Computer Programming: Complete Beginners

Location Coleridge Community College

Day Thursday

Start Date 11 January 2018

Time 6.30pm - 8.30pm

Weeks 10 weeks

Price £105 (£69 concession)

Brief Description:

Have you ever wanted to be able to write computer programs?  Perhaps you’re a parent who’d like to keep up with your children as they learn coding at school or perhaps you’ve wanted to learn how to program but have been discouraged by the technical jargon that’s often used.  This 10 week course is aimed at teaching complete beginners how to program.  You will be introduced to Python which is a very popular and efficient programming language.  You will become familiar with the basic commands that allow you to print, perform mathematical calculations, make decisions and design loops.  The essential skills of debugging and testing will also be covered.  But remember, it’s not just all about the programming, fun will be had along the way!!

Previous Experience and Knowledge Needed?

No previous experience of programming is required, this course is designed for complete beginners.  However, you will need a basic knowledge of working with Microsoft Windows and be confident using a keyboard and mouse.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the course, you will have the opportunity to:
• Write an algorithm
• Design a flow chart
• Create, save and run a Python program
• Work with text
• Program using mathematical calculations
• Assign variables
• Program decision making
• Perform loops
• Prompt user inputs and store that input
• Utilise Python’s in-built functions
• Debug and test programs

About Your Tutor:

Rachel Kidd (BSc Hons Mathematics, MSc IT) spent over 15 years training adults to configure, program and operate a variety of specialist computer systems used in Forensic Science, Financial Analysis and TV Broadcasting Graphics.  She also volunteers at the Centre for Computing History where she regularly presents the Robotics workshop.

Extra costs on the course for example text book, materials or equipment:

USB memory sticks are an option for any learners who may wish to save a copy of their work.  Text books are not essential but may help support the material covered.

For the first session you will need to bring:

Pen/pencil and paper.

On completion of this course, what might your next steps be?

Contact the Adult Learn and Train office on 01223 712340 to discuss Intermediate Level Programming courses.


  • For full course information:
  • We are able to accept bookings over the phone, please have your credit/debit card to hand.
  • Places on any courses are only secure upon receipt of the FULL payment.
  • Loyal Learners receive 5% discount towards the cost of any course in the 2017/18 academic year, to qualify for the discount full payment must be received before the enrolment deadline. For full terms and conditions contact the office.
  • Postal enrolments with fees are welcome (please DO NOT send cash), make cheques payable to Parkside Federation Academies.
  • Enrolments via email MUST NOT contain card payment details.
  • Enrolments are welcome throughout the year.
  • Courses with fewer than the relevant number of learners may have the option of continuing on payment of supplementary fees or the length of the course reducing.
  • Upon enrolment you will receive learner information about college support and signposts to policies and regulations. If you do not have an email address please pick up a copy of the terms and conditions from the Adult Learn & Train office.


  • Fees are payable in full when you enrol. We accept all major debit and *credit cards (*50p charge), cheques (made payable to Parkside Federation Academies), or cash (in person).
  • Please note should you choose to withdraw from the course you will still be liable to pay any outstanding instalments.
  • Refunds will only be paid in full when a class is closed at the discretion of the College, or if you cancel your enrolment at least two weeks before the course starts. If you decide to cancel less than two weeks before the course starts you will receive a 50% refund. Unfortunately we cannot offer a refund if a course has already started.
  • Concessionary fees are available if you: are in receipt of the “Guaranteed Credit” element of the Pension Credit / have an income equivalent to the Government low income threshold / are in receipt of a means tested benefit. Proof must be shown at enrolment, otherwise the full fee will be charged.

Learner Information:

  • If you have supplied your email address, you will receive a confirmation email following your enrolment. If you have not received this, please contact the Adult Learn & Train team on 01223 712340 or If the course is cancelled, we will contact you to offer an alternative or a full refund.
  • Free Parking is available in the evening at all centres on a first come first serve basis. During the day spaces are extremely limited in the car park – street parking is available a short walk away. If you require accessible parking please contact the centre concerned to reserve a space.
  • All college premises are strictly NO SMOKING sites, any learners wishing to smoke are asked to do so away from the immediate vicinity of the college.
  • In the event of severe weather conditions that result in school closure: please check the website or tune into local radio for up-to-date information.

Some courses are funded by the Education & Skills Funding Agency

Equalities and Diversity Statement: We are fully committed to equality of opportunity and welcome enrolments from everyone.

We positively encourage all learners with any concerns about specific needs which might affect their learning to discuss their requirements with us in confidence. We believe that everyone is entitled to learn in an environment that is free from discriminatory behaviour so that we build a community based on mutual trust and respect.

We will ensure that resources and equipment are accessible to all and make reasonable adjustments to ensure that all learners can access activities.

Safeguarding Statement: Arrangements have been made to make sure that you are safe in this centre. If you feel you are not safe for any reason, for example through verbal or physical abuse or you have been discriminated against, please tell your tutor or the centre manager, who will investigate to ensure your safety.

Adult Learn and Train reserve the right to withdraw tuition and exam entries in the event of verbal, physical or intimidating behaviour to other learners, tutor or staff.

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