15 Best Python Courses for Beginners

15 Best Python Courses for Beginners

As a beginner Python programmer, you might have thought about joining a course for learning Python. But how do you choose the best one?

After all, there are multiple online Python courses, and choosing the best course type can be difficult. Additionally, each course type has numerous options, making it even more confusing.

Having said that, the two best options we recommend for beginners are Harvard's CS50 - Intro to Python course and Programiz PRO's interactive Learn Python course.

But aside from these two courses, this blog will cover some other top-quality Python courses that are available online. And by the end, you will have all the information you need to make the correct choice.


Types of Python Courses

As we mentioned before, there are multiple types of Python courses online. The four main types of courses are:

  • Interactive Courses
  • Tutorial Courses
  • Video Courses
  • University Courses

These course types have different features, course structures, learning methods, and prices. You need to have at least some basic idea of how these courses work before you make a decision.

So, let us discuss each of these course types in detail.


Interactive Courses

Interactive courses are arguably the best way to learn Python. These courses have the following benefits:

  • You need to be actively involved in interactive lessons. So you don't have the luxury of being a passive learner.
  • The Quizzes and Challenges in interactive courses keep you on your toes. You can only proceed further once you complete them.
  • You get a certification at the end of the course. This will enhance your portfolio and also motivate you to complete your course.  

You should learn from interactive courses if you are:

  • A beginner who needs clear, short, and bite-sized lessons.
  • A hyperactive person, i.e., you can't focus on one thing for a long time.
  • Looking to learn at your own pace.
  • Passionate about building mini-projects using Python.
  • Learning Python from a career perspective, so you want to get certified for a job.

Now, you might wonder what course to take, right? We did our research and boiled it down to two interactive courses that you can try:

Programiz PRO's Learn Python Course

Our Learn Python course has many benefits for beginners. First of all, the course is divided into two sections:

  • Learn Python Basics, which covers Python basics like Control Flow, Function, Data Types, and some basic projects.
  • Python Beyond Basics covers advanced topics such as OOP, exception handling, and managing files.

Secondly, the course has challenges after each section. So, after you have completed the main course, you need to solve the challenges to go to the next course.

While learning the lessons, you get a code editor to practice, test, and run your code. You also need to correctly answer the quizzes in the course to proceed to the next lesson.

If you get stuck in a challenge, you also get a solution button to see the answer (visible after a timer expires).

You can get certified if you complete Python Basics, which will motivate you to learn the second part of the course, i.e., Beyond Basics.

The Beyond Basics course will familiarize you with advanced topics in Python, such as Exceptional Handling and Object-Oriented Programming.  

You will also build projects at the end of each course. You will make Rock, Paper, Scissors in Python Basics.

Similarly, Beyond Basics lets you build the following projects using Object-Oriented Programming:

  • Rock, Paper, Scissors
  • Tic-Tac-Toe
  • QR code Generator.

You can start learning this course for free with our seven days trial.

Codecademy's Learn Python 3 Course

The Learn Python 3 course from Codecademy aims to teach the fundamentals of Python 3, which is the latest version of Python.

The best part about this course is that it has projects in each section. So, you will be building projects right from the beginning. By the end, you will have many projects under your belt.

This course is also pretty lengthy. It takes around 25 hours to complete. It is structured into 11 lessons and 2 challenges but doesn't separate the basics and object-oriented sections.

Another downside to this course is that the challenges are optional. So, even if you only have limited knowledge about a specific section, you can still move on to the next section without completing the challenges.

You get a certification of completion at the end of this course. The Learn Python 3 course requires you to get the pro membership of Codecademy, which costs 15 dollars a month.


Tutorial Course for Python

Python has many tutorials on the internet. These tutorials are best for:

  • People who have some knowledge of Python but want to refresh their memory of Python syntax.
  • Students who are looking for reference material online to support their studies.
  • Beginners who want to see examples of how certain concepts are used.

Programiz.com

We provide tutorials, coding examples, and reference materials spanning multiple programming languages on Programiz.

Our Python tutorials have a worldwide audience and have very high ratings. We also provide a free online Python interpreter where you can run your code.

But the best thing about our tutorial is that it is appropriately structured and written in a friendly, easy-to-understand manner.

We also support our tutorials with video content you can check on YouTube.

GeeksforGeeks

GeeksforGeeks is another wonderful tutorial site for learning Python. Though this site's content is a bit more complicated, it does cover a wide range of topics.

Its greatest strength is that it has tutorials for different Python libraries and frameworks, such as Pandas, Django, NumPy, and more.

This site also has an online Python compiler. But you must sign up to use it, which is a bit annoying.

Tutorials Point

Tutorials Point is an excellent platform for students to learn programming for their examinations. This site provides detailed explanations about topics presented in an academic tone.

The Python tutorials in Tutorials Point are divided into two parts: Basics and Advanced. The two sections are different, with the Advanced section being much harder to understand.

One feature that makes Tutorials Point great for students is that you can download the PDF of every article you read. You could print the PDFs and use them as reference notes for your exams.

You can also view and download a quick guide of the entire Python tutorial in one click, which is a very nice feature for students.

