Opening doors | Introduction to Programming | Gateway Level 1 Award

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Course Type: Adult qualifications and professional Campus: Central Brighton Campus Entry requirements: Intermediate IT skills Qualification: Gateway Level 1 Award Awarding Body: Gateway Fees (May 2023): £0.00

Why this course?

Two students looking at a computer screen with coding on

On this course, you'll learn about the basic principles of computer programming to understand how programming works. You will develop basic graphic-based programming skills to design and develop your own computer program.

Students will understand how computers use logic to make decisions and run programs, how they solve problems with logic, how computer programs store data and how functions work.

You will be able to state the main differences between graphic-based and text-based programming languages and write your own simple code using programming language.

Before applying for this course, please complete this short pre-course questionnaire.

Course timetable

Friday 19 May, 1pm-4pm -  Induction - essential to attend for new students.

Tuesday 23 May, 30 May and 6 June, 1pm-4.30pm

Thursday 25 May, 1 June and 6 June, 9.30am-12.45pm (online)

Friday 26 May, 2 June and 9 June, 9.30am- 12.45pm

Start dates

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Code Start Campus Times Duration Fees
FE2029-1C 19 May 2023 Central Brighton Tuesday, Thursday (online), Friday 3 weeks £0.00 Apply

Entry requirements

If the following criteria apply, you qualify for one our FREE Opening Doors programmes

  • 19+
  • Unemployed and claiming a means tested benefit*
  • Employed and earning less than £20,319 per annum*
  • If English is not your first language, your language will be at Entry Level 3 or above
  • If you are not UK citizen, you will need to provide a confirmation of EU settlement status or a valid visa

*see Cost & Finance tab for more information

Entry requirements

Course fees

Our Opening Doors courses are free to those currently unemployed and in receipt of a means tested benefit. 

You will need to provide evidence of your benefit in order to receive a fee waiver for this course. 

We accept the following Means Tested benefits for this course: 

  • Universal Credit
  • JSA
  • ESA
  • Housing Benefit
  • Income Support
  • Council Tax Benefit (not reduction)
  • Pension Credit 

Please note we cannot accept DLA, Carers Allowance, PIP or Tax Credits.

This course is also free to those who are currently employed and earning less than £20,319 annual gross salary. You will be required to provide evidence of this in order to receive a fee waiver for this course.

We accept the following evidence: 

  • P60
  • Last 3 months payslips
  • Tax Credit notice (for self employed)

Please note you will also need to bring photo ID to your enrolment. 

The amount a person can earn from their wages has gone up, it is now less than £617 a month (learner is sole adult in their benefit claim) or £988 a month (learner has a joint benefit claim with their partner).

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