Courses

students observe human skulls during Medicine and the Brain course

Courses

Students at The Cambridge Tradition can choose from 25 academic and creative courses that are designed to make use of Cambridge and its extraordinary resources. All the courses are experiential. They involve daily field-trips to museums, eminent guest speakers, project-work, and more. Our most popular courses include Medicine and the Brain, Aerospace Engineering, and Big Data. Descriptions for courses are below, and you can follow the link to read more about all our courses.

Aerospace Engineering

Aerospace Engineering is, quite literally, "rocket science" — the creation of aircraft and spacecraft. Our high school students taking this summer course at Cambridge examine a variety of disciplines within the industry, including aerodynamics, electronics, mechanics, operations systems, statistics, and thermodynamics. Students go through every stage in the creation of a new vehicle, including aerodynamic profiling, engine sizing, and structural design.

Astronomy and Astrophysics

Cambridge is the ideal observatory from which to explore fundamental questions about the universe. How did it begin, and what is our place within it? What is time, and will it ever come to an end? This course takes students on a journey through space, from the infinitesimally small components of atoms to the unimaginably large. This summer course at Cambridge addresses topics including the Big Bang, galaxy formation, the history of our own solar system, orbital mechanics, and string theory.

Big Data

Big Data is one of the most sought after university courses, but how do we really harness its potential to grow businesses and build smarter cities? This summer course at Cambridge shows our high school students how Big Data upends every discipline: from algorithmic trading in financial markets to predicting what kinds of paintings will go on display in the Met. Students are equipped with the data scientist's toolkit: from statistical techniques for predictive analysis to acquiring data through APIs and web scraping.

Medicine and the Brain

Oxbridge high school students examine the development of medicine during their summer course at Cambridge with a focus on neuroscience. They learn the main principles of cognitive psychology, neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, and clinical methods and practices. Students also study the technology behind such diagnostic tools as CT and MRI scanners.

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Addressing the omnipresence of advertising and marketing, students assess the power of suggestion, persuasion, and product placement. Using a range of case studies and creative examples, they explore early salesmanship, modern advertising, branding, and the use of new media. Balancing creative skills with business acumen, they engage in branding exercises, interactive sales games, and the design and development of their own advertising campaign. 

Cambridge’s beauty provides students with the perfect environment in which to find inspiration, appreciate architectural history and aesthetics, and improve their design and model-making skills. They develop a portfolio of sketches before turning ideas and designs into three-dimensional models to display in the program’s Arts Exhibition. Lab fee of $75 US for the Major. 

Through frequent visits to museums and galleries to study canonical works, students receive a broad introduction to major schools of art and art theory, with special emphasis placed upon exploring a variety of critical and analytical approaches. Students learn to read works of art and understand them according to different historical, cultural, and visual criteria. 

Mixing economics with psychology and game theory, this course seeks to understand what drives individual economic decisions. What psychological and emotional factors induce people to buy a $5 cup of coffee? How can we explain consumers’ decisions when they depart from the expectations of standard economic models? How do risk and uncertainty impact people’s spending? Students investigate areas such as luxury goods, healthcare, insurance, and labor. 

Big Data is one of the most sought after university courses, but how do we really harness its potential to grow businesses and build smarter cities? This pre-college course shows how Big Data upends every discipline: from algorithmic trading in financial markets to predicting what kinds of paintings will go on display in the Met, to how social media creates filter bubbles in news consumption. Students are equipped with the data scientist's toolkit: from statistical techniques for predictive analysis to mapping, and acquiring data through APIs and web scraping. 

Through workshops, debates, and visits to police stations and criminal courts, students explore individual and social theories of crime, philosophies of punishment, criminal profiling, incident analysis, and basic forensic science. They consider the causes of crime, the influence of the media upon crime, and issues of race and gender within the context of the British and American criminal justice systems. 

Cambridge has produced almost as many eminent economists as it has scientists. Students follow in the footsteps of John Maynard Keynes and Amartya Sen, and are introduced to the theories that govern contemporary economic thought. They also discover the fundamentals and methodologies of economic modeling. They go on to test their knowledge against contemporary economic problems in order to understand how the world economy might evolve. 