W3 Schools

Tutorials in W3 Schools are super short. They just explain a concept in simple language and move on to provide an example.

The exercise feature of W3 schools is what's more intriguing, though.

Instead of providing a full-fledged playground for writing code, W3 School gives you an area where you can try different syntaxes individually and complete the exercises.

This semi-interactive approach to tutorials can be very useful for beginners. The tutorials in W3 Schools are designed as courses. So, it even has quizzes to keep you engaged.


Video Course

Not everyone wants to learn from tutorials and interactive courses. Some may prefer videos as they provide a live demonstration of coding.

Videos are also more personal as you feel like someone is tutoring you. You can also watch video tutorials at your desired playback speed. So, you can soak in knowledge at your own pace.

But one problem with video courses is that if you are passive, you will just be consuming videos without doing much practice.

Anyway, there are two places where you can consume programming tutorial videos:

  • YouTube
  • Learning Sites

YouTube

YouTube is a great place to learn to program. It has tons of channels that provide programming lessons free of cost.

Here are some benefits of learning with YouTube:

  • The timestamp feature of YouTube makes it easier to go back and forth in tutorial videos.
  • You can download YouTube videos for offline viewing.
  • You can find individual videos about certain topics and concepts. So, you don't have to take an entire course for one problem.
  • You can find programming tutorials in the language of your choice.

One disadvantage of YouTube is that views and likes can be deceiving. The most popular course on YouTube might not always be the best or the most suitable for you.

So, to save you some time, we have listed two of the best programming tutorials on YouTube.


Programming With Mosh: Full Python Tutorial

With around 28 million views, this video tutorial is the most popular Python tutorial on YouTube. It is 6 hours long and covers almost everything related to Python.

Mosh has created a high-quality tutorial with multiple timestamps to make navigating the video easier. In addition to that, this tutorial has also provided three projects in three different areas where you can apply your learning.

These projects cover areas like:

  • Automation
  • Website (with Django)
  • Machine Learning

This video tutorial condenses everything related to Python in just six hours. So, if you are a beginner, it can be a great starting point for you.


Programiz: Python Full Course for Beginners

Our video tutorial on Python is just 5 hours long, but it covers a wide range of topics.

In addition to Python basics, you also learn advanced Python topics such as exception handling and Object Oriented Programming.  

This Python course demonstrates Python's syntax on our code editor, making it more accessible for beginners. You don't have to install an IDE to learn Python with this course.

This tutorial also offers other general features like timestamps and structured content.


Learning Sites

Learning sites are a bit different from YouTube. For the most part, learning sites have paid courses.

While a few offer their in-house video courses, most learning sites have other people creating courses on their platform. So, some courses can be questionable.

But these platforms have a rating system that you can use to filter out unsuitable courses.

Video courses from learning sites require you to solve quizzes and complete assignments. And just like interactive courses, you get a certificate at the end.

Some of the most popular learning sites include:

  • Udemy
  • Coursera
  • Udacity
  • edX

There are many video tutorials on these sites. We have listed the two most popular ones.


Udemy - The Python Bible

The Python Bible course from Udemy is best for anyone looking to learn Python in a fun manner. The best part about this video course is that it is project-based.

The course has a total of 11 coding exercises and 9 hours worth of video content. In addition, students get full lifetime access to the course and plenty of downloadable resources.

Udemy has a star system for users to rate its courses out of 5. The Python Bible has a rating that exceeds 4.6, with around 38K reviews.


So, should you learn Python from this course? Well, if you want guidance, certification, and course material in video form, this might be the perfect course for you.


One Month - Learn Python

One Month is a learning site that claims to teach you a subject in - you guessed it - one month! The site claims that the Learn Python course is taught at reputed universities like Columbia.

This course is more than 6 hours long. It has 4 Python projects, and you get certified at the end.  You also get weekly goals to meet, so the course does keep you engaged.

So, can you learn Python in 30 days with this course? Well, it depends on what you mean by 'learning.' The course will familiarize you with Python basics and enable you to do a few projects.

But don't expect to be a Python master in one month; it's an unrealistic timeframe to master any programming language.

As a beginner, you can take this video course and use it as a guide to help you learn Python basics.


University Courses

Many top universities have made free courses available online. These courses are lengthy and follow a University-certified syllabus.

The best part about University courses is that they are tried and tested in addition to being taught by a qualified instructor.

University instructors are computer science graduates with top-level credentials who teach for a living, so the quality is definitely there.

While there are many great free university courses online, here are the best ones:

CS50 Python Course (Harvard)

We've all heard of Harvard; it is an ivy league University where Mark Zuckerberg created Facebook and Bill Gates got the idea to build Microsoft.

So, it's safe to say that Harvard has a top-level Computer Science program, as shown by the free CS50 courses they provide.

CS50 is an extensive collection of Harvard courses that covers topics such as Web Development, C, Python, Artificial Intelligence, Game Development, and many more.

The CS50 Python course is exciting as it is taught by David J. Malan, a prominent instructor at Harvard.

