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About Northcoders

What is it like being on a coding bootcamp with Northcoders?

A lot of fun! As you’d imagine of anything that is described as a ‘bootcamp’, it requires hard work, grit, determination, passion and some real character to get through it.

You will be taken out of your comfort zone on a daily basis, but by the end of it, you will be ready for a career as a software developer.

What type of students 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.

Why choose the North?

Because it’s great here!

The affordability in comparison to London makes it the ideal place to study, live and work. It is a vibrant hive of creative, social and sporting activity not to mention the booming tech scene.

As reported by the FT, the Office of National Statistics and Tech City UK the region has recently seen the creation of nearly 300,000 digital jobs. Tech companies in the area are worth nearly £10bn to the value of UK economy.

Greater Manchester is the biggest single tech hub outside London. Many major digital businesses and organisations like the BBC, Sainsburys and Missguided are located in Manchester making it the perfect place to start your new tech career.

How do I get to Northcoders?

We’re based at Federation House in Manchester with easy access by train, tram, bus or car. We're a 2-minute walk from Victoria Station, and a 1-minute walk (maximum!) from Shudehill Tram and Bus Stations. If you’re coming by car, we recommend Shudehill NCP for an early bird rate of £4.50, if you arrive before 9am. There is also plenty of on-street parking for free within a 10-minute walk.

Coding

What is coding?

Coding is the process of creating software, VR, AI, 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, and 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. You’re also welcome to come on our Introduction to Programming course which will give you a great insight into what coding in JavaScript is like.

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 able to code before applying to study on a bootcamp at Northcoders?

We would recommend, at a minimum, you have completed some of the freely available online beginner’s courses before you apply to our bootcamp.

Don’t forget – the main thing we’re looking for is a passion for coding, not pre-existing coding skills. If you feel you have that, you’re ready to apply to Northcoders.

Do I need to be good at maths to be able to code on your bootcamp?

Nope! Maths is very broad with so many subfields, and many of these don't apply to coding. 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 Courses

What is the Introduction to Programming course?

It’s a course designed to give you an Introduction to Programming in JavaScript. It runs over a series of 4 evenings and we tend to run it every month.

Do I need my own laptop?

Yes. You’ll need to bring your own laptop for all of our courses. We recommend using either OSX running on an Apple Mac or the Ubuntu operating system running on a PC Laptop.

Will I get a certification?

No. We offer an alternative to certifications - we offer to teach you the skills employers want. 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?

No, why would there be? We’ve taught students as old as 17 and as young as 47.

Developer Pathway

What is the Developer Pathway?

It is an innovation that ensures you graduate with the skills you need to find a job as a software developer.

How is the course structured?

The Developer Pathway is divided into six 2-week blocks. Within each block you'll learn a fundamental aspect of development.

How long is the course?

It could be 12, 14 or 16 weeks. At the end of every stage, if you're ready and feel confident with your new skills, you'll move straight onto the next block.If you need more time to consolidate your skills, you can repeat the block.

How can repeating a block help me?

We want to be sure that you progress at your natural pace. If you haven't fully grasped the teachings of a block, you have the opportunity to iron out those wrinkles by having the luxury of extra time and tailored support - for no additional charge.

We will help you fill the gaps in your knowledge so that you don't have to worry about this on your own after you graduate.

What are the dates for the Developer Pathway?

Our next course starts on March 19th 2018 and the application deadline is February 16th 2018.

Our May cohort starts on May 8th 2018 and the application deadline is March 16th 2018.

What time does the Developer Pathway run each day?

It runs from Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 6.00pm each day. You’ll also need to find an additional 5-10 hours per week to review and bed down what you’ve been taught during our core hours.

Applying to our Developer Pathway

How do I apply?

We ask each prospective student 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 experience and your motivation to enrol on our course.

You can apply for the Developer Pathway here.

What happens after I apply?

We’ll send you learning material which will help you prepare for our technical test.

Once you have passed your technical test and been offered a place on the Developer Pathway, you’ll be required to complete the precourse study materials in good time before the course begins. All offers of a place are subject to successful completion of this precourse material.

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.

How long does it take to prepare for the technical test?

A complete beginner could be ready for the technical test with 30 hours of diligent study. Alternatively, attending the Introduction to Programming course and spending a further 10 hours studying should get you there.

How long does it take to do precourse once I’ve passed the technical test?

We recommend that you allocate between 40 and 60 hours of your time to complete precourse. This is the reason why our application deadline is some weeks before the course starts.

Getting your first software developer role after Northcoders

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

At the end of your bootcamp journey, 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 right through to introducing you to the all-important company that hires you. We tailor all our post-course support to each individual, because it’s extremely important to us that we match students with the employers who are most likely to value them and where they are most likely to feel fulfilled in their jobs.

Can you actually set up job interviews for me?

Yes. We have a growing network of Northern tech employers - currently over 40 Northern tech companies who have indicated a willingness to hire Northcoders. We work closely with their hiring teams to make sure they understand the value that you’ll bring to their companies. Then it’s up to you to shine (but we’ll help you prepare for that too).

Paying for the bootcamps

What are the fees?

Fees for the coding bootcamps and recruitment support after graduation are £6,000.

The Introduction to Programming course costs £99.

When are bootcamp fees payable?

Upon being offered a place, a £600 non-refundable deposit is payable to secure your place. The balance of £5,400 is payable within 2 weeks of paying the deposit, unless there are fewer than 4 weeks until the bootcamp starts, in which case the fees are payable in full.

Do you offer scholarships?

Yes. We offer two types of scholarship: our #WomenInTech Scholarship and our Community Scholarship. Northcoders have offered fully-funded scholarships since day one, and shall continue do so on each of our future bootcamps.

You can find out more about our scholarships here.

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