Science summer school

Science Summer School

Take your interest in science to the next level. Join our Science Summer School held on the Oxford University campus and discover, experience and prepare for your future success.

Oxford Science Summer School

Want to spend part of your summer feeling inspired about science in the historic university city of Oxford? Our science summer school can make it happen.

At Oxford Scholastica, our science summer school courses cover the full range of STEM subjects: science, technology, engineering and maths. Whether you see yourself as a future doctor or you’re interested in learning more about engineering, we have a course for you whatever stage you’re at in your education.

Our science programmes allow you to choose the area that interests you most. If you love understanding how things work, you’ll enjoy our technology courses, which focus on computer science and engineering. 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.

All our science summer schools combine classroom-based studies with practical challenges, such as diagnosing a real patient, building a bridge or launching a rocket. You’ll study alongside ambitious students from around the world, developing valuable transferable skills along the way and gaining the information you need to make the right educational choices for your future success.

Browse our Science Summer Courses

Computer Science & Coding Courses

Technology students

Discover Technology Academy (12-14 year olds)

Explore science on our Discover Technology Academy, which focuses on engineering and computer science. Develop your scientific knowledge and take on fun practical challenges such as creating a website and designing and launching a rocket.

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Experience Computer Science and Coding Academy (15-18 year olds)

Explore the constantly-evolving world of computers and artificial intelligence on our Experience Computer Science and Coding Academy. Learn the secrets of different programming languages, design and build your very own website and find out what it’s really like to work with computers as a career.

Engineering Courses

Discover technology student

Discover Technology Academy (12-14 year olds)

Explore science on our Discover Technology Academy, which focuses on engineering and computer science. Develop your scientific knowledge and take on fun practical challenges such as creating a website and designing and launching a rocket.

Engineering students

Experience Engineering Academy (15-18 year olds)

Curious about how things work? Then our Experience Engineering Academy Science summer school could be just the course for you. You’ll spend your time learning all about the different branches of engineering, putting your new knowledge to the test by taking on the challenge of building your own engine and hydraulics system.

Engineering students

Engineering Preparation Academy (15-18 year olds)

Planning to apply for an engineering degree? Whichever branch of engineering you want to study, our Engineering Preparation Academy will help you decide which course is right for you. You’ll take part in university-level engineering projects and find out how to prepare a successful application.

Medicine Courses

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Discover Medicine Academy (12-14 year olds)

If you see yourself as a future doctor, our Discover Medicine Academy will show you what it’s really like to study and practise medicine. You’ll meet real-life doctors and patients, and gain hands-on clinical experience by taking part in challenges such as interpreting X-rays and trying your hand at dissection.

High school summer Science students in class

Experience Medicine Academy (15-18 year olds)

From learning how to perform CPR to meeting real-life doctors and patients, our Experience Medicine Academy gives you a fascinating insight into the work of a doctor. You’ll gain an understanding of different specialities within medicine and find out whether it’s the right course for you on our science summer school.

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Medicine Preparation Academy (16-18 year olds)

Prepare yourself for future success by joining our Medicine Preparation Academy, a summer course designed for high school students aiming to apply to medical school. You’ll practise mock-clinical exams and learn how to make your application stand out in this competitive field.

Mathematics Courses

Maths students

Experience Mathematics Academy (15-18 year olds)

Our Mathematics course gives you the chance to explore an exciting range of different mathematics topics – from calculus to number theory and analysis. In addition, you’ll have the chance to learn about the vast number of ways in which mathematics can be applied to different fields – from medicine to economics. You’ll also be able to put your brain to the test in our maths challenge.

Psychology & Neuroscience Courses

Psychology students

Experience Psychology & Neuroscience Academy (15-18 year olds)

What makes you individual? What’s the connection between language and thought? These are among the big questions you’ll consider on our Experience Psychology & Neuroscience Academy – an intriguing introduction to the workings of the human mind and perfect if you’re thinking about potentially studying psychology or neuroscience at university.