The course covers Python basics and touches upon Object Oriented Programming. The course also familiarizes you with Regular Expressions and File Input/Output.

These advanced topics are great for building logic and understanding programming at a much deeper level.


Programming for Everybody (The University of Michigan)

Programming for Everybody is a comprehensive course from the University of Michigan. The course has a total of 13 hours of video content. It could take around 20 hours to complete all the videos, assignments, and quizzes.

The highlight of this course is its syllabus. It starts right at the beginning with the relationship between programming and hardware and ends with a complete tutorial on Data Visualization.

This is an academic course, so it can get very complex to understand for a beginner. But you will gain a lot of insight about programming if you complete it.

Most of the time, instructors simply write code and teach the application but not the foundation, i.e., they will teach Python but not programming.

But this course is just the opposite. It has more focus on teaching the fundamentals of programming. Instead of writing code, the instructor teaches most concepts with code samples, visuals (flow charts), and images.

Here are some topics covered in this course:

  • Python Basics (variables, data types, if conditions, loops, functions, strings, files, etc.)
  • Python Data Structures (Lists, Tuples, Dictionaries)
  • Regular Expressions (matching, extracting, string parsing)
  • Network Programming
  • Web Services
  • Object Oriented Programming in Python
  • Databases (SQLite)
  • Data Visualization

As you can see, the topics covered are pretty vast. So, we won't recommend this course to complete beginners. But if you know some Python and want to learn more, give this course a shot.

The course is instructed more theoretically, so it might not be great for programmers looking to implement their learning.

However, if you want to pass your exams, you can't go wrong with this course.


Computing in Python I (Georgia Institute of Technology)

Georgia Institute of Technology's Computing in Python I is a rigorous course for beginners with 7 chapters and 45-50 hours of content.

You will roughly need around 5 weeks to complete this course.

This is a structured course with small digestible videos of 2 to 3 minutes. You also get quizzes and coding challenges.

By the end of this course, you will master the fundamentals of Python. Here is the course structure:

  • Chapter  1: Computer Fundamentals
  • Chapter  2: Programming
  • Chapter  3: Debugging
  • Chapter  4: Procedural Programming
  • Chapter  5: Variables
  • Chapter  6: Logical Operators
  • Chapter  7: Mathematical Operators

As you can see, the course is targeted toward complete beginners as the chapters cover basic concepts. So, if you are new to coding, this can be a proper course for you to take.

This Python course will enable a beginner to perform mathematical calculations such as calculating interest rates, grades, recommending clothing options, and more.


Python Courses from MIT

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is one of the most revered computer science and engineering institutions.

So, a Python course from this University is bound to be worth it, right? Well, of course, it is!

There are two MIT Python courses you can try:

You can take the first course and then move on to the second one. Remember that both courses are aimed at students with prior programming and computer science knowledge.

The first course is excellent for beginners to learn Python and do some of the easier problems in the language, but the second course is a bit difficult.

Introduction to Computational Thinking and Data Science covers complicated concepts such as:

  • Probability Distributions
  • Plotting with the pylab package
  • Curve fitting
  • Statistical fallacies
  • Monte Carlo simulations
  • Dynamic programming
  • Graphs and graph optimization

These two MIT courses are perfect if you want to learn data science with Python.


Which is the Best Python Course?

Different Types of Python Courses
Different Types of Python Courses

It is tough to choose the best course as all the course types listed above have their benefits and drawbacks. The best course for you will depend on what approach you prefer when it comes to learning.

For instance,

  • If you want to learn interactively at your own pace, our Learn Python course is a good option.
  • If you like watching videos, follow Mosh's Python tutorial on YouTube.
  • Want to learn Python from reputed University Professors? Then Harvard's CS50 Python Course is the one for you.
  • The condensed PDF from Tutorials Point might be a better option if you want to learn Python to pass exams.

We recommend you choose the course type you want and then select the appropriate course.


Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the best paid Python course?

There are multiple paid Python courses to choose from. But we recommend our Learn Python course as we are confident that this course is the best fit for a beginner programmer.

2. What is the best Python course for free?

Harvard University's CS50 course is the best Python course you can take for free as the lectures are constructed properly, and the instructor is highly experienced.

In addition, the CS50 course also has tons of projects for you to do, and it covers beginner and intermediate topics in Python.  

3. Can I teach myself Python?

Yes, you can definitely learn Python by yourself with interactive courses and tutorials. Just make sure you are consistent with learning the language.

4. How do I become a Python expert?

It depends on what you mean by "a Python expert". Sure, you can take a bunch of courses and master the fundamentals of Python in 3 months, but that doesn't necessarily make you an expert.

It takes years of coding to become a Python expert. Even then, most senior programmers still don't consider themselves experts.

So, to be considered a Python expert, you need to work as a Python developer for at least 5-8 years and build large-scale projects within that period.

5. Where can I work if I know Python?

As a Python programmer, you can work at a tech company as a backend web developer, machine learning engineer, data scientist, data analyst, automation engineer, QA Engineer, and more.

You can even take freelance Python projects and work part-time. Python will also enable you to work as a research assistant at universities.