It seems that every day, cryptocurrency is making headlines. From El Salvador striving to become the first country to allow bitcoin as a legal tender to Elon Musk promising you can pay for your new Tesla with Bitcoin (you can, but it's tricky).
In fact, Mr. Musk has done much to raise cryptocurrency awareness, although not necessarily in a positive way.
Just recently, he confessed to his mum he will gift her dogecoin for Mother's Day during his Saturday Night Live opening monologue. Later in the show, he adopted a bumbling, stammering persona who first struggled to explain the coin and later admitted it was all a hoax.
Naturally, dogecoin share prices tumbled into the basement almost as soon as the words left his mouth. That just goes to show he's doing much to raise awareness of crypto but little to boost its value. And didn't he just cryptically tweet that he was 'breaking up' with Bitcoin?
Meanwhile, in another news article just out this week, this time in the Wall Street Journal: scammers are bilking crypto investors out of thousands of dollars.
All of this underscores the volatility of cryptocurrencies in general. Such unpredictability is a given, considering its relative novelty and the technical aspects that drive the concept.
Cryptocurrencies could become mainstream much faster if more people were educated about them - what they are, how to use them, and how they work.
That's why Superprof has traveled to major cities across the UK to find the best cryptocurrency courses.
Cryptocurrency Courses in Birmingham
In the introduction we mentioned El Salvador adopting Bitcoin as a form of legal tender; China is another country rushing to incorporate digital currency into its sovereign money systems. The difference between those two propositions is huge.
You are surely familiar with digital currency. Government holdings, financial reserves, and the like all fall under this umbrella. Digital currencies generally tend to be regulated, meaning that a central authority - usually a government or financial system will administer and assign value to the currency.
By contrast, cryptocurrencies are unregulated and decentralised, meaning that no entity is the final, supreme authority of the currency, nor is there a storehouse for it. Not even on some supercomputer - or, for that matter, your hard drive, should you decide to invest in Ethereum, Bitcoin, or the much-maligned Dogecoin.
China is taking the lead in creating a digital equivalent of its fiat currency. Tech enterprises, either government-owned or subsidised, are working day and night to make their digital monetary system a reality sooner rather than later. They already have a good jump on things as even the poorest Chinese have been using digital wallets such as Alipay and WeChat Wallet for years.
People living in and around Birmingham know that they have a lot of catching up to do in learning about cryptocurrencies and the algorithms that make it possible. And, savvy as Brummies are, they turn to online education for the most up-to-date information possible.
Learning about cryptocurrencies is an obvious necessity for the crypto-curious to learn how to invest in these currencies but, if you wanted more in-depth knowledge about blockchain and how the whole system works, New Skills Academy Birmingham would be a good place to start.
Not only will you learn how cryptocurrency works and how to get in on the action but you will also engage in theoretical discussions about the legalities and future prospects of cryptocurrency.
There's more than one online course that Birmingham crypto enthusiasts turn to for their education; find out more in our companion article.
Learn About Cryptocurrency in Manchester
Manchester - or, more specifically the University of Manchester is famous for, among other things, Alan Turing's ACE computer, one of the world's first designs for a stored-program computer. Later, the Manchester Baby took up residence there. It was the first of a series of Manchester computers, which Mr. Turing had a hand in producing.
Of course, that's not Manchester's first claim to being a technology pioneer. During the first Industrial Revolution, the city became the very frontier of innovation. Remember how the city was called Cottonopolis for its many textile works and factories?
Considering Manchester's centuries-old love affair with technology, it stands to reason that, now, during the fourth Industrial Revolution, Mancunians are forging ahead.
This city is home to two cryptocurrency groups whose mission is to advance the use of cryptocurrencies in the city.
One group, CryptoBates, partners with merchants in the Greater Manchester area to introduce them to cryptocurrency payment systems and educate them on all of the possibilities crypto could afford their businesses. They also spend a lot of time organising events, workshops and seminars to teach the curious public about digital, virtual, and cryptocurrencies.
One such event, CoinFest, is scheduled for November 2021. It will feature speakers knowledgeable about cryptocurrencies and the technology and tools associated with them. There will also be exhibitions, workshops, and seminars dedicated to those who want to know more about cryptocurrency as an investment.
