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Everything you need to know about Northcoders

About Northcoders

What does Northcoders do?

Northcoders is a multi-award-winning coding school. We deliver industry-leading (and industry-led) practical coding courses to people from all walks of life, to help them kick-start new careers, or develop existing ones.

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 working remotely. 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!


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.

Introduction to Programming

Who is Introduction to Programming for?

Introduction to Programming is for anyone who wants to get started with coding.

This course is also perfect for you if you are interested in applying for a Northcoders coding bootcamp in Manchester or Leeds, but want to make sure Northcoders is right for you first. If you decide to enrol on a Northcoders coding bootcamp afterwards, you'll receive a £100 discount.

What happens during the course?

The course is delivered as a mixture of short tutor-led sessions and project-based workshops, which you'll complete both by yourself and in pairs. Our tutors will introduce new concepts, and then you'll have the chance to put it into practice and explore the ideas you've just covered.

Do I have to complete this course to enrol on a Northcoders coding bootcamp?

No, absolutely not! We will guide applicants to our coding bootcamps through the basics, and help you get started. However, if you want to try out Northcoders before you apply, this is a great way to do so.

Why do you teach JavaScript?

Because it's fun, accessible for beginners, runs everywhere and is very in-demand with Northern employers! Find out more here.

Will I learn how to build a website?

No - this is a course about programming, rather than websites. The languages which build the structure of websites (HTML and CSS) aren't programming languages, and are easy to learn. Of course, if you are serious about building complex websites or becoming a web developer, you'll need to learn programming in-depth anyway, so this will lay the foundations.

Where is the course run?

In Manchester, our campus is at Manchester Technology Centre. Find out about how to reach us by train, tram, car or on foot here.

In Leeds, It's run from our space at Platform, right about the main train station. Find out about how to reach us by train, car or on foot here.

Will there be food?

Yes! There will be pizza and soft drinks, and there will always be vegetarian and vegan options. Remember to tell us about your dietary requirements when you buy your ticket!

Do I need my own laptop?

Yes, you need to bring your own laptop along.

Our Coding Bootcamps

What time do your courses run each day?

Our courses run from 8:30am until 5:00pm, Monday to Friday. Our campus normally remains open and support will be available until 6:00pm each day - but we'll never cover any new content after 5:00pm to allow those who need to leave to manage their other commitments to do so.

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, and you'll spend 1-to-1 time with them throughout 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 these courses?

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 long is the course?

Our courses are 14 weeks long.

When will applications close for each start date?

Applications typically close 2-6 weeks prior to the start date depending on availability.

How far in advance should I apply?

It depends!

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 3-6 weeks 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 4-8 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 6 and 12 weeks depending on your other commitments, while someone who has done a bit of coding before could take 4-8 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!

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

You can reserve your place after you have passed your Entry Challenge. This is usually 1-3 weeks after you apply.

Getting your first software developer role after a 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. From helping you perfect your CV, interview training and tech test practices to helping you manage your personal brand, we've got 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.

Our latest statistics are here!

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 for our coding bootcamps here.

What happens after I apply?

We’ll send you learning material which will help you prepare for our Entry Challenge.

You have our full support from the moment you apply and we’ll give you a number of ways to ask for help if you get stuck.

Once we're sure you have the aptitude to succeed and been offered a place on one of our bootcamps, you're ready to go.

How long does it take to prepare for the Entry Challenge?

A complete beginner could be ready for the Entry Challenge with 10-15 hours of diligent study. If you have already made a start with an online introductory course like freeCodeCamp's JavaScript Basics, you could be ready for the Entry Challenge within a few hours.

Find out why entry standards for Coding Bootcamps matter here

Paying for our coding bootcamps

What are the fees?

The main 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, no quibble.

What is the standard payment option?

Our standard payment option allows you to pay your course fees back interest free over 23-25 months

Are there eligibility criteria for your standard payment option?

To qualify, 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.

How are payments taken on the standard payment option?

AYou will pay £250 each month until the balance is paid in full. This is also known as a deferred payment plan.

For more information about how this works, contact us.

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

No, there is no interest.

How much do I have to pay upfront?

Nothing. You will need to pay the separate fee for Introduction Week, which is £950, but the fees for the 13-week coding bootcamp are not payable upfront.

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, 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.

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