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A two-day introduction course to programming in Python

Two days (09:30 to 16:30 UK time each day)

This course is available in the following formats (all prices exclude VAT):

Classroom (London)
Classroom (Manchester)
Onsite (your office)
Please ask
Online (your home)
You can book a place on this course either online through this website, by phone, by email or by filling in our enquiry form.

You don't need to have had any programming experience to attend this course (particularly if you find creating formulae in Excel easy or enjoyed maths at school).

Course schedule

Here are our next few Introduction to Python course dates:

Dates Times Venue Price (excl. VAT)
15-16 Apr 09:30-16:30 Online £825 Book
18-19 Apr 09:30-16:30 Manchester £995 Book
16-17 May 09:30-16:30 Online £825 Book
18-19 Jun 09:30-16:30 Online £825 Book
22-23 Jul 09:30-16:30 Manchester £995 Book
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Got a handful of like-minded people in your organisation? You could consider booking your own customised onsite course, whereby you get to pick the dates and venue!

Course Contents - PDF

Introduction to Python training course contents

Python is one of the world's most popular programming languages: book on this two-day introduction course to see what the fuss is about! The Zen of Python includes commands like:

  • Beautiful is better than ugly

  • Simple is better than complex

On this course you'll learn how to write Python programs in the (free) Visual Studio Code environment to read in files and crunch data, among other things.

The contents of this course are as follows:

Basic coding

  • Python variables
  • Testing conditions
  • Printing and f-strings

Visual Studio Code

  • Installing extension
  • Configuring settings
  • Useful short-cuts

Running and debugging

  • The code runner extension
  • Stepping through code
  • Setting breakpoints

Ranges and loops

  • WHILE loops
  • Breaking out of loops
  • Ranges of numbers

Working with modules

  • Installing modules using PIP
  • System modules (OS and SYS)
  • Maths functions (MATH)


  • Tuples versus lists
  • Iterating over sequences
  • Slicing sequences
  • Joining and splitting

Manipulating lists

  • Adding/removing items
  • Sorting lists
  • Shallow and deep copies

Files and folders

  • Reading and writing
  • Using WITH
  • Looping over lines
  • Looping over folders using GLOB

Error handling   if time

  • The try clause
  • Handling exceptions

Working with data types   if time

  • Manipulating strings
  • Numbers and Booleans
  • The DATETIME module
Please see further up this page for what you should know beforehand (if anything) in order to attend this course.

Why Choose Us?

Here are some reasons to choose Wise Owl courses:

In addition, here are some benefits unique to classroom training:

And some benefits specific to online training:

  • Courseware manual posted to you in advance
  • Free half-hour pre-course check-up included
  • Our clever system means you can use our laptops (and we can see them)

What other people have said

Our thanks to everyone who agreed to share their thoughts. All of the following reviews are from the last 3 calendar years:

"Altogether a very positive experience, professional and fun!"

Dane Horgan (Sofa Brands International Ltd)

"The course was really engaging and the tutor was knowledgeable and delivered the content at the right pace. The paper workbooks were great as I could make notes for each section. "

Jess Lewis (Government Internal Audit Agency (GIAA))

"Great trainer and though I use excel everyday, it is amazing how much you can still learn. Appreciative of the course content and the way it was made enjoyable. More so, I am already employing the techniques I have learnt, to improve upon what I thought I was pretty good at..!!"

Roger Cameron (Jollyes)

"An excellent trainer, he was effective, attentive, informative and extremely knowledgeable. I got so much from the course and it is going to massively improve implementation of my skills into my job role."

Rebekah Davie (Signature Senior Lifestyle Ltd)

"Trainer was really good and had expansive knowledge of Power BI. The course went really well and was not made overly complicated, so was easy to understand."

Lee Smith (The Phoenix Group)

There are lots more where these came from (or just refresh this page to change the quotes shown).

How our training courses work

Below are some notes on how Wise Owl courses work, to help you decide whether they're for you or not.

What you'll need

If you book on a classroom course, the only thing you need to bring to the course is ... yourself! We even provide a notepad and a suprisingly nice pen for you to take notes with.

For online training you'll need two things:

  1. A good internet connection (otherwise you'll have a frustrating time); and
  2. A second screen (a requirement, not a nice-to-have!)

You can see full details of our online course requirements here.

When you book a place

If you book a place on one of our courses:

  • For classroom courses we will send out a joining email. That's it!
  • For online courses we will get in touch to organise a half-hour pre-course check to iron out any connection problems before the course (rather than during it).

Whatever type of course you book, we will also send you out a reminder a few days before the course is due to take place - not that (we hope) you'll have forgotten!

What you won't need

For classroom training, you won't need a computer - we (obviously) will provide that. However, you're welcome to use your own laptop if you prefer, providing that you have the correct software installed.

For online training you will need a computer, but you won't need to have any software installed.  This is because you'll use Windows Remote Desktop to connect to our computers, and these will have all of the necessary files and software installed.

The start of the course

For online courses you will be able to join up to half an hour before the course begins. This will give you time to:

  • familiarise yourself with the set-up;
  • meet your trainer; and
  • get to know the other delegates!

For classroom training it's always nice if people arrive a bit early too, to give people time to meet each other (and drink coffee).

You'll be given a full colour courseware manual, an exercise booklet to go with the course and a USB stick for taking course files away (we'll post all this to you for online courses).

After the course

After the course finishes you'll receive a digital certificate proving your attendance (we will gladly send a paper copy on request also).

We don't have any formal arrangement for answering questions after the course, but if you get stuck on something and email your trainer they should (and nearly always do!) respond as quickly as their training schedule allows.

Related Courses

You might like to consider these related courses:

Fast track Python


3 day course

Advanced Python programming


3 day course

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