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

Get the Oxford Experience

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The Best SCiENCE Courses

High school summer science 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

Science summer school courses designed to help you discover, experience and prepare for a successful future

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Get the Oxford Experience

Delivered on the prestigious Oxford University campus

Science Summer School Testimonials

I really spent an awesome summer learning and having great fun! The course itself (Computer Science & Coding Academy in my case) has taught me so much considering it has only been two weeks. The course has given me a good overview of the topic, but also going into detail on the important things. The other activities were a blast of fun from punting on the river to the Debating Masterclass (my personal favourite). I had a great time there and can only recommend coming to OSA!

Ruben Pfeiffer

Germany, Experience Computer Science & Coding 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 Science Summer School?

Whatever your scientific interests, our Science Summer School courses give you the knowledge you need to make an informed choice on which subject is right for you to pursue at university and beyond. All our science courses give you:

  • Expert teaching from a team of predominantly Oxbridge-educated tutors
  • Study programmes that mix classroom-based learning with practical challenges, as well as introducing you to real-life ‘Heroes’ working in your chosen field
  • Subject-specific knowledge to help you get ahead in your chosen discipline. We have a proven track record of preparing thousands of middle school and high school students for future success 
  • Transferable skills that universities and employers look for in applicants, which will be of use to you whichever subject you end up applying for, such as the ability to work effectively with others, critical thinking and analytical skills.

What can you expect from our Science Summer School?

Join us on our Science Summer School for middle school and high school students and you can pursue the subject you’re most interested in, choosing from maths, engineering, medicine and technology. You can expect:

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Hands-on practical challenges relevant to your chosen subject, such as learning how to use a stethoscope, building an engine or creating a website

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Insights into what it’s like studying a scientific subject at university, with expert teaching from our team of top tutors

Science summer courses students in class

The chance 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

High school summer Science Hero

The opportunity 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

Debate at Science summer school

For older students, guidance on choosing the right university and preparing a strong application that stands out from the crowd on our science summer school

Science Summer School meeting

Helping you to decide on the best university course for you, and equipping you with excellent subject knowledge and experiences which will be invaluable for university applications

Science summer courses students studying

Help with working out what scientific direction you want to take your education and career in, through our fully accredited courses

Student networks

The chance to learn about research at the cutting edge of your scientific field, and take part in your own projects.

Science summer courses students at graduation

The chance to graduate in a formal Graduation Ceremony held at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School on completion of your science summer course

You’ll spend two or four weeks being taught on the world-famous Oxford University campus. Whatever stage you’re at in your education, and whichever branch of science captures your imagination, you’ll find the right science summer course for you here at Oxford Scholastica.

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

  • Our first-class team of tutors will teach you in small, dynamic classes inspired by the university style of teaching
  • Learning and socialising on the Oxford University campus, you’ll experience life as an Oxford student and you’ll get to try fun Oxford activities, such as punting, in your free time
  • Whichever subject you choose, you can expect to start developing university-level ways of thinking, engaging with challenging concepts as well as trying your hand at practical projects
  • Studying alongside like-minded students from around the world, you’ll start to build your future professional network

Why study science?

Graduates of our Science Summer School often go on to apply for a scientific subject at university, but what are the benefits they’ll be receiving by studying science and pursuing a scientific career?

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Science has unlimited real-world applications

Whichever branch of it you pursue, studying science gives you the opportunity to work in fields devoted to furthering knowledge and improving the world around you – whether that’s the fight against disease or the challenge of finding more sustainable ways of living.

You’ll have a huge number of career options

Studying science means you’ll have a virtually limitless choice of careers open to you, with excellent graduate prospects – whether they’re directly related to your degree (such as becoming an engineer or doctor) or another line of work that makes use of the finely tuned analytical and problem-solving skills you’ll develop as a science student.

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Science summer school students at graduation

You’ll be intellectually challenged

Every scientific discipline presents intellectual challenges, whether you end up studying and working in engineering, delivering new advances in machine learning or saving lives in the operating theatre. What’s more, with knowledge being advanced all the time, you’ll continually need to stay abreast of the latest developments in your field.

Work in an ever-changing field

Advances are constantly being made in every scientific field, whether it’s the development of a new treatment or a more efficient building technique. Science is the perfect career for lifelong learners, and anyone keen to stay up-to-date with cutting edge research.

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Find the perfect degree for you

Whatever your specific interests, the sheer range of science degrees available mean you’re likely to find something you’ll love.

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Meet Science Students from Around the World

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

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

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

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

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Inspected and Accredited

Our science 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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