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Creating Database Driven Websites Using PHP & MySQL

PHP is an open-source server-side scripting language used for the creation of dynamic web pages for e-commerce and other web based applications. It is also one of the most popular server-side languages commercially used today. With consistent fast performance, high reliability and ease of use, MySQL has become the open-source database of choice for many organisations. Together, these two technologies provide you with a simple, free and powerful platform for building dynamic, database-driven web applications. This hands-on practical course is designed to enable web developers and others with limited programming experience to build dynamic e-commerce websites using the PHP programming language and MySQL database. An understanding of basic HTML/XHTML is assumed.

Dave Miles

“I’ve been really impressed by the expertise of the tutors at Bedford College and I had a good feeling about the atmosphere too – it’s informal and relaxed but with an expectation to get the work done and achieve.”

“Over the past few months I’ve enrolled on a number of courses to develop my skills, and I’ve really enjoyed all of them. We use industry standard software including Adobe Creative Suite and the tutors put so much work in to the course.”

Dave Miles - Creating Database Driven Websites, Website Design, Programming in C#, CIW qualifications

Entry requirements

This hands-on practical course is designed to enable web developers and others with limited programming experience to build dynamic e-commerce websites using the PHP programming language and MySQL database. An understanding of basic HTML/XHTML is assumed.

Course content

Understanding PHP Basics:

  • Introducing PHP
  • Using Variables and Operators
  • Controlling Program Flow
  • Working with Arrays
  • Using Functions and Classes.

Understanding MySQL Basics:

  • Relational Database Design
  • Structured Query Language
  • Data Manipulation Language
  • Simple and Advanced SQL Queries
  • MySQL Administration Tools
  • Creating a Content Management System.

Working with Data from Other Sources:

  • Working with Files and Directories
  • Working with XML
  • Working with Cookies, Sessions and Headers

Security and Troubleshooting:

  • Handling Errors
  • Securing PHP
  • Extending PHP


    • Further study and career options

      Certified Internet Web (CIW) Professional Program or other web development related part-time courses.

      Additional information

      There will also be an additional cost of £25 to cover for course trips.

      Course information & how to book

      Select the 'Enrol' button to book on to this course online. Please note: after registering you will be taken to the payment page where you will need to pay for your course.

      LengthStart DateDay(s)Time(s)FeesLocationCourse Code
      12 week(s) 14/03/2018 Wed 6.00 pm - 9.00 pm £240 Cauldwell Street F1626 Pay & Enrol

      Additional Learning Support
      If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

      Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
      At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

      Accessibility
      We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

      Additional formats
      Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
      01234 291000 to order your copy.
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