Experience Engineering Academy

(for ages 15 to 18)

Are you fascinated by how things work? This course is your perfect introduction to the world of engineering. You’ll gain insights into key concepts and get an authentic taste of what it’s like to study Engineering at university.

You’ll achieve all of this while studying and socialising on the historic Oxford University campus, being taught by the very best tutors and making friends with students from all over the world.

Students looking at a bridge they've built in the academic challenge at the Oxford Scholastica Experience Engineering Academy

Key Facts

Location: University of Oxford campus
Ages: 15–18
Class size: Maximum 15 students
Fees: £6,995
Length: 2 weeks
Dates: 30th June-13th July, 14th-27th July, 28th July-10th August 2024
Receive: Graduation Certificate & Letter of Recommendation


Our courses combine tutorial-style teaching with practical challenges and debates. Small class sizes and expert tutors help you dive deep into your chosen subject area.

By joining our Experience Engineering Academy, you’ll get to:

  • Learn key engineering concepts such as hydraulics, pneumatics and the maths behind engineering from expert tutors who’ve studied at leading universities such as Oxford and Cambridge.
  • Meet a successful young engineering professional and learn their lessons of success.
  • Put your creativity, technical knowledge and teamwork skills to the test in our Bridge Building Challenge – you’ll apply what you’ve learned in your classes and use your resourcefulness in this competition to design and build the best possible bridge.
  • Develop skills in high demand by universities and employers, such as public speaking, critical thinking and teamwork, via our Masterclasses.
  • Build your global professional network by meeting students from all over the world and joining our alumni community.
  • Attend our Graduation Ceremony at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School, and get a Graduation Certificate and personalised Letter of Recommendation from your tutor.
Student looking through VR goggles at the Oxford Scholastica Experience Engineering Academy


What better way to learn about a career than to talk to someone who’s living it? Our Heroes programme invites you to meet a successful young professional who has gone on to build a career related to engineering. You’ll be able to:

  • Learn more about what a day in their life looks like
  • Understand more about the cutting edge aspects of the sector that they work in, and hear their top career tips
  • Ask them your burning questions about their university experience and career path


Challenges are one of the most exciting parts of our programme! Halfway through our Experience Engineering Academy, you’ll be given the chance to put your skills to the test during our Bridge Building Challenge. It’s certainly not the only practical activity you’ll do on your course – the course is full of opportunities to apply your skills – but for many of our students, it’s their highlight! You’ll get to:

  • Apply what you’ve learned in your classes and use your resourcefulness, engineering knowledge and creativity to design and build the best possible bridge you can.
  • Put your teamwork skills to the test!
  • Demonstrate your understanding of engineering principles as you apply your theoretical understanding of engineering to a practical task. Will you be on the winning team?
Mentor teaching students for the Oxford Scholastica Acaademy Experience Engineering Academy

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Course programme

Course Outline

During our Experience Engineering Academy, you’ll cover a range of challenging topics across nine classroom sessions.

Class 1: Discover Aerodynamics

Explore the principles of aerodynamics, focusing on the origins of lift and drag.

Class 2: Explore Electronics

Study the application of electricity and electromagnetism in making machines work.

Class 3: Pneumatic Systems

Explore the principles of pneumatic systems.

Class 4: Thermodynamic Cycles

Explore the role of thermodynamic cycles in engines.

Class 5: The Maths Behind Engineering

Understand the maths and mathematical skills which underpin engineering.

Class 6: Build an Engine

Design and build your own engine.

Class 7: Pin-jointed Structures

Consider the design of pin-jointed structures.

Class 8: Hydraulic Systems

Explore the principles of hydraulic systems.

Class X
Your final class is based on your tutor’s personal expertise in the field, focusing on cutting-edge research that they’re passionate about.

Please note this course outline may be subject to change.

More information

Want to know more about attending our Experience Engineering Academy? Learn about what your schedule will look like, where you’ll stay, our entry requirements and some of the fun activities that will round out your academic experience.

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