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Coding & Robotics12-17 years

Coding & Robotics is an intesive one-week programme which aims to develop students’ understanding of coding, electronics, and robotics. Students will be given tutorials that will enable them to learn the basics of Python, interface with microcontrollers, and use the pi‑top [4] modular system to build robots. Students will be given the opportunity to stretch their understanding of automated processes and AI control. This course takes place at Dicker centre (Bede's Senior School) which is located in the village of Upper Dicker in the heart of the Sussex countryside, just north of the seaside town of Eastbourne which attracts both domestic and international tourists. The school is based on a former country estate and has a unique, homely feel, ideal for young teenagers.

The Programme

Coding & Robotics

Students learn how to use Python via basic commands and modules.

Focuses on applying Python for microcontroller use and basic programming. Students will work with their own Circuit Playground Express and Crickit to create some interesting devices linked to the course learning.

Building Robots
Students explore applying Python and the electronics to robotics applications.

The aim is to move away from block coding, and give learners real exposure to real coding in Python. Students create basic algorithms to control a robot and develop applications. Advanced students can use AI to do object detection and facial recognition.

Coding Instructor

Tuition is carried out by Dr Darragh Corvan (PhD) from Dr C’s Electro Labs ltd. Dr C has over 15 years of experience in education, and is passionate about Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
(STEM) education.



After tuition, students participate in a range of sports and recreational activities. This provides the opportunity to carry on learning outside the classroom in small, supervised groups at the same time as having some fun. Sometimes, students will be able to choose their preferred sport or activity.


  1. Enhance students' fluency in English.
  2. Awaken students' curiosity by explore new sports, activities and games.
  3. Enhance students' skills and technique in sports.
  4. Encourage participation and self-confidence.
  5. Teach students new vocabulary related to sports, games and popular leisure activities.


Aerobics, Badminton, Basketball, Bootcamp, Card Games, Chess, Circuit Training, Cricket, Dance, Dodgeball, Drama, Fashion Design, Football, Model-Making, Netball, Painting, Rounders, Rugby, Set Design, Singing, Squash, Stoolball, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball, Yoga, Zumba.



A full programme of organised and supervised social events is offered every evening to encourage students to make new friends and develop their social skills. By actively encouraging the mixing of nationalities, we are helping to create a harmonious international community in which students can live, study in a safe and comfortable environment and enjoy themselves.


  1. Promote students' relaxation and enjoyment.
  2. Explore some typically English social events, games and activities.
  3. Nurture social skills in an environment of different cultural traditions.
  4. Use English in natural real-life speaking situations.
  5. Forge new friendships.

Bede’s Got Talent, Disco, House Competitions, Fashion Show, Formal Dinner & Dance, Karaoke, Messy Games, Music Quiz, Musical Workshop, Pool Party, Soft Ball Sports, Tennis, Tournaments.



Excursions are a mandatory part of the programme. We offer students the opportunity to visit places of cultural and historical interest, as well as the chance for sightseeing, shopping and amusement.


  1. Deepen students' cultural experiences.
  2. Create opportunities for interaction with the real world in fun, relaxed and genuinely interesting ways.
  3. Enhance their knowledge of England and the UK.


Wednesday trips are a half-day afternoon/evening visit and may involve visiting a local place of interest in a nearby town or an off-site activity, such as Adventure Golf, Beach Volleyball, Castle, Country Park, Indoor Rock Climbing, Museum, Pier, Skating, Street Markets.


Saturday excursions are a full day trip and include a cultural, touristic or recreational visit to London or another place of interest such as British Museum, Buckingham Palace, London Dungeon, London Eye, London Zoo, Madame Tussauds, National Gallery, Natural History Museum, Science Museum, Thorpe Park, Tower of London, Westminster Abbey.

An alternative sightseeing tour of London will be available every Saturday.


Sunday excursions are often more relaxing trips to a local seaside town, such as Brighton, Chichester, Eastbourne, Hastings or Worthing, where students can stroll along the beach, have lunch in the park or do some shopping. Sometimes students will partake in off-site activities.



Our Academies Programme offers expert instruction to students looking to develop their skills, technique and confidence in certain sports and leisure activities.


