For a better future
Throughout the Computer Science summer course for 13-15-year-olds, you will learn the foundations of Computer Science, reside at a Cambridge University College, and develop new computing skills whilst working through a carefully constructed syllabus. You will gain a better understanding of the history and trends within computer science, as well as gain practical insight into programming, data, and networks. Learn programming languages such as Python, and explore fascinating topics such as Robotics, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence.
Cambridge is internationally renowned for its academic excellence, its beautiful college architecture and its prestigious and rich history. Your time at our school includes experiencing living in actual student accommodation in historic University of Cambridge colleges.
St. Catharine's College
Sidney Sussex College
-13 nights accommodation in a central college of the University of Cambridge or Oxford
-Breakfast and dinner in College Hall
-Accommodation in an individual bedroom
-40 hours of academic sessions from Oxford University and Cambridge University tutors
-Carefully designed study and lecture materials
-Mentor programme and access to support material
-All excursions- including formal dinner at Cambridge/Oxford colleges, punting, croquet
-Comprehensive summer school insurance
-2 coach excursions including a trip to London
-Graduation ceremony and certificate
-Detailed evaluation written by tutor
-Notebook and pen
-Mentor family photograph
-Free premium membership to UniPrepare's 'Nurture' plan
-Comprehensive summer school insurance
Outside of lessons, we are proud to offer a busy and diverse social programme to help you get the most out of your time in Cambridge. This includes activities such as punting on the River Cam, zorb football and a murder mystery night in the college. There are also two excursions during the programme, one day trip to visit Oxford and its constituent colleges, as well as an optional day out in London, seeing the city’s most famous landmarks as well as some free time for shopping. Those who choose not to travel to London are invited to afternoon tea in Cambridge. Activities and excursions are run by our team of friendly mentors – whose main job is to maximise your enjoyment.
All participants attending our Cambridge/Oxford programmes will reside in central colleges of Cambridge/Oxford University.
All rooms are single occupancy with shared bathroom facilities, typically at a one bathroom ratio per four participants. Some ensuite facilities are available, with priority given to participants with additional needs.
Where bathroom facilities are shared, participants are accommodated by gender on separate corridors. Where ensuite facilities are provided, corridors may be mixed gender.
The accommodation is used by undergraduate students during term time and is therefore designed to support study, rather than cater to luxury. Many of the buildings are over 500 years old and therefore predate air conditioning quite significantly.
All accommodation is secured with a lock, and your key will be provided during registration. Housekeeping staff also have access to your room to replace towels etc.
*A few weeks before their arrival, all participants will be assigned to a college based on their dates and topic preferences.
As a student, you will experience formal dinner three times during your stay – once per week in Cambridge, as well as in an Oxford University college on the excursion day.
Formal hall is truly a memorable occasion, so remember to bring some smart clothes!
Money we recommend that participants bring £80 per week to cover
lunch each day, plus any souvenirs that they may wish to purchase.
Various banks and ATMs are available throughout Cambridge, and Visa and
Mastercard are widely accepted.
There are also two excursions during the programme, one day trip to visit Oxford and its constituent colleges, as well as an optional day out in London, seeing the city’s most famous landmarks as well as some free time for shopping. Those who choose not to travel to London are invited to afternoon tea in Cambridge.
Participants should arrive between 2 pm and 5 pm on the first Sunday of the programme. Our team will be ready and waiting to welcome you, register you, and show you to your accommodation. Please note that your accommodation may not be ready until 3pm.
If you are arriving at London Heathrow Airport, we are able to offer a shared airport transfer service. This is a chaperoned service departing from London Heathrow Airport Terminal 3 and travelling directly to the colleges in Cambridge/Oxford. Do not worry if you will be arriving to any other Heathrow terminal - our dedicated pastoral team will be there to meet you and escort to Terminal 3 for departure to your college
The transfers depart at 11:00, 14:00 and 17:00 on the Sunday of arrivals. On the final Saturday of the programme, the transfers to London Heathrow Airport depart at 07:00 and 12:00. This will be available to book for a fee per journey after enrolment.
Specific details, such as contact numbers, are shared with participants nearer the time of the programme.
If you are arriving at another airport, or by alternative means, further details about arrivals and departures are shared in your Welcome Pack, sent with your confirmation of enrolment.
To book the shared airport transfer service, which will cost £90.00 each way,
The camp is an award-winning academic summer school that offers programs for students aged 13 to 15 in prestigious academic institutions. The goal of this program is to give academically rigorous content that expands participants' knowledge and love for their chosen field. The program also provides young varied and essential views into what it would be like to study at university through 40 hours of academic sessions over two weeks.
Individual work, referred to as the "Personal Project" in this curriculum, is required. This is usually an essay or a presentation given on the last day of the program. Participants will get comments on their work, which may be included in the final assessment of the participant.
Computer science is a vast field that combines creativity with meticulous attention to detail, and mathematical accuracy with creative ways of expressing ideas. Knowledge of this sector is highly valued in companies throughout the world, and new possibilities emerge on a regular basis as technology advances thanks to the newest innovation. The Exceptional Computer Science Program's goal is to expose participants to the fundamentals of the field and to emphasize the various paths open to those who want to study computer science in the future.
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