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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):


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)
14-16 Oct 09:30-16:30 Online £1,295 Book
02-04 Dec 09:30-16:30 Online £1,295 Book
29-31 Jan 09:30-16:30 Online £1,295 Book
26-28 Mar 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:


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

  • The try clause
  • Handling exceptions

Working with data types

  • Manipulating strings
  • Numbers and Booleans
  • The DATETIME module


Working with sets

  • Sets versus lists
  • Examples of set use


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


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

Scraping websites

  • Understanding HTML
  • The REQUESTS module
  • Using BeautifulSoup


  • 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:

"An excellent trainer and it was definitely the best online course I have ever attended. Recommendation from previous attendees."

Gill Lee (Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service)

"Having no experience of SQL, I thought this was a great introduction and has given me confidence to begin using it as part of my role."

Clay Conlon (The Modern Milkman)

"Good friendly energetic trainer. Good flow of content kept interest."

Robert Blincoe (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC))

"Really good course & great that it is such a small group. I have previously attended in-person Wise Owl courses before. The online course worked really well (just a couple of tiny interruptions when people dropped out or sound lost). Taking the time to check the set up ahead of time & being able to have the pack posted to me was great. "

Catherine Turnbull-Ross (Fairhive Homes Ltd)

"The trainer was excellent, made the days very interesting and his techniques were superb to keep us engaged!"

Andre Domingues (UKP Worldwide)

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


2 day course

Advanced Python programming


3 day course

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