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Three-day fast-track Python programming course

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

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

Classroom (London)
£1,895
Classroom (Manchester)
£1,595
Onsite (your office)
Please ask
Online (your home)
£1,295
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 will find this course difficult if you can't tick one of the following two boxes:

  • You've a fair amount of previous programming experience (the language is not that important); or

  • You find it easy to understand nested IF functions in Excel, enjoyed maths at school or have a naturally logical mind.

Course schedule

Here are our next few Fast track Python course dates:

Dates Times Venue Price (excl. VAT)
29 Apr-01 May 09:30-16:30 Online £1,295 Book
12-14 Jun 09:30-16:30 Online £1,295 Book
12-14 Aug 09:30-16:30 Online £1,295 Book
14-16 Oct 09:30-16:30 Online £1,295 Book
02-04 Dec 09:30-16:30 Online £1,295 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

Fast track Python - Course Contents

Our three-day fast-track Python course combines topics from our two-day Introduction to Python course and our three-day Advanced Python course, and is aimed at those who are confident that they will be able to cover material quickly. Here's how the course will typically unfold:

  • you'll spend the first two days learning the theory of Python programming; then

  • the last day putting it into practice for things like scraping websites and creating and manipulating Pandas dataframes (think Excel, but witthout the glossy user interface or speed overhead)

If you find the thought of learning something for three continuous days daunting, and have a group of 3 or more people who want training, you may prefer to book a tailored course instead (in which case you can within reason choose the venue, the topics to be covered and the course dates).

This fast-track course combines topics from the following other Wise Owl courses:

From our INTRODUCTION TO PYTHON course

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)

Sequences

  • 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

  • The try clause
  • Handling exceptions

Working with data types

  • Manipulating strings
  • Numbers and Booleans
  • The DATETIME module

From our ADVANCED PYTHON PROGRAMMING course

Working with sets

  • Sets versus lists
  • Examples of set use

Dictionaries

  • Key/value pairs
  • Retrieving items
  • Looping over items

Functions

  • Defining functions
  • Passing arguments
  • Optional arguments
  • Modular programming

Scraping websites

  • Understanding HTML
  • The REQUESTS module
  • Using BeautifulSoup

Comprehensions

  • List comprehensions
  • Generators

Working with CSV files

  • Reading and writing CSV files
  • Dictionaries using the CSV module

Working with Excel

  • Using OPENPYXL
  • Workbooks, worksheets and cells
  • Python for Excel or VBA?

Working with JSON

  • The JSON module
  • Loading and dumping data

Working with databases

  • The PYODBC module
  • Connections and cursors

Overview of Tkinter   if time

  • Creating windows
  • Drawing forms with widgets
  • Assigning events

Overview of NUMPY

  • Shapes, ranks and data types
  • Slicing arrays
  • Array operations

Overview of Pandas

  • Dataframes and series
  • Reading/writing dataframes
  • Filtering, sorting and renaming
  • Dataframe calculations

Power BI and Python   if time

  • Getting Python data
  • Python visuals using dataframes

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:

"I found the whole experience with Wise Owl to be excellent, from the booking, through the pre-course technical testing and manuals, to the course itself. It was a pleasure to work with you. I like the fact that our trainer was able to watch over us in our individual environments and gently guide us through when we got stuck (without calling out to the other attendees). When we raised queries that couldn't be answered there and then, he took them away and came back with answers later. Originally chose Wise Owl because we'd been let down by another provider. I hadn't heard of Wise Owl before then but your website gave me a good introduction. I found the way you interacted with me during the booking and prep phases to be very professional. The course itself was excellent and the training manual and exercises will be useful to refer to in future. The style of the training was really good too - only a small number of attendees meant that no one got left behind and we were encouraged to ask questions. I will recommend Wise Owl to others. Thanks"

Simon Head (The Phoenix Group)

"Our trainer was spot on - couldn't have asked for anything more - he was earlier than everyone else - stayed later and was really supportive to help us get through... Many training sessions I've been to in the past, in other businesses I have worked for; people want to knock off and go home, he was nothing like that.. and just all round top, top trainer. The training was for work purposes, which I was nervous about learning a new system, however, I really enjoyed it and I think that our trainer really helped that."

James Hall (Macquarie Energy Leasing)

"An incredible teacher, who across the 3 days was very entertaining and engaging. His way of explaining and breaking down the course content made it easy to follow and understand. The content was everything we all needed to know and I was able to see how I could apply what I had learnt into my own projects. I came away excited to put my new knowledge into action."

Rachael Kerrigan (Adidas UK)

"The course was well presented with good theory, practical and understanding times allocated. Good to refresh my memory on using the Name Ranges and understanding Pivot Tables. This was a good choice and course for me. Thank you."

Lee Lopes (Interfood Technology Ltd)

"Course was well structured and very informative."

Ryan McNally (APSE Manchester)

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:

Introduction to Python

Introduction

2 day course

Advanced Python programming

Advanced

3 day course

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