Students learn the principles of engineering science. Both world-renowned and local examples are examined, and the findings are applied to a variety of case studies to solve mechanical, structural, and architectural problems. They complete the course by designing a model engineering project of their own. 

At the University from which the Cambridge Five were recruited, and in which the world’s most famous fictional spy, James Bond, studied, this course, which blends politics and history with practice, examines the methods and techniques of the great intelligence services – Mossad, the KGB, the CIA, MI5, and MI6. Students address the future of intelligence operations, the challenges of field work, and the ethics of espionage in terms of international cooperation, competition, and conflict.

Students learn about the instruments and institutions that make up the modern economy and are vital to budding entrepreneurs, such as bonds, capital markets, derivatives, and stock markets. They also familiarize themselves with the principles of corporate accounting and reporting that assist businesses in their decision-making processes. Major course projects include real-life case studies, a stock exchange investment competition, and the design of a start-up. 

In the university that cracked the DNA code, students discover the exciting disciplines that are transforming medicine. Working on projects with researchers, they discover medical genetics, genetic linkage, DNA manipulation, sequencing, genomics, and study inherited diseases. They go on to analyze the factors underlying diseases and explore the significance of, and the ethical issues surrounding, genetic engineering, cloning, and gene therapy. 

Students explore the tools and structures of international commerce, focusing on free enterprise, economic development, and engagement with the global marketplace. Visiting the University's renowned Judge Business School, students obtain firsthand experience of a cutting-edge business education. Course projects include real-life case studies and the design of a start-up venture. 

This course addresses International Relations through its theoretical bases and by focusing on key current issues. Subjects covered include globalization and its political, economic, and social effects; environmental challenges; new forms of war and peace; the changing nature of security challenges; mass-migration; the complexities of areas like the Middle East and South-East Asia; and the relationships and rivalries that define global order today. 

Students discover how the British and American legal systems reflect the values and institutions of their respective societies. They consider precedent-setting cases and delve into various branches of legal practice. Through meetings with lawyers, legal scholars, and human rights advocates, and through visits to working courtrooms, they discover how lawyers turn theory into practice. The Major course culminates in a formal moot court competition. 

This hands-on course introduces students to key aspects of medical science and modern medical practice. Combining specialist lectures with experiments and class discussions, students learn the principles of human anatomy and physiology, the pathology and significance of certain diseases, the main challenges that medical science faces today, and are introduced to the wide and growing range of possible careers in medicine.

Students receive guidance in artistic, landscape, and portraiture photography. This helps them record their exploration of England and its culture, and to produce a comprehensive photographic record of their experiences. The class culminates in a formal exhibition. Students need their own DSLR camera with USB cable, charger, and at least one 8 GB memory card.  Materials fee of $100 US for Majors.

Speech and Debate has long been a hallmark of a well-rounded education, as being able to effectively communicate ideas is one of the most important skills a person could possess. Students will take important and relevant topics and address them through debates executed in teams and speeches delivered to class. Furthermore, through analyzing the history and theory of rhetoric, and the techniques used in public speaking, students will take the skills they learn regarding organizing their thoughts and communicating efficiently and apply them to relevant situations in their lives, such as class presentations, job interviews, and the college admissions process.

Students on this course spend much of their time outside the studio. They sketch medieval towers, capture pastoral landscapes, practice their portrait skills, and discover masterpieces in locations like the Fitzwilliam Museum. Meanwhile they receive formal, professional instruction in sketching and painting in a variety of media. Their best work is exhibited at the end of the program. Materials fee of $200 US for Majors.

By analyzing recent conflicts, students get to grips with the variable nature of the 21st century battlefield, from urban counterinsurgency and asymmetric conflicts to cyber war. New and emerging warfighting technologies and their impacts are studied, including manned and autonomous drones, cyber worms like Stuxnet, self-guided bullets, and radicallyimproved stealth cloaking of planes and ships. The ethical and strategic implications of these changes are considered, as are opportunities for diplomacy and peace.