Mathematics summer school

Mathematics Summer School

Your successful future in maths starts here. Join our Mathematics Summer School held on the Oxford University campus and take your maths to the next level.

Oxford Mathematics Summer School

If you’re fascinated by numbers and how maths can be used to explain the world around us, you’ll enjoy spending two weeks of your summer immersed in the world of maths amidst the dreaming spires of Oxford University. Our mathematics summer school takes a deep dive into this challenging subject, developing your skills and giving you an insight into what it’s like to study maths at university and beyond.

Our mathematics summer school course for high school students enables you to explore a variety of mathematical concepts through both classroom discussion and practical challenges. From algebra to artificial intelligence, this course tackles complex mathematical ideas in an engaging way. 

During your time with us, you’ll get to quiz people who’ve studied and built successful careers in maths-related fields. You’ll leave Oxford with greater knowledge about what it’s like to study maths at university, as well as a host of new friends from around the world. The skills you’ll develop will also be useful for whatever field you want to go into in the future, be it mathematics or another subject.

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Experience Mathematics (15-18 year olds)

Explore the various branches of mathematics on our Experience Mathematics Academy course. From learning about calculus to debating the future of artificial intelligence, this course takes a look at how maths can be used to understand the world. You’ll put your new maths knowledge to the test by taking on practical challenges such as code-breaking and building an engine.

The Best Courses, The Best People, Your Future Success:

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The Best Mathematics Courses

High school summer maths courses designed to stimulate, stretch and challenge you – whatever your subject knowledge

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The Best People

Taught by tutors from world-class institutions such as Oxford and Cambridge Universities

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Your future SUCCESS

A Mathematics summer school designed to help you discover, experience and prepare for a successful future

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Delivered on the prestigious Oxford University campus

Mathematics Summer School Testimonials

This experience was so incredible that I don’t think I’ll ever forget it; I can honestly say it was one of the best summers of my life and a truly life-changing experience. Haikal, my maths tutor, encouraged all of us to try our best and showed us what maths at uni is really like. This was incredibly useful as there’s a large difference between maths at school and maths at uni. Combining these lessons with the support of all the staff at OSA, especially the Activity Coordinators who were students themselves, gave me the courage to apply to study maths at uni. The whole setup of the camp gave me a great feel for what studying in Britain would be like, so when I started my mathematics course at the University of Bath, I felt prepared in a way that others weren’t. The amazing multicultural environment at OSA was also fantastic, the small group of students meant that we ended up feeling like a family by the end of it and four years later, I’m still in touch with students across the world. Thank you OSA for such an incredible experience! I loved it so much!

Jessie Hewison

Germany, Experience Mathematics Academy

It just surpassed our expectations in every way – pre-attendance organisation, facilities, high level of the programme, challenging course, interesting and diverse attendees from all around the world, dedicated creative teachers, great balance of time working and time for personal endeavors and friend making, supportive staff, teamwork oriented, family-like atmosphere, caring and nurturing environment, academically and personally challenging, true college campus experience…in short, just exceeded all expectations.
Bill & Tanya Mateo

Russia, Parents of Paulina

I have taught with Oxford Scholastica for a number of years and am consistently impressed by the excellent experience students are offered. As both a former teacher and university admissions advisor at a leading UK school, I can say with confidence that OSA students are offered an invaluable opportunity to explore what really interests them, and prepare for their path to university. It really does give students an advantage.

Jo Cruse

Tutor, and former teacher at leading UK school

Why choose our Oxford Mathematics Summer School?

