In the old days in order to learn how to code you had to have your own dedicated computer with a bunch of specialised software in order to start to learn to code. Nowadays you can basically teach yourself to code online, often using interactive tutorials . There are a loads of different websites where you can start to learn to code in which ever language you desire. Here are a few of our favourites…
Python is an easy to read, easy to write language which we teach in Year 8 and use extensively in the GCSE and A Level Computer Science courses.
Below are a few links that take you to useful courses.
https://www.codecademy.com/learn/python – Some sections are paid for but a good introduction
https://groklearning.com/ – Sign up for free
NEW – Computer Science Circles – interactive Python code with some good explanations and automatic grading
The following are online Python interpreters – meaning you don’t have to install Python on your own computer
However, for the more serious coder, who maybe wants to explore other libraries that are available to Python (and there are thousands!) then you will need to download and install the program.
Don’t worry, it’s free!
You many want to investigate installing Pygame – a fun library for 2D game programming
sign up required and quite an involved course – ideal for A Level students
https://developers.google.com/edu/python/ (Does recommend Python 2 rather than 3)