Programming: Think Like a Computer Scientist

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  • Duration 20h
  • Total Enrolled 0
  • Last Update January 26, 2021

About Course

Raspberry Pi Foundation


Find out what else you can do with Python

On this course, you’ll explore Python programming at an intermediate level.

You’ll discover how to break down problems into smaller parts, and then design and apply algorithms to data. You’ll also explore list structures and their various uses.

Ultimately, what you learn will build upon your foundational Python skills – preparing you to progress onto more advanced programming.

Who will you learn with?

James Robinson

James is an experienced Computer Science teacher who runs the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s teacher training Programme called Picademy. He still plays with LEGO and drinks lots of tea.



Laura Sach

Laura creates and maintains Raspberry Pi educational resources. Aside from computers, she loves cats, cakes, board games and making jam.



Michael Conterio





Who developed the course?

raspberry pi

The Raspberry Pi Foundation works to put the power of digital making into the hands of people all over the world, so they are capable of understanding and shaping our increasingly digital world.

What Will I Learn?

  • Produce your own functions to break down problems into more manageable parts
  • Apply several common search and sort algorithms to data
  • Compare the efficiency of algorithms
  • Modify functions to take parameters and output return values
  • Interpret algorithms expressed in plain English, in pseudocde and as flowcharts

Topics for this course

12 Lessons20h

About this course?

Learn more about what you'll be learning over the course, and meet our educators and the other participants who will accompany you.
Welcome to the course VIDEO (01:36)00:01:36
Meet the team and your fellow learners ARTICLE

Preparing to learn?

This course assumes some Python knowledge, so in this activity we'll check that this course is suitable for you. We'll also make sure your programming environment is set up, and introduce comments in code.

Functions with parameters and returns?

Learn how to use functions with parameters (inputs) and return values (outputs).

Teaching functions?

Expand your understanding of functions and how to teach them

Week review?

Look back over what you've learnt.

Material Includes

  • Official Certificate

Target Audience

  • This course would suit teachers with some Python experience, who are able to write simple programs demonstrating sequencing, selection, iteration and data types.