Coding courses are a great way to boost your skills, develop your creativity and boost your earning power. But there's a lot of dross out there, so you don't want to waste your time on the wrong one. So here, we've brought together the best online coding courses together in one place. They range from free to paid-for, and cover a wide range of coding lessons, from beginner to advanced. But they all contain top-quality tuition, from experts in the field.
So whether you're looking to learn about CSS animation, improve your parallax scrolling abilities, discover the secrets of website layout, or are just curious what this coding thing is all about, read on. You're sure to find online a coding course in this list that will suit your needs perfectly.
- Price: From free
Coursera is possibly the most academically thorough service when it comes to online coding courses. It was founded by Stanford professors, who work with universities and other organisations to offer online courses, specialisations, and degrees in a variety of subjects. When it comes to coding, there are a number of free courses, although you’ll generally have to pay to receive a certificate.
Coding courses range from those at beginner level, such as Web Design for Everybody: Basics of Web Development & Coding by University of Michigan, to more advanced fare such as IBM’s course in Applied AI with Deep Learning, so you should be able to find exactly what you’re looking for here.
- Price: From $29/£24 per month/free 10-day trial/free for April 2020
No discussion of online coding courses would be complete without a mention of Pluralsight. Following an acquisition spree, it now offers the world's biggest online training library.
Of all the tools we dug into, Pluralsight's was one of the best. Not only does the site look great, but it offers quality content and a great student experience. You can follow a 'path', which will guide you through a succession of different courses, or you can opt for a single course on its own.
The videos are quirky and fun in an after-school special kind of way, and offer a refreshing break from typically dry video tutorials. It's like watching Bill Nye explain things, which is to say, comforting. After viewing a video, you work on your own tasks – relating back to the video if required. If you get really stuck you can 'buy' answers with points you've earned from other classes.
Subscriptions start at $29/£24 per month, but there's also a 10-day free trial, and in response to the Covid-19 crisis, Pluralsight has also made all of its courses free for the whole of April 2020.
03. Free CodeCamp
- Price: Free
Free Code Camp is a non-profit, interactive learning platform that aims to make coding courses accessible to anyone with a web connection. Since 2014, it’s claimed more than 40,000 graduates have gotten jobs at tech companies. Learning is based on an integrated code editor, and you can save your work as you go.
04. Envato Tuts+
- Price: From $16.50/mo
With online coding courses at Envato Tuts+, you can learn about a number of aspects of design, from coding and web design to 3D and illustration. Users can select from courses (video-based lessons), tutorials (write-ups about different topics) or ebooks (including the ever-popular A Book Apart series), to suit their particular learning style. Envato Tuts+'s monthly subscription gives you access to all these learning materials, plus design resource library Envato Elements.
- Price: Plenty of free classes; Premium access from £7/mo (first 2 months free)
Skillshare is a subscription-based service that offers thousands of online coding courses taught by industry professionals. And these aren't just any professionals either – at time of writing there were courses by Rachel Andrew, Christian Heilmann, and Jenn Lukas on there, so you're getting world-class knowledge here. Courses come complete with material that's been created by the instructors, and there are projects for you to apply your skills. There's also an iOS or Android app that enables you to steam courses on the go, for more flexible learning.
- Price: From $549 (course-dependent); Free 10-day coding bootcamp
Skillcrush is the option here that most closely resembles an actual curriculum in a classroom setting. Users enroll in their chosen three-month 'blueprint' – a bundle of three courses that build on each other.
Skillcrush has expanded its offerings and there are now eight blueprints to choose from, including frontend development, visual design, web development, and UX (the newest course). Alternatively, you can embark on a nine-month bumper programme dedicated to helping you break into tech.
Once enrolled, students have access to not only a classroom setting chat forum with their fellow students, but also to office hours and one-on-one time with their instructor. Skillcrush is currently also offering a free 10-day coding bootcamp.
- Price: Large selection of free coding courses; nanodegrees from around $399/£299 per month
Udacity offers robust guides to many different topics, with big selection of free courses. Alternatively, it has a range of 'nanodegrees', which cover in-demand skills. Current courses on offer include Design Sprint Foundations and VR Developer. Prices and lengths of course vary dramatically, but at time of writing, Udacity is offering a 'Quarantine Special' free-access period of 30 days.
All Udacity's coding courses are summarised before you begin, outlining the difficulty level, why the course is important, any prerequisites for taking it, and the project you will complete at the end. This means you can easily scan through and choose the one that suits you best.
08. Code Avengers
- Price: From $20/mo on 1-year plan (free 30-day trial)
Code Avengers offers online coding courses teaching you how to code or build websites, games and apps. There are lessons for total beginners, or if you have a little prior knowledge, you can start at a higher level. There's also a dedicated Junior programme, dedicated to teaching under-16s basic programming and computer literacy skills, via gamified courses. There are activities for users as young as five!
