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Department of Computer Science

Secondary schools and colleges

Our work aims to inspire the next generation, giving a helping hand to budding computer scientists.

A high school girl working with wires and a computer screen
Young people will love discovering the wonders of computer science.

Much of what we do is designed to give young people a chance to find out more about computer science, helping them understand and appreciate its importance and use in the modern world.

We hope to inspire secondary school and college students - through discover days, explore days, science events and more - to pursue computer science as a study and career path.

If you would like your school or college to work with us, please get in touch.

Discover days

Our discover days are designed for students interested in undertaking a degree course in computer science, giving them a chance to experience our teaching, explore the University campus and Department of Computer Science facilities. It will also allow them to meet and talk to current students.

Because computer science at The University of Manchester is a mathematical programming degree course, and the majority of these courses require an A-level in Mathematics, this day is best suited to students studying this qualification.

Explore days (Year 9s)

Explore days are targeted for Year 9 students, to help promote the option of choosing computer science at GCSE and A-level.

The day involves workshops delivered by student ambassadors and Computing at School staff. Past workshops have included:

  • NAO robots;
  • Minecraft;
  • Sonic Pi;
  • and Virtual reality.

Places are usually limited to five per school.

Ada Lovelace days (Years 7, 8 and 9)

Ada Lovelace days are special computing engagement events for female pupils only, from years 7, 8 and 9, to help highlight the subject area of computer science to young girls.

Pupils will have the opportunity to try a number of different computer science workshops and teachers will have the opportunity to network and explore how to develop different ideas when teaching.

Places are usually limited to ten per school. Pupils and staff will be required to arrange transportation and to bring their own lunch.

British Science Week

Each year in March the Department of Computer Science takes part in the British Science Week exhibition in the Sackville Street Building.

The event is open to students from Years 7 to 9.

Science Spectacular

Science Spectacular is an event run by the University's public engagement team and the Department of Computer Science has been involved with it for a number of years. It includes science activities for children of all ages.