Introduction to Python

Course Dates: 22/02/21 - 15/03/21
Time: 10:00 - 13:15
Location: Online

Want to learn more about how computers work or what computer programmers do? Get started in computer programming using the most popular and easy-to-use computer programming language Python.

This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.


What is the course about?

This course is aimed at anyone who wants to learn a simple but powerful modern programming language. The course leads students from the basics of writing and running Python scripts to more advanced features such as file operations, working with data, and using Python modules.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

• An overview of Python
• What is Python?
• Compiled and Interpreted programming languages
• Downloading and installing Python
• Using the Python documentation
• The structure of a Python script
• Running Python scripts
• Using variables
• Managing text with String operators
• Managing numbers with Math operators
• Writing to the screen
• Reading from the keyboard
• The if and elif statements 'while' and 'for loops'
• Using lists
• List operations and methods
• Dealing with syntax errors
• Program Exceptions.

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

• Write Python scripts
• Use flow control structures
• Use Python to read and write files and handle external data
• Make their code robust by handling errors and exceptions properly
• Work with the Python code libraries.

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

No prior knowledge of Python or programming is required, but you should have good general computing skills. You should be able to follow spoken instructions, read written instructions and information, and discuss work with your tutor in English. If you are new to programming and would like to do some preparation for this course you may wish to try the following : Using the scratch tool use the graphical editor to draw a square

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 are no additional costs.

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

Intermediate Python, Data analytics with Python: introduction, Algorithms in Python, Introduction to machine learning, Introduction to R programming or any other programming language such as Java, C#, C++, JavaScript.


Customer Reviews 14 item(s)

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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.

this is a very basic course. You will learn the most fundamental commands of any coding language, as all of them as based in the same principles. Although these commands are very basic, they will still allow you to do a lot of stuff as any procedure can be split in different steps that can be coded by only using these commands.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 16/02/2020)
I benefited a lot from this course especially when it came to building confidence in coding that I didn't have. I tried learning Python on my own through online courses or through books but I never felt confident. The tutor helped me gain confidence and become motivated to go further and expand my knowledge in Python. They did an excellent job.
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Review by anonymous / (Posted on 28/11/2019)
Very knowledgeable and experienced tutor. Excellent teaching.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 29/10/2019)
yes, good course, shame about lack of logins !
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Review by Robert / (Posted on 30/09/2019)
So long as you pay attention throughout it shouldn’t be too hard to understand Python
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Review by Joseph / (Posted on 30/07/2019)
it is demanding so you will need your wits about you
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 06/06/2019)
I would say it's good for learning syntax and writing scripts in Python, but if you want to know about general programming concepts maybe another course or continuing with a more advanced coursed would be a good option.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 24/05/2019)
Highly recommend
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 08/04/2019)
This is a good introductory course to python and coding in general. I feel that I've learned the basics and now have tools to expand my knowledge myself.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 08/04/2019)
Thoroughly enjoyed the course. It was well structured and well paced. Particularly pleased with the differentiated tasks which allowed progress throughout the course. I highly recommend it.
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Review by mt / (Posted on 28/03/2019)
its good and worth taking to gain a basic but good understanding of Python
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 21/02/2019)
They should definitely do it!
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 07/12/2018)
An excellent course! It does progress quickly, but covers the fundamentals of Python very well.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 06/11/2018)
A fantastic course from beginning to end. The tutor is amazing. I have attended hundreds of courses over the years, this is by far the best. The resources were very detailed with excellent tasks that built up knowledge and experience in clear steps. The sessions were a great balance of information, demonstration and practice. I didn't want it to end.
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Review by Eloise / (Posted on 02/11/2018)

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Course Code: CPPY36

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Mon, day, 22 Feb - 15 Mar '21

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

Full fee: £229.00
Senior fee: £183.00
Concession: £115.00

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