Whether you’re still trying to narrow down your options for university or already know that maths is your chosen subject, you’ll get the information you need to make the right decisions for your education when you come on our Oxford mathematics summer school. Choosing our mathematics summer course offers you:

  • Top quality maths teaching from our predominantly Oxbridge-educated tutors
  • An intellectually challenging study programme that combines classroom-based learning with exciting practical projects, such as building an engine or taking on a code-breaking escape room; you’ll also meet a real mathematician
  • A fascinating introduction to the major components of mathematics, such as algebra, calculus, geometry and mechanics, giving you an insight into what it’s like studying these subjects at university. You’ll also explore how maths is used in subjects like economics at our summer school, and be given a real taste of what being a maths undergraduate would be like. We have a proven track record of preparing thousands of high school students for future success
  • The opportunity to work on crucial transferable skills that will stand you in good stead for applying for university and future jobs, such as strong teamwork and critical thinking.

What can you expect from our Mathematics Summer School?

On our mathematics summer courses for high school students, you’ll get the insights you need for future success. You can look forward to:

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An intellectually stimulating introduction to mathematics and insights into what it’s like to study and work with maths, through our fully accredited mathematics course

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A flavour of life as a mathematics student, including classes with our predominantly Oxbridge-educated maths staff

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Meeting someone who’s studied maths at university and built a successful career working in a maths-related field

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Getting to know like-minded students from all over the world, and joining our community of Oxford Scholastica Academy alumni

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Finding out about the various interesting ways you could earn a living with a mathematics degree under your belt

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A programme of learning that mixes classroom-based study with practical challenges that help bring maths to life and give you a flavour of how maths can be used beyond the textbooks

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Taking on fun challenges to bring your new maths knowledge to life, such as taking part in a code-breaking escape room or building an engine

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Discovering your options for studying a maths degree at university, and gaining insights into what universities look for in prospective maths students

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Graduating in a formal Graduation Ceremony held at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School when you’ve completed your mathematics course

You’ll spend two weeks studying on the prestigious Oxford University campus, absorbing a multitude of new mathematical knowledge and ideas. Whether it’s your first time thinking about maths at this level, or you’re already keen to pursue a mathematics degree at university, you’re sure to find our mathematics summer school interesting and engaging.

How does our Mathematics Summer School programme offer you an authentic university experience?

  • Led by expert maths tutors, our small classes are inspired by the university style of teaching
  • You’ll be eased into university-level thinking on a range of challenging mathematical concepts – our mathematics summer school will give you an excellent taste of what life would be like as a maths undergraduate
  • You’ll get a flavour of life as a mathematics student, studying and socialising on the Oxford University campus and spending your free time trying out fun Oxford activities, such as punting
  • Your peers are other ambitious students from around the world, and they’ll form the beginning of an international professional network that you might want to call on in the future

Why study mathematics?

Many of our mathematics summer school graduates decide to pursue maths at university and build careers that put their maths skills to good use. So why should you study maths? These are just some of the benefits of taking on this challenging subject:

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Maths helps explain the world and drive human achievement

Maths helps scientists explain the world around us, including predicting how the world might change in the future. It was maths that got us to the Moon – what future achievements might you be able to contribute to using your mathematics knowledge?

Keep your options open

While mathematics is an academic discipline in its own right, it also underpins numerous other scientific fields, such as physics and chemistry. This means that studying on a maths summer school while you’re in high school keeps your options open when it comes to applying for scientific degrees.

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Mathematics summer school students at graduation

Gain lots of transferable skills

Studying maths helps hone numerous transferable skills that can be applied to any discipline, such as problem-solving, analytical skills and the use of logic.

Numerous career options

From careers with direct maths applications, such as accounting or finance, to any career that requires sharp logic and problem-solving skills, such as software development, a maths degree gives you a limitless range of possible career paths.

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Meet Mathematics Students from Around the World

This past summer, students from 85 different nationalities chose to experience our maths summer school:

out of 10 students said our mathematics summer courses were one of the most memorable summers of their life

out of 10 students said that our high school summer mathematics courses gave them greater certainty about their future direction

out of 10 parents said they would recommend our mathematics summer courses to other parents

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Inspected and Accredited

Our mathematics summer courses have been independently accredited by the British Accreditation Council as a short course provider for Independent Further and Higher Education. The BAC have assessed our teaching quality, pastoral care, and overall standards.

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