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Computing, Digital and IT

Programming (Introduction) Level 1 Award Part-time (ONLINE)

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

This course next starts from 16 September. It is studied in your own time but must be completed in ten weeks. You are expected to commit at least three hours per week to studying.

Entry requirements

There is no requirement for you to have achieved any qualifications or units prior to undertaking this qualification. However, a reasonable standard of computing skills will be required.

You must be aged 19 or above to study this course.

You will achieve

Level 1 Award in Introduction to Programming

Course overview

This single unit qualification is designed to allow you to learn about the principles of computer programming to understand how programming works. You will develop text-based programming skills to design and develop your own computer program.

Course content

This course will teach you to:

  • Know the basic principles of programming
  • Be able to design a simple computer program in response to a client brief.
  • Be able to develop the program using a graphic-based programming language.
  • Be able to test, document and review the program.

This course can be studied in your own time from home – all you need is access to the internet. You will have access to regular support from tutors.

If you would prefer to study this in class, you can apply for the Programming Level 1 course here.


You will be assessed using a range of methods such as practical tasks and written coursework within a portfolio of evidence. This portfolio will be used to determine your grade.

All equipment will be provided

You will study this course in your own time from home. You will need access to a laptop and you will use Microsoft Teams to access the course material, with access to regular support from tutors.

Upon completion you could progress on to the Level 2 Award in Digital Development

How much does the course cost?

This course costs £150. This course may be FREE to study depending on your circumstances – please see the drop-down option below for more details.

19+ Students

Aged 19 or over and thinking about further education?

You may be eligible for free or reduced course fees . Please refer to our page ‘paying for your course.’

Extra information

Part-time courses are only available for learners who are 19 years old and above. You may not have to pay for this course if you are employed but earn below £21,255 a year, or if you receive Job Seekers Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit. If you are unemployed, actively seeking employment and receive Council Tax Benefit, Housing Benefit, Income Support or WFTC then you may also receive funding for this course. You will need to provide evidence of your eligibility which will be checked at enrolment.

This course is funded by South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority (SYMCA) and/or West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA). You must be living in the South or West Yorkshire regions to qualify for funding.

For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email info@barnsley.ac.uk

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Programming (Introduction) Level 1 Award Part-time (ONLINE)

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