Learn how to code and design your own web pages in this 12-week course aimed at improving your digital skills.
Starting online and on campus in November, DMU is launching a new Skills Bootcamp course which aims to help you learn how to launch, maintain and update a website, minimising web development costs and helping you take your digital skills to the next level.
It doesn’t matter what level skills you have, we can show you the basics – and some advanced moves too – which will enable you to get a website up and running, make changes to content and media, and link it to social media accounts.
This 12-week bootcamp on web design and development will give you the skills, knowledge and self-sufficiency to keep your digital presence fresh, relevant and up-to-date.
You will be supported in a professional face-to-face learning environment that blends practical knowledge with entry-level concepts in web development.
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How is it funded and how much do I have to pay?
DMU is working with D2N2 to deliver the new Skills Bootcamps on behalf of the Department for Education (DfE) as part of its Lifetime Skills Guarantee and Plan for Jobs.
If you are a student, unemployed or self-employed, this course is free.
If you are employed, then the cost is met by your employer. SMEs (businesses with less than 250 staff) only pay 10% plus VAT. If you work for a large company (over 250 people) then it is 30% plus VAT.
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What is the format of the course?
Classes take place on Monday afternoons online and on campus at De Montfort University. The course is taught over 12 weeks, beginning October 24.
Every week, you'll get a live lesson, plus access to an online support group where you can pose questions and meet with other learners, and get access to extra resources. There will also be the opportunity to watch again recordings of each week's lesson.
What will I get from the Skills Bootcamp?
- Training in person, led by our subject matter experts. You'll have 12 classes of practical training and a certificate of attendance after you complete the course
- Weekly classes take place on Monday afternoons and are recorded, so you can catch up or go over elements as needed
- Videos can be watched late but you need to have watched the recording within a week of the class so you are able to keep up with the content
- Ongoing communications and support online
- Optional and practical workshops to help you develop CV and interview techniques which can help you turn your new skills into a new career
- You'll also learn the intangibles from industry experts who provide tips on soft skills and personal experiences, to better understand the demands of the web industry
What will I be able to do by the end of the course?
- Recognise and edit simple code
- Customise content in content management systems such as WordPress
- Perform simple web edits by yourself such as changing copy, replacing images and creating new pages
- Understand how to get the most out of your website and connect it to your social media channels
Here’s what you will be learning, week by week:
Week 1 – An introduction to writing HTML
HTML is the principle language of the web, used to describe the content on a webpage. This first session will introduce you to how it works and how to get going creating a webpage from scratch. We’ll look at what HTML is, how to write it, and how to make sure your webpage displays properly on mobile screens as well as desktops.
- What is HTML? (inc. structure of an HTML element)
- Using Visual Studio
- Starter code
- Making a page mobile friendly
- Viewing as a mobile site
- HTML Elements
- Ordered and unordered lists
- HTML Comments
Week 2 - Styling your content
Browsers will display HTML elements according to a set of basic style rules. However, with CSS we can change this in order to develop a look and feel for our website that is uniquely ours. In this session we’ll look at what CSS is, how it works, and do some basic styling of a webpage.
- Changing the appearance of things - CSS
- Selecting elements to style
- Specifying colour
- Basic text styling
- Basic element styling
Week 3 – Adding media
Text is great, but images, videos, and audio can really bring your message to life. This week we’ll focus on how you can add media elements to your page in a way that works across different browsers.
- The Chrome Developer Tools
- How to specify file locations
- The Image element
- The Audio Element
- The Video Element
Week 4 - More style
CSS is a powerful tool for changing the style of your website. In this session we’ll build on what
we’ve done so far to introduce more complex ways to customise the look and feel of your site.
- Using class and id to specify elements to style
- Background images
Week 5 – Positioning elements
By and large the browser will lay your elements out top-to-bottom. However, we often want to
change this, to place elements side-by-side, or change the spacing around them. In this session
we’ll look at how the browser deals with positioning and what you can do to change the way it positions elements on your page.
