/Computer Programming for Everyone

Provided by: University of Leeds

Course Area: All areas

Course Type: Short Course

Start date: 20201026

Subjects: Cloud Computing, Coding, Computational Thinking, Computer Science, Creative Technology, Digital Education, Digital Media, Information Technology, Internet of Things, Javascript, Knowledge Management, Machine Learning, Networks, Physical Computing, Product Design, Software Engineering, User Experience Design, Web Applications, Web Development

Recognised by: Nesta

Price: Free

Delivery Method: Online

Course overview

What are computers good at and how can you get the best out of them? On this course, you’ll find out how and why people program computers. Using an introductory block-language for coding, you’ll discover the kinds of problems that computers can help you solve. You’ll also explore different types of coding languages and discover a variety of useful applications of code.


At the end of the course, you’ll implement key principles you’ve learned by writing your first computer programs.


This course is part of the An Introduction to Coding and Design  program of online courses, which aims to teach you how apps and websites are made and designed and improve your skills in coding, app design and UX. This program is part of the Digital Skills for the Workplace collection designed to teach you essential digital and professional skills required for the modern workplace.


This course is hosted by FutureLearn. It can be started at any time after the advertised date and is available now.

Who is this course for

This course is designed for young people who have digital skills but would like to build confidence in using digital technology in the workplace.


This may include those studying for A-levels, those who have a degree, or those who want to improve their career prospects.


The course will also be useful for anyone in employment who wants to boost their digital skills or anyone returning to the workplace who’d like to gain confidence in how working practices have evolved.

What will I learn

In this course you will:

  • Summarise key developments in the advent of computer technology
  • Identify where algorithms are used in the world
  • Solve basic block-language programming exercises
  • Discuss the roles & responsibilities involved in making software
  • Solve more advanced block language exercises with expressive solutions
  • Describe the features & advantages of text-based languages
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