Oxford Science Summer School

Take your exploration of science to the next level. Join our Science Summer School in Oxford, or online, to experience what studying science is like, and develop the confidence and knowledge to put you ahead of the curve – in preparation for university and beyond.

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Get excited about science

Get excited about science

At Oxford Scholastica, our science summer school courses cover the full range of STEM subjects: science, technology, engineering and maths. All of your learning takes place in the historic city of Oxford – a global centre of innovation.

Learn from world-class science tutors.

Learn from world-class science tutors

Whether you see yourself as a future doctor or you’re interested in learning more about engineering, we have a course for you. Our Oxford science summer programmes allow you to choose the area that interests you most.

Be inspired.

Be inspired

If you love understanding how things work, you’ll enjoy our computer science and engineering courses. If you’re interested in the workings of the human body and see yourself applying to medical school, you’ll find lots of invaluable insights on our medicine courses. If it’s the mind that fascinates you, our psychology courses should be right up your street.

Get the Scholastica experience.

Get the Scholastica experience

You’ll study alongside ambitious students from around the world, developing essential skills and gaining the information you need to make the best choices about your future. And you’ll achieve all of this while enjoying everything that the magical city of Oxford has to offer.

Browse our Oxford Summer Science Courses

Our Oxford science summer programmes are two weeks long and are held on the famous Oxford University campus. Whether you’ve studied aspects of the subject before, or are totally new to it, our Science Summer School offers a perfect course to suit your needs.

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In Oxford | 12-14 Year Olds

Discover Technology

Are you fascinated by rockets and robots? Do you love playing with computers? On this technology summer course, you’ll learn how websites are built using different coding languages, design a rocket using practical applications of maths and physics, and build your own hydraulics system.

In Oxford | 12-14 Year Olds

Discover Medicine

If you’re interested in health care and helping people, this summer medicine course is for you. Alongside theory, you’ll look at X-rays, discuss real clinical cases, and learn about recent and future advances in medical techniques and research.

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In Oxford | 15-18 Year Olds

Experience Computer Science & Coding

If you’re fascinated by computers and information technology, this computer science summer course is a great option. You’ll develop your knowledge of programming languages and put your skills to the test by designing a website. You’ll also learn about the development of computing throughout history and explore the future of Artificial Intelligence.

In Oxford | 15-18 Year Olds

Experience Engineering

If you love understanding how things work and exploring individual components of machines and structures, there’s a good chance you’re considering engineering as an area of study. On this engineering summer course, you’ll explore the differences between mechanical, civil and electrical engineering — and build your very own engine.

Students building a design during an Oxford Scholastica Experience Engineering summer school.
A student giving oxygen to a patient during a practical session at an Oxford Scholastica summer school.

In Oxford | 15-18 Year Olds

Experience Medicine

Curious to explore the field of medicine and see what it’s like to be a doctor? This course is designed to give students a deeper understanding of different specialties and medical ethics. You’ll also get hands-on experience with both clinical tasks and doctor-patient communication skills.

In Oxford | 15-18 Year Olds

Experience Psychology & Neuroscience

Fascinated by the human mind, thought and behaviour? If you’re thinking of studying psychology, this course will give you a great head start. You’ll learn how to define and measure personality, explore the connection between language and thought, and start to better understand social psychology and human interaction. You’ll also learn practical research skills.

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Browse our Online Science Courses

Drawing on the Oxford Scholastica Academy’s years of experience of running world-class summer schools, our online science courses combine the city of Oxford’s spirit of excellence with the very best in future-focused learning.

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Online Courses | 12-14 Year Olds


On this exciting course, you’ll be introduced to some of the most important concepts in Engineering and Engineering — and you’ll learn how to build your own website! With your tutor and classmates, you’ll also explore how the practical applications of Maths and Physics work in the real world.

On this course, you’ll explore:

  • Electronics
  • Photonic systems (the science of light)
  • Coding in HTML and CSS
  • How to build your own website


Online Courses | 12-14 Year Olds


If you’re aged 12-14 and have an interest in Medicine, this course is for you! You’ll learn about human anatomy, the systems of the body and common diseases. With your classmates and your tutor, you’ll discuss what makes a great doctor and how to talk sensitively to patients. Finally, you’ll get to meet some real patients, learn about their medical history and their symptoms, and try to diagnose their conditions.

On this course, you’ll learn about:

  • Human Anatomy
  • The Respiratory and Cardiovascular Systems
  • Taking a Medical History
  • Common Diseases and Symptoms


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Online Courses | 15-18 Year Olds


Does the world of engineering spark your interest? Guided by an expert tutor, you’ll explore key introductory engineering topics and work together to design your own models. You’ll learn how to apply Mathematics and Physics to solve problems, and learn how to stand out in future university applications. You’ll also get to participate in a Q&A with a software engineer.

On this course, you’ll cover:

  • Maths for engineers
  • Material efficiencies and construction
  • HTML for building websites
  • Building a tower from limited materials – and then building a website to advertise it!


