Introduction to Programming - Level 1 (Gateway)

Course aims

Ever wanted to know more a about how computer games and are made? Wonder how those apps you use on your phone are developed? This course will equip you to the skills you need to understand and learn basic coding techniques. This course is a good starting point for anyone wanting to explore further qualifications or even a career in coding/programming.

Course length

46 Guided Learning Hours.

Who is this course for?

Those with some IT skills and a keen interest in the more logical programming side of IT. Those wishing to progress into jobs in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) industries and in the digital skills sector. Coding is part of the new Digital Agenda and is being taught in schools, colleges and to adults. If you want to find out what it’s all about this is the course for you.

Will I gain any qualifications?

Yes. This is a level 1 qualification.

Do I need any prior knowledge, skills or qualifications?

This course is not suitable for complete beginners. You do not need any previous IT qualifications, but you will need a logical mind and a very keen interest in computer coding in general. You must also have English and Maths skills at Level 1 or above.

Course content

By the end of this course, you will be able to use basic coding in languages such as Python and JavaScript and be able to identify and repair coding errors in a program.

  • Learn in languages such as Python and JavaScript
  • Understand basic coding language
  • Create and use sprites
  • Use Boolean logic such as such as IF and Not
  • Understand how to use a loop(s)
  • Create your own mini games or apps
  • Be able to plan and review your won and others work and improve it (debug)

What could this course lead to?

This course is part of our digital pathway and could support your future employment in technical fields such as programming, project management, creative digital arts and working for such employers as HS2. It will also support you to design your own website.

In a dedicated IT classroom and also at home online, using written course materials and online learning resources. There will be group discussions, tutor-led demonstrations, tutorials, work in small groups, individual and peer (working with other learners) teaching. You may also be asked to do homework to expand your skills.

What materials or equipment will I need to provide?

You will need a pen, notepad, and a folder to store hand-outs and completed exercises. You will also need to supply a memory stick. Ideally, you will have access to a computer outside the classroom and you will need to have an email account. Having access to online storage is advisable.

What we require of you as a learner?

To achieve success on the course you will need to attend regularly. If you need to miss a class, please let us know in advance. You will need to ensure that you allow sufficient time for self-study and complete any homework set.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Level 2 Programming or another Level 2 IT course such as IT - Skills for work. 

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