Discover how to set up and control your new Raspberry Pi, as well as how to use it for everyday tasks and to learn how to code.
Start your Raspberry Pi journey with this introductory course
The Raspberry Pi is an accessible and versatile mini-computer – let the Raspberry Pi Foundation guide you on how to get started on your journey of exploring its many uses and applications.
On this course, you’ll learn how to get your Raspberry Pi ready to use, before exploring what you can do with it. You’ll see how you could use your Raspberry Pi for everyday tasks, to help you to learn to code and to get started with physical computing.
Ultimately, you’ll learn how to connect to your Raspberry Pi remotely, and how to take control of your Raspberry Pi as a systems administrator. You’ll also discover more resources to continue your Raspberry Pi journey.
Supported by Micron Technology.
What topics will you cover?
- The Raspberry Pi Operating System
- The Raspberry Pi Desktop
- Adding and using software on your Raspberry Pi
- Everyday computing with your Raspberry Pi
- Connecting more hardware
- Getting started with coding
- The Unix command line
- Remote access and security
When would you like to start?
Most FutureLearn courses run multiple times. Every run of a course has a set start date but you can join it and work through it after it starts.
- Available now
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to:
- Perform an installation of the Raspberry Pi operating system using the Raspberry Pi Imager.
- Modify your setup by connecting additional components and installing new software.
- Explain how your Raspberry Pi can be used for learning to program and getting started with physical computing.
- Apply your knowledge of basic system administration to take more control of your Raspberry Pi.
Who is the course for?
This course is for beginners who want to learn how to use their new Raspberry Pi, and have no experience with Unix-based systems.
What software or tools do you need?
You’ll need a Raspberry Pi (we recommend a Raspberry Pi 4), along with a keyboard, mouse, power supply, micro SD card, and a suitable cable for connecting your Raspberry Pi to your screen. All of these are included in the Raspberry Pi 4 Desktop Kit.
Who will you learn with?
Dr Tracy Gardner writes projects for Code Club. She's a computer scientist and now she has two children she's focusing on the next generation. She loves mixing coding, electronics and craft.
Who developed the course?
Raspberry Pi Foundation
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.
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