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Debugging the tech sector’s diversity problem

State school pupils are far less likely to take STEM-based A-Levels, and women make up just 13% of the workforce in the UK’s STEM industries (science, technology, engineering and maths).

We run free creative computing courses in London (Imperial Codelab), Manchester and Leeds. These programmes are designed for social groups that aren’t represented enough in the tech sector. Using interactive and engaging coding projects, students learn practical skills in problem solving, creativity and computational thinking. Simultaneously they develop confidence in their ability.


Our classes take place in London, Leeds and Manchester. They are for children aged 10-15 and run on Saturdays during the school term for an hour and a half. Students work through creative computing activities with the help of a team of instructors - top university students from local universities. Many of our students use our classes for the skills section of their Duke of Edinburgh Awards, and several go on to take GCSE Computing.

Our course introduces the basics of Javascript, one of the most popular programming languages used in industry today. Students complete quizzes and tutorials to build their understanding of a coding skill, and then test out what they’ve learned by creating a game or application.

Topics and quizzes

Students are introduced to key topics and begin immediately applying what they’re learning through mini activities - building confidence in their coding vocabulary.

Guided project tutorials

Students move step-by-step through the creation of animations, games and applications from scratch, applying their knowledge in a variety of practical scenarios.

Open ended challenges

Students are given a coding challenge brief and some suggestions - the rest is up to them. They can be as imaginative as they like, while using the skills they've learned. 



Our courses in London (Imperial Codelab), Manchester and Leeds are open to girls, children who attend selected schools meeting our criteria and home educated pupils. Once you have booked a place we will provide you with more details regarding the class location and anything else you need to know. If you do not meet the criteria you are encouraged to sign up for our newsletter, linked at the bottom of the page, for updates about future courses we may offer.

Computers are provided and students receive a certificate for each term they attend. 

2018 locations

Imperial Codelab London: South Kensington Campus, Imperial College London.

 2018 Term dates


January: Saturday 13th, 20th, 27th
February: Saturday 3rd, (Half term 10th, 17th - No class), 24th
March: Saturday 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th



Thanks to our generous sponsors we are able to run free coding classes for children from many diverse backgrounds.


BJSS is an award-winning, delivery focused IT consultancy. With over 20 years' software delivery and IT advisory experience, they are renowned for technical excellence, cost-effective delivery and their proven BJSS Enterprise Agile approach.

Imperial College London is consistently ranked amongst the top universities in the world. As a leading science and engineering institution, it aims to give back to the community with engaging programs such as Imperial Codelab, powered by YNAP