Code Avengers walks you through each process with very simple, step-by-step instructions, starting with minor tasks, while you watch what happens in a mini phone simulator next to your editor. The team has managed a good balance of difficulty: not so tricky you have to cheat, but not so simple you're just copy-pasting.
The site also has the best design we've seen, with illustrations and animations leading you to what you need. Code Avengers is currently offering a 30-day free trial that gives you access to 10 lessons of its premium courses
09. Khan Academy
- Price: Free
Khan Academy is a free online school that's not just focused on coding courses; there are a wide range of other courses on offer, from economics to arts and humanities. Under the Computing section, though, you'll find lessons on computer programming, computer science, coding and animation, all of which are broken up into specific sub-sections.
What's interesting with Khan Academy is that you hear someone talking while they write the code, which feels natural, like you're sitting down with someone. The courses are straightforward, easy to follow and you can then transfer the concepts to the simple exercises. Sometimes, there are mini-quizzes following a demo, which help you think about things conceptually and understand what the code is doing a little better.
10. Hack Design
- Price: Free
The 'coding courses' on Hack Design are basically collections of aggregated content, whether that's blogs, books, games, tutorials or videos, from around the web. There isn't anything to 'complete' by way of tasks, but if you're after some resource recommendations to help you learn more about a specific part of design, this is a good place to turn.
There are also tool lists with recommendations from people who use them. This is an excellent catalogue of design resources for all levels. It offers great introductory content for beginners and more advanced techniques for those who do this full-time.
- Price: From free
Udemy is an expansive catalogue, filled with thousands of other topics besides web and technology, with prices ranging from free to hundreds of dollars. We would venture to say you could find just about anything you wanted to learn about on here. On the downside, the vast number of courses available (over 80,000 at time of writing) does make it tricky to dig out the good stuff.
- Price: From $25 (£20)/mo (free 7-day trial)
Treehouse has one of the most comprehensive libraries of educational materials on this list, while also being one of the most relevant. Not only does it offer a large variety of coding courses, but it also includes 'workspaces' you can use to try out new projects in your own time, as well as a library with videos of talks from industry professionals. It offers an iPad app to continue your learning, too.
The structure is simple: learn from the video courses (which are regularly refreshed to reflect industry changes), practice your new skills though quizzes and challenges, and earn badges to reflect the skills you've already mastered.
- Price: Free/Pro account from $19.99/£15.99 per month
Codecademy is a free to use source of coding courses that's easy to set up. Straight away you can create 'goals' for yourself and find the skills you want to learn. These could range from applicable things like creating a portfolio site to silly, fun things like animating your name or building a CSS galaxy.
There's also a paid Pro version on offer. For a monthly fee you'll get access to exclusive quizzes, projects, and customised learning paths. For every pro membership it sells, the company is currently donating five free memberships to workers impacted by the Covid-19 crisis.
14. LinkedIn Learning
- Price: From $19.99/£14.99 per month on 1-year plan (free one-month trial)
LinkedIn Learning is what used to be known as Lynda.com, and it's one of the more popular video tutorial sites. It offers an abundance of content that's constantly added to with new and up-to-date technologies and software. This is a trusted resource that many turn to when they're after a tutorial to pick up a new skill, and includes many good coding courses.
- Price: Free
Mijingo is an online learning resource that features step-by-step video tutorials for both web design and development. These online coding courses aren't for beginners: they're aimed at helping web professionals get up to date with the latest developments.
Current courses focus on topics such as ExpressionEngine and Twig. Alternatively you can pick a 'lesson' – these cover small, specific elements of broader topics. Stream the videos or download them to any device to watch at your leisure. The courses are cohesive and thorough, and some offer transcripts, starter files and additional resources.
- Price: From $9 per month
- Price: From free
18. Code A Cake
- Price: Free
Got kids between the ages of six and 11, and want them to learn code? BT has found a way of teaching online coding in a way that looks kinda fun. At Code A Cake, a colourful website created by AnalogFolk, you create a robot-staffed bakery in order to bake a cake, using the art of coding. Yes, it sounds kind of strange, but it's a clever way to get your kids to pick up some basic coding skills, and some parents may learn a thing or two along the way as well.
- Price: From free
EDX brings together coding courses from top universities such as MIT, Georgia Tech, UC Berkeley, and Harvard, as well as A-list companies like IBM, Microsoft, W3C and Linux, for you to learn online. There are a number of free coding courses to get you started and help you choose your path for future learning, although you'll need to pay to get a validated certificate upon completion.