Young Coders Summer School

From smartphones to sales algorithms, so much of our modern world is made possible by technology. Behind all of these innovations is code, and the programmers who write it.

Learning how to program opens up innumerable exciting avenues, both in terms of the fun of understanding the world around you, and thinking ahead to future career possibilities.

Programming grants a unique creative independence and freedom.There is nothing more rewarding and satisfying than being able to sit down and create, realising a vision of your own.

This two-day course is intended for those with no previous experience of programming. It will be intensely practical, with every session consisting of hands-on programming.

Students will learn Python, one of the world’s most popular coding languages. By the end of the weekend, students will have covered the fundamentals of the language, created a text-based game and some basic graphics, and be well-equipped with ideas for what they could pursue next.

All of our online courses consist of small seminar groups, with lots of opportunities for discussion and debate with peers as well as learning from our expert tutors. This will be a fully live and interactive event, with summary notes and a certificate of attendance issued upon completion of the course.

For currently available dates, full practical details, and a link to the booking form please scroll down past the reviews.

‘It’s really useful and you learn so much. I’ve made new friends and taken note of all the new things I’ve learnt. I’d definitely recommend it.’

‘Was a very interesting and thought-provoking experience. It was a fantastic opportunity to be intellectually challenged. Overall, a brilliant few days.’

‘The course was very enjoyable and intense. The tutors and other people were very friendly.’

‘Really interesting, intellectually challenging but a great experience. I would definitely recommend this to someone, no question.’

‘It was challenging, mind-blowing, difficult and fun all at the same time.  It was brilliant.’

(Please note – this is a brand new course, and so these reviews refer to other courses for this age group)

Practical Details

The Young Coders Summer School is an online event for students aged 11 – 14. It is aimed at total beginners, with no previous experience of the subject.

This is a two-day course – teaching hours on each day will run from 10am till 3.30pm, with a break for lunch, and an independent study task. This course is now complete for summer 2021.

Interested in this event for summer 2022? Complete the form below and be the first to hear when new dates are announced.

This is a live online event, with small seminar groups offering fully interactive classroom discussion and debate (much as you would normally expect from our in-person courses). The event will not be recorded, so it is essential that you are able to attend during the course hours, and that you have a reliable audio and video connection.

The cost of the two-day Coding Summer School is £180 per student and you can reserve your place with a 25% non-refundable deposit. The remainder of the payment is due eight weeks in advance of the course start date. Please see here for full booking terms and conditions.

If you have any further questions, please call us on 0800 810 1058, or email us on

Debate Chamber offers a limited number of full and partial bursaries to students who could not otherwise afford to attend. If you would like to apply for a bursary then please complete your bursary application here.