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Prepare to Run a Code Club

Build your confidence and get practical advice on launching and running a Code Club for young people.

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Prepare to Run a Code Club
  • Duration3 weeks
  • Weekly study2 hours
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Prepare to run a fun and educational Code Club

Code Club is a global network of volunteers and educators who run free coding clubs for 9- to 13-year-olds.

This short course will give you the confidence and skills to run an in person Code Club for young people and inspire the next generation to get excited about computing and digital making.

You’ll get practical advice and tips from volunteers, teachers, and the Code Club team, and you’ll explore the free resources which Code Club provides.

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, we have provided guidance on ways that you can run your Code Club during this time.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 4 seconds Hello, I’m Sarah Sheerman-Chase, the lead educator for the course, Prepare To Run A Code Club. I’m part of the Code Club UK team. We support thousands of amazing volunteers and educators to run informal coding activities for children and young people using our specially created projects. This course is ideal for volunteers, educators, or parents interested in setting up a Code Club for young people in any community setting. In this three week course, we’ll guide you through setting up your Code Club, running your first session, and we’ll give you lots of helpful advice on how to run your club.

Skip to 0 minutes and 39 seconds You’ll get a chance to try out some of our projects and hear ideas and tips from people who are already running Code Clubs. I look forward to welcoming you to the course and to the Code Club community.


  • Week 1

    Week 1

    • Introducing the course

      Welcome to the Code Club community

    • Planning to start your Code Club

      Considerations for setting up your club

    • Week 1 recap

      Writing your to-do list

  • Week 2

    Week 2

    • Introduction to Week 2

      Code Club sessions should be fun, inspirational, and educational.

    • Code Club sessions

      What happens in Code Club sessions?

    • Your first session

      Kicking off your Code Club

    • Week 2 recap

      Ideas for the structure of your first session

  • Week 3

    Week 3

    • Introduction to Week 3

      Welcome to the final week

    • Creating a great ethos for your club

      Creating a fun and structured club environment for your club members.

    • Celebrating success

      Motivate and reward your Code Club members

    • Adding more to your club

      Building a successful Code Club

    • Thank you for completing the course

      Thank you for joining us to find out more about running a Code Club

Who is this accredited by?

The CPD Certification Service
The CPD Certification Service:

The CPD Certification Service was established in 1996 and is the leading independent CPD accreditation institution operating across industry sectors to complement the CPD policies of professional and academic bodies.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Learners will engage our resources to support them to run a Code Club.
  • Learners will design their own action plan to get a club started.
  • Learners will identify what makes a great Code Club.
  • Learners will engage with the Code Club and digital making communities.

Who is the course for?

This course is ideal for volunteers, parents, and educators who are keen to join the Code Club network to run a coding club for young people.

What software or tools do you need?

Scratch 3, online or offline version.

What do people say about this course?

I think this training was great - I feel confident about meeting the school and getting things moving, and feel like I'm well set up for getting the sessions underway and the children enjoying them! I think this training covered everything we need in a really friendly, encouraging tone. Thanks! :)

Caroline Cheetham

Thanks for the course - I've been doing my club for a while now but it's still a really useful primer, especially for those of us who are not from a computer science background. The course is pitched well and isn't intimidating to beginners.

Ian Loveland

Who will you learn with?

Kat is Programme Coordinator for Code Club around the world, working on international club support, comms, translations and more. She loves tea, learning Japanese and hearing new facts about space.

Who developed the course?

Raspberry Pi Foundation

The Raspberry Pi Foundation works to put the power of digital making into the hands of people all over the world, so they are capable of understanding and shaping our increasingly digital world.

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