You can find out more about CryptoBatesGroup's initiatives, along with those of Bitcoin Manchester in our full-length article.
Learn Cryptocurrency and Blockchain in Glasgow
The University of Edinburgh is home to several unique learning initiatives, one of which relates to cryptocurrencies and their associated technologies. It's the Blockchain Technology Laboratory, and it was the first kind in all of Europe at the time of its premiere.
You might think that Glasgow, the major centre for Enlightenment and renowned for its world-class university - to say nothing of the role the city played during the Industrial Revolution, would soon follow suit.
Nope. As per usual, Glaswegians are doing things their own way.
The IT Training Centre, in the Orkney Street Enterprise Centre, Govan, has partnered with the US firm Tech Training Solutions to deliver a series of cryptocurrency courses aimed at those who have no programming skills and perhaps only a superficial knowledge of Bitcoin, maybe because they keep reading about it in the news.
This remote-delivery, 16-hour course covers blockchain basics and Ethereum, and how to set up a smart contract. If that teaser only served to whet your appetite for all things crypto, you could further your education by searching for online courses from providers such as SkillUp, Course Central, or Simpli.
If you are a Glaswegian who likes to do things your way, discover other avenues you can learn about cryptocurrency in Glasgow.
Cryptocurrency Lessons in Leeds
After London, Leeds ranks as the financial capital of the UK. With its more than 30 banks and countless investment houses, it's easy to see why. That's not what makes Leeds so remarkable when it comes to cryptocurrency, though.
The University of Leeds has pioneered a student group dedicated to raising awareness and understanding of financial technology - fintech, as it is known. Such technology reaches beyond the various cryptocurrencies and distributed ledgers, of which the blockchain design is the most renowned.
Fintech is not a new concept and it doesn't just embrace aspects of the financial world. Education, non-profit organisations, and personal banking are all covered under the portmanteau term fintech.
If you are unaware of the difference between virtual currency and cryptocurrency, and if you have no idea how blockchain works, you can get an idea of things from this enthusiastic student group. They host regular workshops and events, both on campus and around town.
Of course, the question remains whether you could join them if you're not currently enrolled in any university courses or if you are enrolled, but in a study programme unrelated to anything tech or finance. Their web page indicates that all students of all degree programmes are welcome but says nothing about crypto enthusiasts who are not enrolled.
What if they don't have room for the crypto-curious? Where can you turn to learn more about Bitcoin, Altcoins, and distributed ledgers?
Of all the cities we visited outside of London, Leeds has the most venues, events, and opportunities. We've listed them all in a separate article.
Cryptocurrency Lessons London
So far, we've mentioned an assortment of cryptocurrencies: Dogecoin and Bitcoin, and we've alluded to digital currency. We even mentioned Altcoins! And we've bandied about words like fintech, ethereum, blockchain, and distributed ledgers.
We're staying away from crypto wallets, exchanges, and trading bots. Likewise, we'll let your cryptocurrency course explain the concepts of blockchain, nodes, and distributed ledgers.
To learn, understand, and know how to use all of this cryptocurrency-related terminology, you could spend hours reading blog after blog and web page after web page, trying to make sense of things on your own.
But then, we're talking about London, the UK's main financial and educational centre. Our capital city has everything you need to learn anything you want about cryptocurrency, from the technical side - coding and mining to the investment side.
Imperial College, Kensington College, University College London, and the University of London all have courses on blockchain and cryptocurrency, some of which are directed to specific audiences.
For instance, if you are a business leader or a policymaker, you might find UCL's executive education programme suitable. Conversely, if you are more interested in the programming side of things, Imperial's Centre for Cryptocurrency would be the ideal venue for your education and networking.
What if you're neither a banker nor a government worker, and your university days are long behind you?
You may be interested in taking cryptocurrency courses online or, better yet, take private lessons with a Superprof fintech tutor.
Or you might just enjoy a night out with other crypto enthusiasts; a light-hearted, fun time noshing on pub food and sipping pints... all while picking up on news from the crypto world from as many sources as you can.
In London, there are so many ways to climb aboard the crypto train that we just had to write in-depth about all of the ways you could learn about cryptocurrency in this global city of ours.