live, dine and study in a college of the University of Oxford
  • Expert tutoring from ORA's faculty
  • 15 exciting options - tailor your programme
  • Talks and workshops with guest speakers
  • A truly international environment - over 150 nationalities in 2019
  • Inspirational cultural programme, including excursions to historic UK locations

Course Summary

Welcome to Oxford Royale Academy's Oxford Futures Programme, a summer course in Oxford exclusively for students aged 12.

Students on the course build their academic programme themselves, allowing them to tailor their study experience around their interests and goals. Each student chooses one morning class from a list of 10 options, including Medicine, Business and Enterprise, Law and Creative Writing, and one afternoon workshop from a choice of five possible options.

As the name of the programme suggests, both the academic activities and the wider social and pastoral programmes are designed to provide an insight into what life is like as an Oxford student, and to inspire each student to aim high in their future educational and career endeavours.

Home for students on the Oxford Futures programme will be the beautiful St Hugh's College. This is the only summer school programme for 12 year olds in which students have the chance to live on the main campus of an Oxford University college.

What to expect from the Oxford Futures summer course

Students aged 12 can expect an inspiring two weeks of study and cultural experiences while living and studying in St Hugh's College, Oxford. The ability to choose from our range of course options means that students can tailor their course to suit their goals, enabling them to try out exciting new things and make decisions about which subjects they may like to pursue further.

Students staying for two weeks choose one morning subject (see all subjects available in the lists below) and one workshop class from 5 possible options, receiving more than 20 hours of tuition per week. Attendees can also opt to stay for four weeks, selecting additional options.

Topics covered

The Oxford Futures programme allows students to build their own course by choosing one morning option and one afternoon option. Click on the links below to learn more about each subject option.

Study Business with our Oxford Summer School 2020. This course for ambitious students aged 12 introduces students to different aspects of business and encourages them to think about the effect businesses have had on their daily lives.

Through a series of presentations and practical exercises, students will invent their own business or product and think about what they need to do to make it a success, based on their lessons. As a result, it offers a fantastic head-start for the entrepreneurs of the future!

Study Creative Writing with our Oxford Summer School 2020. In this Creative Writing course, young learners aged 12 will be introduced to a wide range of literary techniques. All you need for this course is creativity, enthusiasm, and imagination – although a blank notebook and lots of spare pens will come in handy too!
Our Creative Writing course has been designed for students with an interest in taking their writing to the next level. The class aims to extend and challenge writing techniques learned in schools and encourages students to find their own ‘voice’ through which to express themselves

Are you ready to start your journey in the fascinating field of Engineering?
On this Engineering summer course for 12-year-olds, students will explore the wide variety of Engineering specialisms available as subjects and careers, from civil engineering to mechanical engineering. So if you're thinking of designing the next fighter jet, formula 1 car, green power station or even the cities of the future, this course is for you!

Are you ready to save the world?
There is no greater challenge to humanity than problems with the climate and environment, and this course sets students aged 12 on the road to becoming the climate protectors of the future. From learning about the problems of global warming to thinking about the solutions required to solve them, all the while considering wider environmental issues such as pollution and the decline of bee populations, this option is perfect for those looking to place themselves at the cutting edge of a crucial area.

'Order! Order!' If you're interested in the Law and want to get a head start, this is the perfect Law summer course for you.
Combining studies of the basic principles of the Law with a look at the different types of legal profession available - from solicitors to barristers, judges and more - this course is the ideal stepping stone to future studies and a career in this field.

To succeed in today's tech-focused world, a knowledge of computer science and programming is absolutely essential, and can lead to highly lucrative and successful careers.
This course, open to 12-year-olds in Oxford for the very first time in summer 2020, provides an introduction and insight into the world of Computer Science, teaching students the fundamental knowledge they need to pursue further studies in this area. With a heavily practical element, the course will also involve basic coding and programming on group projects, encouraging teamwork and collaboration.

