National Coding Week shows how easy it is to start coding

To mark National Coding Week, we hosted two events at FutureLearn, which showed how easy it is to start learning to code. In this post, get inspired by the beginners we met and start developing your own programming skills.

“Coding is overwhelming at first, but once you start, it’s like a chain reaction. You want to learn more and more. It makes you question what you can actually do.” – Nicky, coding beginner

Nicky was one of 16 programming novices who dropped by FutureLearn HQ in London this week, for a beginners’ coding class as part of National Coding Week.

Members of the FutureLearn team took them through an interactive, hands-on session, showing them the code behind their favourite websites, and how to manipulate it to create their own webpages. Here’s what happened.

Many attendees were surprised by how simple it was to get started and how interesting programming can be.

“Coding is a good exercise for the mind, but it can also help in your job. Anyone who has the curiosity to learn should do it. You’ll discover more interesting things than you thought possible.” – Giuseppe, coding beginner

We also ran a live coding Q&A on Facebook with the Raspberry Pi Foundation, which offers a range of coding courses on FutureLearn. Educators James and Laura were on hand to answer questions on teaching computing, using Raspberry Pi resources and learning to code. Their advice?

“It’s really important to keep doing things, no matter how small they are, to keep your own skills relevant. The big success stories that we’ve seen, in terms of people starting from scratch and then learning a lot of programming, are those who’ve just gone around and tinkered with things.” – Laura, Raspberry Pi educator

If you’ve been inspired to learn to code, read our new career advice on how to become a developer, browse all of our Tech & Coding courses or visit the National Coding Week website for more information about events in your area.

Category FutureLearn news, Digital Skills

Comments (11)


  • Mohamed yusuf

    I want to america

  • Samchilla M. Sangma

    I think it will be so interesting to learn how to code, because i m weak in coding.

  • Mutunda Daka

    Its so wonderful and interest

  • Sevil

    I would like to start! I think it will be extremely interesting! I also don’t know anything about coding and I hope this course will help me a lot.

  • Mulenga

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  • Eligreater

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  • Valentine

    Can’t wait to get started. Hope it has no ageing range in learners .Have heard lots about coding ,but I think its time to give it a big shot.

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  • Jannette Townson

    Looks really exciting, it would be good to communicate with global communities immediately and be able to resolve problems on every level, through coding.