Computer Science (Quantum Computing)

Many have heard of quantum computers, but most would struggle to explain how they work or describe in what way they are different to the classical computer. Sometimes they are positively heralded as the next digital revolution; other times they are negatively feared as a severe risk to current cyber security. Which is it? Could it be both?

In this packed and intense course, we will look at the shrinking transistor and Moore’s Law, the fundamental principles of quantum physics underlying the quantum computer, what quantum computers will be able to do for us and what risks they may pose, and how to write a basic quantum algorithm. Excitingly, thanks to cloud computing, we will even be able to run our programs on a real quantum computer.

This course is intended for those with some background in computer science. Students need to be comfortable with the concept and use of algorithms, and with the binary number system. However, no particular programming background is required.

(Note, this is a computer science course which looks predominantly at quantum algorithms. It will not extensively cover quantum physics nor include much mathematics. If you are interested in this, please have a look at our physics courses, which include sessions on this topic.)

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 Quantum Computing course is an online event for students aged 15 – 18. This course is intended for those with some background in computer science. Students need to be comfortable with the concept and use of algorithms, and with the binary number system. However, no particular programming background is required.

This is a one-day course, running on 18th October.  Teaching hours 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 one-day Quantum Computing course is £90 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