- The box model
- Floating elements
- Repositioning elements
Week 6 – Adaptable layouts
People will be looking at your website on a wide range of devices, from wide screen computer monitors to small smartphones. Sometimes we need to be able to specify a layout that can adapt to these different screen sizes. In this session we'll look at two methods that can help you achieve a layout that does this.
- The Flexible Box Model
- Responsive design
Week 7 – Making things move and change
Movement and animation on a webpage can be used to help build a sense of identity, direct a user's attention, and help them to understand what's going on. In this session we'll look at how you can use CSS to make things change over time.
- CSS transitions
- Keyframe Animations
- Variables for storing data, like a score
- Referencing HTML elements so we can do stuff with what's on the page
- Functions, so we can package bits of code together
- Events, so we can respond to things that happen
You might want to include some code that somebody else has written on your website. For example, you might want a countdown timer to show the time left of a sale, or a slideshow of product photos, or a lightbox that shows off an image with added detail when the user clicks a thumbnail. In this session we’ll look at some examples of third-party code, how to integrate them with your site, and how you might adapt the way they look and work to fit your own needs.
- Some common use cases
- Integrating third-party code into your website
- Adapting the code
Week 10 – An Introduction to Wordpress
WordPress is an incredibly popular and free content management system. You can use it to create your whole website without thinking about the underlying code. In this session we'll look at how to get started with it.
- Installing and setting up WordPress
- Adding and editing pages
Week 11 – Editing content with WordPress
Although WordPress can do all the heavy lifting for you, you might find you want to customise some aspects your site that require a digging a little deeper. In this session we'll look at how you can customise your chosen theme using custom CSS and HTML.
- Inspecting your code to identify changes to make
- Adding custom code blocks
- Custom CSS in WordPress
Week 12 - Integrating social media and wrap up
In this final session we'll look at how you can integrate your social media channels into your website. You might want an array of follow buttons, or to display your Instagram feed on your site. We'll finish with a wrap up recap of the 12 weeks and discuss next steps.
- Adding social media plugins.
- Customising social media plugins
Funding and grant information
For learners looking for a job or an apprenticeship the course is free.
This includes the following groups:
• Lost employment / income / education due to COVID-19.
• Returning to work following redundancy, health issues, childcare etc
These groups can join the programme for FREE, as they will receive 100% grant funding for the course.
Learners who are currently employed or self-employed
You will need to get permission from your employer, as your company will be required to make a contribution to the cost of the course. Self-employed learners will receive the course fully funded.
Employers that want to train their existing staff
Employers will receive up to a 90% grant towards the cost of the course and the DMI exam.
- SMEs businesses with less than 250 employees – only pay 10% contribution + VAT (£200+VAT)
- Businesses larger than 250 employees pay 30% contribution + VAT (£600 + VAT)
How do I apply?
We are recruiting now for our next course, for learners based in Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire - please apply as soon as possible. Places are limited, so we need to ensure that you are eligible and that you have the necessary time and commitment to complete the programme. You will need to sign a contract to confirm that you understand your commitment.
So, if you are looking to get grant-funded digital marketing training for yourself or your employees; then you will need to:
Information required by the DfE
You need to complete our detailed application form, which requests a lot of information about your personal and employment status (this needs to be collected on behalf of the DfE).
The course is monitored by Ofsted, so these questions are to determine if you are eligible for the funding and to benchmark the impact of the training on employability. All the information you supply is confidential and you will be required to agree to the GDPR statements, on how the DfE will use your data.
Contract and enrolment
Once you have completed this form, one of our team will contact you to let you know if you are eligible.
You will be informed by email that you have been offered a place. We will also send you a contract, which you can sign electronically, where you agree to:
- Attending the sessions in a timely manner
- Completing the guided learning and any assignments
- The GDPR statement and other terms and conditions of the course
Where applicable, we will itemise any fees that your employer will need to pay to secure your place. In this case, the employer will counter-sign the contract.
If applicable your employer will receive an invoice for your contribution to the course.
Places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, however, we will operate a waiting list, in case more places become available. Once you are enroled, you will be contacted by our team, who will provide you with details of the learning timetable.