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Physics and Chemistry Summer Course in Oxford Ages 13-15

Oxford Summer School 2020
Also in Cambridge

Part of the NEW PERSPECTIVES Programme


Study Physics and Chemistry with our Oxford Summer School 2020. Our Physics and Chemistry course develops students' curiosity as well as their scientific imagination and reasoning, experimentation, and perseverance, boosting their understanding of core physical and chemical concepts beyond school curricular to introduce new, more advanced concepts.

2 or 4 weeks | Available July - August 2020

  • Residential in historic buildings in Oxford
  • An inspiring science course taught by experts.
  • 17 exciting classes to choose from - tailor your programme
  • A truly international environment - over 150 nationalities at ORA in 2019

Course Summary

Scientists love to ask questions: How does this work? Why is it here? What happens if I…? Our Physics and Chemistry course aims to harness students’ curiosity, as well as develop their scientific imagination and reasoning, experimentation, and perseverance. As their confidence grows, so too will their understanding of core physical and chemical concepts, building on and often going beyond what they will have studied at school. New, more advanced concepts will be introduced that students might not otherwise have encountered, spurring them on to pursue Physics and Chemistry at a higher level – fostering enthusiasm for the subjects is a key aim of this course.

In Physics, students look at the principles governing forces and how they interact with matter. This will encompass mechanics and the laws of motion, types of energy, and the key differences between waves and matter – using light and sound as examples. Practical elements include learning how to plot a graph correctly, using gradient and area.

In Chemistry, students look at atomic structure and the concept of moles. The course also covers solutions and molar calculations and explores the properties of acids and bases. Students will learn about the various types of chemical bond and look closely at chemical reactions and equations, as well as some simple kinetics and the collision theory of reactions.

Developing understanding

In Week 2, there will be ample opportunity for students to pursue their own topic of interest, and to request specific topics for their final class. Throughout, the two subjects will be closely aligned, with emphasis on how physics and chemistry interact and how topics studied in one subject can readily be applied to the other. The course establishes important exam and presentation techniques of the kind that will be expected in universities such as Oxford and Cambridge, thereby giving budding scientists a head start in their future studies. Successful scientists need curiosity, observation skills, imagination, reasoning, experimentation, enthusiasm and perseverance: this course aims to foster and encourage all of these vital traits and leave students feeling passionate about the sciences and eager to learn more.

What will you get out of the Physics and Chemistry Summer Course?

In addition to greatly furthering students' knowledge of the areas of Chemistry and Physics, and thus increasing their enthusiasm for the subjects and the depth to which they can explore them in the future, the course also aims to provide skills useful outside the laboratory. Class discussions, presentations, role plays and written work all contribute to establish an understanding of key principles, and encourage students to think broadly around the topic in order to apply transferable skills to the rest of their studies.

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

Students are expected to demonstrate a keen interest in the sciences. A background in basic scientific concepts will be expected, for example the definition of atomic number, atomic mass, conversion of energy into motion and a working understanding of waves. It is additionally necessary to be able to distinguish between what a force is and what effect it has on an object. Some knowledge of intra-molecular bonding would be ideal. An existing understanding of basic concepts will permit students to gain much from the course in terms of scientific content and study technique.

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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