"I learnt so much and the course has definitely made me consider studying computer science and coding in the future."Aaniya, Teen student
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.
Teen Coding with Python – Self-guided
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Teen Coding with Python - Self-guided
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What you learn
Unlock your inner software engineer with a course that teaches you the skills to understand, create and debug like a pro.
Get ahead at school
A popular choice for students taking GCSE or A Level Computer science. Learn the fundamentals of modern coding including data types, variables, functions, loops and object oriented programming. This course covers all of the coding elements of the GCSE and most of those included in the A levels.
The bigger picture
Expert tutors will teach you the programming language behind tech behemoths like Facebook, Netflix and Spotify.
Learn one of the most in-demand coding languages in the world, 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.
Develop your programming proficiency by learning how to use variables, integers, floats, strings, loops, file I/O’s and data structures, as you work on your own challenge-focused projects. You will 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.
This is an independent learning course, with a focus on project work. Students will work independently at their own pace through learning materials and assignments, and also have weekly live onscreen tutorials for sharing progress and problem-solving.
There are 5 weekly tutorials, lasting 1 hour each. These tutorials are led by an expert, fully DBS-checked instructor, and you will join a small group of other young learners online, working together in fun and interactive sessions. All sessions are monitored and recorded for safety.
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.
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.