Summer Course: Physics (Ages 16-18)


Program Description

Physics Summer Programme Overview:

  • Programme: Physics university insights
  • Fee: £4,595
  • Course Length: 2 weeks
  • Course Type: Residential
  • Locations: Cambridge University colleges

Come and join us on our award-winning Phyics summer school in Cambridge!

Summer Physics Course Summary

The study of Physics aims to help us gain a greater understanding of the world around us and beyond us. The discipline studies nature and seeks to explain why the world behaves the way it does, exploring topics ranging from the study of vast galaxies, black holes, and the Big Bang, to examining tiny subatomic particles. Physics is a wide-reaching, incredibly varied field, responsible for some of the things we think indispensable to modern life, including medical instrumentation such as x-rays and ultrasound, satellite signals to watch television and use mobile phones; and is responsible for the Internet itself.

The Immerse Education 2019 Physics summer programme focuses upon providing participants with a taste of the topics covered in an undergraduate Physics degree while encompassing some of the fundamental challenges and questions faced in modern physics. Due to the rapidly changing developments in physics, a lot of what is conventionally taught in schools can be vastly expanded on. Therefore, the Immerse Education summer Physics summer school programme aims to explore the very latest discoveries in physics and their exciting implications with the guidance of expert tutors from the world’s leading universities.

Immerse is an inspirational academic physics summer school programme for the intellectually curious.


Physics Summer School Key Benefits

  • Learn how physics governs the world around us
  • Explore a number of exciting topics at the forefront of scientific discovery
  • Benefit from the expert tutelage of some of the brightest minds in the field
  • Explore the historic city of Cambridge with like-minded peers from around the world
  • Bridge the gap between current understanding and knowledge key to studying physics at university
  • Understand how physics is used to create some of the most recognisable products that we use every day

Topics Covered

On this exciting two-week physics summer programme, participants will dive into some of the most innovative topics in the field of physics. With a curriculum designed and taught by experts from the world’s leading universities, they’ll be able to explore how subatomic particles behave and interact with one another, use mathematical models to explain and predict behaviours in the natural world, learn about extensive and intensive properties of matter, and develop an understanding of the fundamental forces that govern the universe.

As well as developing a sound theoretical understanding of physics, participants will also be able to develop their study skill set by carrying out research and conducting practical experiments designed to test and explain behaviours observed in the physical world.

Below is a list of topics that participants will explore in detail during the physics summer school programme:

  • Particle Physics
  • Astrophysics Vibrations
  • Waves and Optics
  • Oceanic and Planetary Physics
  • Theoretical Physics
  • Properties of matter


Physics Summer School Course Outcomes

Given the scope of this physics summer school programme, participants can expect to come away with a much greater understanding of the world of physics by the end of the fortnight. They will have learned how to use mathematics to predict natural phenomena and explored the history of the field, leading up to the most recent and exciting developments. Furthermore, they will have gained experience conducting practicals to test hypotheses or explain observed behaviours of waves and particles.

In addition, they’ll have a better idea of what it is like to be a physics student at a leading university in the UK like Cambridge, gain advice from mentors who currently study at such UK universities, meet like-minded people with whom they can share their experience and also explore the historic city of Cambridge.

In completing the course, participants will:

  • Learn how to use mathematics to explain natural phenomena
  • Discuss complex concepts and create hypotheses
  • Conduct experiments to test theories
  • Meet like-minded people to discuss complex ideas
  • Learn about the Big Bang and gain insight into the creation of the universe
  • Learn about recent and historical developments in the world of physics
  • Discuss and explore mechanical vibrations and waves, sound waves, electromagnetic waves, optics, and gravitational waves
  • Be able to make an informed decision about their future studies

Students in this course will receive personalised feedback from their tutors about their performance, the material covered, and even a list of individualised suggestions for further study.


The timetable shown below offers an insight into the typical daily schedule, although this may vary depending on the events planned on the given day.

A typical day
  • 08:00 - 09:30 Breakfast
  • 09:30 - 11:30 Morning academic session
  • 11:30 - 13:30 Lunch
  • 13:30 - 15:30 Afternoon academic session
  • 16:00 - 18:00 Academic workshop / Afternoon activity
  • 18:00 - 19:15 Dinner
  • 19:30 - 22:00 Evening social event

Start the day with either a continental or cooked breakfast in the college dining hall. A wide variety of breakfast items helps participants prepare for the challenging day ahead.

Graduation & Participant Assessment

The final evening of the programme celebrates the achievements of each participant in a graduation ceremony that's followed by a Gala Dinner.

Throughout the Cambridge summer programme, our Immerse tutors will monitor student engagement with the topics that they have been taught. Once the programme has finished, the tutor will write a Participant Assessment that will evaluate how the participant responded to the materials they were introduced to, what progress they made during the sessions, and offer recommendations on how to most effectively advance participant's understanding and interest in the topics that have been explored.

We strongly believe that our Participant Assessments are a crucial element of the learning process and reflective of our commitment to the highest standards of education.


Last updated Jul 2020

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