Online training FAQs

Who can I speak to about online training?

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How long do the courses take to complete?

Our current courses take either three or four weeks to complete (check course details). Each week usually has around two hours of content for learners to work through. It’s absolutely fine to take more time to reflect and learn at your own pace though.

Do the courses cost anything?

No, the courses are free. There is an option to pay for an upgraded membership to FutureLearn that gives you a range of other benefits including official certification for each of the courses you complete. Visit FutureLearn’s FAQs here for further information.

Do I need to be an educator to sign up?

While most learners will benefit from taking our courses, the content is generally more relevant to computing educators. Read each course’s description in detail to find out whether it’s right for you.

I don’t know anything about Digital Making or Computer Science. Can I still take a course?

Yes. You don’t need any prior experience. Just make sure you pick a beginner course to start with.

Do I need any specific kit to take part?

If certain pieces of kit and components are needed for your course, a requirements list will be provided as part of the course’s introductory content.

What if I have questions about using a Raspberry Pi?

You can find help with setting up a Raspberry Pi for the first time on our Help pages.

Where do I find resources to use the Raspberry Pi in the classroom?

We provide a wide selection of free resources for teaching, learning, and making on our Resources pages.

How do I apply for Picademy, the Foundation’s face-to-face training programme?

You can find out more about this programme on our Picademy page.

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