Start your journey

Our Introduction to Programming course will give you a basic understanding of JavaScript - one of the most popular programming languages of today, getting you started on your journey towards a Software Engineer.

1-2 Weeks
25 Hours


What is programming?

Learn what programming is and how it differs from programmatic thinking. Understand the strengths and weaknesses of computers vs. humans, and why computers need more specific instructions.

Get started with JavaScript

Get hands-on experience with JavaScript - one of the most popular programming languages - learning about different data types, how to perform calculations, and how to make decisions in code.

Functions and loops

Go further with JavaScript, using functions to store pieces of code so it can be reused, and loops to repeat tasks over without having to write instructions over and over.

Objects and arrays

Discover how to deal with more complex data in JavaScript, using arrays to keep collections of similar data, and using objects to group related pieces of data together.

Frequently asked questions

Yes, this course was designed with beginners in mind.

This course is completely free of charge.

For this course you just need a computer with an Internet connection, and a modern browser such as Chrome, Firefox, Safari or Edge.

This course is designed to give you a taste of what programming is and whether it is right for you.

Following this course, we'd recommend moving onto our Software Engineer FastTrack course, which covers programming in a much greater depth and prepares you for a career in the field.

There are no lectures or classes for this course, so you can study it whenever is convenient for you. We'd recommend spending at least 1-2 hours a day working through the content so you don't forget it!

Join our online community

Don't go it alone. If you need help, or just want to chat, then make use of the Manchester Codes Community of staff, students, alumni and other learners. You'll receive an invite as soon as your start the course.

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Learn by doing

Using our bespoke learning materials, you'll be able to follow along with the code examples on our learning platform as you go along. We'll quiz you along the way to reinforce what you've learnt.

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