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Understanding Coding Level 2

Increase your knowledge and the principles of coding.



Study method
15 weeks · Self-paced
NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Coding
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Additional info
  • Exam(s) / assessment(s) is included in price
  • Tutor is available to students


Are you looking to gain a greater understanding of the different stages in the software development cycle? Do you want to gain knowledge of coding terminology and the key principles of writing code? Do you want to have a certificate to add to your CV?

This qualification is designed for learners who want to gain knowledge of coding. The qualification may also support progression into further study in coding or other topics within the digital sector.

This qualification aims to:

  • focus on an introduction to coding within the digital sector.

The objectives of this qualification are to enable the learner to gain an understanding of:

  • principles of coding
  • the stages of the software development cycle
  • coding terminology and the key principles of writing code
  • different coding types
  • best practices in coding
  • methods of testing and the DevOps process
  • effective communication and project management in coding.

Successful completion of the course leads to a Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Coding. This is a government funded nationally-accredited qualification – which means that if you are eligible you can study for free!

Benefits of studying with vision2learn:

  • It’s FREE for eligible learners.
  • Study 100% online at your own pace, whenever and wherever you like.
  • Gain a vocational qualification valued by UK employers.
  • One-to-one support from a dedicated tutor throughout your course.
  • Free additional online and telephone customer support.

All courses are subject to availability, so apply today to secure your place.


NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Coding

Regulated by Ofqual

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Unit 1: Understand the principles of coding

Learning topics:

Know about coding languages

Understand job functions in coding

Understand the software development lifecycle

Unit 2: Understand terminology used in coding

Learning topics:

Understand basic computer terminology

Understand coding acronyms and terminology

Understand key principles when writing code

Unit 3: Understand coding design principles

Learning topics:

Know about different coding types

Understand what is meant by compiled and interpreted code

Understand what is meant by a pure function

Unit 4: Understand the processes and practice of coding

Learning topics:

Understand the principles of best practice in coding

Understand the methods of testing code

Understand DevOps processes

Understand the importance of robust coding

Unit 5: Understand the importance of communication and project management in coding

Learning topics:

Understand the importance of communication

Understand the purpose of feedback in developing communication skills

Understand the principles of project management

Understand Agile developments

Who is this course for?

This qualification is designed for learners who are looking to gain an introduction to coding. It will support the learner to progress into further study and support those interested in progressing to employment in a coding or IT related role.


To be eligible for a free place you must be:

  • 19 or over at the start of the current academic year 31st August
  • Resident of England only and does not cover Northern Ireland or Wales
  • UK or EU resident of three years or longer or outside of the EU be able to provide Visa Evidence
  • Your employment status or prior level of qualification may affect your eligibility to study with some colleges.
  • You are able to complete the course regardless, if you are working or receiving benefits. If you receive benefits, you will be asked to provide evidence in the form a current award letter.

Career path

This qualification provides learners with a broad understanding of coding.


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What is a ‘regulated qualification’?

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