Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Do I need to bring my own laptop for the course?
>>> No need to if you can't for whatever reason as we can provide laptops. However it is recommended that you bring your own laptop if you can as this will make it easy for you to carry on programming at home. Before the course starts we will guide you on how to install Python on your computer (Mac, Windows or Linux), which is free to download, so you are all set up for the course.
Q. What are the class sizes in your courses?
>>> We run all our courses with very small class sizes to ensure a high level of individual attention. Children's courses have typical class size is six students, and no class will ever have more than eight students. Adult courses typically have 10 participants.
Q. Do you offer more advanced courses?
>>> We offer follow-on courses for anyone completing our first course and wanting to extend their expertise or students who feel confident they know the basics well. More information here, or contact us to discuss further.
Q. Do you offer courses in other programming languages?
>>> We believe that the most important aspect for a beginner learning how to code is not learning the programming language but learning how to think in a computational way. In our courses the emphasis is on this. We choose Python as the language of instruction as this is the language best suited for beginners, especially children. Our advise is to first become confident in programming in one language, and then it is relatively easy to switch to other languages afterwards.
Q. Where are the courses held?
— Our bespoke courses are held at a location that is convenient for the group, either one of the attendees' living room/study or some other local venue.
— Our scheduled courses for children are held at the Hampstead School of English premises, 553 Finchley Road, London, NW3 7BJ. Ideally located for Hampstead and West Hampstead and other NW London postcodes, with plenty of bus routes stopping in front of the School.
— Our scheduled courses for adults are held at Imperial College London, Prince Consort Road, South Kensington, SW7 2AZ.
[Note, if you are looking for our courses in Malta please visit the pages dedicated to the Malta coding courses.]
Q. What about safeguarding?
>>> All our instructors have a DBS (formerly CRB) certificate, as do all the staff at our host for scheduled courses, the Hampstead School of English (HSE). Upon booking we require you to confirm whether you are happy for children to leave the premises on their own after the class, and if not who has permission to pick them up.
Q. Do you accept childcare vouchers?
>>> Yes. Please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to book a place on our courses using childcare vouchers.