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About Northcoders

  • What does Northcoders do?

    Northcoders is a multi-award-winning tech education house that helps brilliant people build exceptional technology. Our coding school offers courses for absolute beginners, hobbyists and junior software developers to help them kick-start and advance their coding careers from across the UK. Meanwhile, our team of specialist software developers help businesses solve education problems with technical solutions. A passion for tech drives our mission to grow and diversify the tech ecosystem.

  • What type of people do you teach?

    People like you. We have taught people who are mid-career and looking for a change, school leavers, recent graduates and also those looking to embark on a new career after having children.

    Learning with such a diverse group of people is great for everyone. We all bring something unique to the mix.

  • Can I come and visit?

    Well, not right now! Because of the coronavirus outbreak, we're not admitting visitors. But we're open, running courses, and you can still contact us!

  • How do I get to your Manchester campus?

    Our Manchester campus is at Manchester Technology Centre with easy access by train, tram, bus or car. Find out how you can find us here!

  • How do I get to your space in Leeds?

    We’re based at Platform with easy access by train, tram, bus or car. Find out how you can find us here!

Coding

  • What is coding?

    Coding is the process of creating software, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, websites, games and much more. The programs on your computer, apps on your phone, Facebook, and this website – they’re all made with code.

    Computers don’t understand words. So in order to communicate with them, programming languages like JavaScript were created. These languages are made up of words and numbers and when arranged in order they form a set of instructions. Coding in these languages tells your computer what to do.

  • How do I know coding is for me?

    In just a couple of weeks you can get through a lot of freeCodeCamp and gain a good sense of whether coding is right for you.

    Do as much coding as possible. If you enjoy it for the sake of it, it’s probably for you!

  • Do I need to be good at maths?

    No! To build websites and apps, thinking logically is far more important, and the maths you learn in school will see you through our course nicely.

Our coding bootcamps

  • What time do your courses run each day?

    Our coding bootcamp runs from 8:30 to 17:00 Monday to Friday. We don’t cover any new content after 16:00, to help our students manage other commitments they might have.

  • How many contact hours will I get?

    You'll get a whopping 480 contact hours while you're at Northcoders. That's what you will need to fully prepare you for a career in tech.

  • Will I get a mentor?

    Yes, you will have a dedicated mentor for each part of the course.

  • What's the student to tutor ratio?

    As a minimum, for every seven students, there will be a tutor. So that's around 7:1.

  • How much experience do I need?

    None. You can apply to our bootcamps with no prior experience (although you might enjoy getting started prior to application!) If you've never coded before, we will help you get started and help you discover whether it is right for you before you commit to the course, and support you every step of the way.

  • Do I need any qualifications to do this course? 

    No. We're far more interested in what you want to achieve. This course is designed for people from any and all walks of life who are interested in starting a new career in tech, regardless of what you have done before.

  • Do I need my own laptop?

    Yes. You’ll need to bring your own laptop for all of our courses. For our coding bootcamps, we recommend using either OSX running on an Apple Mac or the Linux Ubuntu operating system running on a PC laptop. If you have a PC laptop, we'll help you set that up for you.

  • Will I get a certification?

    No. We offer an alternative to certifications - we offer to teach you the skills employers want. Complying with a framework means not being able to teach the skills our Hiring Partners tell us they want – and one of the best things about Northcoders is that we can update our courses straight away.

    We don't deny that courses such as Computer Science degrees teach important skills. If you want to gain highly detailed theoretical knowledge, our course isn't for you. If you want to become an effective software developer with a great understanding of workplace best practice, you're in the right place.

  • Is there an age limit?

    We’ve taught students as old as 18 and as young as 56!

    You need to be at least 18 years old on your chosen start date to enrol on our coding bootcamp.

  • How far in advance should I apply?

