"I learnt so much and the course has definitely made me consider studying computer science and coding in the future."Aaniya, Teen student
Teen Coding With Python – DofE Award Approved
Get familiar with Python, one of the most widely-used and widely-taught programming languages in senior schools, universities and businesses, and learn to code from the ground up. Duke of Edinburgh Award Approved Activity for the Bronze Skills Programme.
Teen Coding With Python – DofE Award Approved
For online courses: these require you to have a capable computer to work on and a broadband internet connection. Most PC/Mac computers from the last 5 years will be fine but you can view our recommended detailed system requirements here. For on campus courses: laptops are provided for all junior courses, as well as Music, Unity, Creative Design & YouTube senior courses. Laptop rental is available for all other senior courses (£50 extra).
Learn to code
Python is one of the world's most popular programming languages. Learn to code in Python and also develop the problem solving, critical thinking and computational thinking skills that employers say are most important
FUTURE OF WORK
Code powers our digital world and allows people to build and create what currently does not exist (the future!). The future of work is set to be heavily impacted by automation, artificial intelligence and the application of increasing amounts of data. Code is at the foundation of this revolution
This course covers the coding elements of GCSE Computing and most of those required at A-Level. You will be equipped with programming basics and a solid foundation for going into future academic studies. Completing a Fire Tech course can often take pride of place on university applications as an extracurricular activity.
My child has done some Python already, will they learn anything new on the Python course?
The topics covered in the Teen Coding with Python course cover the equivalent to what your child would do at GCSE and some A-level. This means unless your child is working on A-level Python they will …
The topics covered in the Teen Coding with Python course cover the equivalent to what your child would do at GCSE and some A-level. This means unless your child is working on A-level Python they will likely not have studied all the topics on this course.
In addition to that the course is project based so the students get to apply the knowledge to something practical which gives them a much better grasp of the concepts than purely theory.
Learn one of the most in-demand coding languages on Earth, used in start-ups, enterprise companies, and academic institutions. This is a top choice for students studying Computer Science for their GCSEs and want to take their skills to the next level in a fun and supportive environment.
|Our code-loving instructors will help develop your programming proficiency|
|Learn how to use variables, integers, floats, strings, loops, file I/O’s and data structures|
|Work on your own challenge-focused projects|
|Finish with the confidence to use the Python programming language independently|
While this is a beginners’ course, we do find that many teens who have already started to learn to program on their own find our “back to basics” approach very helpful as they fill in any gaps in their fundamentals.
|“I get to do something I am really interested in” – Danny|
This is an online learning course taught live by an expert tutor who is fully DBS-checked. You will join a small group of other young learners, working together and making lots of progress in fun and interactive sessions. All sessions are monitored and recorded for safety.
|This is a 12 week After School course which matches the requirements of the skills component of the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award. If you are taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award, let us know and the tutor will provide the appropriate assessment required at the end of the course.|
For details of how this course covers the coding components of GCSE Computing, download the mapping grid here. Students will also cover topics such as Object Oriented Programming and Creating GUIs which they often won’t encounter until they study Computer Science at A Level or beyond.
This course is also available in Week-long format.
|How much did you enjoy your course? Score: 4.6/5|
|How would you compare your experience at Fire Tech to school? Score: 4.3/5|
|How likely are you to create with technology for fun, using the skills you learned? Score: 4.2/5|
Source: Post-course feedback, 279 ratings, Apr 2020 – June 2021
What your child will learn
- Introduction to common Python programming environments
- Core coding principles including variables, loops, if statements, and functions
- Advanced coding methods including Object Oriented Programming (OOP)
- Create and interact with common data structures
- Import and use third-party libraries to add powerful new features including graphical components
- Programming Design Patterns and how to make reusable code
- Equip students to debug their code and work out how to help themselves when they run into problems.