Become a Developer

There are many developer jobs—from web and app developer to software engineer—but all involve creating and coding computer software. Begin learning how to code and explore short online programming courses, whatever your level.

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National Coding Week

17 - 23 September

National Coding Week to helps to bring coding and digital skills to everyone, regardless of their age or experience. During this week, you could

  • Join our coding courses and start learning, no matter what your experience level is
  • Follow #nationalcodingweek on social media for related events and resources
  • Download a National Coding Week toolkit and run your own community event

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What skills do you need to become a developer?

  • Coding and programming

    Professional developers specialise in at least one programming language, though most have a knowledge of several. New languages and platforms are constantly appearing, and online courses are a great way to learn about them.

  • Collaboration

    Developers work closely with project managers, analysts, designers and clients. This might also involve working as part of fast-moving team structures such as Agile or DevOps.

  • Testing and maintaining

    Developers are tasked with debugging, upgrading and reiterating programs and work with testers and users to keep improving them.

  • Problem-solving

    No matter the discipline, developers are called upon to solve user problems with code and fix problems inside programs.

Develop these skills. Start a short programming or web development course

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What do developers say about these programming courses?

The course helped me discover my passion for programming. Using Python was not something required in my degree, neither was it necessary for my job. However, it has helped me do my current job better than ever, and I know it will provide me with a great advance for my future.

Learner on Learn to Code for Data Analysis

I enjoyed taking this course a lot because it provided a structured framework for getting to grips with the language and a very friendly and collaborative atmosphere which made it fun. The camaraderie seemed to embrace everyone, including lecturers, mentors, and fellow students—we had a great bunch of people.

Learner on Functional Programming in Haskell

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