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Published on 26 October 2021 by Web editor

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The Institute of Coding (IoC) brings together industry, government, higher education and outreach partners to create digital skills courses that have engaged over 900,000 diverse learners to date. Our partners have created a variety of courses so you can keep learning wherever you are in your life or career.

If you are looking to gain new digital skills in order to develop or move into a career in digital, we are here to help you navigate some of the available options. Whether you are new to digital, expanding your skills, or are a manager looking to upskill your team, we’ve worked with top employers to design training that matches your needs, including industry-inspired taster sessions, degrees, short courses, and more.

As a starting point, we have 150+ courses at the higher education level in a variety of formats, many of which are available online, that will get you gain in-demand digital skills. The IoC website is a great place to start searching for some of the available options. Click here to view our full course catalogue. We’ve also highlighted some of the pathways to a digital career or digital upskilling below.

Prepare for your career with a degree programme

Our partners offer several undergraduate and graduate degree programmes that will help you prepare for a career in the digital sector.

If you are looking to gain a Master’s degree and further your knowledge to expert level, have a look at the following programmes, which are just a few of the many options available.

MSc Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (Conversion Programme) from Queen Mary University of London

MBA with Marketing specialism from Coventry University

MSc Data Science (full-time) from Birbeck University of London

MSc Cyber Security from Swansea University

Click here to view all Master’s degree programmes.

If you are interested in a degree programme, here are some examples of what we offer.

BSc (Hons) Applied Artificial Intelligence from University of Gloucestershire

BSc (Hons) Software Development (Accelerated Degree) from Manchester Metropolitan University

BSc (Hons) Data Science from the Open University

BSc (Hons) Cyber Security at Aston University

Develop new digital skills

Looking to develop more advanced digital skills, like network security and artificial intelligence? Our partners offer courses that provide more in-depth learning that can be taken as a one-off, or can lead to further study. Many of the course options are free to take and offered online for maximum flexibility.

Examples include:

Introduction to Cryptography from Coventry University

Artificial Intelligence: Distinguishing Between Fact and Fiction from Coventry University

Digital Thinking Tools for better decision making from Coventry University

Wellbeing and Resilience at Work from the University of Leeds

Creating a Great User Experience for Mobile Apps from the University of Leeds

Create a Social Media Marketing Campaign from University of Leeds

Information and Digital Literacy – Professional course from University of the West of England

Construct a Virtual Reality Experience from Lancaster University

Collaborative Coding with Git from University of Manchester

Create Accessible Interfaces from UAL Creative Computing Institute

Introduction to Computational Thinking from the Open University

Click here to view all of our short online courses. If you are looking for free upskilling options, click here.

Explore courses from the IoC’s partners

The IoC is a consortium of 35 university partners, all of which offer a wide variety of courses that can help you develop and expand your digital skills. We recommend clicking through to view the full offering from any of our partners who are listed on our course catalogue.

Upskill with Government-supported courses

Skills Bootcamps

Skills Bootcamps are flexible courses of up to 16 weeks, giving people the opportunity to build up tech skills and fast-track to an interview with an employer.

The Department for Education maintains a database of Skills Bootcamps across a broad range of subjects, including construction, digital, engineering, green skills and rail, from providers across the UK. To view the full list, click here.

The Skills Toolkit

Interested in exploring further? There are also a variety of short course options available on the Government’s Skills Toolkit website. The Skills Toolkit provides a broad selection of free courses to help you learn new skills or get a new job. For example, you can learn about:

· practical maths

· computer essentials

· personal growth and wellbeing

· professional development

· business and finance

· digital design and marketing

· computer science and coding

We hope these resources are helpful. It’s time to look at upskilling and reskilling – take the first step today!

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