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Tech and Coding Summer School
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Tech and Coding Summer School 2021

Study Tech and Coding on the campus of the world’s most prestigious universities. Live, dine and study on the campus to get an authentic taste of university life; from the historic prestige of Oxford and Cambridge in the UK, to the Ivy League excellence of Yale in the USA.

Why study Tech and Coding?

Oxford Royale Academy’s Tech and Coding Summer School courses are full of expert teaching and guidance to prepare you for a degree in Computer Science, App Development, Web Coding, Robotics or other tech courses at a higher level, and for your future career.

The ever-changing world of technology is a complex industry and this kind of head start we can offer you at Oxford Royale Academy is essential for budding coders, programmers and website developers. Through the production of websites, games and programmed robots, you will leave with valuable practical skills and an advanced tech portfolio crucial for a future career based in programming.

Our Tech and Coding Summer School is available in Oxford, Cambridge, Ascot and Uppingham. At Oxford Royale Academy you will get a unique opportunity to experience life as a tech student at one of these beautiful academic institutions in fascinating and intellectually stimulating surroundings.

Find the perfect Technology and Coding course

Coding and Robotics Summer School for Juniors (8-12)

This one-week course is designed to provide an interactive, enjoyable and thorough introduction to the world of coding.

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Robotics Summer School in Oxford

The Summer Robotics Programme is a course that introduces students to the field of Robotics, providing an insight into the science and engineering behind modern Robotics and an overview of the entire Robotics design and development process.

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iOS App Coding Summer School in Oxford

The course introduces you to the fields of computer programming and iOS mobile app development, giving you an understanding of the computer science that lies behind app development and to the processes involved in the application development life cycle (ADLC).

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Robotics - Oxford

This introductory course in robotics is based on one of the most user friendly and popular Python programmes used in practical robotics development. It is a highly practical course and will test your coding skills and practical capabilities.

5 reasons to choose the Tech and Coding Summer School

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Study in a world-famous academic institution

Our Tech and Coding summer courses take place in both stunning colleges of Oxford and Cambridge, as well as the renowned British public schools, St Mary’s School in Ascot and Uppingham School. These beautiful academic institutions make the perfect place for an ORA summer school, enabling students to explore their technological interests in culturally rich and fascinating settings. World-class teaching, intellectually stimulating surroundings and captivating content ensure that pupils will get the most out of ORA’s selection of Tech courses.

Get a head start for a future in technology

The ever-changing world of technology is a complex industry, and a head start is essential for budding coders, programmers and website developers. All of our Tech courses provide crucial skills for a future based in programming, and ensure that even our youngest students are given a valuable head start for future study and careers. Through the production of websites, games and programmed robots, students will leave with practical skills and an advanced tech portfolio.

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Gain hands-on experience in coding, robotics or developing

Across all of our Tech courses, students will receive world-class teaching and practical experience of coding, developing or programming. Hands-on experience is essential in the tech sector, and a practical comprehension of complex coding and programming techniques ensures that students are equipped with fundamental skills required for the industry. Using a variety of programming languages, software, and cutting-edge equipment, pupils have the opportunity to refine their tech skills and leave with a greater understanding of the world of tech.

Benefit from expert teaching and cutting-edge equipment

Using recently developed software and cutting-edge technology, students on our Tech courses are guaranteed to use the most advanced programming tools to improve their skills. For those interested in web coding and design, expert developers provide an insight into the world of the web, whilst our budding coders, game makers and programmers benefit from world-class teaching and practical workshops to produce functional games and robots.

Enjoy an ORA summer

A summer with ORA is an unforgettable experience, intended to create lifelong friendships between academically motivated and culturally enriched individuals. The chance for students to socialise with pupils on other courses is important, and achieved through a series of excursions, workshops and parties on campus. While academia is at the core of ORA’s courses, we believe it is important to provide a culturally enriched experience. To ensure a rounded and relaxing experience during the summer, we offer a variety of extraordinary opportunities to complement the academic curriculum, including dance lessons, safari park visits, castle excursions and sports events.

