Computing, Games and IT

Computing: Introduction to Programming Level 1 Award Part-time

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

This course will start on Monday 24 April 2023. This course will run for 10 weeks between 1pm and 4pm.

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 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.

Please note that this course can be studied either in our SciTech Digital Innovation Hub or in the Urban Classroom, Market Kitchen (Barnsley town centre). We will discuss this further with you when you enrol. The course will run again in January 2023 and April 2023.

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

Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) Centre
Old Mill Lane
S70 2LA

Upon completion you could progress on to the Level 2 Award in Digital Development which will start in January 2023.

How much does the course cost?

This course is free for all learners.

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

For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email

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.

Computing: Introduction to Programming Level 1 Award Part-time