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About Northcoders

What is the Full-Time Bootcamp?

It’s our 12 week coding bootcamp, taught at Federation House in Manchester.

What is the Part-Time Bootcamp?

It’s our 24 week part-time coding bootcamp, taught remotely with 6 highly flexible hours weekly at Federation House in Manchester.

What is the Introduction to Programming course?

It’s our introduction to programming in JavaScript course, run over a series of 4 evenings. We tend to run it every month.

What are the dates for the Full-Time Bootcamp?

Our next 12 week cohort starts on May 8th 2018. The application deadline is 18th December 2017 and the bootcamp ends on July 28th 2018.

What time does the Full-Time Bootcamp 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 complete a weekly review and bed down what you’ve been taught during our core hours.

What are the bootcamp dates for the Part-Time Bootcamp?

Our next 24 week cohort starts on February 5th 2018. The application deadline is 18th December 2017 and the bootcamp ends on July 20th 2018.

What are the drop in times for the Part-Time Bootcamp?

Our drop-ins run on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 10am - 2pm and 6pm - 9pm, and Saturday from 10am - 4pm.

What’s it like being on a coding bootcamp?

A lot of fun (if coding is for you). As you’d imagine of anything that is described as a ‘bootcamp’, though, 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, as long as you’ve kept going throughout the bootcamp, you will be ready for a career as a software developer.

Do I need to be able to code before applying to study on a bootcamp at Northcoders?

If you’ve never coded anything before, you’re not in a position to know whether you’ll enjoy it on the bootcamp, let alone if you’ll enjoy software development as a career. Don’t be put off if that’s you though! After all, you’re presumably on this page reading this for a reason.

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 of how to code in JavaScript.

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

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.

What type of students do you teach at Northcoders?

People like you. Recent students have included people who are mid-career and looking for a change, school leavers, recent graduates and 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 and obvious place to both 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 know coding is for me?

If you do not have any experience in software, we recommend attending our Introduction to Programming course and/or completing some of the freely available online courses. We suggest you explore freeCodeCamp.

Do as much coding as possible. If you enjoy it for the sake of it, it’s probably for you. If it feels like a drag, it probably isn’t.

Applying to our Full or Part-Time Bootcamps

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 provide us much information as possible about your experience and your motivation to enrol on our course.

You can apply for the Full-Time Bootcamp here.

You can apply for the Part-Time Bootcamp 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 either the Northcoders’ Full-Time program or the Part-Time program, you’ll be required to complete the precourse study materials in good time before the bootcamp 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 for the bootcamp 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.

Is there an age limit?

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

Our Courses

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.

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.

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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