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CodingSkills by The Open University

Are you interested in learning how to program but not sure how to get started?

If you live in Scotland and are 18 years of age or above, then CodingSkills by The Open University could be for you. The programme is due to start 20 July 2020.

It’s funded by the Scottish Funding Council and there is no cost to participants.

What is CodingSkills?

CodingSkills by The Open University is a 6-week part time training programme, which draws on our fifty years’ experience of promoting education for all and supporting busy working adults to learn. The programme is designed to enable you to diversify your skillset and provide a stepping stone to a career in programming.

CodingSkills by The Open University flexes around the demands of your work and life and combines high quality online learning with webinars, online support and certification preparation sessions. Whilst you will need to keep on track, the programme puts you in the driving seat in terms of when you decide to schedule your study each week. The programme is funded by the Scottish Funding Council and there is no cost to participants.

What will I learn?

On this programme, you will learn:

  • Universal concepts of computer programming
  • Knowledge of the Python programming language
  • Skills to resolve challenges in implementing programs

Python is one of the most in demand, versatile languages in use in industry today. Python programming skills are in high demand across key sectors of the Scottish economy as organisations look to automate and digitise processes, maximise insights from data analysis and develop applications using Artificial Intelligence (AI).

You’ll work towards the internationally recognised Python PCEP industry certification so employers will understand the skills you’ve developed.

What could completion of this programme lead to?

PCEP certification is an interim step to the PCAP Certified Associate in Python Programming certification and the starting point to launch a career in software development and related technologies. Typical job roles which specify Python programming skills as required or desired include:

  • Data analyst
  • DevOps engineer
  • Machine learning engineer
  • Python programmer
  • Software developer

During the programme, you’ll have access to a wealth of careers resources, including courses, CV writing assistance and interview preparation, to help ready you for the next step in your career.

What are the entry requirements?

You’ll need a love of technology, an ability to problem solve and think outside the box, plus a strong motivation to learn and succeed. You’ll need to be able to answer ‘yes’ to all the following questions to be eligible to apply for the programme:

  • Are you 18 years of age or over?
  • Are you a UK citizen or have the legal right to live and work in the UK?
  • Are you a resident of Scotland?
  • Can you commit to 6 weeks of flexible part time study, starting on the date below? On average you’ll need to set aside 8-10 hours per week for study but at certain points in the programme, more study may be required.
  • Have you achieved a grade C or above in National 5 or Standard Grade Mathematics (or equivalent)?
  • Do you have regular access to a computer with an internet connection?
How do I apply?

The programme is scheduled to start week commencing 20 July 2020.

We have a limited number of fully funded places available.

If this sounds like the right opportunity for you, please apply by 18 June 2020 via our online form.

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