Is This for You?

This course is designed as an introduction for anyone looking to gain a basic understanding of computer programming.

Award and Associated Qualifications

Awarded 18 CPD points upon successful completion

Start Date
Study Type
In centre, online, or a combination
Training Type
18 hours

About This Course

This course is designed as an introduction for anyone looking to gain a basic understanding of computer programming.

This course is designed as introduction to programming and programming concepts.

For starters, you’ll learn the most common Command Line Interface and Operating System commands for both Windows- and Linux-based computers.

You’ll then move on to explore the structure of a simple computer program, identifying the purpose of each part. You’ll examine variables, and you’ll dive into the role of functions.

You’ll then become familiar with the design process behind writing a computer program. You’ll explore program flow, decision making, and looping. Moving on, you’ll examine how algorithms and flowcharts are used in computer program design, and you’ll examine the three programming concepts of sequence, selection, and repetition.

As you progress through the course, you’ll learn the most common best practices for designing and developing software documentation. And you’ll learn best practices for writing and documenting your source code.

Finally, you’ll learn best practice for implementing security within your applications. And you’ll learn how to test and debug your code to eliminate potential errors.


  • Module 1 – Command Line Interface & Operating System Commands
  • Module 2 – Introduction to Programming
  • Module 3 – Systematic Design with Pseudocode
  • Module 4 – Algorithms, Sorting, & Searching
  • Module 5 – Object-oriented Programming
  • Module 6 – Design & Development Best Practices
  • Module 7 – Source Coding Best Practices
  • Module 8 – Software Security Best Practices
  • Module 9 – Best Practices for Maintaining Code

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Aims and Objectives

This course will be helpful to anyone looking to develop a foundational understanding of computer programming.


There are no pre-requisites for this course.

Finance Options

Wherever possible our training is tailored to your needs. The cost of our training programmes depend on the course(s) you choose and varies according to duration and breadth. Rest assured we have a number of payment options available to ensure the cost of training is affordable and can be worked alongside your other financial commitments. Common ways people fund their training include: –


  • Flexible payment plans to help you spread the cost* available at many of our centres;
  • You could opt to pay upfront.

Company Funded:

Requesting funding from your employers needn’t be a daunting task. Many employers support and encourage their employees with their professional development and consider it a worthwhile investment to fund any training required.

What we can help with:

  • Providing a comprehensive training programme outlining learning outcomes
  • Tailored personnel letters
  • Communication with finance departments to arrange payment options (upfront or payment plan*).

Funding & Grants:

There may be the opportunity to apply for funded grants that can help towards the cost of training. These include the Skills Development Scotland ITAs and the ReAct programme in Wales. All schemes will have different terms and conditions that will need to be met in order to qualify for a grant and these are managed by each individual centre.

We’d recommend you speak to a Course Advisor in your local centre to find out whether they are registered to offer any such schemes and discuss your requirements further.

* Terms and Conditions apply. Speak to a Course Advisor for full information on the options available to you.

Career Path

This course is ideal if you’re seeking to enhance an existing IT skillset or if you have aspirations of working in the field of software development.

What's the Difference?

We offer a range of training packages in a range of subject areas and can offer blended learning opportunities to best meet your needs.

Our courses are practical in nature and focus on a single subject and can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days.

Diplomas are designed to give you a complete skillset mapped to a specific career path and contain a number of core and elective courses.