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Computer Science Masterclass Day

Date: Friday 24th November 2023

Time: 9:30am to 3:00pm

Venue: St Mary’s University, Twickenham

St Mary’s University is delighted to welcome learners in their first and second year of sixth form or college to our Computer Science masterclass event on 24th November.

Attendees will experience workshops in cyber security, data science, and coding. The day aims to give students the opportunity to get a feel for what it’s like to study computer science at degree level and get hands on experience in our computer science labs!

This event is suitable for learners considering applying to university for September 2024 or 2025 entry.


The timetable for the event is as follows:

  • 09.30am - arrive
  • 10am - welcome and introduction
  • 10.15am - discover computer science careers
  • 11.15am - cyber security insights- an interactive cyber security taster session
  • 12pm - lunch
  • 12.45pm - discover data insights - a hands-on data science taster session 
  • 2pm - coding futures - a hands-on software engineering taster session.

A breakdown of the sessions

Discover computer science careers

Explore the world of computer science and uncover diverse career options in our interactive taster session. Led by industry experts, this event provides a concise overview of technology's impact on various fields. Delve into key topics, from software development to AI, and gain valuable insights into thriving in the digital age.

Perfect for students and enthusiasts seeking direction, this session offers a glimpse into the exciting future of computer science careers. Join us to chart your path in the tech world!

Cyber security insights - an interactive cyber security taster session

Join us for an illuminating session and delve into the fundamentals of cyber security, explore threat landscapes, and understand essential security measures. Engage in interactive discussion, gain first-hand insights into cybersecurity challenges and solutions. Led by industry experts, this session provides a snapshot of the ever-evolving world of cyber threats and defences.

Whether you are a technology enthusiast or considering a career in cybersecurity, this seminar offers a glimpse into the critical realm of digital security. Do not miss this opportunity to enhance your understanding of cyber threats and discover the strategies that keep our digital world safe.

Discover Data Insights- A Hands-on Data Science Taster Session

Join us for an exciting taster session on data science, where you can delve into the world of data analytics, machine learning, and statistical modelling. During this session, you will gain hands-on experience exploring real datasets, understanding data patterns, and learning essential data science techniques.

Our expert instructors will guide you through the basics, allowing you to grasp the fundamental concepts of data science and its applications in various fields. You will gain a glimpse into the fascinating realm of data science and discover its potential to transform industries and drive innovation.

Coding Futures - A Hands-on Software Engineering Taster Session 

Embark on a coding journey with this taster session, where you will get a taste of the dynamic world of software engineering. Dive into the fundamentals of programming, explore the intricacies of software development, and witness first-hand how lines of code can transform ideas into functional applications. Our expert instructors will guide you through engaging exercises, providing insights into the latest technologies and industry best practices.

Whether you are a beginner curious about programming or someone considering a career in software engineering, this session offers a unique opportunity to explore the endless possibilities of the digital realm. Join us and take your first steps toward mastering the art of software engineering!

Important information

Students are welcome to register independently to attend this day.

If teachers or advisers wish to book a larger cohort, we recommend that learners still register independently so that they receive relevant information prior to the event and to help with attendance marking on the day.

However, please do get in touch with Rachel at if you have any questions or need support as we can facilitate larger bookings on your behalf if required.

About St Mary's

St Mary’s University (SMU) has been rated the gold standard for student experience in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). SMU achieved an overall rating of Silver, which lasts for four years, with student outcomes rated typically very high quality. The University was ranked 45th in the 2024 edition of the prestigious Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, which also rated the University fifth for Teaching Quality and seventh for Student Experience.

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