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Certificate in
Software and Coding Fundamentals for UX

Certificate in
Software and Coding Fundamentals for UX

Who is it for?

All UX professionals


6 weeks


3 hours per week




Online, self-paced

* 0% interest monthly payment plans available. Get in touch for details.

Why take this course?

  • Talk with confidence about web and internet technologies
  • Build better relationships with developers on your team
  • Create smarter designs with a deeper understanding of technical constraints
  • Understand the concepts behind coding without needing to code
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Jenny Björkman
Jenny Björkman

UX Lead, Sustainably

“Another great course from the UX Design Institute. Code now looks a lot less impenetrable. If you want a comprehensive overview of the software landscape, then look no further.”

Next course commences:

3 July 2024

Limited spaces available
Early bird price extended until
25 June 2024
Payment plans available
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What you’ll learn

Over 6 weeks, you’ll learn about the key concepts and processes involved in software development. You'll understand how code works, so that you can collaborate more effectively with developers.

Module 1

The software landscape

Understand the relationship between hardware and software.

Module 2

Layers of software

Dig into each layer of the tech stack, from the front-end to the back-end.

Module 3

Front-end technologies

Get up to speed on the roles of HTML, CSS and Javascript.

Module 4

Back-end technologies

Explore the back-end, APIs and common programming languages.

Module 5

How developers work

Learn about common development workflows, from waterfall to agile.

Module 6

Effective collaboration

Get practical guidance on how to work well with development teams.

Support at every step

Join a lively community of tutors, coaches and fellow students that support each other along the way.













Student Success team

Our friendly and responsive team will help you stay on track and keep you accountable.

A vibrant community

Collaborate, share tips and build connections on our lively student Slack channels.

Live webinars with experts

Attend hugely popular UX Insider webinars. Get an inside look into the world of UX.

does UX design require coding
does UX design require coding
Karen Hoey
Karen Hoey

Product Designer, Salud

“The Software and Coding Fundamentals course frames software development from a UX perspective brilliantly. I have a clearer understanding of what the developers do at work and I know the right questions to ask them. I’d recommend it to anyone transitioning into a UX career without a software background.”

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“The backing of a university like Glasgow Caledonian matters. It adds so much more weight to the qualification.”

Christian Richards
Christian Richards

Senior UX Designer
@The Weir Group

Frequently asked questions

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What are the admissions criteria?

There are no strict admissions criteria. This course gives students a foundational understanding of software development, so you don’t need experience in tech or design to participate. Unsure if it’s the right level for you? Our education advisors can help.

Does UX design require coding?

User experience design does not require coding. However, understanding the basics of coding can help you as a UX designer. Understanding how software development works gives you a better understanding of what’s possible, allowing for more efficient work and better designs. Click here to learn more.

How is the course structured?

Each of the six modules is delivered entirely online, so you can complete the course at your own pace. Once enrolled, you’ll have access to all of the course materials for three months.

How will I be assessed?

There will be a 40 minute online exam after you complete the six modules. This will make up your grade for the course. The course also includes exercises to help you get practical experience.

Will I learn to code?

No, this course does not teach you how to code. However, you will gain an understanding of the concepts behind coding and get to play around with HTML, CSS and Javascript, all of which will help you to become a more rounded UX professional.

Will I get credits for this course?

The UK higher education system is internationally renowned for its excellent standards. Our courses are all credit-rated by Glasgow Caledonian University, a highly-rated UK university. The Certificate in Understanding Software is allocated 6 credits at Level 6 on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework. For your country, there will be an equivalent award in the relevant educational system.