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Cambridge Summer Courses for Ages 16-17

Cambridge Summer School for Ages 16-17

At Oxford Summer Courses, we are dedicated to nurturing young minds to chart their own academic journeys. Our tailored summer school courses provide a supportive environment where independence and critical thinking are fostered within an inclusive community. Hosted at esteemed Cambridge University Colleges like Sidney Sussex College, our Cambridge summer courses offer unparalleled opportunities for young learners aged 13-15 to explore their passions and excel in their chosen subjects. Apply now to secure your place and embark on an unforgettable Cambridge summer school experience.

Entry Requirements

To apply to join our Cambridge summer courses, learners should be aged 16-17 years old, speak English proficiently, and possess a keen interest in exploring their chosen subjects in a stimulating academic environment.

What's Included

  • All teaching, including tutorials (1 or 2 students per tutor), small group seminars (8 students or less) and skills development workshops.
  • Accommodation and breakfast every day.
  • All evening meals including those at local restaurants.
  • A Friday evening three-course formal hall.
  • A graduation ceremony.
  • All programmed visits and excursions.
  • Airport transfers.
  • Access to Oxford Summer Courses Foundations.
  • Travel and medical insurance included.
  • Welcome pack: Including an Oxford Summer Courses backpack, notebook, and water bottle.

Cambridge Courses for Ages 16-17

Tailored for young minds aged 16-17, our Cambridge summer courses at Sidney Sussex College cover a range of exciting subjects, including:

  • English Literature
  • History
  • Law
  • Leadership
  • Politics
  • Psychology
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
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Cambridge Academic Overview

  • Seminar: Tutor contact time: 12 sessions x 1.5 hrs, with a maximum class size of 8 students. Interactive sessions promote critical thinking.
  • Tutorial: Tutor contact time: 2 sessions x 1 hr per pair. Small group setting (1-2 students) for personalised feedback and discussion of work.
  • Study: Explore topics beyond seminars, conduct research, or prepare for sessions with tutor guidance.
  • Tutorial work: Weekly small group tutorial (1-2 students) with work set in advance and a submission deadline of 3 pm on Wednesday.

Cambridge Summer School Curriculum

  • Goal setting: Staff support in setting stretching goals for your time with Oxford Summer Courses and future aspirations.
  • Reflection: Time to review course goals and learning progress with staff facilitation.
  • Tutorial Q&A: Understand the role of tutorials in the Oxford and Cambridge learning model and ask questions to staff beforehand.
  • Academic skills masterclass: Workshop with students from various subjects to develop critical thinking and academic skills for university or future endeavors.
  • Future pathways: Explore future career options and strategies for advancement from expert speakers.
  • College visits: Explore a different Cambridge college.

Social and Cultural Overview

  • City tour and orientation: Staff-led tour of city highlights to help you get oriented.
  • Activities: Planned events on campus or in the city, such as sports, visits, or college events.
  • Excursion: Off-site day trip with classmates.
  • Free time: Explore the city or plan activities with friends.
  • Formal: Formal dinner at college or school with three courses.
  • Graduation: Celebrate achievements and conclude your time with Oxford Summer Courses.
  • Bop: Oxford and Cambridge term for a party or disco!

Apply Now to Oxford Summer Courses

  • Ready to embark on an unforgettable summer of learning and growth? Apply now and join us at Oxford Summer Courses.
  • Limited spaces available - don't delay!
  • Did you know that you can extend your stay with Oxford Summer Courses when you apply?
  • Did you know that we offer flexible payment options?


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