Computer Science (Coding for Beginners)

From smartphones to sales algorithms, it is inescapable that our world is becoming dominated by technology. Behind all of these innovations is code, and the programmers who write it. Whether you want to play a part in the next digital revolution, pursue a career in software development, augment your main subject with the power of computation (e.g. Computational Biology), or simply understand what your friends in computer science are talking about, learning how to program opens up innumerable exciting avenues.

This two-day course (held over two weekends) 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, 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.

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

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.

‘Very fun and educational. learned a new language, and other universal programming concepts. I highly recommend it!’

‘This is a well rounded course which allowed for me to talk to peers of my age group who were in the field. This course also allowed me to gain further understanding in some subjects which aren’t fully covered in the standard courses and hence helped me to prepare for university. On top of that the experience was really fun the the tutors were helpful and interesting! an all round great course and I highly recommend it.’

‘A challenging course. However, it really helped supplement my A-Level computer science course and was really quite helpful to contextualise more theoretical topics!’

‘Great experience, you should definitely do at least one course.’

(Please note – this is a brand new course, and so these reviews refer to the Computer Science Summer School)

‘This is a well rounded course which allowed for me to talk to peers of my age group who were in the field. This course also allowed me to gain further understanding in some subjects which aren’t fully covered in the standard courses and hence helped me to prepare for university. On top of that the experience was really fun the the tutors were helpful and interesting! an all round great course and I highly recommend it.’

Practical Details

The Coding for Beginners course is an online event for students aged 15 – 18. It is aimed at total beginners, with no previous experience of the subject.

This is a two-day course, running on Saturday 24th and Saturday 31st October. Teaching hours on each day will run from 10am till 3.30pm, with a break for lunch, and an independent study task.

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 for Beginners course is £180 per student. As class sizes are small, places are very limited, and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

You can see our full booking terms and conditions here.

You can book online using the link below, or if you have any further questions, please call us on 0800 8101058, or email info@debatechamber.com