Computer Science

Year 9 Royal Institution Computer Science Masterclasses

Target Audience: year 9 students that are able and interested in computer science.

Format: 6 sessions in the autumn term.

Aim: to encourage, inspire and engage students in exploring computer science.

How to get involved: Details of the 2022-23 programme will be posted here soon.

Capacity: 32


Ri Masterclasses are a series of workshops which are led by enthusiastic speakers from industry, academia and education. They offer students in-depth investigations of topic areas outside of the school curriculum, combining theory with interactive exploration. 

Who To Nominate

Students nominated to attend should be enthusiastic about computer science, whilst also being from amongst the most academically able in their cohort (although not necessarily by exam success).

To encourage gender balance we ask that, where possible, when nominating more than one student, at least one of your nominees identifies as female.

Priority will be given to students who:

  • Have been eligible for Free School Meals in any of the past 6 years;
  • Live or have lived in local authority care, are a young carer or are disabled;
  • Live in an area of low participation of young people in higher education according to POLAR;
  • Live in a deprived area according to the Index of Multiple Deprivation (based on the 4thand 5th quintiles).

Please note that students are expected to attend the entire series of six masterclasses.

Nominate Students

Details of the 2022-23 programme will be posted here soon.

Isaac Computer Science – Student Booster Events

Target Audience: A level students who either want to revise A level computer science or are less familiar with the material and want a primer.

Format: Each session focuses on a different computer science topic and gives you the understanding and confidence to use the concepts involved during your studies. For further information, please visit:

Aim: To provide the skills and confidence to apply new concepts, to learn about the wider applications of computer science, and ultimately encourage students to consider computing as their future career path.

How to get involved: Use the links below to book your place!

Capacity: 30

Two free, online workshops for GCSE students to help them catch up, revise, or delve deeper into Computer Systems: Encryption:

11 May, 1500-1545 – GCSE Explorer Event – Computer Systems: Encryption

This session will give students a fundamental understanding of computer networks and communications for GCSE, with particular emphasis on encryption.

During this online session, participants will be guided through the Isaac Computer Science website, followed by a walk-through of relevant past paper questions, focusing on easy wins for each question.

The Explorer series is accessible to all students and provides an ideal foundation for the Voyager session on the same topic on the 12th May (details below). 


12 May, 1500-1600 – GCSE Voyager Event – Computer Systems: Encryption

This session will increase your knowledge and understanding on the topic of computer networks and communications, with particular emphasis on encryption.

The starting point will be the Isaac Computer Science website, followed by a walk-through of partially answered past paper questions. The focus will be on how these can be improved to gain full marks.

Y7 Computational Thinking Workshops

Target Audience: Year 7’s who demonstrate a strong interest in Design & Technology, Product Design, Mathematics and/or Science.

Format: A series of four workshops on Saturday mornings, designed to support students to become effective problem solvers

Aim: The sessions will inspire students to work beyond the curriculum, with the aim to gain a deeper understanding of how computational thinking features in a place of work related to Technology, Science or Mathematics.

How to get involved: Details of the 2022-23 programme will be posted here soon.

Capacity: 16

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