Online Courses | 15-18 Year Olds

Computer Science & Coding

Interested in learning to code? Python is widely regarded as an excellent first language to learn. This course will help you develop a functional level of ability in programming in Python, supported by independent coding projects. To further your knowledge, you’ll look more deeply at technical and practical topics in Computer Science.

On this course, you’ll cover:

  • Programming in Python
  • Building a website
  • The history and future of computing
  • The applications and potential of Artificial Intelligence


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A doctor in scrubs.

Online Courses | 15-18 Year Olds


Are you keen to expand your knowledge of what medicine is really like and prepare for life as a potential medical student? Working individually and in small groups, you’ll learn about the practical and theoretical aspects of medicine, and the most important systems of the body. You’ll also get to meet a psychiatric patient, take their medical history, and attempt to diagnose their symptoms — an experience that will help you stand out on future medical school applications.

On this course, you’ll cover:

  • Systems of the body, including the cardiovascular and respiratory systems
  • The brain and the mind, including psychiatric disorders
  • Medical ethics: is there a moral difference between withdrawing and withholding treatment?
  • A personal research project, which you’ll present to your peers


Online Courses | 15-18 Year Olds

Psychology & Neuroscience

Are you fascinated by the human mind, behaviour and relationships? Do you ask questions like, “What makes a person who they are?” This course will introduce you to key concepts, such as attachment theory, love, language and personality. You’ll also design and carry out a personal research experiment, write up your findings in a paper, and present to your peers.

On this course, you’ll cover:

  • Love and attachment
  • Memory and intelligence
  • Language and thought
  • Imaging the brain


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Online Internships | 15-18 Year Olds

Science Internships

If you’re interested in studying Science or becoming a doctor, psychologist or engineer, an academic research Internship with Oxford Scholastica is the perfect way to get the work experience you need.

Guided by your Mentor, an academic researcher, you’ll collaborate with interns from around the globe. You’ll co-author a research paper on a cutting edge scientific topic for publication in an academic journal.

You’ll conclude the internship having gained hard-to-find work experience, as well as a Letter of Recommendation.

Students from up to 85 different nationalities chose to experience our science courses last year:

9 out of 10 said our science summer courses were one of the most memorable summers of their life

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

94% of students said they had a greater certainty over their future academic and career choices

Why choose one of our Oxford Science summer school programmes?

The Best Courses

We’ve designed our high school summer science courses to stimulate, stretch and challenge you – regardless of your existing subject knowledge.

The Best People

Your science course will be taught by tutors that are current or former students and faculty of world-class institutions such as Oxford and Cambridge Universities.

Your Future Success

Our science summer school is designed to help you discover, experience and prepare for a successful future personally, academically and professionally.

Be Inspired by Oxford

You’ll be taught science in the inspirational city of Oxford, where many world-famous scientists work and scientific discoveries have been found.

Science Summer School Testimonials

It has been an honor to be able to participate in OSO’s Medicine Course. It has given me the opportunity and competitive advantage to prepare for college and immerse myself in the field of science, health, and medicine.


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Philippines, Medicine

The Psychology Internship was an amazing experience that challenged me and taught me how to think out of the box. I learned so much about the subject, and am looking forward to taking similar courses in the future!


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China, Psychology

I really enjoyed my course! It was a great new experience and it was a big help in preparing for future science and medical courses. Thank you to Oxford Scholastica!


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USA, Medicine

What You’ll Get From Our Science Courses

Whether you’re interested in exploring more about your subject, or are keen to pursue a science-related course at university, this summer school is for you. You can expect:

  • To take part in hands-on practical challenges relevant to your chosen subject, such as learning how to use a stethoscope, building an engine or creating a website
  • To gain insights into what it’s like studying a scientific subject at university, with expert teaching from our team of top tutors
  • To meet people who are already working in your chosen profession, who’ll answer all your questions on what it’s really like to pursue a career in medicine, engineering and other science-related jobs
  • To begin building your professional network made up of ambitious fellow students from all over the world, and to join our community of Oxford Scholastica Academy alumni
  • For older students, guidance on choosing the right university and preparing a strong application that stands out from the crowd
  • Guidance to enable you to decide on the best university course for you, and knowledge and experiences which will be invaluable for university applications
  • Help with working out what scientific direction you want to take your education and career in, through our fully accredited courses
  • To learn about research at the cutting edge of your scientific field, and take part in your own projects
  • To graduate in a formal Graduation Ceremony

Get an Authentic University Experience

We believe that learning should be interactive and fun, and this belief fuels our approach to teaching. As a student on one of our courses you’ll:
College-style teaching

You’ll learn in small, dynamic classes just as you would be at top UK universities. You’ll be taught by our first-class teaching faculty thereby ensuring you have the very best science summer school experience.

University-style independence

You’ll have the opportunity to study,  socialise and take part in legendary activities such as punting. You’ll have the opportunity to meet and make friends with ambitious students like you from all over the world.

Real-world skills

You’ll leave equipped with key skills for the future – like public speaking, how to prepare for your future career and how to bounce back from failure – thanks to our Masterclass programme.

Reserve Your Spot Today

Ready for a life-changing educational experience? Apply in minutes and reserve a spot for Oxford's #1 rated summer school or our online programmes.