Study in the world's most prestigious universities or in top UK boarding schools

From the historic prestige of Oxford, Cambridge, and St Andrews, to the metropolitan city of London, Oxford Royale Academy's summer courses offer a taste of life at top universities. Younger students (aged 8-12) can sample life in the secure environment of a top UK boarding school

Useful Information

Information for Parents

Visit our parents page to find some useful information for parents and students about living and studying in our summer school centres. Further practical information will be made available through the ORA Portal in the months leading up to your summer school booking.

Pastoral Care

Over 15 years of delivering world-class summer programmes, we have established robust processes and structures to ensure all of our over 25,000 students have been well looked after during their stay with ORA. We pride ourselves on the exceptional levels of pastoral care we provide to our students

Medical Care and Insurance

All students must be comprehensively insured for their time with Oxford Royale Academy. Details of insurance available through ORA for our 2021 programmes will be announced in due course. If you would like further information on course insurance, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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COVID-19 Response

As members of the British Safety Council, student safety is our top priority. Our coronavirus measures go beyond the latest UK government and Public Health England guidance, and as a minimum, guarantee a number of key features.

Arrivals and Departure

Welcome to the Summer School Arrivals and Departures Hub. Here you can find all the information you need prior to departure including information about flights, transfer options and other important information regarding your arrival and departure.

What to Pack

You will receive a Welcome Pack after you enrol. Your Welcome Pack will provide a full list of what to pack and which personal items and travel documents you will bring with you when you join the programme

Summer Blogs

Check out some of the best moments from our 2019 summer school through our student blogs. Get a taste of the ORA summer school experience through the pictures and words of our students as they describe the highlights of their summer programme

Visas and Immigration

Students are responsible for obtaining their own visa prior to travelling, but can request assistance from Oxford Royale Academy if required. You can find some helpful information here

Any questions?

Check out our FAQs

How do I book a place on the course I want?

Once you have decided which course you would like to attend, you can book online using our secure booking system. Once your application has been submitted, you will be sent an email confirming that it has been received.

If you prefer, you can download an Application Form by clicking here. You can return the Application Form to us by any of these methods:

  • Scan and email to [email protected]
  • Fax to +44 (0) 845 280 01 22
  • Post to Oxford Royale Academy, Yarnton Manor, Church Lane, Kidlington, Oxford, OX5 1PY, UNITED KINGDOM.

Once your booking has been processed by one of our members of staff, you will receive email confirmation of your place on the course of your choice. A Welcome Pack will be available to download from the ORA Portal from April. If at any time you would like to discuss your booking with a course advisor, please feel free to email [email protected] or call us on +44 (0) 1865 954 800.

How do I pay for my course?

All courses require a deposit payment to secure the booking. For Summer 2021, this is £995 GBP for all two-week courses for ages 13+, and £395 for one-week courses for 8-12 years. You may either pay the full course fee when you book your place, or pay the deposit amount and then the balance at a later date. The balance clearance is required at least 60 days before the start date of the course. Where the student is booking less than 60 days before the start date, the balance must be covered in full.

New online enrolments will require a Debit or Credit Card payment of at least the deposit amount. If you would like to enrol and make your deposit payment via Bank Transfer, please contact our Admissions team, who will be happy to assist you in doing so. ([email protected])

Payments for existing enrolments can be made via a number of methods, including domestic and international bank transfer, credit or debit card, as well as local payment options; please log in to your ORA Portal and click on the ‘Pay Now’ button on your booking details.

What do my course fees include?