  1. Increase students' competencies and technique in the sport/activity.
  2. Offer inspiring coaching and instruction to motivate students to practise sport.
  3. Learn specific vocabulary relating to the sport/activity.

Academies Available

Public Speaking

Essay Writing

Contemporary Dance

Performing Arts

Drawing & Painting

Pottery & Ceramics

Adventure & Water Sports

Clay Pigeon Shooting


Rugby Skills

Horse Riding



Further Information

The Academies Programme is suitable for all abilities from beginner to advanced level.

Instruction is given by qualified Bede's staff or external sports' coaches.

Students can choose 1 Academy option per week.

Academies take place instead of the regular afternoon Sports & Activities.

Dates & Fees

The programme runs for 1 week in total, from 14 to 20 July 2024. Students arrive on Sunday 14 July 2024 and depart on Saturday 20 July 2024, unless additional weeks of English Plus are booked.

The minimum stay is one week. To maximize the benefit of your experience, you should consider a 3 or 4 week course and supplement with English Plus. 

The fully-inclusive course fee is £1,845 per week for a residential student. This includes a return transfer (see Terms & Conditions) and travel insurance. There is no supplement for collecting a UM.

The Course


Age range 12 to 17 yrs. Maximum 20 students per week from different countries. Limits for each nationality to ensure a good mix.


There is a full programme of workshops, sports and activities, social events and excursions, all of which are mandatory and included in the fee.


There are 20 hours of Coding & Robotics per week. Maximum 20 students per group. 


We accept levels from B1 (Intermediate) to C2 (Proficiency). We cannot accept Complete Beginners or Beginners on this course. Students whose mother tongue is English are welcome on this course.

Academic Academies

Essay Writing and Public Speaking. Supplements are payable. Academies are subject to availability and a minimum number of enrolments.


Adventure & Water Sports, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Contemporary Dance, Drawing & Painting, Golf, Horse Riding, Performing Arts, Pottery & Ceramics, Rugby Skills and Tennis. Supplements are payable. Academies are subject to availability and a minimum number of enrolments.

The centre


Tennis courts, sports hall, swimming pool, gym, squash courts, astro-turf, playing fields, drama theatre, dance studios, IT suites, art studios.


Separate accommodation on campus for boys and girls. Most bedrooms have 2 to 4 beds (some single and larger bedrooms are available). Storage space is available. Bathrooms in most houses are shared, there is one boarding house with en-suite accommodation. Students share their bedroom with children of a similar age and from different countries. Every boarding house has its own communal space for students to relax.

Dicker Accommodation Leaflet


Bede’s staff provide excellent care for students 24 hours a day and live in the same sleeping areas as the students. Dedicated House Parents look after the students in each boarding house. Excellent staff:student ratios (typically 1:5). Individual attention provided. There is a surgery led by a qualified nurse a couple of times a week and students have access to a doctor if required.


Healthy meals with a mix of English and international dishes served in the Dining Room. Vegetarian options are always available. Special dietary requirements are accommodated.

Meals Leaflet


Internet is available and an extensive Wi-Fi network across the campus. Students can make and receive telephone calls. The Village Shop is available for refreshments and snacks. Laundry is done for students at least once a week. 24 hour emergency contact service for Parents.

Transfer Service
Transfer Service

Transfers from/to Heathrow and Gatwick Airports and St Pancras International Train Station are included in the fees between 09.00 and 18.00 (10.00-17.00 for St Pancras). Students are met by Bede's Staff and Bede's Airport Coordinators provide extra care.


London: 68 miles/109 km

LGW: 44 miles/70 km

LHR: 82 miles/133 km

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Course Aims

  1. Improve Coding skills
  2. Improve Robotics skills
  3. Have a better understanding of the British way of life
  4. Earn respect for other people and different cultures
  5. Develop personal and social skills
  6. Motivate students to continue learning English after they leave Bede's
  7. Build confidence to speak English more fluently

Course Outcomes

Attendance Certificate
Academies Certificate (if applicable)
Any special Awards or Prizes
Nationality Mix
What Students Thought in 2023
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