Introduction to programming

Course Dates: 05/09/20 - 12/09/20
Time: 10:30 - 13:30
Location: Online

This is a beginner's course designed for anyone who wants to dip their toes into the exciting world of programming and see what all the fuss is about. Perfect if you want to make your first step in learning any of the programming languages at City Lit.

This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.


What is the course about?

This course will teach you the basics concepts of programming using Python, one of the most popular and easy to learn programming languages. Not only is this language extremely popular in education but it is also used by many of the big hitters such as NASA and Google.

This is a live online course. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

This course will cover all the necessary skills needed and some of the technical vocabulary that underpin all modern programming languages. You will learn about and use such language features as:
• Programme sequence
• Printing output to the computer screen
• Variables and data types
• Getting input from the keyboard
• Processing data and performing calculations
• Selection
• Iteration.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Produce simple programmes that cover all the concepts outlined above.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is an entry level course and is an ideal starting place for someone wanting to go on to take a language-specific programming class. Good keyboarding skills and some file management skills will be required.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

No external work required.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

There is no other costs.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

We hold many further courses in coding/programming such as Introduction to Python, Introduction to C#, Introduction to Java, Introduction to Unity 3D, Introduction to PHP/MySQL, Introduction to C++, Introduction to creative coding with Processing, HTML5 & CSS: introduction (stage 1).


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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

It's a really good way to dip your toes into programming.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 28/10/2019)
Great tutor with a passion for programming. Very easy language and the class had all abilities which made it non-intimidating. No boring bits either!
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Review by M Rogers / (Posted on 15/04/2019)
This was a really enjoyable course and a good introduction to computer programming. The teacher was very knowledgeable and informative but made it fun too, so even though it was challenging and a lot of new info to take in, it wasn't too overwhelming. It's inspired me to continue learning more, and I've booked the Intro to Python course as a result.
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Review by Sharon / (Posted on 25/02/2019)
If you want to learn what programming is about this is a great introductory course. There are skills involved which are applicable in other areas like how to have an effective approach to solving problems and getting solutions . Make sure you check those keyboard keys you don't use often like tab and hash inverted commas brackets for writing some code. Very enjoyable
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 10/12/2018)
This is a great introduction to programming, as someone who had no knowledge on this topic going into the course I now feel like I have the knowledge to make an informed choice about further study and how these skills may be best applied to my career
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Review by Ellie / (Posted on 10/12/2018)
This is a strong starting course that breaks you into programming concepts.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 03/12/2018)
Highly recommend
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 27/09/2018)
Tutor Biographies
Rich Cochrane

Rich is a programmer, writer and educator with a particular interest in creative practice. In his previous career he worked as a software developer in the CIty, first at a dot-com startup and later at a top-tier investment bank where he worked mostly on trading floor systems and got to play with a wide range of languages and technologies. He now teaches coding and maths-related courses full time. Besides his work at City Lit he also teaches at Central Saint Martins, the Architecture Association and the Photographer's Gallery and is the author of two books about mathematics. His technical collaborations with artists have been shown at, among others, the Hayward gallery, the V&A, the ICA and Camden Arts Centre. He has a BSc in Mathematics from the Open University. He also has a BA in English Literature and a PhD in philosophy (both from Cardiff). He continues to teach a little philosophy and literature, especially as they intersect with his other interests, and as a partner in Minimum Labyrinth he has brought these ideas to wider audiences in collaboration with the Museum of London, the Barbican and various private sponsors.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

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Course Code: CPR08

Please choose a course date 

Sat, day, 05 Sep - 12 Sep '20

Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)

Full fee: £99.00
Senior fee: £99.00
Concession: £99.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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or call 020 7492 2515

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