What is Glasgow Code Learning?
Glasgow Code Learning offers a range of fully-funded and accredited digital skills courses designed for those who face barriers to work. In partnership with Glasgow Clyde College and Skills Development Scotland, learners will receive a student card to access Clyde College’s facilities, have access to laptops, software and connectivity, and hear from employers and industry experts on careers available in the Digital Technologies sector.
Earn £55 per week while you study with us!
If you’re aged 16-17 and not in education, employment or training, or 18 and not in education, employment or training and not receiving state benefits, and meet the other eligibility criteria for the Young Person’s Guarantee, then you could be eligible to receive £55 a week for the duration of your course.
Developer is our intermediate level. It offers FREE 6 week introductory courses for those with no or limited experience who are keen to develop Web Design, Software Development, or Cyber Security skills.
If you complete a Developer course, you’ll be awarded an SQA National Progression Award (NPA) at SCQF Level 5 or 6 and you can then progress to our Pro courses.
What will I study?
Web Design (Level 5)
This course is an entry level introduction to designing and creating websites, for those with little-to-no previous experience. It is designed as a springboard for future web designers and developers. It consists of three units:
- Computing: Website Design and Development – focuses on HTML and CSS. You will analyse a brief, identifying the purpose and audience of the website, before designing and developing your website. You will then test and evaluate it.
- Computing: Website Graphics – focuses on the main technical aspects of producing graphics for websites. You will learn about the different graphical file formats, the appropriate use of each, and how to optimise graphics for quality and performance.
- Computing: Interactive Multimedia – building on your knowledge and experience of building websites using HTML and CSS, this unit will help you add interactivity to websites using client-side script, as well as understand the usability issues web designers face when trying to bring a website to life.
Software Development (Level 6)
This course focuses on computer programming and has been developed to introduce you to coding. It consists of three units:
- Software Design and Development – introduces the basic concepts of designing, developing and testing software.
- Computing: Applications Development – focuses on developing general application software. You will learn how to design and create apps using a development environment. You will learn some basic programming skills and constructs like variables, loops, and functions. In the process you will develop your programming, problem solving and computational thinking skills, as well as a knowledge and understanding of design concepts. You will also develop knowledge and understanding of the different methodologies and approaches for testing and evaluation by testing your app and critically evaluating it.
- Computing: Authoring a Website – introduces the concepts required to develop software as part of a website. You will be introduced to HTML and CSS and learn how to use web authoring tools to plan and develop a small website to meet a client’s brief. In the process you will learn about the main factors that can affect website performance and user experience.
Cyber Security (Level 6)
This course focuses on the technologies, processes and practices designed to protect networks, computers, programs and data from attack, damage or unauthorized access.
There are three units:
- Data Security – you will learn about data security in the real world and explore current practice in corporate data security. This includes legal and ethical considerations as well as practical methods to protect personal and corporate data.
- Digital Forensics – focuses on forensically examining digital evidence. You will gain practical skills in identifying evidential sources across a range of digital devices and mediums. Using these sources of evidence, you will then analyse and interpret data, its relevancy to an inquiry under investigation and the subsequent reporting of that information.
- Ethical Hacking – helps you to develop a competent understanding of tools and techniques used by malicious and ethical hackers. By the end of this Unit you will have the ability to implement techniques and technologies used to defend systems from attack and evaluate the Scottish, UK and EU legislation and ethics of hacking.
How is Developer taught?
Glasgow Life works in partnership with Glasgow Clyde College to deliver the course as a hybrid of in-person and online tutor-led classes. There will be three in-person classes at Glasgow Clyde’s Cardonald campus over the 6 week course. Delivered on pre-set days, this will provide the benefits of class-room based learning and the flexibility of the online learning at home. More information will be provided on specific courses once you apply or make an enquiry.
Is Developer right for me?
Our Developer courses are designed for:
- Beginners with no or limited prior experience
- People considering a future in the digital sector
- People considering a career change
- People with historical experience who want to update their skills
- People with a general interest who want to earn a qualification
Apply for Developer if you are interested in developing your digital skills and have a basic understanding of IT and Microsoft Packages.
If you are not confident or do not have previous IT experience, then try our Digital course at SCQF Level 4. This is designed to help you prepare for Developer if you don’t already have the equivalent level of previous skills/experience.
Once you have completed a Developer course, you can advance to our Pro courses to expand your skills even further.