Skip to main content
KBS_Icon_questionmark link-ico

A Beginner’s Guide to Becoming a Blockchain Developer with Overledger

Key information

Subject area:

FutureLearn Online Courses

Course type:

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Credit level:

Not for credit


3 weeks

Available course dates:

From: 01 September 2023 To: 31 August 2024

Course overview

With the rise of the digital economy, it’s no surprise that cryptocurrencies and blockchains are growing in popularity.

This three-week course from King’s College London and Quant Network will empower you with an understanding of how blockchains and distributed ledgers work as well as their advantages over centralised ledgers.

Once you’ve completed this course, you will have the foundational knowledge that you need to become a blockchain developer.

There are thousands of cryptocurrencies in existence. On this course, you will learn how to develop programs to send and receive payments for BTC, ETH, and XRP.

Importantly, you will also learn about the groundbreaking distributed ledger technology that these cryptocurrencies are built on.

What does this course cover?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Demonstrate an understanding on what is a ledger and what advantages ledgers implemented in a distributed manner have over ledgers implemented in a centralised manner.
  • Develop knowledge of the main components of distributed ledger and blockchain technologies.
  • Code your first programs utilising blockchain technologies.
  • Identify the differences between the two main distributed ledger technology asset tracking models, the first being the unspent transaction ouput (UTXO) model, and the second being the accounts model.
  • Investigate the different uses of cryptography in distributed ledger technologies.
  • Design blockchain applications that use Quant's Overledger API Gateway.

What will I achieve?

Applications built on distributed ledger technologies (DLTs) are more transparent, promote decentralised control, and are more resilient to software crashes as well as malicious actors.

On this course, you’ll gain the skills needed to create your own applications and programs that can interact with and be built on DLTs.

Who will I learn with?

Carmine Ventre

Carmine Ventre

Professor of Computer Science

Who is this for?

This course is designed for computer scientists or software engineers who would like to explore avenues in blockchain and distributed ledger technology that could lead to new opportunities.

What is the teaching schedule?

Week 1: Introduction to Distributed Ledger Technologies

Week 2: Distributed Ledger Technology data Structures

Week 3: Cryptography in Distributed Ledger Technologies 

Course status:


Full fee £0



Offered by