Summer course - Introduction to Medicine (for ages 13-15)


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Program Description


This new two-week course will introduce students aged 13-15 to the exciting discipline of Medicine. With guidance from Oxford Royale Academy’s expert teachers, participants will engage in a theoretical study of human anatomy and associated topics, alongside interactive skills sessions to help them develop key competencies for their future studies, such as presentation and interpersonal skills. The key aims of the Introduction to Medicine course are to provide students with an early insight into life as a doctor and to give them a head start in the knowledge required to get there.

For students aged 16-18, ORA offers the Medical School Preparation course.

Academic Content

This course introduces students to the study of human anatomy and associated theoretical topics. It incorporates a significant practical element, giving students the opportunity to learn the basics of medical procedures and how to use medical equipment in interactive workshops.

As being a doctor also requires strong interpersonal skills to facilitate a good relationship with patients, this course will also help students develop these all-important soft skills alongside the technical theory they will learn. Students on the Introduction to Medicine course also enjoy excursions to London, where they take in sites of medical significance such as the Royal College of Surgeons’ Hunterian Museum, The Old Operating Theatre (indeed, the oldest in Europe), and The Wellcome Collection’s wide-ranging exhibition of artefacts and artworks inspired by medical progress.

Through both practical and theoretical exposure to the challenging and exciting world of studying medicine, students will get the chance to assess whether they would be suited to a medical career in the future. They will benefit from the expertise of our teaching faculty, as all teachers on this course will be qualified doctors or current students of Medicine.


Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, students will have:

  • learned the basics of anatomy and the science behind Medicine;
  • developed new skills in practical skills workshops;
  • considered and made plans for their future career paths;
  • gained a head start on the road to medical school.

Transferable Life Skills

Attendees on the Introduction to Medicine course are encouraged to work on key skills during their time with ORA. We believe that the experience of living and studying in a historically important city, away from home, enables our students to develop a suite of transferable skills that go beyond those available to students in their own school environment. Vital for future success in any career, these skills include:

  • developing strengths in independence, self-regulation, and self-assessment;
  • confidence in dealing with a wide range of new people and situations;
  • responsibility for own learning, time management, and working with others;
  • communication skills in speaking, listening and presenting effective arguments in a variety of different contexts.

Our Students

Every summer, ORA welcomes hundreds of the world’s brightest, most academically gifted students to our Oxford courses. In 2016, attendees came from 108 different nations, each bringing with them unique cultures, perspectives and stories to share with their new friends. For the Introduction to Medicine programme, students from 37 nations attended.

Our Teaching Faculty

At Oxford Royale Academy we are committed to providing our students with the most qualified and high-caliber teaching faculty available. All Oxford Royale Academy teachers are passionate about their subjects, and are looking forward to passing their knowledge on to their students this summer!

Guest Lectures and Debates

At ORA, we go the extra mile to enhance the study abroad experience of our students. As part of this, every year our dedicated Events Team organizes a series of fascinating guest lectures. Guest speakers come from a wide range of backgrounds and specialisms, including the worlds of online media, television, and academia. Our students also have the opportunity to watch and participate in a number of debates, which take place on campus. These range from formal Panel Debates involving teaching faculty and other staff, to informal discussions about current “hot topics” led by Counsellors.

Coach Excursions

The United Kingdom has a rich cultural heritage, and a course with Oxford Royale Academy is the perfect way for a young learner to explore this. All ORA courses include coach excursions to places of historical and social significance in the UK. On the 2-week Introduction to Medicine course, attendees will board the ORA coach to two such destinations. Last summer, coach excursions for students aged 13-15 included visits to the Tower of London and Cotswold Wildlife Park.

Extra-Curricular Activities

At ORA, we never forget that our students are on holiday! Included with every ORA course is an extra-curricular timetable, carefully designed by our dedicated Events Team to ensure our students have fun, make friends and get the most out of being in Oxford.

Eligibility and Pre-requisites

Students on the Introduction to Medicine programme:

  • Must conform to our Age Policy.
  • Must be fluent or near-fluent English language speakers – if you are unsure whether your English level is suitable for this programme, please contact our Registrations Team on and they will be able to assist you.
  • Must be able to fulfill the basic requirements of the programme, in terms of attendance at lessons, meals, and events. Please contact our Registrations Team for more detailed information.
  • Should check the pre-requisites of each option they select before enrolling, to ensure they possess the necessary knowledge to benefit from the subject matter discussed in the classes.
Last updated Feb 2018

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