Equipment & Requirements

Details on what's required to run a Code Club.

What equipment do I need to run a Code Club?
Most clubs start off with projects in the language Scratch, which can be used for free via a web browser — all you need is access to internet-connected PCs or laptops. There is also an offline version of it that’s free to download. You can find out more about the system requirements for Scratch and its offline v...
Is coding experience required?
No, but we recommend that you work through the projects yourself so you can stay one step ahead of the children in your club. The projects can be found on our projects site.
Is teaching experience required?
No teaching experience is required to volunteer at a Code Club. You’ll be working alongside a club host from the venue (a teacher, teaching assistant, librarian, or youth worker); they are there to support you and are required to be present at the sessions to help you.
What's the time commitment involved?
To be a volunteer, you will need to have time to go to the venue each week for the club session (which usually lasts one hour); also allow some time for making sure things are prepared before the club members arrive. We think a sensible minimum commitment is running a club for 12 weeks, to give the club member...
Why do I need a background check?
As part of our commitment to keeping children in our clubs safe, Code Club request that all our volunteers obtain an Enhanced DBS check (or equivalent).
What is the minimum age for volunteers?
You need to be 16 years old or over to volunteer with Code Club.
Do I need a background check?
Yes, all Code Club volunteers must complete a background check. Find more information on this on our Working Safely with Children page here.
How do I get a background check?
There are a few different ways in which you can get a background check (DBS, PVG or Access NI). Information on all the options can be found on the Working safely with children page of our site.
Do I need a new background check if I already have one?
It is the policy of some venues that anyone volunteering there needs to complete a new background check before starting, so please check with the club host to determine whether they are willing to accept your existing check.