Study Architecture while living among the stunning spires and colleges of Oxford this summer on our Architecture summer course for 12-year-olds, running for the very first time in summer 2020.
While living and studying in St Hugh's College, Oxford, students will begin their journey in the world of Architecture, looking at different types of architecture and learning the fundamental skills required to progress onto more advanced studies - and even a career as an Architect - in the future. The course will draw heavily on the inspiring architecture of students' surroundings in Oxford.

Study Mathematics with our Oxford Summer School 2020! This course focuses on strengthening fundamental skills and techniques learned at school, before introducing new topics in order to develop confidence and ensure students get ahead of their peers during the summer.

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 a higher level.

If you're aged 12 and interested in the world of Politics while also looking to develop your own leadership skills, then this is the summer course for you. This Politics and Leadership course introduces students to the methods of social scientific enquiry and contemporary issues which dominate the field, progressively exposing them to the principles of liberal democratic politics and the contemporary issues dominating world politics. Students will also be required to present to their peers, growing their confidence at public speaking and answering questions - two key skills required of all good leaders.

Study Acting and Performance Skills with our Oxford Summer School 2020 - now available to 12 year-olds for the very first time. Our Acting and Performance Skills course aims to provide students with an initial grounding in fundamental performance techniques, as well as increased on-stage confidence and the ability to work creatively in a group.

Through a combination of drama theory and practical activities, our Acting and Performance Skills course aims to provide students with an initial grounding in fundamental performance techniques, as well as increased on-stage confidence and the ability to work creatively in a group. Students will get a chance to experiment with skill-based improvisation, focusing not only on ‘performance’ but also on voice, body, characterisation, and the use of stage crafts.

Study Essay Writing with our Oxford Summer School 2020. Essay styles and best practices vary around the world, but the skill of writing is generic: in this workshop, students will be equipped with the ability to write clearly and the construct thoughtful, readable prose, a skill of immense benefit in every walk of life.

The Essay Writing Skills workshop is ideal for the younger learner who needs to learn how to communicate in writing using an academic style. Learning these skills now will stand them in good stead as they work their way up through their school exams and on to university. By learning these skills at this early stage students’ clarity of thinking will improve as their minds develop.

In this Public Speaking and Debate course for 12 year-olds, students learn how to compose a speech on a particular topic, compose a strong argument, and respond composedly to different speakers.
Under expert guidance, students discover more about the intricacies of debate, from selecting a topic to generating and allocating arguments, the roles of different speakers, and using stylistic techniques to achieve maximum effect. They test their new skills by preparing speeches on their favourite topics and participating in debates with fellow members of the class.

Study Photography and Sketching in Oxford this summer. In this Photography and Sketching course students aged 12 practise their artistic skills in a number of practical sessions, learning about different practical aspects in addition the theoretical concepts surrounding different artistic schools, all in the beautiful setting of Oxford.

This course is all about encouraging the students to find and turn on their creativity. Students work both individually and in small groups developing skills in sketching, drawing and composition. Students are encouraged to see their surroundings with a photographer’s eye, and to take photos which they can later use as a backdrop to their sketches. On-site sketching visits range from the Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum, housing art and artefacts from all over the world, to its picturesque Botanical Gardens. The course is primarily about the students’ individual ways of seeing and capturing creative images.

Get ready for your first steps towards a career in business on this Business Challenge course for 12 year-olds, residential in an Oxford college in summer 2020!

Through practical exercises with their peers, students work together to come up with their own concept for a business, before pitching this to a team of 'dragons' in order to secure investment. They need to have all the key things in place - from the product idea to the business plan - in order to impress the dragons, so hard work is required and students are expected to put all of the knowledge gleaned through their workshops into practice.

Take this course if...

Take this course if you are aged 12 and would like to experience new subjects in the environment of the university of Oxford this summer, living and studying in an Oxford college (St Hugh's). Outside of class, students will embark on an exciting programme of extracurricular activities in Oxford, as well as excursions further afield.

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. Twin rooms are strictly between students of the same gender, and males/females are separated by corridoor 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 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.
  • Should check the prerequisites of each option they select before enrolling, to ensure they possess the necessary knowledge to benefit from the subject matter discussed in the classes.

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