The Best Short Courses for Beginners

Words by James Nash | Photography by Laurence Elizabeth 

Want to take a part-time coding course?

Got limited time, and want focused learning? These are the concise courses to introduce you to useful new skills.

For most of us who want to learn to code, it’s not yet an option to give up our day jobs and immerse ourselves into a newfound passion for programming. If you’re a beginner wanting to dip your toes into the pool of tech education, a short course that accommodates your current schedule – and skill level – is probably your best choice. Here are the options that we have on offer.

Code 101

Who’s it for?

Absolute beginners: whether you’ve learned a little about programming from an online course or have quite literally never written a line of code, you’ll get the grounding you need from this introduction to the basics of HTML and CSS.

What do I need to know before I start?

Not much, actually, as long as you’re computer literate. We’ll tell you everything you need to know about how coding languages work to create a website, what HTML and CSS actually are, and how one builds the site’s structure while the other creates its style. We’ll also answer all of the questions you’ve been afraid to ask because they seem too simple – don’t stress, this is a no-judgement zone and we all have to start somewhere.

How would I use what I learn?

Easy – you can use it not only to build the front-end of a website but also as the foundation for future learning.

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Intro to JavaScript

Who’s it for?

If you’ve achieved a good basic knowledge of programming and want to take it to the next level with the world’s current most popular coding language, this is where you’ll get the skills to do just that.

What do I need to know before I start?

You’ll need to be able to code using HTML and CSS before you start this course. If you don’t yet, take a look at the course option above this one.

How would I use what I learn?

JavaScript is used to make sites interactive, so the web pages you build can now become more than good-looking sheets of information – they’ll allow site visitors to make things happen while they browse.

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Intro to SQL

Who’s it for?

Anyone who’s interested in data analysis or just wants to upskill by learning how to interact fully with large databases.

What do I need to know before I start?

No programming knowledge is actually required: SQL is a query language, not a programming language. With commands written almost like English, it’s an intuitive language to learn and use, especially for beginners. SQL is best used in conjunction with programming knowledge, but whether you want to learn to code, too, is up to you.

How would I use what I learn?

SQL is used to find information efficiently within large databases. It can be used for data analysis as well as building registries and much more. This is one of the fastest growing and most exciting fields for prospective programmers to get into!

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