Creative Coding Level 4: Game Hacking with Python

Creative Coding Level 4: Game Hacking with Python

We take a particularly creative approach to learning Python, with students creating graphics & developing games.
  • Age
    10 to 14
  • Level
    Suitable for all ages 12+ or experienced 10-11 year olds
  • Date
    21 to 25 October
    Every day from 10AM to 4PM (early drop-off from 9AM; late pick-up until 5PM)
  • Price
    £410.00
  • Location
    Colville School, Lonsdale Road, W11 2DF (22-26 Jul)
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Single days are available to book for this course. Please email hello@blueshiftcoding.com for more information.

What’s included in the course

  • Teacher:student ratio of 1:6, ensuring top quality hands-on teaching.

    All equipment provided (but feel free to bring your laptop to research ideas!)

    Real time communication with parents using our online platform, featuring class updates and photos. 

  • Learn and create with Python, the coding language used in GCSE computing!

    The perfect course for intermediate and advanced students.

    Assessment and personalised teacher reports to ensure progress.

  • A focus on healthy learning - outdoor play every day, healthy snacks and drinks provided.

    Curriculum curated in conjunction with UCL.

    All staff are fully DBS checked & trained in both traditional and innovative teaching methods.

Keeping it fresh

Regardless of the course or how many times a student takes it, we do not repeat previous projects.

Students are always challenged and, when they are ready, they work on a fresh new projects.

Detailed information

This is an incredibly creative, hands on programming course that has young gamers and programmers designing and building their own games.

Favoured by both academic institutions and industry, Python is one of the most commonly used programming languages in the world. We make the study of Python fun and relevant for young programmers by having them build games that they can play and publish. Python is also the preferred language of the Computing GCSE.

Throughout the course, we will design and program our own games like Snake and Geometry Dash using 'Pygame' a library that helps students make exciting and complex games without writing onerous amounts of code. We'll also make our own game controllers and have students work collaboratively with their peers. This course will give young computing enthusiasts a leg up by equipping them with skills that they can build upon as they grow.


Your child will learn:

  • Introduction to the Python coding language
  • How to use Github and code control
  • How to use an integrated development environment (IDLE)
  • Link hardware to code with the BBC micro:bit
  • Advanced debugging, use of boiler-plate scripts
  • Creative projects that involve selecting, using, and combining multiple applications
  • Understand how instructions are stored and executed within a Central Processing Unit (CPU)
  • How to pair-programme to solve problems
9.00 - 10.00 Early arrival games, crafts and building projects
10.00 - 11.00

Introduction to our activity for the day. Let’s get coding!

11.00 - 11.15  BREAK
11.15 - 12.30

Back to coding, building, designing and creating.

12.30 - 13.30 LUNCH
13.00 - 14.45

Back to class – let’s build robots!

14.45 - 15.00 BREAK
15.00 - 16.00

Finish off building and engineering - it is time to program the robots!

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  • “The things I liked most about camp were proper teaching, creative approach and the fact that my daughter really learnt something while having fun”

    Rebecca