    Need to get onto a cohort as quickly as possible? Then if you're already pretty confident with JavaScript syntax, depending on availability you could get onto a course within 1-3 weeks of the start date provided you are willing to put the work in and complete your Entry Challenge no longer than a week away from when you apply. If you're an absolute beginner, the minimum time it could take is usually 2 weeks, and you should complete your Entry Challenge within 10 days. However, places are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis so it is always advisable to apply ASAP if you are keen to get started fast.

    No particular rush? Give yourself some breathing space! It's never too early, and we'll help you level up your code or get started when you apply. It takes most absolute beginners between 3 and 6 weeks depending on their other commitments, while someone who has done a bit of coding before could take between 2 and 4 weeks. Remember, it is usually possible to defer to another cohort. Cohorts are sometimes full as many as 6 weeks in advance, so don't leave it until the last minute!

    Applications typically close 1-6 weeks prior to the start date depending on availability.

  • At what point can I officially reserve my place on a cohort?

    You can reserve your place after you have passed your Entry Challenge by choosing one of our payment options and paying the fee for Introduction Week.

Getting your first software developer role after our coding bootcamp

  • How will you help get me a job after I finish the course?

    Northcoders provide all of the support you need to land your first tech job.

    During Careers Week (Week 8), we'll deliver a range of sessions to help you get ahead, including industry insights and industry preparation sessions, an in-depth CV workshop, tech interview advice and practice, personal brand development and tech test insights. This week also gives you time to develop your portfolio. Everything's focussed around helping you find a job you'll love.

    You'll also have 1-to-1 time with a careers mentor, and private access to any vacancies we have available through our extensive network.

    Our in-house Career Development Experts have your back.

  • How much can I expect to be paid?

    The vast majority of our graduates will earn a starting salary of £22,000 – £30,000.

  • What if I want to code in another programming language?

    Great! Our course is designed to give you transferable skills. More than half of our graduates go on to code in other languages like C#, Java, Python, C++ and Ruby in their first software development role.

Applying for our coding bootcamps

  • How do I apply?

    First, you'll need to fill out our online application form which gives us an idea of your present skill level. In this application we are looking for you to provide us with as much information as possible about your motivation to enrol on our course.

    You can apply here.

  • What happens after I apply?

    We’ll review your application usually within 48 hours, and decide whether to offer you an Entry Challenge. If you’re successful, we’ll send you our preparation materials. They’re designed to be fun, and are suitable for people who have never coded before. We’ll be there every step of the way to support you and help you decide whether you want to enrol on the coding bootcamp. Finally, to secure your place, you’ll complete our Entry Challenge. It’s relaxed, and you’ll be able to refer to your notes or look things up online. What we’re looking for is your drive to learn to code, and your aptitude for problem-solving. 

Paying for our coding bootcamps

  • What are the fees?

    The total cost of our coding bootcamp is £7200. The main 13-week coding bootcamp costs £6,250, and the Introduction Week costs £950. If, after Introduction Week, you don't want to progress onto the core bootcamp, you'll receive your coding bootcamp fees back in full, with no quibble.

  • What is the Deferred payment option?

    Our Deferred payment option allows you pay the cost of the course over 22-24 months. If you use this option, you'll pay your course fees back interest free. The total you will pay is £7200.

  • Are there eligibility criteria for your Deferred payment option?

    To qualify for our Deferred payment option, you must be a UK citizen – we require this because we work with an FCA-regulated third party who help us deliver this payment option. If you aren't a UK citizen, you can still join Northcoders by using our Advance payment option. Access to this scheme is also subject to affordability checks.

  • How are payments taken on the Deferred payment option?

    You will pay a £250 deposit when you start the course, then £250 every month until you have repaid the course fee in full.

  • Will I pay interest on my tuition fees if I use the Deferred payment option?

    No, there is no interest.

  • How much do I have to pay upfront if I use the Deferred payment option?

    Firstly, you'll need to pay the fee for Introduction Week, which is £950.

