Course dates

Monday 13 Dec 2021
10am-5pm | 5 days
Monday 24 Jan 2022
10am-5pm | 5 days
Monday 18 Apr 2022
10-5pm | 5 days

Course overview

Learn how to manipulate and shape your data, automate process or write bespoke programs on our practical introduction to programming using Python. 

Really very good course and very good trainer. Really enjoyed his style of training and patience and always ready to explain more when we needed. The course in general very good and now I have a clear idea about the app. Thank you very much for the good course and the good teacher.

Ghias Aljundi

Really good, it was everything I wanted to learn and I now feel confident starting to apply python to my own field of study. Tutor was great and very helpful, and course materials were fantastic.

John Clifford

The course is available in four formats:

  • Campus
  • Clients office
  • Online (virtual classroom) with live tutoring
  • Bespoke (group or 1:1 coaching)

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Get hands-on with Python

Aimed those new to programming, our week-long course aims to give you a hands-on introduction to Python, a general-purpose programming language.

Python can be used for nearly everything and continues to grow in popularity with organisations like NASA, Google, YouTube and the New York Stock Exchange all using it for different things. Through the use of excellent numerical packages, Python can also compete against more statistical and mathematical packages such as R.

Throughout your course, you’ll learn about:

  • General introduction to programming
  • Programming in Python
  • Using the interpreter in iPython
  • Writing Python scripts
  • Loop and control flow (for-loops, if-statements)
  • Data-types: strings, lists and dictionaries
  • Using and writing functions
  • Functions for scientific programming: Numpy and SciPy
  • Finding problems in code
  • Data manipulation project using Python

By the end of the course, you’ll be able to write useful programmes, understand more complex Python programmes written by others as well as how to use Python for more advanced data analysis.

This course can be taken in conjunction with our Intermediate Python course or our Introduction to R course.

Campus Courses - VAT-free: Our venues are in central London (Senate House) and in New Cross. You can select your preferred location by choosing the date available.

Virtual Classroom Courses - VAT-free: Live tutoring brings all the benefits of face to face training and, in addition, improves skills for ‘digital’ participation. There is an increasing need for online activities in all areas of life – making ‘digital’ participation an essential skill of the 21st century. 

Bespoke Courses:  If you are interested in a tailor-made Public Speaking course option: 1-1 coaching or bespoke group training, please contact us using the email or phone number provided below.



Booking information

This course is also available as a set of evening courses which run twice a week of four weeks for £695. 

Book onto Introduction to Python – Evening Courses.

We are committed to providing reasonable teaching adjustments for students with disabilities that may impact on their learning experience. Please be advised that in order to provide an assessment and plan appropriate support we require as much notice as possible and, in some circumstances, up to 3 months. If you are planning to book, or have already booked, onto a short course please contact Goldsmiths Disability Team ( at your earliest convenience.


As a University, we want to give as many people access to our courses as possible. There are a number of discounts that can help you, find out more below: 

  • 10% discount when you enrol for more than one of our short courses at the same time.
  • 20% discount for UK students
  • 25% discount for members of the UK Law and Society Association (UKLSA)
  • If 5 people register from the same institution, the fifth place is free.
  • If you’re a Goldsmiths’ student, member of staff and alumni, you can email us for current discounts.

As a University, we are able to offer our courses at minimum prices, and free of VAT - to make knowledge available to as wide audience as possible.

To find out about our refund policy, go to our AIR courses main page

Disability Support

We are committed to providing reasonable teaching adjustments for students with disabilities that may impact on their learning experience. If you require adjustments, please complete the relevant section on the booking form and also contact us at so we can respond to your requests as soon as possible. 

Please note our short courses sell-out quickly, so early booking is advisable.

Book now

Monday 13 Dec 2021
10am-5pm | 5 days
Monday 24 Jan 2022
10am-5pm | 5 days
Monday 18 Apr 2022
10-5pm | 5 days


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Goldsmiths' Main Campus, New Cross, London

Tutor information

Portrait of Dr Will Lawrence

Dr Will Lawrence

The course is directed by Dr Will Lawrence, who completed his PhD at the Department of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton, and who has a background in psychology. Will has rich experience in delivering training in both Python and R, to diverse audiences.


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