Where will this course lead?

The PCAP: Programming Essentials in Python course covers all the basics of programming in Python 3, as well as general computer programming concepts and techniques. The course also familiarises the student with the object-oriented approach. The course is broken down into two parts, each divided into four modules. Students have access to hands-on practice materials, quizzes, and assessments to learn how to utilise the skills and knowledge gained on the course and interact with some real-life programming tasks and situations.

What will I study?

The aim of the course is to familiarise students with general computer programming concepts like conditional execution, functions, loops, Python programming language syntax, semantics, and the runtime environment, as well as with general coding techniques and object-oriented programming.

Completing the course ensures that the student is fully acquainted with all the primary means provided by Python 3 to enable them to start their own studies, and to open a path to the developer's career. Sections studied include:


Introduction to Python and Computer


Data Types, Variables, Basic

Input-Output Operations, Basic Operators

Boolean Values, Conditional Execution, Loops, Lists and List Processing, Logic and Bitwise Operations

Functions, Tuples, Dictionaries, and Data


Modules, Packages and PIP

Exceptions, Strings, String and List Methods

Object Oriented Programming in Python

Generators, iterators and closures

How will this course be delivered?

This course is offered through our Cisco Networking Academy at Solihull College, with workshops with individual lab facilities, supported by your tutor.

Study materials include online labs and Cisco Netacad study resources to support independent study and lab facilities both in college and at home.

To facilitate effective distance learning Solihull college has invested in a range of on-line resources which includes Microsoft Teams used for distance workshops & tutor support, Cisco Netacad, and student Office 365. These facilities will enable us to provide an equivalent class-based experience, with student-tutor and student-student interaction.

This course is available to study in the daytime, over 15 weeks, on Thursdays 9:30 to 4:30 with a blended approach of tutor-led and distance learning. Learners may re-enrol on course to extend their period of study.

What qualifications will I get?

On successful completion of the course learners will receive a Cisco certificate. Certifications give you a professional edge by providing globally recognised industry endorsed evidence of skills and mastery, demonstrating your abilities and willingness to embrace new technologies.

How will I be assessed?

The course includes assessments throughout, with both practical and quiz exercises.

How do I get a place on the course?

Places are offered by interview, subject to meeting the entry requirements.

What are the entry requirements?

Learners must be over 19. Before attending this course, students must have an understanding of computer networks and be a proficient user of a PC.

What else do I need to know?

Students should have a suitable PC with access to the internet.

*If you successfully complete the free CISCO IT Essentials course you will gain your next step qualification at a 50% discounted rate.

What can I do after this course?

This course provides an appropriate entry point to a future career in technology and assumes some hands-on experience or training but does not assume on-the-job experience. This course is intended for individuals who are seeking employment as a Software Developer or Data Science Analyst.


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The career paths provided are to give you an idea of the careers that you could progress onto in the future. However, for some, you may need to complete higher level qualifications and gain experience before your dream job becomes a reality. The information provided is to support further research and to generate some initial career ideas when choosing a course. Please check entry requirements to degree courses, apprenticeships, and jobs as this may vary from year to year and across providers. For further advice and guidance, please contact: careers@solihull.ac.uk.