All course fees include the following:

  • Classes and tuition (20 taught hours per week)
  • Study files/materials
  • Guest lectures by academic speakers
  • Personalised academic reports and graduation certificate
  • Accommodation in your chosen location (see our accommodation page for the specific colleges and locations)
  • Meals in the Hall
  • Free WiFi (subject to availability)
  • Daily updates for parents and family on the ORA campus blogs
  • A wide selection of afternoon and evening activities
  • Coach excursions
  • Welcome and graduation events (parents invited)
  • A multitude of extras, including an ORA notebook and branded clothing
Will I receive a graduation certificate?

Yes, students will be awarded an Oxford Royale Academy Graduation Certificate in their chosen course upon satisfactory completion of the course. This will be presented in a graduation ceremony on the final evening of the course.

Will I have to share a room/facilities?

Most of our accommodation sites offer a mix of single and twin bedrooms, with some campuses having en-suite bedrooms available and others have shared bathroom facilities between a small group of same-sex students. If you have a particular preference for a certain room type, you can make a request on booking, which may be granted subject to availability. If a particular room type is required for medical reasons, please contact our Admissions Team who will be able to check availability on different sites, depending on the course chosen.

Sharing your room with fellow students is a great way of getting to know people and making friends.

How secure are the campuses?

All our programmes take place in a secure environment. Our students are supervised 24 hours a day by campus staff. All students must check-in regularly during the day: at roll-call at breakfast; at their morning classes; in the afternoon for lessons, workshops or activities; at dinner and in the evening before curfew. All campuses have a curfew.

Each campus office has its own safe where students may deposit items of value such as passports, travel documents, bank cards etc.

All campuses have residential staff who can be contacted 24 hours a day.

Do I need a visa to travel to the UK/US?

If your country is part of the EU or the European Economic Area you will not require a visa to enter the UK. It is always safest to check whether you need a visa with the relevant authorities.

Students attending our USA Summer Schools may be able to enter the USA on the Visa Waiver programme – we can provide individual support on request for those that do need a visa.

I want to change to another course or study option. Is this possible?

If you wish to change your course or study options (including dates), please do not hesitate to contact us. However, changes to courses are always subject to availability. For this reason, it may be more difficult for us to accommodate any changes requested less than 60 days before the course start date.

If I need to cancel my booking, will I get my money back?

Oxford Royale Academy’s terms and conditions for refunds are as follows:

Any cancellation must be received in writing and can only be on the following terms:

no refund of deposit will be made under any circumstances, once the two-week cooling-off period has concluded;
for cancellations before your course start date, the remainder of the course fees less the deposit amount will be proportionally refunded as per the table below:

Period Before Start Date Total refunded
120+ days 100%
90-119 days 50%
45-89 days 10%
0-44 days 0%
I want to attend one of your English language courses: how will you know what my level of English is and what sort of tuition I need?

All students registered to attend our English Language courses will be required to take an English Language Placement Test, which will assess the relative abilities of each student. Students are then placed into ability groups based on the results of their assessment, and the material that they study is tailored to the level of the class.

Once you have booked your place on a course we will send you information on how to take our online Placement Test. This test should take approximately one hour and should be taken by the student at least one month prior to their arrival date.

Please note that Oxford Royale Academy English courses do not cater for beginners in English.

Can I take more than one course?

It is certainly possible to take more than one course and combine a variety of study programmes. This can be done in two ways:

  • Enrol on two different programmes. For example, you may wish to have two weeks on the Broadening Horizons course and then two more weeks on the Oxford Enterprise Programme.
  • Enrol on the same programme twice, but choose different subject options. For example, you may wish to have four weeks on the New Perspectives course, choosing Creative Writing & Experimental Psychology for the first two weeks, followed by Human Biology and Physics & Chemistry for the second two weeks. Four-week courses include New Perspectives, Broadening Horizons and Oxford Summer English only.

Students staying for two consecutive sessions will be provided with accommodation for the Saturday night, and their campus will provide supervised activities between their first session ending and second session starting. Should you have any queries about how to take more than one course please do not hesitate to contact us.

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