Kickstart your digital career

/Click Start by the University of Leeds in Digital Skills

Provided by: University of Leeds

Course Area: All areas

Course Type: Short Course

Start date: Anytime

Subjects: Digital Skills

Price: Free

Delivery Method: Online

/Kickstart your digital career

Are you 16-30? Want to open-up new opportunities and get better pay? Whatever you want to do, digital skills help you do it better. Most jobs now need digital skills. And you can learn them. Take these courses in your free time from the comfort of your home and get the start you want with Click Start.


All you need is an open mind. You don’t need experience. You don’t need to have been to university. All you need is curiosity and be ready to learn new things. Maybe you want a new direction? Maybe you want to upskill? Maybe you want a raise or promotion in your current role? Click Start gives you the head start you need.

Who is this course for

Click Start is designed to support under-represented groups. The aim is to give you the digital skills you need to find new opportunities. Or get better pay. Or simply do what you want to do in life.

If you don’t qualify for a free place you can still take part. Payment options are available for those who don’t meet requirements. Click here to see if you qualify for a free place today.



For a FREE place you must be aged 16-30 and also meet at least ONE of the following criteria:

  • I identify as a woman or as non-binary.
  • My parents did not go to university.
  • I have a disability or debilitating health condition.
  • My family or household income is less than £25,000.
  • I have caring responsibilities.
  • I or another member of my household claims benefits or tax credits.
  • I attended/attend a state school achieving below the national average at GCSE (Attainment of 8 or less).
  • I live in an area with low levels of progression on to Higher Education (i.e. no more than 20% of my classmates went to University).
  • I receive a 16-19 Bursary Fund with an income threshold of £25,000 or below.

What will I learn

You can start this Click Start programme any time you like! Click Start, delivered in partnership with the University of Leeds, is delivered online via the Coursera platform. It is available on a rolling, ongoing basis. Once you start, you have 3 months to do as many courses as you choose. 


The Click Start programme is made up of 30+ courses. These courses cover digital skills, as well as personal and professional development designed to help you apply for, and get, a better job. Each course involves 6-8 hours of learning. But you can complete any course at you own pace. So you might do the course in less time. All courses are self-guided. 


You’ll also have access to a number of career development courses provided by Coursera.

Technical skills

Learn essential technical skills to prepare for your career in software development.

  • An Introduction to Programming using Python
  • Working with Integrated Development Environments
  • Working with Version Control
  • Foundations of Software Testing and Validation
  • An Introduction to Logic for Computer Science
  • Fundamental Skills in Engineering Design
  • An Introduction to Cryptography


How to get into the tech industries

Discover the skills you need to succeed in high-demand tech industries. These new courses are now open for pre-enrolment.

  • How to Get into AI
  • How to Get Into Blockchain
  • How to Get into Web Development
  • How to Get into Cloud Computing
  • How to Get into Robotics
  • How to Get into Software Development
  • Introduction to Technology-Assisted Decision-Making


Professional skills

Improve your professional and leadership skills, and take your first steps towards a career of your dreams.

  • Create a Professional Online Presence
  • Essential Skills for Your Career Development
  • The Art of the Job Interview
  • Strategic Career Self-Management
  • Mastering the Software Engineering Interview
  • Writing Winning Resumes and Cover Letters
  • Successful Interviewing
  • Successful Presentation
  • Stepping Up: Preparing Yourself for Leadership
  • Digital Transformation
  • Women in Leadership: Inspiring Positive Change


Personal development skills

Gain life-changing skills that will help you build your confidence and develop your career.

  • Decision Making: How to Choose the Right Problem to Solve
  • Critical Thinking Skills for the Professional
  • Decision-Making: Blending Art and Science
  • Introduction to Negotiation: A Strategic Playbook for Becoming a Principled and Persuasive Negotiator
  • Emotional and Social Intelligence
  • Emotional Intelligence: Cultivating Immensely Human Interactions
  • Digital Footprint


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