Engineering at Oxford College
Oxford College | Ages 16 - 17
Discover the world of engineering in our immersive two-week programme at our prestigious College Summer Schools. Designed for those with a keen interest in engineering, this course promises an exhilarating journey into the heart of the subject.
Throughout the course, you will focus on a variety of topics, ranging from robotics to aeronautics. We will explore the future of engineering together and investigate the challenges that the engineers of tomorrow await. But it doesn’t stop there!
Engage in lively discussions with guest speakers, showcase your newfound expertise in our Time To Shine Ceremony, present innovative solutions to engineering challenges to your peers, and hone essential interpersonal skills in a lively and enjoyable learning environment. Prepare to embark on a transformative journey that will leave you inspired, informed and ready to shape the future of engineering!
✔ 25 hours of subject-specific academic content per week with an experienced subject tutor, delivered through interactive seminars and hands-on practical workshops
✔ Opportunities to apply and share this knowledge with your peers through dynamic group projects, culminating in the end-of-the-week Time to Shine Ceremony
✔ An action-packed programme of guest speakers and industry experiences each week designed to give you first-hand insight into your chosen field
✔ Dedicated academic coaching sessions designed to support you in applying for a UK university, whether that’s writing a personal statement or preparing for a presentation
✔ Numerous opportunities throughout your academic program to develop your English language skills, whether that’s building vocabulary to talk about your subject, or developing your speaking skills to present your Time To Shine project
Subject + skills + language = success
At the core of our student-centered academic approach is a commitment to nurturing not just your subject knowledge, but also your communication, critical thinking, and collaboration skills through interactive lectures, dynamic seminars, and hands-on practical workshops.
We also emphasise the development of your public speaking and teamwork through group work and our Time to Shine projects. And finally, our programme of engaging guest speakers and industry experiences brings real-world relevance to your learning. This immersive learning journey will empower you with the skills you need for success in the 21st century.
Over the course of this two-week programme, you will:
In this foundational module, students will immerse themselves in the exciting world of engineering. They’ll gain a solid understanding of fundamental engineering principles and concepts, including mechanics, materials science, and electrical circuits. Through hands-on experiments and projects, students will explore how these principles are applied to solve real-world engineering challenges. This module sets the stage for a deeper dive into the field of engineering.
Module 2 focuses on hands-on engineering design and prototyping. Students will apply the knowledge gained in the first module to conceive, plan, and build their own engineering projects. They will work in teams to design and prototype solutions to specific engineering problems, from building structures to creating electronic devices. Throughout this module, students will develop essential skills in problem-solving, critical thinking, and teamwork while gaining practical experience in engineering project management.
In this forward-thinking module, students will explore cutting-edge engineering innovations and future trends. They’ll delve into emerging fields such as renewable energy, sustainable design, and robotics. Through interactive workshops, discussions, and exposure to industry experts, students will gain insights into how engineering is driving innovation and shaping the world. They’ll also have the opportunity to envision their own engineering solutions for the challenges of tomorrow, fostering creativity and forward-looking thinking.
Develop your public speaking skills. Share your passion. Inspire your classmates.
Today, giving great presentations are a vital skill for achieving academic and professional success. Our programmes reflect this by having the ‘art of presenting’ at the heart of their content, and allow you to discover new confidence when using English in public situations.
It’s more than just a chance to enhance your public speaking skills, though; it’s an opportunity for you to share your passion and subject knowledge with your fellow classmates. Through your presentations, you will become sources of inspiration, and encourage others to delve deeper into your subject.
Find out more about the Time To Shine aspect of our academic programme here.
Over the two-week programme, you will participate in two Time To Shine Projects.
Week One: Engineering Design Challenge
In the first week’s “Time to Shine” project, students will tackle an Engineering Design Challenge. They will work in teams to solve a real-world engineering problem, such as designing a sustainable energy-efficient building, creating a water purification system, or constructing a robotic vehicle for specific tasks. Students will go through the entire engineering design process, from problem identification and research to prototyping and testing. This project promotes creativity, problem-solving, teamwork, and practical engineering skills.
Week Two: Engineering Innovation Showcase
In the second week’s “Time to Shine” project, students will organise an Engineering Innovation Showcase. Each team will focus on a specific engineering innovation or emerging technology, such as 3D printing, renewable energy, or artificial intelligence. Students will research, develop prototypes, and create informative presentations and exhibits to showcase their chosen innovation. The showcase will be open to the school community, allowing students to share their discoveries and insights into the future of engineering. This project encourages innovation, presentation skills, and a deeper understanding of the role of engineering in shaping our world.
|Start Date||End Date||Duration||Price|
|Sunday 30th June 2024||Saturday 13th July 2024||2 Weeks||£5,995|
|Sunday 30th June 2024||Saturday 27th July 2024||4 Weeks||£11,990|
|Sunday 14th July 2024||Saturday 27th July 2024||2 Weeks||£5,995|
|Sunday 14th July 2024||Saturday 10th August 2024||4 Weeks||£11,990|
|Sunday 28th July 2024||Saturday 10th August 2024||2 Weeks||£5,995|
*Earlscliffe fee includes return transfers to/from London Heathrow and London Gatwick for flights/trains scheduled to arrive/depart between 9am-3pm on published arrival and departure day.
For other locations, we provide all our students with the option of using our Shared Transfer Service from/to London Heathrow Airport and St. Pancras International. The fees are:
|SBC at Twyford School||£130.00||£250.00|
|Earlscliffe||Included in fees*||Included in fees*|
When a student arrives, an SBC staff member wearing a bright yellow t-shirt will be waiting to greet her/him and accompany them to our Welcome Club. At our Airport Welcome Club, she/he will have the chance to meet other students arriving, have some light refreshments and relax. After a little rest, students will be accompanied by students and SBC staff to board the coach and be taken directly to the school in a private coach.
The Shared Transfer Service can be used by students using the following flight and train times:
Flight lands on arrival day: 06:00-17:00
Flight take-off time on departure day: 08:00-18:00
The times outlined above also apply to students arriving and departing from Kings Cross St. Pancras train station.
If you book a flight outside of these times or to/from another UK airport, we can look at sending a staff member in a taxi to collect or drop off your child, but it will cost more than the Shared Transfer Service. Quotes are available upon request.
If you book a train or flight outside of these times or from another London airport, please contact your Admissions Manager for a private taxi quote. Please note this will cost more than our Shared Transfer Service from Heathrow, Kings Cross St. Pancras (& Gatwick for Earlscliffe students)
Flights must be booked on the arrival and departure dates so that all students can arrive and depart the course at the correct times.
Although the course is fairly demanding, our tutors are trained in delivering lessons to mixed ability classes. Depending on the group’s level of English and ability to absorb new material, our teaching staff can adapt according to the needs of our students.
For this course, participants must have a B1 level and above.
Yes. Each student is awarded with a certificate during our graduation ceremony at the end of the course.
A variety of SBC handouts are provided to students, all of which were made by our own academic team.
It would be helpful for students to bring their own pens. They are provided with notebooks and folders.
It is not necessary to read anything prior to the lessons starting, however it would be helpful for students to continue improving their English if they feel it would be helpful.
Nikolaos had an inspirational program helping him decide for his future studies with personal advice from his teachers! He came back full of confidence to choose his future studies in The UK!
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