Science in Oxford

• develop practical investigative skills

• use English language in the laboratory

• science trips to university facilities

• work in excellent college laboratories

Develop your scientific skills

The perfect course for students who love science

The Practical science course is specifically designed for students who want to continue to study science after they are 15. You will be able to develop your practical investigative skills and you will improve the level of your English language in the context of a school laboratory for anyone who plans to take science beyond the age of 15.

Carry out your own investigations while learning science

Students taking this course will:

  • Work in “state of the art” well-equipped laboratories
  • Plan and carry out an investigation in a chosen subject area
  • Meet practising scientists from the University of Oxford
  • Learn some computer coding
  • Take part in multiple science outings to university facilities
  • Produce a poster presentation

Course overview

Laboratory work includes: introducing measurement, heating, and observational techniques. Students learn how to: identify and control variables, record results, draw and evaluate conclusions, measure, and use data logging equipment and microscopes.

Visits to the University of Oxford: Student activities will draw information and gain inspiration from the world-famous Natural History Museum and Pitt Rivers Museum as well the History of Science Museum and the University Botanical Gardens.

Guest Speakers: Practising scientists from the University of Oxford present their research and discuss “how to become a scientist”.

Opportunities for specialisation: After the initial introduction to generic practical science skills and language, students are offered a choice of topics for investigation from Biology, Chemistry, or Physics.

Poster Exhibition: The course culminates with a poster presentation by the students to an invited audience of their peers. This not only tests the students’ scientific abilities but also allows them to showcase their newly acquired language and communication skills.

Contact the Department
If you would like to know more about the course, what science subjects you will study, the laboratories, and what you will achieve, please do contact us. We will be happy to help.
Patricia Alvarez
Summer Admissions Manager
+44 1865 517340
Tom Whitehouse
Sales Coordinator
+44 1865 517383

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