    Secondly, you'll need to place a deposit of £250 towards the cost of your £6250 13-Week Bootcamp Fee.

    The total you will pay is £7200. If you're claiming from the Gender Diversity Fund, your deposit will be £230 rather than £250.

  • What is the Advance payment option?

    Pay less by paying your course fees full at least two weeks before your course begins. We offer a 13-Week Bootcamp Fee of £5750 (usually £6250) to people paying with our Advance option.

  • Do you offer other finance options?

    Yes. We work with FCA-regulated companies who can provide you with alternative ways of covering your course fees and living costs. You can find out more here.

  • When should I apply for finance?

    You do not need to apply until you are offered a place.

    However, if you would like to do so, with some providers it is possible to get a quotes up to 3 months in advance of your chosen course start date, before you are offered a place or even before you apply.

  • Can I get help covering the cost of Introduction Week?

    Some of our finance partners, including Knoma and Coursebud, may be able to offer you a loan that would allow you to cover the cost of Introduction Week.

Northcoders

  • What does Northcoders do?

    Northcoders is a strategic tech education and education tech partner for businesses across the UK. We are driven by our mission to grow and diversify the tech ecosystem.

    At our heart, we're a tech company – agile and solutions-focussed. Our people know tech education like no others.

    Our coding school arm offers industry-driven courses for absolute beginners, hobbyists and junior software developers to help individuals and businesses advance coding careers from across the UK.

    Meanwhile, our team of specialist software developers help businesses solve education problems with technical solutions.

  • What kind of businesses do you work with?

    Northcoders works with a huge range of businesses from across the UK, from tech start-ups to finance companies, from business consultancies to government organisations.

  • How does Northcoders help businesses?

    We help brilliant people build exceptional technology.

    Northcoders is a strategic partner to businesses across the country.

    We can help you to grow and nurture your tech teams. We provide a range of developer training programmes including our 13-month Upskilling Programme, with funding available to most businesses through the apprenticeship levy.

Hire

  • Are there any hidden fees?

    Nope. Hiring a Northcoder won’t cost you a penny.

  • Can I see the projects your students build?

    Yes. We publish videos of our students presenting their final projects on YouTube here.

  • What have your students learned during the bootcamp? 

    Our bootcamps teach full-stack architecture, including SQL and React. You can find our curriculum here.

  • We use a stack which differs to the one you teach. Are your graduates suitable?

    Yes. The first principle of our coding bootcamp is that it should be tech-agnostic. So, while we teach software development through JavaScript, a whopping three in four of our students go on to code in a language other than JavaScript in their first job, such as Java, C#, Python and Go. 

UpSkill

  • Who is the UpSkill for?

    UpSkill is delivered by our sister company, Northcoders TechEd (the trading name of Taylor Made Training (NW) Ltd – UKPRN 10036956). It is ideal if you want to enrol:

    • Junior developers or Northcoders graduates already in your business
    • New hires who are about to graduate from a Northcoders bootcamp
  • Can the programme be completed remotely?

    Yes!

  • How much will it cost my business?

    Most of the time, nothing! We utilise the levy and government subsidies to fund the programme for you. The worst case scenario is a 5% cost incurred, with 95% covered by the government.

  • Who is eligible for the programme?

    Anyone who is working in, or ready to work in, related tech roles is eligible. For example, your Developers, Data Engineers, DevOps Engineers or UX professionals could all complete UpSkill. You could also hire someone who has completed a coding bootcamp or a relevant degree, and enrol them on this programme.

  • What is the time commitment for my developers?

    In simple terms, this programme requires a 20% time commitment. The majority of that time commitment is through contributing flexible hours to the learning.

  • What commitment would a line manager need to give?

    A line manager would need to catch up on a quarterly basis with the learner and their assessor, and making sure your developer is allocated the time they need to learn.

  • What qualification would they earn?

    Successful participants are awarded a Level 4 Software Development certified by the British Computing Society (BCS)