Introduction to Programming: Build Applications with Python

If you have never done any computer programming, looking at pages and pages of programme code can be daunting. Fear not! In this course, you will learn the basics of computer programming whilst creating a music library application.

This course is an ideal introduction for those looking to explore programming for fun or as a career.

Course Outline



Suitable For

Adults and Teenagers


Learn the fundamental programming concepts using Python whilst creating a working music library application


Getting Started

Understanding what computer programming is all about and where Python fits in.

Computational Thinking

Understanding how computers execute a program. Using a variety of "unplugged" activities to reinforce learning.

Basic Programming Concepts

Hands-on working through the basic concepts of programming in Python – objects, identifiers, types, operators, lists, loops, decisions, modules and functions.

Program Design

Understanding how to approach building an application from scratch.

Iterative Development

Building the application bit-by-bit.

Building a User Interface

Displaying the music library nicely on the screen. Getting the user to select albums and tracks.

Testing and exception handling

Testing the application and dealing with errors

Playing the Music

Playing your selected track using a third-party library.


Prices depend on location and start around £160 (£120 concs). See individual dates for details.

Skills you should have before you attend

None required.

Skills you will pick up in the course

Key skill categories

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to


This course can be customised and delivered at a mutually-convenient time and place for groups


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